Ronald Vill Mantilla, Cuba | 1991
Ronald Vill's photography explores the theme of identity from a very personal perspective. His imagery, like domestic scenes, are a personal mosaic of evocations of our collective needs: food, shelter, sleep, belonging, connection, beliefs etc. and the outcomes that occur when they are not fulfilled. His photography is unexpected, like a strange memory where imagination and reality intermingle between ambiguity and surreality.
Vill was born in Mantilla, a marginal neighborhood on the outskirts of Havana, son of a family rooted in Afro-Cuban religious beliefs where he wanted to be a writer. He began his first steps in photography towards 2012, at the School of Creative Photography in Havana, where he found a new way to narrate himself and others.
In my work I mix my childhood, my real memories, my invented memories, what I see, what I imagine, what I steal, what I copy, what I live. Everything becomes an image.
His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions the Unites States and Cuba, where he has become a resident artist in the Cuban Art Factory. His work is held in the collection of 21c Museum Hotels, as well as private collections in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Norway and France.
The artist lives and works in Havana, Cuba.
Ain't No CureGroup Show July 15 - September 5, 2021On April 17, 1961, in the early morning, would begin what has become known in history as the Bay of Pigs: a full-scale invasion of Cuba by 1,400 American-trained Cubans....
El Zorro y La FlorRonald Vill August 4 - November 13, 2020Creativity finds a way in El Zorro y La Flor, a bountiful new series by Ronald Vill comprised of 72 digital drawings and an accompanying short film. Wrestling with...