Ronald Ophuis

Ronald Ophuis

Born in the Netherlands in 1968, lives and works in Amsterdam

Cowshed 2016 (2017), oil on linen, 340 x 525 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Interrogation Egypt 2016 (2017), oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Wild Flowers (2015), oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Owl, 2016. Oil on canvas. 85 x 120 cm. Arab Spring. On Their Way to the Revolution, Syria 2011, 2015. Oil on canvas, 340 x 175 (3x). Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Teatro la Tregua (clown + flowers), Poland July 1945 (I), 2015. Oil on panel, 40 x 60 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Wild Flowers (III), 2015. Oil on canvas, 50 x 30 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Arab Spring. On Their Way to the Revolution, Syria 2011, 2015. Oil on canvas, 340 x 175 (3x). Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Prison Suicide, Egypt 2015, 2015. Oil on canvas, 210 x 240 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Teatro la Tregua (two clowns), Poland July 1945, 2015. Oil on canvas, 270 x 205 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Installation view 'Teatro La Tregua, Arab Spring, Veterans' Flame and other stories'. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Teatro la Tregua, Poland July 1945, 2015. Oil on canvas, 175 x 260 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Teatro la Tregua (clown + flowers), Poland July 1945, 2015. Oil on canvas, 110 x 140 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Installation view 'Teatro La Tregua, Arab Spring, Veterans' Flame and other stories'. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Teatro la Tregua (clown + guitar), Poland July 1945, 2015. Oil on panel, 60 x 55 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Skull Srebrenica, 2015. Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Teatro la Tregua (clown + flowers), Poland July 1945, 2015. Oil on panel, 50 x 60 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Teatro la Tregua (clown + skull), Poland July 1945 (II), 2015. Oil on panel, 30 x 45 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Installation view 'Teatro La Tregua, Arab Spring, Veterans' Flame and other stories'. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Skull Srebrenica, 2015. Oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Wild Flowers (I), 2015. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Wild Flowers (II), 2015. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Wild Flowers (IV), 2015. Oil on canvas, 35 x 65 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. 'The Bet, Boy or Girl, Sierra Leone 2001', 2012. Oil on linen, 340 x 540 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Flowers Arab Spring', 2014. Oil on canvas, 125x80 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Rebel Soldier Committing Suicide, Congo 2012', 2013, oil on canvas, 178 x 340 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. 'James Baldwin', 2012, watercolor on paper, 37 x 28 cm. 'Boy with Flowers, Afghanistan', 2012, watercolor on paper, 37 x 28 cm 'War Story Teller, No. 3', 2012, oil on paper. 60 x 50 cm. 'War Story Teller', 2012, oil on paper, 60 x 50 cm. 'Girl with Gun', 2011, oil on canvas, 178 x 340 cm. 'Flowers Arab Spring', 2014. Oil on canvas, 40x30 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Girl with Gun', 2011, oil on canvas, 200 x 340 cm. 'Gacaca. 4 Hutu prisoners during their trial, Rwanda 2004', 2010, oil on canvas, 300 x 400 cm. 'Wounded Man', 2010, oil on canvas, 190 x 130 cm. 'Small Soldier II', 2009, oil on canvas. 70 x 56 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. 'Small Soldier I', 2009, oil on canvas. 44 x 36 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Small Soldier IV', 2009, oil on canvas, 48 x 37 cm. 'Afghanistan II', 2008/09, oil on canvas, 30 x 55 cm. 'Rape-Hotel/Bosnia 1992', 2008, oil on linen, 325 x 400 cm. Painful Painting, a solo exhibition at the Jan Cunen Museum in Oss (NL), 2008 Painful Painting, a solo exhibition at the Jan Cunen Museum in Oss (NL), 2008 Painful Painting, a solo exhibition at the Jan Cunen Museum in Oss (NL), 2008 Painful Painting, a solo exhibition at the Jan Cunen Museum in Oss (NL), 2008 Painful Painting, a solo exhibition at the Jan Cunen Museum in Oss (NL), 2008 'Iraq 2005', 2008, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm 'Yusuf Carries His Executed Brother Adem, Srebrenica 1995', 2007, oil on linen. 120 x 85 cm. 'Boy of Sorrows, Beslan 2004', 2007, oil on canvas, 75 x 60 cm. 'Latrine By Night, Poland 1944', 2007, oil on canvas, 210 x 140 cm. 'Mass grave Iraq 2003', 2006-7, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm. 'Srebrenica I', 2006, oil on canvas, 350 x 540 cm ( 3 panels of 350 x 180 each ) 'Srebrenica I', 2006, detail 'Srebrenica II', 2006, oil on canvas, 340 x 480 cm (3 panels of 340 x 160 cm each). 'Lamentation, Srebrenica 2003', 2005, oil on paper. 100 x 65 cm. 'Birkenau II', 2003, oil on canvas, 210 x 270 cm. 'Miscarriage I', 1998, oil on canvas, 260 x 180 cm. 'Masturbation', 1993, oil on canvas. 150 x 220 cm. Photo: Claude Crommelin.
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Ronald Ophuis
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Biography

Ronald Ophuis studied at the Aki Academy in Enschede and at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He is represented by Upstream Gallery since 2007. Ophuis is known for his large oil paintings that often represent pain, suffering and violence. His paintings depict painful situations in places like concentration camp Birkenau but also locations that were more recently the stage of war and disruption such as Rwanda, the Congo, Iraq and Srebrenica. What makes the work controversial for some is the lack of a clear moral standpoint: the attention is often directed to the perpretrators of violence, not the victims. It is up to the viewer to find a way to relate him- or herself to these images. His works can evoke very emotional reactions in some viewers, who might find the images shocking and even physically hard to look at. At the same time the painterly and artistic qualities make the work visually attractive, which puts the viewer in an uneasy position: may he or she actually enjoy an image as painful as this? When working on a series, Ophuis always extensively researches his subjects and travels to the places where the violence took place.

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Photo: Hugo Keizer

Exhibitions

Salle de Pas-Perdus

22 Apr - 13 May '18

Art Rotterdam 2018

8 Feb - 11 Feb '18

Apocalyps

10 Nov - 17 Dec '17

ARMANDO tot MULDERS tot VISCH

21 Jan - 14 May '17

Pniël

5 Nov - 27 Nov '16

Might as Well

13 Mar - 8 May '16

Hacking Habitat

26 Feb - 30 Jun '16

Engage, Exchange

14 Jan - 26 Feb '16

TRANSFORMER

3 Oct - 14 Nov '15

40 kunstenaars zien Van Gogh

24 Aug - 30 Oct '15

Busan Biennale

20 Sep - 22 Nov '14

A Decade Upstream

30 Nov - 19 Dec '13

Civilians

2 Jan - 28 Feb '09

Painful Painting

21 Dec '08 - 22 Mar '09

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