Ronald Ophuis

Ronald Ophuis

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

Widows of Srebrenica. Bosnia and Herzegovina 2005, 2020 Oil on linen 340 x 525 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij Calf, 2019, Oil on canvas, 250 x 200 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij Iraq 2003, 2019, Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij Overview of 'Should All Wounds Be Healed' (2020) at Upstream Gallery. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Teatro la Tregua. Poland July 1945, 2014, Oil on canvas, 340 x 525 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Wild Flowers, 2020, Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Prison, Egypt 2015, 2016-2018, Oil on linen, 200 x 340 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. 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. 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. 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 60 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Installation view 'Teatro La Tregua, Arab Spring, Veterans' Flame and other stories'. 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. 'War Story Teller, No. 3', 2012, oil on paper. 60 x 50 cm. 'War Story Teller', 2012, oil on paper, 60 x 50 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 I', 2009, oil on canvas. 44 x 36 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Rape-Hotel/Bosnia 1992', 2008, oil on linen, 325 x 400 cm. '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. 'Mass grave Iraq 2003', 2006-7, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm. '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

There is always a tension between attraction and repulsion in Ophuis’ work: the paintings contain a beauty but cause a shudder at the same time. With his distinctive paint treatment and meticulous compositions, Ophuis strategically makes use of that which the aesthetic of oil painting offers him. But the subjects he choses are usually confrontational, expecting the viewer to take a stand on what is depicted. With the power of painting, Ophuis challenges the viewer to relate to the content of the work.

Ronald Ophuis (1968) lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied at the Aki Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He won various awards including the Jeanne Oosting Prijs (2004), the Charlotte Köhler Prijs (1998) and the Kunstprijs Provincie Overijssel (1997). He had solo exhibitions in the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Jan Cunen Museum Oss and in a variety of international galleries. His work was also shown in a large variety of group exhibitions in The Netherlands and abroad, including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Arnhem, Museum De Paviljoens Almere, Fondation Francès Senlis, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Kunsthal Rotterdam and Stedelijk Museum Zwolle. His work is included in leading collections of private, corporate and museum collections such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Centraal Museum Utrecht and Museum De Fundatie Zwolle.

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Exhibitions

Should All Wounds Be Healed?

29 Aug - 17 Oct '20

Guerre(s)

18 Dec '19 - 1 Feb '20

Flowers and Skulls

23 Feb - 23 Mar '19

Out of Office

11 Dec '18 - 7 Apr '19

Souffle

10 Oct - 17 Oct '18

The Line-Up: The Power of Drawing

22 Sep - 18 Nov '18

Painful Painting

22 Oct - 10 Nov '18

ASYNCHRONOUS

30 Jun - 25 Aug '18

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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