Rob Ventura (b. 1989) is an emerging mixed-media artist whose practice is concerned with contemporary approaches to painterly abstraction. His work includes paintings, drawings, ceramics, and photographs which depict abstracted representations of poisonous flowers, as well as other references to the natural world. The works are directly inspired by classical botanical illustrations and art historical still-life painting. Yet, surreal in their genesis, otherworldly plant life-forms evolve through a process of organic evolution. The surfaces of Ventura’s work are applied as a dense web of interlocking gestures. This brushwork harkens back to New York School abstraction; yet, it's infused with a dystopian, grunge aesthetic.

 

Ventura lives and works in Hoboken, NJ.