Provenance: Provenance: Private Collection, Manila


Ronald Ventura shows a quieter, more pensive side, taking a visual break from his interpretations of gory religious rites, pop culture and European Old Master paintings, demons and monsters swirling around the central images of disillusioned acts, with this piece entitled Vanishing. Ventura still continues his sophisticated hyperrealism combined with a sparse and borderline minimalist palette. Ventura admits to loving contradictions and multiple realities, mixing the pretty and the grim, two elements which still find their place in this otherwise placid work. The artist has risen to prominence on the Asian contemporary art scene with complex, layered works that juxtapose unexpected images, and often macabre images, with scenes from everyday life. He is known for mixing different styles, such as Hyperrealism, Surrealism, and Pop Art.