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"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in The Netherlands in 1968, he lives and works in Amsterdam.

Ronald Ophuis defines himself as a “painting war reporter” who wants to show “the pain suffered by normal people in extreme circumstances.” A recurrent theme in his work is pain and violence, be it physical, sexual or psychological. Ophuis paints big format paintings representing some of the greatest tragedies and conflicts of the 20th century, like the Srebrenica massacre (Bosnia, 1995), the Rwandan Genocide (1994), the Beslan school siege (North Ossetia, 2004) or the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991-2002). He also paints portraits of civilians who got caught in these conflicts after he interviewed them about their personal experience. Ophuis has also painted more intimate tragedies, like rape scenes, or miscarriages, and doesn’t shy away from representing sexual acts. His art has caused a series of controversies due to their graphic rendition of human suffering.


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