Pep Ventosa, Photography Collage

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., Canada, Australia, Asia, and throughout Europe, 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 like to explore the space between painting and photography, using photographs as raw material, like paint, to create new imagery.  I believe photography is not only a tool to document things but also one that’s part of the rich history of picture making. I’m particularly interested in taking familiar subjects and finding ways to present them in a new light. With a musical background—a drummer for 25 years—I tend to look for the rhythm and harmony in my works, and a sense of the vibration of multiple images at play.


Pep VENTOSA'S Select Honors:


Select Past Exhibitions:

  • Lumas Galleries, Germany, Paris, Milan, Budapest, Toronto, Singapore, Melbourne, Vienna 
  • Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
  • Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain
  • ARCO - International Contemporary Art Show, Madrid
  • DFOTO - Contemporary Photography Show, San Sebastian, Spain
  • Fotojatka, Czech Republic
  • ARTissima (Torino, Italy)
  • Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Space 743 Gallery, San Francisco
  • Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
  • Viridian Artists Gallery, NYC
  • Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Harvard Square, Massachusetts
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Collins, Colorado
  • ProArts Gallery, Oakland
  • Studio Gallery, San Francisco
  • Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA
  • Arc Gallery, San Francisco
  • Bay Area Currents / Photo Alliance, Smith Anderson North Gallery, San Anselmo, California
  • America 24/7 Exhibition, New York City
  • Kelly Street Gallery, Half Moon Bay, California
  • Sala dels Trinitaris, Vilafranca del Penedes , Spain