Rob Ventura (b. 1989) is an emerging mixed-media artist whose work includes paintings, drawings, ceramics, and photographs of organic forms. Ventura depicts surrealist-inspired flowers, microbes, and a diversity of cellular entities. Phantasgmagorical lifeforms germinate through automatism in a process that mirrors natural evolution. Imagery is often directly inspired by anatomical botanical illustrations of flowers and fauna, as well as art historical still-life painting.The surfaces of Ventura’s work--whether it be oil paint, ceramic, charcoal, or oil pastel--are applied as a dense web of interlocking gestures, reminiscent of New York School Abstraction.