Born in 1957, in Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona), Spain, Pep Ventosa has been fascinated with photography from his first camera gift at the age of 10.
Ventosa states, "I use photographs as raw material, like paint, to create new imagery. I like to explore the space between painting and photography. 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 representing familiar subjects in ways perhaps not seen before."
"We are surrounded by trees, yet we often walk by them without a thought. In this series, I walk in a circle around a tree, shooting it repeatedly along my path, then overlay and refine the shots to discover what became of the the orbit, the tree and its environment in the round. I like the idea of rendering what is sometimes a complex environment into an abstract backdrop, leaving the tree with the leading role."
His work has exhibited in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Asia and throughout Europe and received top honors, including: Grand Prize, Americon Icon Competition; People's Choice Award, Silver Award, and 3rd Place Winner, Prix de la Photographie, Paris; 1st Prize, Photography, Sausalito Art Festival; Honorable Mention, Photography Masters Cup; Editor's Pick, LensCulture; Honorable Mention, London International Creative Competition (LICC); 1st Prize, Photography, Artspan; Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards; 3rd Prize, XVII Firart Penedes, Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain.
Crocker Art Museum, Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition; Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain; Lumas Galleries, Berlin, Paris, New York, Budapest, Moscow; ARCO - International Contemporary Art Show (Madrid), DFOTO - Contemporary Photography Show (San Sebastian, Spain), ARTissima (Torino, Italy), with Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art; Space 743 Gallery, San Francisco; St. Louis Artists’ Guild; Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA; Viridian Artists Gallery, NYC; Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Harvard Square, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, Colorado; Studio Gallery, San Francisco; ProArts Gallery, Oakland; Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville; Arc Gallery, San Francisco; Kelly Street Gallery, Half Moon Bay; Coastal Arts League Gallery, Half Moon Bay; Sala dels Trinitaris, Catalunya’s biennial “Primavera Fotografica,” Vilafranca del Penedes , Spain.