Born in 1942, Luciano Ventrone lives and works in his native Italy. A highly successful painter, with an impressive CV of international exhibitions, his work is collected worldwide. Pontone Gallery is proud to present this exceptional collection of compelling still-life paintings.
The artist effects a forensic examination and meticulous rendering of the
fruit and flowers which form his subject. Fastidiously arranged and carefully lit, he reveals the simple, everyday beauty of cherry, grape, lemon and rose. He lavishes his attention on describing rich and subtle colour and texture, articulated by a masterful representation of light. These paintings are bravura acts of technical accomplishment, which echo those of Caravaggio and the great Dutch still-life painters: Andreas Bosschaert and Jan Davidz de Heem.
Ventrone’s pictures strive to locate the essence of his subject through the discipline of technique, artfully-structured composition and exclusive focus. At the same time he makes images of succulent, mouth-watering materiality, almost hyper-real in their insistent pictorial immediacy. Ideas of control and appetite interplay: we are caught between discipline and desire, our hunger provoked, all too aware that we are viewing a vividly realistic illusion.
The very act of representation points to the fact that the actual is absent. These images preserve and celebrate the object of desire, at the instant when it might be at its most desirable. A certain romantic melancholy accompanies Ventrone’s skilful iterations. Well aware that such forms decay and their ripe appeal is transitory, the painter fixes them in an ideal state; they are archetypes of unattainable perfection.
In his capturing of a moment, an interlude of stillness and calm, the artist reveals the tension between the real and unreal and our wish to make tangible that which eludes us.
cv / exhibition history / awards
Luciano Ventrone was born in Rome in 1942. He is regarded by the Italian art establishment, museums, curators and critics as one of the leading exponents of his genre. He lives and works in Rome and Collelongo (L’Aquila), Italy.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Meraviglia ed Estasi, Chiesa di San Francesco, Gualdo Tadino
Luciano Ventrone, Consolato Generale D'Italia, Miami
2017 Matrix, Oltre la realtà/ Beyond reality, Museo Civico e Pinacoteca "Edilberto Rosa", Amelia
Luciano Ventrone, Marval Antique & Contemporary Art, Neuchâtel
Punti di vista, Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo, Pescara
2014Colore, luce, forma e spazio, Galleria Stefano Forni, BolognaLuciano Ventrone, Albemarle Gallery
“The thrill of the real” Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York
2013Luciano Ventrone’s Parallel World, MoscowThe Nude, Albemarle Gallery, LondonLuciano Ventrone, Mucciaccia & Partners Gallery, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 2012Luciano Ventrone, Albemarle Gallery, LondonLuciano Ventrone, Musei di Villa Torlonia Casino dei Principi 2011Luciano Ventrone, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York“Le Stanze dell’arte” Museo civico di San Francesco, Montefalco, Perugia
Albemarle Gallery London
Palazzo del Broletto, Como Luciano Ventrone, Marble Palace – Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
L’Inverosimile Verosimiglianza, curated by Beatrice Buscaroli, Fondazione Bandera, Busto Arsizio
Studio Forni, Milano
Simposio, Albemarle Gallery, London
Luciano Ventrone e l’eterno presente, Galleria Forni, Bologna
Luciano Ventrone. Le verità dipinte, Palazzo Luigi Einaudi, Chivasso – Turin
Luciano Vntrone, Bernarducci & Meisel Gallery, New York
Luciano Ventrone, Albemarle Gallery, London
Luciano Ventrone and the Eternal Present, curated by E. Lucie-Smith, Albemarle Gallery, London
Luciano Ventrone, Correggio – Reggio Emilia
Studio Forni, Milan
Xenia. Ossia Il gioco degli occhi, Studio Forni, Milan
Studio Forni, Milan
Portraits of Nicola Mancino and Marcello Pera, Presidents of the Senate of the Italian Republic, Rome Two commissioned paintings for the bouvette of the Senate of the Italian Republic, Rome
Galleria Il Tempietto, Brindisi
Studio Forni, Milan2000-1963Over 40 solo exhibitions worldwideSelected Public, Corporate and Private CollectionsModern Art Collection of the Italian Senate
Barilla Collection Umberto Agnelli Collection
Carlo De Benedetti Collection
Silvio Scaglia CollectionEnte Fiera Bologna Collection
Ferrari President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
Romano Prodi (Former Italian Prime Minister)
Massimo D’Alema (Former Italian Foreign Minister)Ottaviano Del Turco Collection
Fabbri Editore (Leading Italian book publisher)
Federico Zeri Foundation Collection
Luigi Cremonini Collection
Carlo Edoardo Valli Collection
Andrea Mascagni Collection
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC USA
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan Collection
Barclays Bank, UK Corporate Collection