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ANA PÉREZ VENTURAANA PÉREZ VENTURA

ANA PÉREZ VENTURA: ONE

MAY 17 - AUGUST 9, 2024

OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, MAY 17 (6-8PM)

 

Ana Pérez Ventura finds inspiration from a variety of ideas and techniques used in her musical practice as a pianist.

She studied Fine Arts at the Universities of Vigo and Barcelona and Music in the conservatories of Vigo and Amsterdam. In 2011 she obtained a master’s degree in Music at the Sorbonne University on the relations between the two disciplines and since then has resided in Paris, researching the possibilities of interaction between the visual arts and music, with repetition as a fundamental resource.

 

 

 

 

portrait of Ana Perez Venturaportrait of Ana Perez VenturaAna Pérez Ventura (b.1981, Santiago de Compostela, Spain) is a visual artist whose practice is deeply rooted in her background as a classical pianist.

Perez Ventura's work is process-oriented, focusing on translating the time-based nature of music into different visual media, primarily painting. Using rhythmic repetition, like a human metronome, she creates an organic record of the passage of time.
Pérez Ventura transforms the ephemeral into the tangible, giving form and substance to the elusive nature of time.

She studied Fine Arts (painting) at the Universities of Vigo and Barcelona and Music (piano) at the conservatories of Vigo and Amsterdam. In 2011, she obtained a master's degree in music from Sorbonne University, focusing on the relations between the two disciplines. Since then, she has resided in Paris, researching the possibilities of interaction between the visual arts and music, using repetition as a framework.


Pérez Ventura has won several prizes and scholarships, including the Taylor Foundation Prize (2023, France), Artension Prize (2014, France), Barrié de la Maza Foundation Scholarship (2010, Spain), and the Segundo Gil Dávila Foundation Scholarship (2009, Spain). She has held solo exhibitions at prestigious French and Spanish venues such as Sorbonne University, Colegio de España, Museo del Mar, and the Maison des Étudiants Suédois. Additionally, she has participated in group exhibitions in Spain (CGAC, Auditorio de Galicia, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Espacio OTR), France (Château de la Veyrie de Bernin, Abstract Project, Parc Floral), USA (Frank Juarez gallery), Germany (Kunstwerk Carlshütte), and China (Guoyi Art Museum).


Her work is in various public collections, including the CGAC Museum in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the Collection of the Diputación de Ourense in Spain, and the Collection of the Colegio de España at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris in France.

Pérez Ventura’s projects for 2024 include her first solo show in the USA at Maus Contemporary and group shows at the Wu Dengyi Art Museum in Taipei, Taiwan and at Abstract Project Gallery in Paris, France.

 

 

click to access Ana Pérez Ventura's current CV

 

 

 

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Ana Perez Ventura at the pianoAna Perez Ventura at the piano“Her training as a pianist is the basis of her art. To develop the necessary qualities to a concert performer, a pianist must spend hours repeating the same gestures so that the body can internalize and integrate them. The artist establishes a synesthesia, an equivalence between music and painting and thus becomes a kind of human metronome. Music gives the impulse and the work visually explores the passage of time which is then reflected in the process of creating images.


Indeed, in the same way that a pianist must practice, repeat, memorize his scales and in the same way that a composer builds a score with motifs assembled in a certain order, the artist, involving her body by similar gestures, repeats again and again, on canvas or on paper, patterns in a particular order, while superimposing them. Ana adds strata of colors and shapes to create her artworks. Likewise, the musician’s memory, notes and gestures superimpose the notes to make a synthesis, a melody, a music. Ana Pérez Ventura finds beauty in the technical aspects of her exercises, just like an athlete could find as much beauty in her training as in her victories. Her gestures measure and count time and, by inscribing themselves in space, her works make visible the music which, in essence, is impalpable”.


- Hélianthe Bordeaux-Maurin, Art Historian

 

 

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Ana Pérez Ventura portrait by G. SavardAna Pérez Ventura portrait by G. SavardIn the beginning there is the contact of the fingertip with he piano key. A few millimeters of skin touch a piece of wood, and the sound becomes a reality. Ana Pérez Ventura has repeated this gesture millions of times during her life as a pianist. However after so many years, she questions this corporal and artistic activity, as if the mystery were still present.

She is an artist who practices two artistic disciplines at the same time, which are both very demanding. Her practices in painting and music are communicated, harmonized, fused, talk to each other, always through gesture. In both cases, the hands and the body must incessantly learn the discipline of beauty, since there is nothing less natural for human beings than to make a sound appear, a color. In other words, the artist always has to repeat and repeat, until that which is strange, painful, unbearable is so deeply engraved in their body that it becomes an integral part of it.

In her artwork, Ana Pérez Ventura does not represent music, but “making” music. She shows the intimate, corporal and at the same time universal part of the music that is being created. In this way she reveals an invisible part of the world, through her emotions, because this is her role as an artist.

The practice of music, like that of painting, is often inaccessible to those who are not artists. Under the sober, minimalist appearance of a deep meditation on the line, there is a liberating, relieving, pleasurable work. Beyond the hours of grief and tedium of the artist who repeats the same gesture without ceasing, there is the joy of the music that runs through their flesh, the ecstasy of a percussive trance and the pleasure of merging with that vital breath that enlivens all things – and that art causes us to directly feel, in its most deprived and immediate forms. (…)

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 146", 2013Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 146", 2013The Études series began several years ago. This in-depth investigation of the repetition of the circular gesture is an acrylic work where continuous white lines and blue glazes are superimposed. The repetition time of the musical gesture disappears forever; this pictorial work allows the artist to record it definitively. Each canvas is the embodiment of a studio, which, like musical studios, allows you to integrate a technical gesture corporeally. Extensive color, hypnotic movement of line, each work is animated by the presence of the artist’s hand and at the same time with her musical obsession that takes shape. (…)

(…) through her different explorations, what the artist reveals to us is the synesthetic dimension of all art: sound can be translated into color, a form can be heard, because everything is movement, everything is energy – since beauty transcends all forms, limits and languages. In this exhibition, linking scores, gestures and painting, Ana Pérez Ventura reminds us in her way that painting is always a performance and that music is always corporal.



- Audrey Bartis, Semiologist and Art theoretician

 

 

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“In my Études, I explore the temporality of the pictorial gesture. The paintings are the result of the rhythmic repetition of the same circular gesture that leaves a mark on the surface of the canvas with the addition or subtraction of paint. The repetition of this gesture creates a weave on the pictorial surface. Thus, the final image is the result of overlapping layers of painting that give the rise to an infinity of subtle variations in color and depth games.

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 159", 2013Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 159", 2013


My art is directly related to another facet of my life; music. As a pianist and musical performer, I translate the signs of a score in a choreography of movements on the keyboard that lead to sound. In the case of painting the choreography of movements, gestures creates the marks on the canvas. The term étude (study) comes from the musical field. In music an study is a piece intended to work a specific problem (usually technical) which translates into a gesture, a concrete physical movement. Usually, studies are built around a single musical material, rhythmic and melodic patterns which are repeated with slight variations, and create a continuous musical writing that visually reminds one of a tapestry”.


- Ana Pérez Ventura

 

 

 

click on this image to watch a short video showing the relationship between the movement of the pianist's hands and the creation of the "Etudes" paintings.click on this image to watch a short video showing the relationship between the movement of the pianist's hands and the creation of the "Etudes" paintings.

click this image to watch a short video showing the relationship between the circular movement of the pianist's hands and the creation of the "Etudes" paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (28451)", 2003Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (28451)", 2003

Ana Pérez Ventura

Untitled (28451)

2003

bound notebook, ink

closed dimensions : 4.9 by 3.25 by 0.5 in. (12,5 by 8,3 by 1,2 cm)

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (2297)", 2004Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (2297)", 2004

Ana Pérez Ventura

Untitled (2297)

2004

cotton ribbon, paper tape, ink

approx. 0.6 by 4.9 by 4.9 in. (ca. 1,5 by 12,5 by 12,5 cm)

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled", 2004Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled", 2004

Ana Pérez Ventura

Untitled

2004

paper, felt, cardboard, ink

approx. 3.1 by 2.75 by 2.75 in. (ca. 8 by 7 by 7 cm)   

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "1357", 2004Ana Pérez Ventura "1357", 2004

Ana Pérez Ventura

1357

2004

bound notebook, labels, ink

approx. 8.5 by 12 by 0.9 in. (ca. 21,5 by 30,5 by 2,2 cm)   

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (60’ - June 14, 2004 to June 20, 2004)", detail, 2004Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (60’ - June 14, 2004 to June 20, 2004)", detail, 2004 Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (60’ - June 14, 2004 to June 20, 2004)", detail, 2004Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (60’ - June 14, 2004 to June 20, 2004)", detail, 2004

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (60’ - June 14, 2004 to June 20, 2004)", detail of installation view, 2004Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled (60’ - June 14, 2004 to June 20, 2004)", detail of installation view, 2004

Ana Pérez Ventura

Untitled (60’ - June 14, 2004 to June 20, 2004)

2004

spiral notebook, ink, plastic folders, seven CDs, CD player, headphones

dimensions variable 

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled  Tejidos", 2005Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled Tejidos", 2005

Ana Pérez Ventura

Untitled  Tejidos  (woven / tissues)

2005

acrylic on board

23.6 by 23.6 in. (60 by 60 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled  Tejidos", 2005Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled Tejidos", 2005

Ana Pérez Ventura

Untitled  Tejidos  (woven / tissues)

2005

watercolor on paper

12.6 by 9.5 in. (32 by 24 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled  Tejidos", 2005Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled Tejidos", 2005

Ana Pérez Ventura

Untitled  Tejidos  (woven / tissues)

2005

watercolor on paper

9.5 by 12.6 in. (24 by 32 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled  Tejidos", 2005Ana Pérez Ventura "Untitled Tejidos", 2005

Ana Pérez Ventura

Untitled  Tejidos  (woven / tissues)

2005

watercolor on paper

11.8 by 15.75 in. (30 by 40 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 19", 2008Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 19", 2008

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 19

2008

oil on canvas

28.75 by 23.6 in. (73 by 60 cm)

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 33", 2008Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 33", 2008

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 33

2008

oil on canvas

16.1 by 13 in. (41 by 33 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 39", 2009Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 39", 2009

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 39

2009

oil on canvas

16.1 by 13 in. (41 by 33 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 50", 2010Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 50", 2010

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 50

2010

oil on canvas

23.6 by 28.75 in. (60 by 73 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 53", 2010Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 53", 2010

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 53

2010

oil on canvas

11.8 by 11.8 in. (30 by 30 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 54", 2010Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 54", 2010

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 54

2010

oil on canvas

28.75 by 23.6 in. (73 by 60 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 111", 2012Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 111", 2012

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 111

2012

acrylic on canvas

39.4 by 31.9 in. (100 by 81 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 146", 2013Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 146", 2013

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 146

2013

acrylic on canvas

39.4 by 31.9 in. (100 by 81 cm)

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 159", 2013Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 159", 2013

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 159

2013

acrylic on canvas

16.1 by 13 in. (41 by 33 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 168", 2013Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 168", 2013

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 168

2013

acrylic on canvas

39.4 by 31.9 in. (100 by 81 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 173", 2013Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 173", 2013

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 173

2013

acrylic on canvas

39.4 by 31.9 in. (100 by 81 cm)

 

 

 

 

a "digital" painting in progressa "digital" painting in progress

a "digital" painting in progress

Ana Pérez Ventura "Do M a. Nr. 1", 2013Ana Pérez Ventura "Do M a. Nr. 1", 2013

Ana Pérez Ventura

Do M a. Nr. 1   ("digital" painting)

2013

acrylic on canvas

18.1 by 21.7 in. (46 by 55 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "100 meters of C major (694 octaves)", 2014Ana Pérez Ventura "100 meters of C major (694 octaves)", 2014

Ana Pérez Ventura

100 meters of C major (694 octaves)

2014

ink, acrylic, and pencil on paper, wooden frame, paint on transparent PVC film, wall shelf

dimensions framed element, frame incl.: 11.9 by 16.2 in. (30,2 by 41,2 cm)

dimensions PVC film roll: 2 by 4.9 by 4.9 in. (5 by 12,5 by 12,5 cm)

dimensions wall shelf: 9.25 by 9.25 by 1.5 in. (23,5 by 23,5 by 3,8 cm)

dims as installed: 24 by 24 by 9.25 in. (61 by 61 by 23,5 cm)

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 194", 2015Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 194", 2015

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 194

2015

acrylic on canvas

5.5 by 7.1 in. (14 by 18 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 195", 2016Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 195", 2016

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 195

2016

acrylic on wood panel

5.5 by 7.1 in. (14 by 18 cm)

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Les Haricots, m.4-12", 2016Ana Pérez Ventura "Les Haricots, m.4-12", 2016

Ana Pérez Ventura

Les Haricots

2016

paper on wood panel

7.9 by 15.8 in. (20 by 40 cm)

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 196", 2016Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 196", 2016

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 196

2016

acrylic on wood panel

7.9 by 7.9 in. (20 by 20 cm)

 

private US collection

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 203", 2017Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 203", 2017

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 203

2017

acrylic on wood panel

5.5 by 7.1 in. (14 by 18 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 269", 2021Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 269", 2021

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 269

2021

acrylic on canvas

8.7 by 10.6 in. (22 by 27 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 270", 2021Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 270", 2021

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 270

2021

acrylic on canvas

8.7 by 10.6 in. (22 by 27 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 303", 2024Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 303", 2024

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 303

2024

acrylic on canvas

5.5 by 7.1 in. (14 by 18 cm)

 

 

 

 

Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 304", 2024Ana Pérez Ventura "Etude Nr. 304", 2024

Ana Pérez Ventura

Etude Nr. 304

2024

acrylic on canvas

10.6 by 13.8 in. (27 by 35 cm)