“In the shadow of my mind springs light”, Ronald Martinez
Paintings or photographs? The question arises in front of the striking images of Ronald Martinez, which immediately evoke the pictorial power of the great masters of the Renaissance. The artist defines himself as ” a photographer who paints with light “. He pushes the boundaries of photography in his “ Nus Divins” where the dramatic use of light sublimates the sacred dimension of bodies.
A photographer for more than 20 years, Ronald Martinez made his debut at the Midi Libre before opening his own studio in Paris. Armed with his Nikon, he works in collaboration with modeling agencies, actors, but also with filmmakers such as Agnès Varda or Mathieu Demy for whom he produces, in particular, the shots for the poster of the film “Americano”.
From 2011, he began to work on the technique of chiaroscuro. Fascinated by Renaissance painting, he draws his inspiration from the works of Caravaggio, Velasquez, Michelangelo, Vermeer and Ingres. “Unlike most photographers, I work in the shadows and in the complexity of my mind,” says Ronald.
Driven by the search for beauty and by a form of transcendence, Ronald Martinez has deepened his research around light to sculpt the contours of bodies and sublimate carnations, in refined works where the border between painting and photography becomes permeable. There is no computer editing in his work.
Seduced by these first nudes, the gallery owner Maurizio Nobile invited him to continue his research in his photo studio in Bologna, the city of Caravaggio, where Ronald scoured the churches and immersed himself in religious scenes from the Quattrocento. No reconstitution, however, in the works he produces, but a reinvention of painting with the language of photography which tends towards the universal, the timeless.
The lighting, like the knife of desire, sculpts the subject on a black background which plunges it into an abyssal void. Each image sends us back to our own loneliness and illustrates the transitory aspect of life, the emptiness of existence, inevitable death… A dark part that the photographer entirely assumes.
Ronald Martinez is present in many international private collections. A recognition that leads him to continue his artistic research on chiaroscuro.