Twentyseventh episode of the program “Pralines. Deliciousness from the world of art” by Ly thi Thanh Thao and Sergio Mandelli dedicated to Omar Ronda.
Omar Ronda is born in Biella in 1947.
The young Omar has an undisciplined character; and dedicates little time to his studies.
Instead he loves nature, colors, and objects.
He loves walking in the woods; as soon as Omar Ronda arrives home, he takes colors and begins to paint; but above all, he begins to disassemble objects, then reassembles them.
As he grows up, he discovers that all he’s been engaging in has close connection with contemporary art.
Thereafter he becomes a zealous gallery- goer in Milan.
At the age of twenty, after the military service, Omar Ronda opens his first gallery.
He collaborates with two important Italian gallerists, namely Gian Enzo Sperone and Lucio Amelio, to organize shows of the protagonists of the Arte Povera movement, and later on, of the principal artists of the Italian Transavantgarde.
In 1973 he decides to move to New York, where he remains for one year. There, he comes to know Leo Castelli and Ileana Sonnabend, who introduce him to the prime exponents of the art panorama of those days, Andy Warhol, among others.
Successively Omar Ronda, together with Lucrezia di Domizio Durini, organizes events with artists of the caliber of Josef Beuys.
Omar Ronda, over those years, has never abandoned his passion for artistic creation, so by the end of the 1980s, he decides to dedicate himself full time to making art.
Above all he concentrates on plastics, an industrial material he finds so appealing.
Omar Ronda believes that plastics conserve memories of the universe, and eventually the use of plastics may help us ideally travel across millennium.
He makes his début by taking part in a project for the Royal Palace of Caserta in 1988, where he employs phosphor along with plastic materials.
In 1990 he installs a pyramid of golden plastics nearly on the summit of Mont Blanc, where he remains for six days and six nights.
His first paintings belong to the series called “Genetic Fusion”. They are on view at prestigious galleries.
In 1994, together with other artists, Omar Ronda founds a group called “Cracking Art”, whose name is derived from the working process of petroleum necessary to produce polymers of plastic materials.
Omar Ronda’s work is highly appreciated by important critics such as Philippe Daverio, who works with him in projects of great visibility, and Harald Szeeman, who invites him to the 2001 Venice Biennale, where he creates a memorable installation of six thousand golden turtles.
But the most intriguing work, to which Omar Ronda has dedicated his energy for years, remains the realization of a Wunderkammer, a room of wonders, in which he exposes his paintings in a way so as to stimulate in the viewer a feeling of wonder blended with a love for kitsch.