Artist’s Statement

It is said that most of us will never write a great novel, but all of us will live one. It is for this reason that I photograph, to capture the ever-changing and infinitely unique pages of the novel of my life. The people and places in my photos also exist in the novels of their lives of these places and are characters in my novel as I am in theirs. We exist through these novels. I photograph this existence and bear witness to life.


Born in Havana and raised in Chicago and Miami, Ralph Ventura is a fine-art and documentary photographer and has photographed professionally for many years. He has served on the board of the Bakehouse Art Complex for four years, two as its vice-president and was a resident artist at the Bakehouse for three years.