Ran Ortner is an American artist, surfer and passionate about the sea and the ocean, who creates impressive photo-realistic paintings of waves.
Using oil paint, Ortner plays with great ease on the lights, the focal length and the details of his huge waves, making the result very realistic.
His background as a professional motorcycle racer influenced his interest in art.
Drawn to the physicality and energy of motorcycle racing Ortner later transferred this dynamism into his approach to painting.
Ortner studied art privately in Canada and the United Kingdom.
His conceptual sculptures and his paintings have been exhibited in Washington, North Carolina, California, New York, Belgium and Germany.
Ran was also a lecturer at the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Belgium. In 2008 and 2009 his work was in a traveling exhibition, “Falling Short of Knowing” which opened in New York and traveled to Singapore.
“In my art, I contemplate the collisions of opposites, from the most tender brutalities to the most devastating sensitivities. These paradoxes register within me and I can see myself within them.
I am continually surprised by the reflection between me, as an individual, and the environment within which I exist.
As Robert Lax said, “The blood within and the brine without.”
I often think about Rollo May’s idea that “sustained intensity equals ecstasy.”
“Every day I enter my studio, prepare my materials and, as James Joyce said, “go for the millionth time to encounter the reality of experience.” I find that sustaining the encounter with life’s biting reality is not “miserabilism,” but rather intense engagement. The undeniable union of life and death is not dire but majestic as evidenced by the inevitable crash of each cresting wave. In a tempest, distinctions blur registering in me as the rhythm of life’s dance. Life’s beauty is magnificent as it hangs at the edge of death, insisting upon its relevance and screaming with immediacy.”