Size: 14"W x 17"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
I start with ideas in relation to my environment. I am driven by curiosity. Around 2007, I found a small art store in Korea town, LA, which sold large amounts of Sumi Ink (Japanese black carbon based ink). So the question goes, "how can I get the most of what is around and turn it into something, a thing." Some sort of alchemy. I have always been fascinated by hand markings, calligraphy, signatures, undulating lines-baroque like qualities. Then in 2011, I use to take my mother to get her chemo, I had to wait...I thought what would be small enough and easy to take in car? Pens and a book of Bristol Paper, did the trick. The results are these drawings posted here. The influence at that time is the Missoni brand designs: layering line created moire effects and architectural forms that also produce optical illusions.
I enjoy exploring the contradiction between spontaneity and control in my work.
Ronald Rupert Santos is a working artist with a studio in Los Angeles, Ca.. He recently had a solo show at Klowden Mann Gallery, David Draper Space in Los Angeles, also at UCLA Biennial, 2000 and included in the Hammer Museum "Snapshot" show, 2001. Ronald began as a self taught artist and much of what he has learned has come from his interaction and observation of various arts. While growing up in Los Angeles, Ronald became fascinated with photographs, paintings, sculpture and especially drawings. He often visited galleries and museums and eventually developed his aesthetics and techniques at California State University, Long Beach (BFA Photography) 1996 and at Otis College of Art and Design (MFA-New Genres) 2001. His work is in private collections in the United States and Europe. Ronald Rupert Santos was born in Manila, Philippines, 1966.