Ronald Ventura (Filipino, b.1973) was born in Manila, Philippines. In 1993, the artist earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Santo Tomas. After graduating, he worked at the university as an instructor. Ventura had his first solo exhibitions in 2000, called All Souls Day, which was held at the Drawing Room in Makati City, Philippines, and Innerscapes, which was held at the West Gallery Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Since then, Ventura has continued to refine his signature style of multi-layered paintings, which utilize a broad range of imagery and tend to focus around the human form. In addition to paintings, Ventura also makes sculptures that explore the same themes and aesthetics as his two-dimensional works. In 2001, he received the Artist of the Year prize from Art Manilla, and then in 2005, he won the prestigious Ateneo Art Gallery, Studio Residency Grant in Sydney, Australia, for his The Human Study series of graphite works on canvas. He also participated in the Prague Biennale in 2009.

Ventura had his first exhibition in America at Tyler Rollins Fine Art Gallery in New York in 2009; Metaphysics of Skin contained paintings and the Zoomanities sculpture series. The same gallery hosted his A Thousand Islandsshow in 2011. That same year, Ventura’s Greyhound sold for US$1.1 million at Sotheby’s Contemporary Southeast Asian Painting auction in Hong Kong.

Timeline

1973
Born: in Manila, Philippines
1990
Shell National Students Art Competition, First Place.
1993
B.F.A. in Painting, University of Sto. Tomas, Manila, Philippines
1993
Taught at College of Fine Arts & Design, University of Sto. Tomas, Manila, Philippines
1993
Recipient, Jurors’ Choice Award
1998
Diwa Ng Sining Drawing Category, Second Place.
1998
Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards, Jurors’ Choice Award.
1998
National Commission For Culture & Arts and Pap Lithograph Competition, First Place.
1999
Winsor & Newton Painting Competition, Jurors’ Choice Award.
1999
Taiwan international Biennale Print and Drawing Competition, Finalist.
2000
Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards, Finalist.
2000
Metrobank Art Competition, Honorable Mention.
2000
Taiwan International Biennale Print and Drawing Competition, Finalist.
2001
Art Manila Newspaper’s Artist of the Year
2002
Recipient, Jurors’ Choice Award
2003
Recipient, 13 Artists Award
2005
Ateneo Art Awards winner
2007
Guest Residence Artists, Artesan Gallery + Studio, Singapore.
2008
9th OITA Asian Sculpture Exhibition Open Competition, Award of Excellence, Japan.

Exhibitions

2014
E.R (Endless Resurrection), Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY. (solo)
2013
Voids and Cages, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong. (solo)
2012
Watching the Watchmen, Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Philippines. (solo)
2012
Recyclables, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore. (solo)
2012
Fiesta Carnival, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy. (solo)
2011
A Thousand Islands, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY. (solo)
2011
Surreal Versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain.
2011
Humanime (I), Fine Art Centre, Eslite Building, Taipei, Taiwan. (solo)
2010
Nanjing Biennale, Nanjing, China.
2010
A Duad in Play: Francis Ng and Ronald Ventura, ICA Gallery, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.
2010
Converging Nature, The Drawing Room, Makati City, Philippines. (solo)
2010
Ronald Ventura: Fragmented Channels, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy. (solo)
2009
Metaphysics of Skin, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY. (solo)
2009
Major Highways, Expressways and Principal Arterials, Akili Museum of Art, Jakarta, Indonesia. (solo)
2009
Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic.
2008
Mapping The Corporeal, Museum of the National University of Singapore. (solo)
2008
Zoomanities, The Art Center Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2007
Illusions & Boundaries, The Drawing Room, Makati City, Philippines. (solo)
2007
Under The Rainbow, West Gallery Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2007
Antipode: The Human Side, Artist Residency, Artesan, Singapore. (solo)
2006
Cross Encounters, Ateneo Art Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines. (solo)
2006
Dialogue Box, West Gallery Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2005
Human Study, The Cross Art Projects, Syndey, Australia. (solo)
2005
Morph, West Gallery Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2005
Recent Works, Big & Small Art Co. Art Fair, Singapore. (solo)
2005
Human Study, The Art Center Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2005
Cross Encounters: The 2005 Ateneo Art Awards Exhibition, Power Plant Mall Rockwell Center, Makati City, Philippines.
2004
Korea Asian Art Festival, Inza Plaza, Seoul Korea.
2004
19th Asian International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan.
2004
Dead-End Images, The Art Center Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2004
Black Caricature, Big & Small Art Co., Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2004
Contrived Desires, West Gallery Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2003
X-Squared, West Gallery and Big & Small Art Co., Philippines. (solo)
2003
13 Artists Awards Exhibition, Main Gallery, Bulwagang Juan Luna, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City, Philippines.
2002
Philip Morris Asean Art Awards, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.
2002
Soft: Tresacidos, Art Center, SM Cebu, Philippines.
2002
Visual Defects, West Gallery Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2002
Body, The Drawing Room, Makati City, Philippines. (solo)
2001
The Other Side, The Drawing Room, Makati City, Philippines. (solo)
2001
Doors, The Art Center Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2001
The 8th Annual Filipino-American Arts Exposition, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California
2001
Tresacidos: Small Works, The Enterprise Center, Makati City.
2001
Balik Guhit, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City, Philippines.
2000
Innerscapes, West Gallery Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. (solo)
2000
All Souls Day, The Drawing Room, Makati City, Philippines. (solo)
2000
Guhit I, II & III, Ayala Museum Gallery III; UST, Museum Espana; Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of Philippines.
2000
Mad About Lithographs, Ayala Museum, Makati City, Philippines.