Gallery Opening

Ron Fortier/Abstract Painter

The intention is to create nothing while bringing order to the ensuing chaos. My collectors and followers have interpreted my work as lyrical and musical. Art Historian Kirk Varnedoe wrote, “There is a creative act involved by the receiver as well as the sender and that makes for innovation. Both sides are equally important.”

Therefore. I present a proposition to you that may be true and false: There’s more reality in my abstract work, even a painting of nothing, than in a work of objective realism. And, whatever it may actually be, I continue to stretch, to seek it out and to understand it.

Event Information

Join Uptown Café & Gallery for our official gallery opening and first featured artist with appetizers and live music.

  • Exhibit Preview: 27 October from 4 to 6 pm
  • Vernissage: 27 October from 7 to 9 pm - Ron Fortier’s Solo Exhibition
  • Official Gallery Opening: 28 October from 12 pm - 4pm


Ron Fortier spent his early childhood in New York City where his grand-uncle Luiz took him to visit art galleries and museums nearly every day. He and his single mother, a Portuguese Fado singer of some note, later returned to Massachusetts where he was born. While in high school, he was a set designer and painter for the Opera Department at Southeastern Massachusetts University. Ron was accepted to the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston but decided to attend the Southeastern Massachusetts University (today’s University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), where worked for Boris Goldovsky, the Voice of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. A voice he was very familiar with since his grand-uncle was a fan of the maestro’s broadcasts. After he received his BFA in Painting from Southeastern Massachusetts University, he was accepted to the MFA program at the University of Miami on a full-ride scholarship. He was approached on opening the night of his MFA thesis show by the Medici-Berenson Gallery for representation. He was an adjunct professor in 2D studio and Art History. Now retired from a 40+ year career in marketing as an advertising creative, marketing consultant and an adjunct professor of marketing, he devotes his energy to maintain his career as an abstract painter on an international level. Ron paints prolifically and has participated in various group and individual exhibitions in the United States and Europe. His work is represented in various private collections. He lived in Figueira da Foz on the Silver Coast of Mainland Portugal until recently where he painted over one hundred canvases in one year. His primary residence is in the historic seacoast town of Fairhaven on the South Coast of Massachusetts. Ron continues to maintain a studio in Portugal where he is represented by the Galeria O Rastro. Please visit www.ronfortier.net for more information.