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b. 1968, Italy

Paolo Ventura Biography

He has been called one of the most interesting story tellers in the art world today – using photography to carefully construct his narratives. Like all good narrators, Paolo Ventura was raised on stories. He recalls that his father, a children’s book author and illustrator, 'was always inventing stories for me and my brothers'. His grandmother’s stories of life during the second world war had a great impact on his first work, War Souvenir and they continue to resonate with his more recent bodies of work including Winter Stories, The Automaton and Behind the Walls.

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Ventura’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Venice Biennial and is part of major private and public collections including the Museum of Fine art in Boston, The Library of Congress and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. After years of living and working in New York, Ventura recently relocated to Tuscany – to a small town where he spent a good part of his childhood summers listening to and inventing stories of his own.

Paolo Ventura, Civitanova Marche (2019) (detail). Acrylic paint and photographs on Fedrigoni quadrex paper, 508 grams. 71 x 101 cm. Courtesy FLATLAND.

Paolo Ventura Featured Artworks

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Rozanno, Per Grazia Ricevuta by Paolo Ventura contemporary artwork
Paolo VenturaRozanno, Per Grazia Ricevuta, 2020Collage, acrylic paint and photographs on Fedrigoni quadrex paper 508 grams
100 x 70 cm
FLATLAND Contact Gallery
'21 Marzo' _G.R. Grazia Ricevuta_Ex Voto by Paolo Ventura contemporary artwork
Paolo Ventura'21 Marzo' _G.R. Grazia Ricevuta_Ex Voto, 2020Collage, acrylic paint and photographs on Fedrigoni quadrex paper 508 grams
100 x 70 cm
FLATLAND Contact Gallery
Camogli, Per Grazia Ricevuta by Paolo Ventura contemporary artwork
Paolo VenturaCamogli, Per Grazia Ricevuta, 2020Collage, acrylic paint and photographs on Fedrigoni quadrex paper 508 grams
100 x 70 cm
FLATLAND Contact Gallery
#57 Sunday Afternoon by Paolo Ventura contemporary artwork
Paolo Ventura#57 Sunday Afternoon, 2009C-print

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Village Fair by Paolo Ventura contemporary artwork
Paolo VenturaVillage Fair, 2005Digital C-print
14 x 11 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
L’automa #07 by Paolo Ventura contemporary artwork
Paolo VenturaL’automa #07, 2010digital c-print
129 x 103 cm
Gallery Baton Contact Gallery
Winter Stories #63 by Paolo Ventura contemporary artwork
Paolo VenturaWinter Stories #63, 2004digital c-print
96 x 77 cm
Gallery Baton Contact Gallery
February #13 by Paolo Ventura contemporary artwork
Paolo VenturaFebruary #13, 2012Archival inkjet print
60 x 70 cm
Gallery Baton Contact Gallery

Paolo Ventura Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Paolo Ventura, Ex Voto at FLATLAND, Amsterdam
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19 September–24 October 2020 Paolo Ventura Ex Voto FLATLANDAmsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flowers are part of our story and our history. at FLATLAND, Amsterdam
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30 May–31 August 2020 Group Exhibition Flowers are part of our story and our history. FLATLANDAmsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Paolo Ventura, – T H E S I L E N T C I T Y – at FLATLAND, Amsterdam
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15 September–20 October 2018 Paolo Ventura – T H E S I L E N T C I T Y – FLATLANDAmsterdam

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Paolo Ventura In Related Press

Bedrieglijk echt Related Press Bedrieglijk echt 11 May 2019, Trouw

Gemiddeld een jaar werkt Jasper de Beijer aan zijn driedimensionale maquettes, die in de loop der jaren steeds groter zijn geworden. Eerst bouwde hij ze op een schaal van 1:100, toen 1:10 en nu zijn ze meestal 1:1. Vervolgens maakt hij er een foto van, wat secondenwerk is in vergelijking met de monnikenarbeid die gemoeid is met het maken van de...

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Paolo Ventura’s Short Stories Related Press Paolo Ventura’s Short Stories 9 February 2015, The New Yorker

The Italian photographer, Paolo Ventura, is known for constructing and photographing stylized dioramas to tell visual stories with a cinematic quality. Automaton, a series featured previously on Photo Booth, is a retelling of a story from his childhood, set in Nazi-occupied Italy. In 2013, Ventura, who had been living in New York, returned to...

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