"My works are the direct transmittal of my overwhelming emotions at this given time which yearns to see and understand possibilities that are perhaps more desirable. I fill the surfaces of my canvas with contents, colors, lines, gestures, and smears, and splotches, all of which constitute my assuredly formal and matured sensibilities in my medium. What permeates in my works is the presence of unrestrained freedom.Yet with all the aesthetic expectations of formality such as texture, materiality and process, my work resonates and abounds the qualities and the sense of effortlessness. All the while, I retain to purify and perfect my techniques as I persistently interact with my canvas, and my tools also ever paying close attention to the physical qualities of my paintings in the end. Expectedly, I continue to set aside logic as lens to realities. As an abstract artist, I always been devoted to feelings and this is evident in how I allow myself to play with psyche and unconsciousness and speak earnestly and straight forwardly from my heart to share my inner views of existence." - Fitz Herrera
Up-and-coming Filipina artist Celeste Quilantang debuts with her first solo exhibition in Singapore, Even a cat may look at a king, at Pinta Contemporary Art Space on September 30 to October 30, 2018. The show is part of the 12th edition of Philippine Art Trek, an annual art festival celebrating Filipino artistry in Singapore, sponsored by the Philippine Embassy. Pinta Contemporary, a Filipino artist space joins the festival also in its maiden year.
On 1 September 2018, ArtistSpace presents IN PRAISE OF VULNERABILITY, the fourth solo exhibition of visual artist, Martie Datu.
We often associate vulnerability with weakness, yet we neglect how it is one of humanity’s greatest assets.
Visual artist Martie Datu shares the role that vulnerability plays in the new chapter of her life. Her fourth solo exhibition is a celebration of how she found beauty in this quality, as she welcomes the joys and challenges of motherhood.
An Italian in Manila: An Exhibition Tribute to Mrs. Silvana Diaz (43 years of Philippine Art Patronage)
This coming September 1 will be an exhibition thrown by the closest artist friends of Silvana Ancellotti-Diaz who will celebrate her 43 years of dedication and art patronage through the establishment of Galleria Duemila (the longest running commercial gallery) and organizing major exhibition and retrospectives throughout these years.
An Italian in Manila: An Exhibition Tribute to Mrs. Silvana Diaz (43 years of Philippine Art Patronage), traverses the friendship and the support Mrs. Silvana Diaz has catered to these artists. It is time to reverse the spotlight, to pull the theme around and reflect on all the help and support of all the cultural workers most specifically an Italian woman in Manila.
The participating artists are R.M de Leon, Jonathan Olazo and Trek Valdizno.
Ronson Culibrina's latest solo show "Above Sea Level" will be in Yavuz Gallery in Singapore.
Above Sea Level presents scenes of a coastal town on the verge of decline due to human exploitation. Inspired by a crisis confronting the artist’s own hometown in the Philippines, Culibrina’s new works tell the tale of a town amidst a conflict between survival and progress, struggling to preserve ecological harmony and balance.
Text and photos by Marz Aglipay
Galleria Duemila being the oldest art gallery in Metro Manila celebrates its 43rd year in business. To celebrate this milestone, Galleria Duemila held a group show titled "A Celebration of Friends" at Finale Art File. This act of camaraderie goes to show that gallery owners maintain ties of friendship despite the small competitive nature of the art scene in Manila.
Silvana Diaz, a prominent personality in the local art scene, is a patron and a stalwart for the preservation of many cultural and heritage efforts in the country. During the opening of "A Celebration of Friends", Diaz saw the all works that have been gathered for this exhibit for the first time. She described it as a very emotional moment.
The size of Manila's gallery circuit feels like a small place for gallery owners as they tend to share artists and clientele. Looking past its competitive nature, the longevity of some galleries has paved opportunities for collaboration and friendship. One such case is the friendship between Galleria Duemila's owner Silvana Diaz and Finale Art File's Vita Sarenas.
Pope Bacay's third solo exhibition titled Viewfinder presents a shift in perspective, a dislocation of the gaze, as he places the viewer on the other side of the landscape. Opaque and enigmatic, these works are a continuation of Bacay’s renderings of architectural features of houses, as much as they stem from the artist’s other body of work, his landscape paintings. Here, the window– the oft-invisible frame that acts as viewfinder–becomes the strange object of one’s attention.