Ronald Ventura

In 2011, Ronald Ventura broke the record for highest-grossing Southeast Asian painting at Sotheby’s Hong Kong when his graphite, oil and acrylic work titled Grayground sold for $1.1 million. Ventura’s paintings and sculptures feature multiple layers of images and styles, symbolic of the multifaceted national identity of the Philippines – a country that, throughout history, has been colonized by the United States, Spain, and Japan. Ventura’s work embodies the complexity of postcolonial culture through the juxtaposition of Eastern and Western motifs; high and low culture; tradition and progress; past and present.

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