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Pinoy artist Ronald Ventura’s painting sells for nearly P47 million at Sotheby’s auction
Published on: Apr 4, 2011 - 2:08pm

ronald ventura's graygroundVentura's painting titled "Grayground"

( Renowned Filipino artist Ronald Ventura’s painting "Grayground" has sold for HK$ 8,420,000 or  P46,995,832.65 at the Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings auction held on April 4 in Hong Kong.

The graphite, oil, and acrylic on canvas piece, which measures 60 inches by 155 3/4 inches (nearly four meters long), set a new auction record and beat Filipina artist Geraldine Javier’s oil-on-canvas Ella Amo’ Apasionadamente y Fue Correspondida (For She Loved Fiercely, And She is Well Loved), which raked in HK$1,460,000 in an auction last year.

With more than 10 awards to his name, the 37-year-old University of Santo Tomas fine arts graduate is currently the country's top-selling Filipino artist. Venturas have been selling for five- to six-dollar-digits in auction houses abroad. Ventura was named's No.1 Most Successful Young Visual Artist late last year.

Other Filipino artists whose work was sold at the auction inlcude Ronald Caringal, Lynard Paras, Kiko Escora, Janet Balbarona, Rodel Tapaya, Andres Barrioquinto, Marina Cruz, Arturo Sanchez, Nona Garcia, Jon Jaylo, Danilo E. Dalena, MM Yu, Wawi Navarroza, Onib Olmedo, among others.


Read's Top 10 Most Successful Young Visual Artists.

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  • nooni
    i'll keep my hopes high, maybe someday our government and the people will start to appreciate arts, Filipino arts most especially.rnAng ganda kaya ng mga sayaw natin, our culture is so rich, a mixture of asian-spanish-moro among others.. haaay...
    Apr 05 2011 @ 04:56pm     Reply  
  • ripoffartist
    Wow naman! na outsell niya ang mga established at master Pinoy Painters,including National Artist Bencab...rnrnO bakit napunta sa usapan sa Carlo Caparaz? kumita din ng bilyon yun thru the intercession of Manoling, yung scam sa TV...
    Apr 05 2011 @ 02:48pm     Reply  
  • ivee
    pinsan..ninong! CONGRATZ hahaha..
    Apr 05 2011 @ 02:04pm     Reply  
  • gerald1ne
    Yes, he got almost P47 M for his painting Grayground! I didn’t know this guy existed until I read the news and check Sotheby’s site. Note: This is not his first sale at auction. Grayground is full of symbolism. See for yourself what P47 M painting looks like at visual artist-writer Igan D’Bayan described Ventura’s Grayground as the artist’s ‘nihilistic playground’. He added that the painting is an ‘existential mash-up of styles’ of ‘hyperrealism and graffiti, the classical and the lowbrow’. D’Bayan is an illustrator and engaging columnist of The Philippine STAR.
    Apr 05 2011 @ 01:56pm     Reply  
  • @nooni
    wala kang maaasahan na tulong galing sa gobyerno natin pagdating sa Arts (reality). Kung gusto mong kumita ng malaki bilang artist, sa Singapore, New York, HongKong, o kaya sa Italy ang destinasyon para makilala at yumaman.!rnrnSi Carlo J. Caparas lang yata ang nag-iisang pintor na yumaman (bilyonaryo) dito. Teka, pintor nga ba yun?!
    Apr 05 2011 @ 01:41pm     Reply  
  • hellen....from malabon...
    Apr 05 2011 @ 12:12pm     Reply  
  • nooni
    Wow! this is great news, hopefully more pinoy artist would get breaks like this. we have so many great artists here. our government should help these artists promote their works here and abroad! Kudos to all Filipino artists! mabuhay kayo!
    Apr 05 2011 @ 10:50am     Reply  
  • danica
    i really admire his works! it's insanee! I applaud him so much, I want to see him in action!rn
    Apr 05 2011 @ 05:38am     Reply  
  • glad to be pinoy
    mabuhay ka, ronald. We look forward to your next success.
    Apr 04 2011 @ 09:55pm     Reply  
  • smitten
    Ronald Ventura really is the BEST in the country. Congratulations!
    Apr 04 2011 @ 07:40pm     Reply  
  • pablo
    Omg! How inspiring for all of us starving artists! and he's so young!
    Apr 04 2011 @ 07:26pm     Reply  
  • sensei
    sick! :) totally. congrats to the painter!
    Apr 04 2011 @ 06:36pm     Reply  
  • dude brad
    yes! magaling talaga pag thomasian graduate! this is a good achievement for the 400th anniversary of UST.
    Apr 04 2011 @ 06:13pm     Reply  
  • yeah!
    ang galing!
    Apr 04 2011 @ 04:34pm     Reply  
  • not carlo j
    what, nothing sold by carlo caparas? what an outrage. send manoling over right away to sort them out.
    Apr 04 2011 @ 04:25pm     Reply  
  • tsinoy
    Apr 04 2011 @ 03:09pm     Reply  
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