Biography of Ronald Regamey 2019
Born of Swiss and German descent, Ronald Regamey was born in Ontario after his parents immigrated to Canada in the sixties. While he and his family of eight siblings did not have much, Ronald was motivated to take control of his life. After studying fine arts at the Okanagan College, Ronald moved to Switzerland in the late 80’s. Continuing his studies abroad, Ronald attended ceramic school and completed his education as a ceramist. His career took a turn, and he began working with the developmentally disabled. Focussing on creativity and daily care, Ronald continued his studies of both social work, and the arts. Now living back in Canada, Ronald’s work represents an accumulation of his life. Interested in approaching the unapproachable while embracing forms, shapes and colors, Ronald is attracted to mediums that support his own exploration. This journey allows Ronald to create truly unique work, which stems from the unusual path, which his life has taken. Ronald is an elected member to the Ontario Society of Artists
1968 born in Bowmanville, Ontario Canada
1974 - 1986 Elementary and High School Education
1986 - 1988 Fine Arts Program, Kelowna, British Columbia , Canada
1990 - 1994 School of Design for Ceramics, Bern, Switzerland
1997 - 2000 School for the developmental disabilities and physical persons, Switzerland
2019 - Elected member to the Ontario Society of Artists
My work represents a gradual accumulation of my life and occupational undertaking that has led me to this point and onwards. I try to invoke various aspects of my life that have occurred and incorporated that into my process.
This approach of educational and personal experience has allowed me to understand issues and social dilemmas, and has enabled me to expand my imagination based on these familiarities. I am interested in approaching the unapproachable by embracing and exploring forms, shapes and colors – to understand a more direct visual and emotional connection. I am attracted to mediums that support this process. I have had a long-time interest in paper. I incorporate several steps: preparation, incubation, implementation, workflow, final piece and self-reflection. This allowed me to activate and challenge myself, but at the same time control the different strengts and weakness I might encounter in my journey.
By going beyond these limits of exploration, I can identify inspiration, impulse and everyday behavior. What I hope to achieve is not a path of self-fulfilling confusion, but rather points of directional exploration, achieving different distinctions regardless of where they may lead me. This allows me to create unique work based on the things that have effected me and guided me throughout my life.
Physical details of my work:
I work with paper and glue and taught myself the Quilling technique. After choosing the color, I start cutting the strips for every single form. Then the pieces are formed and glued together to create a large Mandala shape. Each finished piece can take many hours to complete. I prefer this technique and material because of its simplicity, which allows me to create a cohesive process that is filled with many details.
Describe the light in your piece:
My piece uses form and space to symbolize the light. I was inspired to create my pieces based on my desire to learn and create new geometric forms into a Mandala. Light has always had an emotional contribution to how I see and feel things. I see forms, shapes, light and shadow in nature wherever I look. I incorporate this into my work much like a tool, with several variations, and distinctive organized ideas. It represents a gradual accumulation of my life that has led me to this point and onwards. I try to invoke various aspects of my experiences and incorporate that into my process. I am hoping the viewer will feel satisfied and intrigued by what they see before them.
About Fascination: Paper Reflections
Light has always had an emotional contribution to how Ronald sees and feels the world. Combining this with his fascination with paper, Ronald taught himself the Quilling technique. This allows his work, using paper and glue, to take on bold and symmetrical shapes. Starting by cutting the strips of paper that will be used in each form, Ronald moulds each form into place, and glues them together to create a large mandala shape. Each finished piece can take up to 25 hours to complete, and consists of 600 or 700 strips of paper. The simplicity of this process has allowed Ronald to create a cohesive piece, which shines in specific details.
TWAC CNE - People’s Choice, Best in Cat. “Other”, 210 Princes Blvd, Toronto, Ontario - Link
OSA - OSA Japanese Paper Place Award, April 12th, 2018 - Link
Latcham Gallery - People’s Choice Award 2018, Annual Juried Exhibition, 2018 - Link
Gallery in the Grove - People’s Choice Award 2018, Annual Juried Exhibition, 2018 - Link
ArtAscent - Art & Literature Journal - June 2017 - Page 68/69 - Link