Rute Ventura "Kim Jong-il Voodoo Doll"
Rute Ventura "Kim Jong-il Voodoo Doll" 2018
Mixed Media - Wood, Felt, Thread
Dimensions 5.5 x 7.5 in
Signed on verso, Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Rute Ventura is a fine artist born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1982. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sculpture in 2004 and with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 2006 from the School of Art and Design in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. Rute started her visual arts education at António Arroio High School of Arts and at the Portuguese National Society of Arts, in Lisbon. In 2005, she received a grant for an abroad program of studies at Accademia di Belli Arti in Venice, Italy and returned to the country in 2014 to study trompe l’oeil techniques at the Accademia del Superfuluo in Rome. As a multidisciplinary artist, Rute Ventura’s artwork ranges in medium from drawing and painting to sculpture, video and installation. Rute is also an art educator. After moving to New York City in 2009, she started working as a teaching artist with the nonprofit Doing Art Together, providing art workshops for under-resourced crowds in New York City public schools and alternative sites. She also collaborates with the Romare Bearden Foundation, Pequot Library in Connecticut, Start.Social in Portugal and the City College of New York.
Statement on Artwork:
"The Pig-men Voodoo Doll series reflect on both historical and living men that have led nations around the world. Dictators who have abused their authoritarian power to force suppression of the opposition and to control the media. This series is a reminder of the atrocities committed by the men that lead or still lead nations with disregard for human rights.”