Pep Ventosa - Pictures, Art, Photography

Pep Ventosa

  Rio di San Polo by Pep Ventosa
Rio di San Polo
Reconstructed Works
£ 649
  Brooklyn Bridge Crossing by Pep Ventosa
Brooklyn Bridge Crossing
Reconstructed Works
from £ 499 to £ 1,049
  La Tour Eiffel by Pep Ventosa
La Tour Eiffel
Reconstructed Works
from £ 499 to £ 949
  Flatiron by Pep Ventosa
Flatiron
Reconstructed Works
from £ 499 to £ 949
  Golden Gate Panoramic by Pep Ventosa
Golden Gate Panoramic
Reconstructed Works
from £ 649 to £ 1,399
  Fondamenta dei Felzi by Pep Ventosa
Fondamenta dei Felzi
Reconstructed Works
from £ 599 to £ 1,199
  Stanford, Five by Pep Ventosa
Stanford, Five
In The Round. Trees
£ 1,499
  Durhamstown Castle by Pep Ventosa
Durhamstown Castle
In The Round. Trees
from £ 549 to £ 1,299
  Stanford, One by Pep Ventosa
Stanford, One
In The Round. Trees
£ 999
  Central Park Four by Pep Ventosa
Central Park Four
In The Round. Trees
£ 1,499
  Golden Gate Park One by Pep Ventosa
Golden Gate Park One
In The Round. Trees
£ 1,499
  Precita Avenue by Pep Ventosa
Precita Avenue
In The Round. Trees
£ 1,499
  Castro Seven by Pep Ventosa
Castro Seven
In The Round. Trees
  Santa Cruz Two by Pep Ventosa
Santa Cruz Two
In The Round. Trees
£ 1,499
  John D Morgan Park by Pep Ventosa
John D Morgan Park
In The Round. Trees
from £ 499 to £ 1,599
  Sonoma, Two by Pep Ventosa
Sonoma, Two
In The Round. Trees
from £ 499 to £ 1,599
  Henry Kaiser Park by Pep Ventosa
Henry Kaiser Park
In The Round. Trees
from £ 499 to £ 1,599
  San Tomas Park, One by Pep Ventosa
San Tomas Park, One
In The Round. Trees
from £ 499 to £ 1,599
  Il Ponte di Rialto by Pep Ventosa
Il Ponte di Rialto
The Collective Snapshot
from £ 549 to £ 1,599
  The floating Torii by Pep Ventosa
The floating Torii
The Collective Snapshot
£ 1,599
  The Brooklyn Bridge by Pep Ventosa
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Collective Snapshot
£ 2,490
  The Eiffel Tower by Pep Ventosa
The Eiffel Tower
The Collective Snapshot
  Fifth Avenue Clock by Pep Ventosa
Fifth Avenue Clock
Street rhythms
from £ 999 to £ 1,699
  Two bridges by Pep Ventosa
Two bridges
Street rhythms
from £ 999 to £ 1,699
  Radio City Hall by Pep Ventosa
Radio City Hall
Street rhythms
from £ 999 to £ 1,699
  Champs Elysees, Paris by Pep Ventosa
Champs Elysees, Paris
Street rhythms
from £ 749 to £ 1,499
  Prenzlauer Allee, Berlin by Pep Ventosa
Prenzlauer Allee, Berlin
Street rhythms
from £ 749 to £ 1,499
  Approaching Big Ben by Pep Ventosa
Approaching Big Ben
Street rhythms
from £ 499 to £ 1,699
  Toronto Island Ferry by Pep Ventosa
Toronto Island Ferry
Street rhythms
from £ 499 to £ 1,699
  42nd & Madison, NYC by Pep Ventosa
42nd & Madison, NYC
Street rhythms
from £ 749 to £ 1,499
  Filoli by Pep Ventosa
Filoli
Lenticular
£ 2,290
  San Juan Island, One by Pep Ventosa
San Juan Island, One
Lenticular
£ 2,290
  Brandenburger Gate, Day and Night by Pep Ventosa
Brandenburger Gate, Day and Night
Lenticular
£ 799
  17th & Douglass by Pep Ventosa
17th & Douglass
Exteriors
from £ 299 to £ 549
  Eureka & 18th by Pep Ventosa
Eureka & 18th
Exteriors
from £ 299 to £ 549
  15th & Castro by Pep Ventosa
15th & Castro
Exteriors
from £ 299 to £ 549
  Jackson & Larkin by Pep Ventosa
Jackson & Larkin
Exteriors
from £ 299 to £ 549
  Carrer de Tantarantana One by Pep Ventosa
Carrer de Tantarantana One
Minis
£ 159
  New York Three by Pep Ventosa
New York Three
Minis
£ 159
  Potrero Hill Seven by Pep Ventosa
Potrero Hill Seven
Minis
£ 159
  Selection - In the Round. Trees by Pep Ventosa
Selection - In the Round. Trees
Minis
£ 427

Background Information about Pep Ventosa

Introduction

A magical game of depth and perspective
 
For his unique photographic technique, Pep Ventosa has already won several international awards. In a single image, the Spanish photographer achieves an extraordinary fusion of optical depth and spectacular perspective. His selected works show the silhouette of a tree, captivating with its shimmering colours which resemble gentle brush strokes. Like the treetops, the background also seems fainter, the air swollen with mysterious movement.

Virtuoso overlay of countless individual images

Pep Ventosa surrounds the tree with his camera and creates, through the overlaying of countless individual images, a completely new and unfamiliar view. The way we observe is expanded and grows into a fantastic multi-layered space of memory and fantasy. The result is a dense narrative with a powerful aesthetic that follows the cyclical change of seasons with a distinctive repertoire of forms and colours.
 
Tree silhouettes as a fantastic spectacle of nature
 
The motif of the tree is a symbol of nature as a whole. Particularly because of their mythical age, trees are valued as great and awe-inspiring plants throughout the world’s cultures. Trees are also considered a symbol of life.  Pep Ventosa transforms the picturesque silhouettes into a stunning spectacle.  He characterizes them so expressively that they seem almost as complex as other living beings we encounter. His series ‘In the Round – Trees’, acts as an atmospheric discussion of iconic quality.



THE COLLECTIVE SNAPSHOT

Pep Ventosa's project "The Collective Snapshot" puts together hundreds of photographs into a picture sandwich immensely increasing the appetite for what we often see: landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge vibrate full of energy; the Brandenburg Gate performs a tap dance; the Eiffel Tower pirouettes; and the Coliseum beats time in the historical Roman earth. Decoding the images is a delightful game; one's own memories become another level of Ventosa's meta-snapshots.

Driven by his creative élan, Pep Ventosa lures us to further famous landmarks around the world. Snapshots taken from tourists’ favored vantage points make up the foundation of his works. He creates images that exude familiarity but whose evanescence constitutes a new visual experience that has at its core the collective world of images.

The artist himself says: "What grows is an unique new narrative space that never actually happened, where the whole has traveled mysteriously further than what the camera documented. Part memory, part imagination. Not unlike the way we see."

The Spaniard, who moved from Barcelona to the San Francisco Bay Area, is a specialist in dismantling and joining together. He imitates and clarifies in a thorough, individual method of the process of seeing. Curators of the New York Guggenheim Museum and other institutions of similar rank have praised his well-traveled (but anything other than touristic) sight, leading to the inclusion of his work in a number of prestigious collections, along the west coast of the United States in particular.

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Bio

Born in 1957 in Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona), Spain, Ventosa currently lives near San Francisco, California.

A lifelong passion for photography began with his first camera at the age of 10.  He went on to attend the Escola d’Arts i Oficis Artístics de l’Alt Penedès in Vilafranca to learn the mechanics of the darkroom. While the intervening years were spent pursuing musical aspirations – becoming an accomplished drummer with several recorded albums – the digital revolution in photography brought Ventosa strongly back to the visual medium. He taught himself the possibilities of the new digital darkroom, focusing on an exploration of the photographic image and the new forms it can take, and quickly made a name as an artist adept at deconstructing and reconstructing images into a new visual experience. His creative work processes are now used as a teaching guide for photography students.

Awards

2014Honorable Mention, Abstract, Photography Masters Cup
Editor's Pick, LensCulture
2013First Prize in Photography, Sausalito Art Festival
2012Grand Prize, Americon Icon Competition
2011Silver Award, Prix de la Photographie, Paris
2010Jury Nomination, Photography Masters Cup, International Color Awards (from the Collective Snapshot series)
Winner, Photography, Artspan, San Francisco, California, USA
2009People's Choice Award, 3rd Place Winner, Prix de la Photographie, Paris (from the Carousel, In the Round series)
Honorable Mention, London International Creative Competition (LICC), (from the Trees, In the Round series)
2007Finalist, Photolucida’s Critical Mass
Finalist, Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards - Cityscapes
Finalist, Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards – Landscapes
2006First Prize, National Juried Photography Competition, Coastal Arts League Gallery & Museum, Half Moon Bay, California
Top 50 Photographers selection, Positive Focus' Body of Work
2005Finalist, 18° and 19° Caminos de Hierro Concurso Fotográfico (2005 & 2004)
20043rd Prize, XVII Firart Penedès, Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain
Best of Photography 2004 Annual, Photographers Forum Magazine
Honorable Mention, 2004 National Juried Photography Competition, Coastal Arts League Gallery & Museum, Half Moon Bay, California

Publications

La Repubblica, Italy, 2014

Reykjavik Boulevard, Creative Guide, 2014

HuffPost Arts & Culture, 2012

Crazy Photography, 2012

AZART Photographie Magazine, March, 2009

10x15, Madrid, 2009

Esquire Magazine, September, 2008

Orange Life Magazine, Canada, 2008

Digital Collage and Painting, Professor Susan Ruddick Bloom, Focal Press, 2006

American 24/7, Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen, DK Publishing, 2003

7x7 Magazine, San Francisco, California, 2004

Best of Photography Annual, Photographer’s Forum Magazine, 2004

San Francisco Chronicle, California, 10/2004 & 1/2005

El Punt, Catalunya, Spain, 3/2004

el 3 de vuit, Penedès, Spain, 10/2003 & 3/2004

Half Moon Bay Review, California, 2007

La Fura, Vilafranca, Spain, 10/2003 & 3/2004

Exhibitions

2011Arc Gallery, San Francisco, California
2010Photographers Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Kelly Street Gallery, Half Moon Bay, California
Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain
2007Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
 ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair, with Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Madrid, Spain (2007 & 2005)
DFOTO, International Contemporary Photography and Video-Art Fair, with Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, San Sebastian, Spain (2007 & 2005)
2006Space 743 Gallery, San Francisco, California
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Clayton, Missouri. Jury selected by Bonne Stutski, Senior Editor of the Smithsonian Magazine
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California. Jury selected by Laura Richard Janku, editor-in-chief of Artweek
Coastal Arts League Gallery & Museum, Half Moon Bay, California (2006 & 2004)
Firart Penedès, Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain (2006 & 2004)
2005ARTissima, The International Fair of Contemporary Art, with Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Torino, Italy
Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain
Viridian Artists XVI National Exhibition, New York City. Jury selected by the late curator of 20th Century Art at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Robert Rosenblum
Crocker Art Museum, Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition, Sacramento, California. Jury selected by pop artist Mel Ramos. Ventosa’s work remains in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum.
Caminos de Hierro Exhibition, 16 cities in Spain (2005 & 2004). Jury selected by the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid.
2004Museum of Contemporary Art, Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, Colorado
Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show, Harvard Square, Massachusetts. Jury selected by Robert Fitzpatrick, Pritzker Director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Sala dels Trinitaris, Catalunya's biennial "Primavera Fotográfica", Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain
Marin Society of Artists National Exhibition, Ross, California. Jury selected by Robert Shaw, Professor of Art, University of California, Berkeley
American 24/7 Exhibitions - Traveling exhibition to Manhattan’s Bryant Park, Grand Central Station and International Center of Photography, the United Nations main lobby, Washington DC's Union Station, Corcoran Gallery and Smithsonian Institutes, San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences, and the Denver Museum of Natural History

Group Exhibitions

2015Studio Gallery, San Francisco, California
2014ProArts Gallery, Oakland, California
2012Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, California
2011Arc Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2010Photographers Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
Kelly Street Gallery, Half Moon Bay, California, USA
Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain
2007Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair, with Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Madrid, Spain (2007 & 2005)
DFOTO, International Contemporary Photography and Video-Art Fair, with Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, San Sebastian, Spain (2007 & 2005)
2006Space 743 Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Clayton, Missouri, USA. Jury selected by Bonne Stutski, Senior Editor of the Smithsonian Magazine
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California, USA. Jury selected by Laura Richard Janku, editor-in-chief of Artweek
Coastal Arts League Gallery & Museum, Half Moon Bay, California, USA (2006 & 2004)
Firart Penedès, Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain (2006 & 2004)
2005ARTissima, The International Fair of Contemporary Art, with Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Torino, Italy
Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain
Viridian Artists XVI National Exhibition, New York City. Jury selected by the late curator of 20th Century Art at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Robert Rosenblum
Crocker Art Museum, Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition, Sacramento, California. Jury selected by pop artist Mel Ramos. Ventosa’s work remains in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum.
Caminos de Hierro Exhibition, 16 cities in Spain (2005 & 2004). Jury selected by the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid.
2004Museum of Contemporary Art, Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA
Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show, Harvard Square, Massachusetts. Jury selected by Robert Fitzpatrick, Pritzker Director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Sala dels Trinitaris, Catalunya's biennial "Primavera Fotográfica", Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain
Marin Society of Artists National Exhibition, Ross, California. Jury selected by Robert Shaw, Professor of Art, University of California, Berkeley
American 24/7 Exhibitions - Traveling exhibition to Manhattan’s Bryant Park, Grand Central Station and International Center of Photography, the United Nations main lobby, Washington DC's Union Station, Corcoran Gallery and Smithsonian Institutes, San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences, and the Denver Museum of Natural History