As our contribution to the city’s fall art season, Gestalten is proud to present a solo show by Berlin-based painter Andrea Ventura. The exhibition is called Carnevale, which is also the title of Ventura’s monograph that we recently published.Ventura’s classic expressionistic style gives his paintings a look that is at once timeless and unmistakably original. His images are characterized by a generous application of color and hard shadows as well as a sense of composition that often appears almost photographic. By painting interiors, portraits, and nudes, Ventura has chosen motifs that are well established in the context of art history yet remain topical and contemporary.
Carnevale is conceived as an autobiography and a procession. Both the exhibition and the monograph offer an unparalleled range of Andrea Ventura’s personal work that provides insight into the phases of his life that most formed him and reveals his vulnerability. Included are paintings of people long dead, monuments, deathbeds, statues, and cemeteries that serve as a testament to Ventura’s personal heroes as well as the thinkers and artists that have most inspired him.
A series of deserted interiors and exteriors is presented that stems from Andrea Ventura’s fascination with absence and the uneventful and that was created from the guiding idea I am gone. The places that Ventura has painted sometimes have a clear reference, but the most intimate ones originate in his head. These are configurations of childhood memories or his adult need for protection and harmony. With this series, Ventura is not so much aiming to capture the past, but rather trying to (re)create a certain sense of light or a feeling that he associates with a recollection.
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Andrea Ventura was born in Milan in 1968 and moved to New York in 1991. He now splits his time between Brooklyn and Berlin. His illustrations for notable publications such as the New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Newsweek, Forbes, AD, or Rolling Stone have garnered him international attention and respected awards. Ventura’s illustrations have been awarded gold by the LeadAwards as well as gold and silver from the Society of Illustrators. His work has been shown in solo and group shows in Berlin, Hamburg, Milan, Rome, and Bologna. This fall, Andrea Ventura will have his first exhibition in Korea.