Lot 024

b. The Philppines, 1973


Mixed media wall sculpture
25cm x 25cm x 25cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 9,000

My work is much like an overflow of different realities, a continuing visual commentary, often juxtaposed with other documents or ‘evidence’ from science, religion, fashion, history etc.” – Ronald Ventura

This miniature sculpture of a Doberman Pinscher is Ronald Ventura’s unique representation of the intelligent, obedient and energetic domestic dog. Known to produce sculptures of dogs and other animals in a variety of form and context, this piece features a mug shot profile of the loyal breed, encased in a perspex box resembling a mounted deer head or a shrine. By simply outlining a mask alongside an inscription of the word ‘NO’, the artist cleverly inserts a subtle commentary on human behaviour and hypocrisy. A display of installation titled Zoomanities (2008) which comprised of sculptural pieces depicting a myriad of animals indicate his interest and adeptness in moulding and presenting sculptures. He is also known to produce artworks in a multitude of mediums such as oil painting, drawings and video installation.

An internationally acclaimed artist, Ronald Ventura obtained his BFA (Major in Painting) from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila in 1993. He served as an Art Instructor at the Department of Fine Arts at his alma mater from 1993 to 2001. He has held close to 30 solo shows around the world since his first exhibition held in Manila in 2000. Some of the exhibitions included Watching the Watchmen in Manila, Recyclables at Singapore Tyler Print Institute and Fiesta Carnival in Milan (2012). He has also participated in numerous group shows across the Philippines and abroad such as the Prague Biennale in 2009. In 2003, Ronald Ventura was conferred with the Cultural Centre of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award, a much coveted honour by the art community in the Philippines. He received the contemporary art prize at the Ateneo Artists Award by the reputable Ateneo de Manila’s Art Museum which awarded him with the Ateneo Art Gallery Sydney Studio Residency Grant, exhibiting at the Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Australia in 2005. An auction darling, Ronald’s piece titled Grayground was sold at an auction in Hong Kong for $1.1 million, the highest auction price recorded for a contemporary Southeast Asian painting at the time.

A Duad in Play two-man exhibition, Posthuman Monstrosities, Posthuman Toys, Clarissa Chikiamco, 2010.