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Self-Portrait at the Age of Twenty-Seven, detail. Oil on canvas, 60x50cm. Dutch Institute for Art History. Florence, Italy

Born in Breda, The Netherlands (1980), Ramón van der Ven decided at the age of eighteen to become a painter and to pursue this path unequivocally. Instead of joining an art academy, he devised his own curriculum to grow as a painter through travel, observation and teaching others. This journey included time in Florence and two years in Spain traveling in the footsteps of the Anglo-American painter John Singer Sargent where he copied the Old Masters at the Prado Museum in Madrid. He also spent several months in South America. His first exhibition in a London gallery (2012) displayed the breadth of his artistic endeavor – portraits, landscape paintings, drawings and the first forays into sculpture. He has continued to produce prolifically – oil paintings, watercolors, drawings – works which pursue the subtleties and elusive qualities that light gives, whether it be in the study of a face or architecture or a grove of trees.

In 2016 Ramón was the first artist-in-residence at the Dutch Art History Institute in Florence (NIKI) which displayed his work in the exhibition Italian Hours (2017) and maintains a selection of his paintings. He continues to live in Italy, based in Florence with a studio and spends several months a year in Venice.

All his work without exception is done from life.