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.
In his own words...
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.