Art Talk with Elevate Shanghai

On July 30th I was invited by Elevate Shanghai as featured artist to give a presentation about my trajectory as an artist, my roots and the process behind my work

Elevate it’s a media platform ran by a collective of foreigners and Chinese locals dedicated to the promotion, diffusion and support of the arts in the local community through cultural and artistic events. Every month they feature one or two artists to give a talk about their trajectory and current projects.

I had the chance to talk about how much influence had in me being born in a family of artists, both my mom and dad were accomplished commercial artists and that was in fact how they met and got together.

I also talked about my earliest influences, favorite artists and how I got into the work that I have been consistently producing for so many years until now.

My presentation concluded with what I think are the most important aspects of being a real artist. “Sustained Work – Intention / Purpose – Consistency” and of course the importance of having a humble and honest approach towards your work and your audience.

Due to the strong rain that afternoon and the characteristic Shanghai summer heat the audience was reduce but it helped to create a cozy and intimate atmosphere which allowed a great Q&A session and conversation at the end.

Birds For a Good Cause

CriticaArts for People Festival

I always try to make time to participate in initiatives that can contribute to the community where I live even if is just a little bit. The best way I find to do this is by donating my work either as a graphic designer or as an artist like in this case donating my artwork to help raise funds.

This is my second year working with B人bel, an organization based in Shanghai – China which main premise is:

“…to create a more inclusive and equal society. We want everyone to see the humanity in all people, regardless of their identity, ethnicity, gender, special needs, sexual orientation, or background.”

more information at https://pyramidofbabel.org/

Last year I participated as a guest artist along several other very talented in the first edition of “CriticaArts for People Festival

For several weeks an engaged Shanghai community could participate in exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, workshops and several other interesting activities.

For the second year of Critica I created a series of six hand painted notebook covers that will be sold to along other goodies to raise fund for future Babel initiatives.

The series of drawings is inspired on birds and the idea of achieving freedom after and taking off after the proper care and nurture which is basically the reason and purpose of B人bel.

Connecting Dots

Contemporary Art Exhibition at 1929 Art Space in Shanghai May 18th – 27th

Series Venus by Ronald Paredes (mundosanto)
Venus Reclined #1
Morphing Venus
Venus Reclined #2
Venus Series at Connecting Dots Art Exhibition

On May 18th 2019 was the Opening of the collective exhibition “Connecting Dots”, organized and curated by a collaboration between Sino-Architecture, NSHSG, Elevate Art, Hush Hush, and Shanghai Madness Creative Collective, using the Shanghai Sketch Group in WeChat as a main platform for promotion, submission and selection.

I was selected to participate in this exhibition along other 42 highly talented artists, some of them were showing their work for the first time as some other artist have a more extensive trajectory.

The three pieces I submitted belong to a series of drawings called Venus I created back in 2017, inspired in the female figure going through the process of pregnancy as a tribute to all women who feel unattractive while going through this difficult yet beautiful period.

Although I produced these pieces a while ago I haven’t been able to show them in an exhibition before, that is due to their suggestive content and the restrictions and prohibitions the Chinese government impose on the diffusion of material that could be perceived and pornographic, erotic or simply offensive, regardless of the media. It is not easy to find a platform that would dare to show this kind of work.

Crouching Woman

The exercise consists on fitting the female figure in an specific shape with a meaningful posture and gesture using a single continuous line

Crouching Woman