Crowned with a canine's head, the bare body of a man tattooed with enigmatic symbols is engulfed in a camouflage pattern. These clues leave viewers with enough to draw a haunting narrative - the pattern evokes that of a soldier, the inked body of a muscled man suggests that of strength and grit, and the animal head reveals that of a human reduced to a beast. A crowd of skulls in varied shapes and sizes frames the canvas some bones float above the rest, others sink. Known for using skins and beasts as metaphors to confront contemporary issues, Ronald Ventura explores layered identities with complex disguises in this work. “Camo” is a multifaceted piece wherein Ventura implores viewers to ponder on prevailing concerns on warfare, humanity, and the price of fighting for a nation. In the midst of war, who are the beasts hiding in disguise? Who gets stripped of humanity? And who are the voices left unheard? “Camo” is a testimony to Ventura’s acclaimed ability in utilizing hyperrealism to challenge glaring realities—a quality that has garnered him both critical and commercial acclaim and cemented him as a leading contemporary Southeast Asian artist. In this piece, polished figures and intricate details are not used to beautify —instead, they are emphasized to provoke, question, and illuminate.