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.
Ronald Ventura, “POP” (2009).
Ronald Ventura, “DINNER TIME” (2009).
Ronald Ventura – The Strong and the Beautiful, 2009 – Image via trfineart
Ronald Ventura – Invitation to the Feast, 2011 – Image via trfineart
Ronald Ventura, “Cumulus” (2011). Courtesy IVAM, Valencia.
"Anima", oil on canvas
Ronald Ventura, “Tribute” (2012). Courtesy of the Artist and Primo Marella Gallery, Milan.
Ronald Ventura – Forest, 2015 – Image via artmarketmonitor
From "Watching The Watchmen", Ronald Ventura at Vargas Museum
Zookeeper, fibreglass/resin, metal, found objects, acrylic, and charcoal
Eduard Zentsik was born in Sillamae, Estonia. Graphic artist, painter, photographer, designer, author of installations, performances and musical improvisations. Organizer of youth exhibitions and projects. For over years of creativity had more than forty personal exhibitions and took part in numerous joint projects. Participant and winner of international Photographic and Art competitions. Works are in private collections around the world. 1995 year - member of avant-garde artistic projects. 1996-1997 year - personal classes in art studio of Igor Lukyanov. 1998 year - accepted into the closed club of artists "April". 2000-2004 year - study at the Art Academy of Estonia. Freelance artist since 2006 year 2011 year - author's works included in the book of art-critic Galina Balashova "Installation on the background of estonian landscape" about the important russian artists in Estonia. Member of the Russian Artists Union in Estonia. Member of the Photographers Union in Estonia. Member of art society "April". Collaboration with magazines, auction houses and galleries of Europe, USA and Russia.