Pep Ventosa’s work is focused on an exploration of the medium itself–deconstructing and reconstructing photographic images to create new visual experiences. His photographs have received top honors, exhibited in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland, and been jury selected for special exhibitions by the late Robert Rosenblum, curator of 20th Century Art at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid, among others. Ventosa’s work is in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum and his creative work processes are used as a teaching guide for photography students.
A Catalan born in 1957 in Vilafranca del Penedès, near Barcelona, his lifelong passion for photography began with his first camera at the age of 10. He went on to learn the mechanics of the darkroom at Spain’s Escola d’Arts i Oficis Artístics de l’Alt Penedès and later taught himself the possibilities of the new digital darkroom. Ventosa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
I’m fascinated with the ongoing relationship between painting and photography, and the ways they continue to influence one another.
In this new series I’ve overlaid photographs of paintings from the Renaissance and beyond, to create new faces and characters from the past.
This is really cool!
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