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66 Willow Avenue
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Rob Ventura Studio LLC
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66 Willow Avenue, Suite 3
Hoboken, NJ 07030
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Rob Ventura is an emerging multimedia artist whose practice is concerned with contemporary approaches to painterly abstraction. His recent work, referred to as the False Indigo series, is a body of paintings, ceramics, and drawings depicting abstracted representations of poisonous flowers, as well as other references to the natural world. These floral arrangements evoke non-binary interpretations of pleasure and pain; seduction and destruction; organic matter and artificial concoction; love and narcissistic preoccupation; and, the creation of meaning and existential nihilism.

The Baptisia australis plant, commonly known as ‘false indigo’, is a poisonous flower found in North America. False indigo was formerly used by Native Americans and European settlers to dye clothes a deep purplish blue--to where it owes its nickname. The term reads as a double entendre in Ventura’s practice, referencing the application of translucent oil paints to create illusive chromatic colors.

The poisonous flower emblematizes both beauty and destruction--an allusion to the sublime. The pieces are colorful and sensual, as well as dark and haunting. The surfaces of Ventura’s work--whether it be oil paint, ceramic, charcoal, or oil pastel--are often applied as a dense web of interlocking gestures. The brushwork harkens back to New York School abstraction, yet, is infused with a dystopian grunge-rock aesthetic.


Rob Ventura (b. 1989, Perth Amboy, NJ, United States) is an emerging artist who is best known for making contemporary gestural abstractions, including: paintings, ceramics, and drawings of various mediums. Ventura received his Masters of Fine Arts with honors from Boston University's Painting and Drawing program in 2013. He has since exhibited in New York City at Signal Gallery, Freight + Volume, and SLA307; in Bellport, NY at Marquee Projects; and, in New Jersey at PROTO Gallery, Hoboken, as well as the Majestic Theatre, Jersey City. His works are included in the public collections of Boston University, Drew University, and Sovereign Bank. He has been covered by publications such as Cult Bytes, LVL3 Media, Gallery Gurls, HMAG, and Boston Art Underground. He is currently based in Hoboken, NJ.