Nanjing City of Peace

Every year the “The Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders” organises a series of events to commemorate the International Peace day on the 21st of September.

In 2017 I was invited to take part in one of these activities by creating a 4 x 2 meters painting that was colored along with the people visiting the activity. The large painting was later donated to the museum.

For 2019 I received an email from “The Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders” inviting me to submit designs for the “Nanjing • City of Peace” Philatelic International Design Competition” a series of postal stamp that will be produced under the theme Nanjing City of Peace.

Being a long time habitant of Nanjing I have chosen to work with what I consider are the most relevant icons that represent the city. The first icon I decided to use is the mythical creature called “Pixiu 貔貅” which is considered a protector against the evil entities.

A statue of Pixiu is located at Zhongshan gate and welcomes the people entering the city through the very same gate that during the war saw the first invading troops breaching the city by land.

In my interpretation the Pixiu is holding a white dove, universal symbol of peace, in its lifted paw. Its a representation of the peace and harmony that today reigns in the city of Nanjing, which serves as an example of friendship and good relationships.

For my second submission I used a symbol that represents the city of Nanjing, the plum blossom flower, which we can see present in many places from the subway tokens to many logos and icons across Nanjing.

After the war, the city was gifted with several gardens filled with this magnificent and beautiful tree which flowers represent not only beauty but also endurance, it is today the strongest representation of peace, friendship, fraternity between the two nations that were once at war.

The white dove traditionally carries in its beak a branch of Olive as a representation of peace, in this case, the white dove carries a branch of plum blossoms as a message not only of peace but also fraternity and harmony. 

Both compositions were originally hand sketched on the one line drawing technique characteristic of my work, later vectorized and colorized on computer graphic software. 

Flash Retrospective and Live Painting Event

On May 28th, 2019 I was invited to participate in the inauguration of an amazing creative center and art space located in the beautiful small city of Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province.

My participation consisted on a small retrospective exhibition of my work with pieces produced from 2016 to present and the creation of a painting with the theme of the “Red Boat Ideology” in front of the guests to the event who were mostly local government officials, art academics and local artists.

I shared this event with the amazing Russian street artist Feat Pavel who created and amazing mural for the venue under the same theme of the Red Boat.

The sketch for the live painting performance was produced on site, due to the limited amount of time available to produce the piece (only 2 hours), it needed to be simple and capture the idea suggested of the Red Boat theme. The result was the woman, representing the seductive country of China, carefully holding in her hand a red boat like a precious jewel.

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.