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    Devi

    24 Apr 2021 – 23 May 2021

    Devi – the title of this exhibit – means "heavenly, divine, anything of excellence. "It is the feminine equivalent of a deity or god in Sanskrit, deva being the masculine form. The term diwata is a derivative of deva. In this collection of paintings, the artist Guy Custodio portrays his inspired goddesses either in the Spanish colonial finery of the 1800s or in the precolonial costumes of our ancestors, complete with gold jewelry that used to be part of their everyday attire. Custodio, whose roots are in Spain, is influenced by Spanish religious art. And so, just as the enshrined image of the Macarena in Sevilla, Spain is overdressed with embroidery and lace, Custodio’s deities are as elaborately fitted out. For the quincentennial celebration of Christianity in the Philippines, he produced twelve original artworks about Philippine mythological deities, in recognition that before the arrival of Christianity in our islands we believed in Diwata and Bathala, much in the same way that we believe in Christianitytoday. He chosemyths, legends and folklore because, like in the creation process,these stories generate extensive symbolism from unknown origin and without boundaries. Custodio does not pretend to impress a new creation through his paints and brushes, but simply wishes to convey an essential expression of delight. The ever-present jar (balanga, belanga, or banga) in all his paintings alludes to its important role in our ancestors’ life and death – fermenting rice, storing food and water, cooking, and burying the dead. And in the latter context, its significance even extends to the afterlife. Custodio also created his own petroglyphs and his own Kawi-and Baybayin-like scripts, suspended behind abstract frameworks. The pusô (boiled rice in woven pouch of palm leaves) in the Salembangen painting is in homage to the practice bypre-Hispanic Filipinos of making offerings of pusô to the Diwata spirits, and of its use in rituals, festivities, and religious events. The artist created original patterns of batik and banigas uniquely-designed background for his paintings. Most of the titles, characters, and stories of the paintings were invented, reimagined, and retold folktales. Note that in the first three paintings Custodio described all the elements surrounding each deity, but he left the rest of the paintings open to the viewer’s imagination. The artworks were painted in oil, charcoal, pastel, chalk, metal leaf and acrylic on canvas. Guy Custodio is a visual artist and a painting conservator. He studied fine arts in Los Angeles, California and lived in Spain for more than two decades, where he also studied restoration of religious art and painting conservation under distinguished professors from Escuela de Artes y Antiguedades and the Istituto Centrale del Restauro. He lived in Bohol where he restored many church retablos and ceiling paintings. He held several exhibits in Manila; and recently has been commissioned by the National Museum of the Philippines to restore the ceiling paintings and retablos of colonial churches in Bohol and Samar. -Ruby Candelaria Escosa

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    Spatial Spotlight

    20 Mar 2021 – 11 Apr 2021

    Spatial Spotlight gathers some of the Philippines’ best and brightest abstractionists working today, namely Nestor Vinluan, Kenneth Montegrande, Josep Pascual, Raul Isidro, Raul Lebajo, Poch Naval, Jacob Lindo, Binong Javier, Sio Montera, Niño Hernandez, J Consunji, Eddie Santillan, Louie Ignacio, Pete Jimenez, Melbourne Aquino, Marlon Magbanua, Jonathan Olazo, Pancho Piano, Raul Rodriguez, and Red Mansueto. The exhibit demonstrates this group of artists’ excellent command of their craftsmanship, drawing the viewers attention to their magnetic use of colors, shapes, gestural markings, and forms. Grouped together, the works coalesce and reveal the groups’ masterful ability to translate their ideas onto a blank canvas, spotlighting their magnificent use of space as a vehicle for their imaginative depictions of visual reality.

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    Of Art and Her Stories

    20 Mar 2021 – 11 Apr 2021

    Art. Story. Her story. It is where women and their art forms meld in wonderful visual harmony to tell each of their unique stories through their creations. In these current times, gone are the days that art is predominantly male because the female psyche has been emerging tremendously. Women are equally prolific, and in some cases, even more than men. But truth be told, art is and should never be about gender. It is all about the musings that translate cerebral abstracts from nothingness to magnificent works of visual arts. In the case of “Of Art and Her Story”, one will genuinely feel the emotions coming out of each stroke, each sheen, each scratch of the featured art pieces. And maybe, just wonderfully maybe, understand the creative processes that consumed all our female artists during their moments of creation. From mixed media, sculptures and even wearable art, “Of Art and Her Story” will give you more than just stories to tell.

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    The Mechanics of a Twittering Machine

    20 Feb 2021 – 14 Mar 2021

    In this exhibit, Gromyko Semper takes inspiration from Paul Klee’s painting “The Twittering Machine” which, like most of Klee’s works, melds the fields of biology and machinery together. Semper channels the most recognizable iconography of Klee’s painting into this series, such as loosely sketched birds and hand-crank gadgetry, but injects his own idiosyncratic style to the mix, effectively bringing Klee’s 1922 work to the present. Semper’s typical proclivities are on full display here: his fondness for juxtaposing asynchronous color fields, ephemeral scribbles, scientific notations, and odd characters from different periods of history. The works in this exhibit are characterized by a loose painterly approach, using old ephemera as a canvas for Semper’s superior academic drawing skills and contemporary painting technics, but also as instrument for experimentation. Mechanics of A Twittering Machine, as a whole, reflects Semper’s wide-ranging influences, from the occult to science fiction and graphic novels. The series makes use of Semper’s outlandish visual style as a visual vocabulary to voice out the artist’s growing concerns about the role of technology on our humanity and its impending dystopic tendencies.

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    Moon Screen

    16 Jan 2021 – 14 Feb 2021

    Every new year brings with it an opportunity for healing. As we bid farewell to the difficult year that was, we usher in the hope of renewal and recuperation. “Moonscreen” is a term used in a contemporary context to signify protection when leaving behind a dark chapter of life. Grasha Non draws inspiration from fairy tales and folklore, creating vibrant images that reveal the persistence of an intangible dimension and inspire in its audience a sense of wonder and naiveté. Gab Ferrer’s “Neurotic Spiritual” series consists of a series of drawings produced during community quarantine. The scarcity of art supplies and limited mobility complicated the artist’s process, forcing her to resort to basic materials to produce these works. Her drawings depart from Jung’s definition of neurotic tendencies resulting from “one-sidedness-holding,” a fixed, rigid, and “sometimes-extreme” perspective about yourself, the world, and life. Denver Garza’s works use cosmology and the medieval practice of alchemy as a form of reference. He places an emphasis on iconographies where dragons and serpents represent general themes. Julieanne Ng’s “Being on Trance” is an installation work made from discarded plastic size markers used for clothes hangers. These objects were recovered from Ng’s family’s plastic factory and repurposed to create the artist’s version of a Mandala. The works in this exhibition are instruments of well-being. In order to face the unbearable, the artists ponder about the cosmos, the imagined realities, and the spiritual world in order to find their way back to a place of control, calm, and peace. - Gwen Bautista, Curator

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    The History of Water

    16 Jan 2021 – 14 Feb 2021

    The History of Water: Joar Songcuya Curated by Charlie Samuya Veric Three-fourths of the natural world is water, a fact we tend to forget. In his inaugural solo show, Joar Songcuya returns our gaze to this forgotten milieu, disclosing a global history of oceans from the viewpoint of a Filipino mariner. In virtuosic works, Songcuya trains his telescopic eyes on the shapes of water. He reveals sunlight, cloud, fog, and rain—the weather defining maritime life. He also paints the never-ending arrivals and departures of ships, the emergences and disappearances of harbors that Songcuya has seen from ten years of global navigation from the Bay of Biscay to the wide Sargasso Sea. In doing so, Songcuya reveals the world of men at sea: the environment that shapes them and the longings that inspire their days. The pieces in the exhibition are richly atmospheric, the palettes and brushworks evoking a style that Songcuya has mastered idiomatically. Indeed, artists from Botticelli to Rembrandt, Hokusai to Turner, Homer to Sekula, and Hirst to Atienza have created pictures of oceans through the centuries. But not one of them was an actual sailor. Originally trained as a maritime engineer, Songcuya taught himself painting to escape from the engine rooms where he labored. A visual record of our times, the result is a sublime vision whose arrival The History of Water marks.

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    Met with Light

    12 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

    Have we lost our mornings—or our experience of mornings—because of the certainty we ascribe to them? “As surely as the sun rises”. Now more than ever, being in demand and always on the go has become a kind of status symbol. My works are an invitation for the viewer to take a moment to be still and hopefully, from this silence, there might grow a sense of presence that allows for other presences, of people and surroundings that we hardly spare a glance at as we rush through the day. I’m a morning person and these are my daily and occasional encounters. I captured sun-drenched scenes of people and their colored shadows—portraits of the morning, if you will. I am both a witness and a participant in those moments: the breaking of dawn and the cool air fading as the sun’s warmth radiates; the ringing of a school bell interrupted by the dark timbre of the church bell, the sound of a honking car overtaken by the sudden whistling from a neighbor’s kettle; the aroma of coffee and fried rice mingling with the smell of “siga” from meticulously gathered fallen leaves set aflame. And yet sometimes there come circumstances beyond our control that will make our experience of the morning light so much different from what we have always experienced. The morning surely comes but also always it is fleeting. - Adeo Sta. Juana, artist

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    Rondo

    12 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

    Featuring the works of Alessandro Papetti, Alfred Marasigan, Ambie Abaño, Cezar Arro, Darel Javier, Dengcoy Miel, Don Bryan Bunag, Efren Madlangsakay Jr., J Consunji ,Jay Ragma, Jemima Yabes, JM Saycon, Jo Tanierla, Joar Songcuya, Jonathan Benitez, Jhon Emerson Tejones, Justin Nuyda, Kenneth Montegrande, Kim Hamilton Sulit, Kim Santiago, Lorebert Maralita, Louie Ignacio, Marko Bello, Mario de Rivera, Martin Honasan, Nasser Zulueta, Niccolo Jose, Nile Pobadora, Norlie Meimbang, Olivia d'Aboville, RA Tijing, Reynold Dela Cruz, Roberto Feleo, Ron Mariñas, Tom Russ, Winner Jumalon

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    Mazescapes

    08 Oct 2020 – 08 Nov 2020

    MAZESCAPES Sam Penaso For his solo exhibition “Mazescapes”, multi-disciplinary artist Sam Penaso took inspiration from the skyways and scaffoldings being developed near his residence in Araneta Avenue. The result is a frenzied entanglement of lines, shapes, and colors made out of photographic silkscreen, which serves as a tribute to the ordered chaos of the urban landscape. Sam Penaso is a multi-disciplinary artist who dabbles in painting, sculpture and performance art. Penaso is also one of the core members of Tupada Action and Media Art (TAMA), a group of performance artists. He has held several solo exhibitions both locally and internationally, notably in Japan, Thailand, Austria, Germany, Singapore, New York, Abu Dhabi, and Berlin. He also represented the Philippines in the 8th Beijing Intl. Art Biennale in 2019. Penaso is the recipient of several art grants; including the Don Papa Rum residency in London in 2019, the Art Hub Artresidency in Abu Dhabi in 2014, and the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2013. Penaso was a finalist at the 2013 Winter Grand Salon Show in New York. In 2018, he was awarded the Metrobank Awards for Continuing Excellence and Service (Metrobank ACES). Most recently, he won the Excellence Award at 6th Geoje Intl. Art Festival, South Korea (2020).

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    Art Fair Philippines 2021

    04 May 2021 – 22 May 2021

    Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea is pleased to present its’ entries to the 2021 edition of Art Fair Philippines. “Habitat” is a group show featuring the talents of Ambie Abano, Joar Songcuya, Emman Acasio, J Consunji, Mario de Rivera, Clint Normandia, Nasser Zulueta, Tom Russ, Kenneth Montegrande, Noli Principe Manalang, and Guy Custodio. A habitat is a space where life dwells and flourishes. More than just physical structures; they are natural environments where life is most alive. In this exhibition, each work explores the habitats in which these artists put down their roots, the sacred spaces that these artists retreat to, and the resulting fruits of their artistic labor in these natural habitations. “Journey” is a solo exhibition featuring the works of the remarkable artist, Justin Nuyda. The name Justin Nuyda is synonymous with abstract paintings of rolling cloudscapes hovering over a horizon. But many might not know that the esteemed artist is also a lepidopterist or butterfly expert. Journey seeks to put Nuyda’s scientific and artistic pursuits on full display. Each piece in the collection comes from a series titled Search Mindscape which Nuyda produced over the course of twenty years and continued to refine even during the pandemic. At its core, these works are Nuyda at his most reflective, channeling his past experiences into works that showcase his immense growth as an artist, and the boundless creative journey he still has ahead of him.

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    Terminal Phase

    03 May 2021 – 23 May 2021

    Terminal Space is a group show featuring the works of Pat Santos, Randolf Novis, Jepoy Sario, Aliya Navarro, and Michael Ramos. The exhibit takes inspiration from the medical term that refers to the end stage of an incurable disease. The artists pull focus towards the emotional truth of someone facing the inescapable reality of death as it draws ever closer to them. Each work grapples with the grief, anxiety, and ultimately acceptance of this difficult and distressing period in one’s life.

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    Floral Splendor III

    24 Apr 2021 – 23 May 2021

    The FAM or Floral Artists Manila was formed by Addie Cukingnan and Remy Boquiren in 2019. The group sought to create an all-female art group whose members are known for their distinct floral artworks. Other group members include Tet Ureta Aligaen, Naomi Banal, Flor Baradi, Chie Cruz, Lanelle Abueva Fernando, Inka Madera, Mary Ann Reyes, Sheila Luis Tiangco, Lydia Velasco, and Lisa Villasenor. Now, the group brings the third installation of their esteemed Floral Splendour show to Altro Mondo Creative Space. The exhibit celebrates the unmistakable allure of flowers, rendered in the distinctive styles of each of these talented female artists.

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    ON THE RADAR

    20 Mar 2021 – 11 Apr 2021

    On The Radar is an all-female group show featuring the works of some of the most notable women artists working today, namely Is Jumalon, Brisa Amir, Bea Policarpio, Jan Sunday, Isha Naguiat, Justine Basa, Pepe Delfin, Pin Calacal, Gab Baez, Isobel Francisco, Tita Halaman, and Lea B. Rivera. The exhibit highlights the variety of work produced by these young women artists who are currently making a name for themselves in the local and international art scene in celebration of Women’s Month. As women artists are so often sidelined in favor of their male counterparts, this exhibit chooses to put them on the radar, so to speak, placing their stories and their bodies of work within the spectrum of the viewer’s awareness and attention.

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    Transformatika

    20 Feb 2021

    Each creation is a glimpse into an artist’s life. Each stroke sheds a part of his soul laid bare before us and his development is the testimony of a transcended difficult journey. Nasser Zulueta’s art reveals some turning points in his life that ushered his growth as an artist. Traversing the world alone at an early age and meeting many strangers along the way has influenced his technique and style—varied, spontaneous, and bold. He has lived many lives and using a single medium is never enough to tell his story. Look closely and you will discover order in chaos, light in darkness, and beauty in hideousness. Tom Russ’s artworks take us to a colorful journey down south. His art is highly influenced by his advocacy and his encounters with the Tri-People of Mindanao (Christians, Muslims and Lumads). Living and walking among them gave him a different perspective and anchored his artistic and personal transformation. Displacement, solitude, struggle, and injustice are central themes of his works.

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    Impression/Expression

    20 Feb 2021 – 14 Mar 2021

    Moving On…and On “Evolution” is a word that frequently comes up when discussing Markus Jentes’ latest body of work now on solo display at the “Impression, Expression” exhibit at Altro Mondo’s Espace Celine from February 20 to March 14, 2021. The show could prove edifying for us all, we who now find ourselves navigating a world that has been suddenly--and in many respects--permanently changed. By their nature, artists tune in and reveal this shared journey; and for this provocative ability, some have been deified. “Impression, Expression” offers a rare opportunity for audiences to more intimately sense the tumult, pain, and deliverance that moves artists. It reminds us that today we are on the same experiential plane. We certainly feel it, we are similarly moved. Of course the journey never ends. “One's work not only should reflect the emotions and experiences the artist wishes to display,” Markus told us one day. “The bigger picture is about assessing ones progression and reflecting on their evolution as they go along in life.” And one can certainly witness that progression in this exhibit. There is a noticeable movement away from the clean definition and sharp borders prevalent in his last show. Here we find melded, and dare we say refreshingly messier transitions between realms of color and texture. “Tomorrow’s Painted Desert” seems to capture a landscape aflame, shimmering with passion and alarm, and no doubt inspired by Markus’ once-in-a-lifetime drive through America’s outstretched Southwest, whose vast timelessness pokes fun at human affectation. “Desire’s Horizon” continues on as a flowing ode to the quickened pulses and expended energies we now know too well. A promise of fulfillment pulses at its cooler regal center, equal parts salve and temple to our swirling anxieties. “Crude” in outward guise is more deceptive, it’s chilling and reductionist contrasts delivering an eerie and unsettling calm via time-delay fuse. When the mist settles, it is an unexpected gift of serenity from the shadows. As a rule, Markus has been known to maintain a healthy altitude above the fraying issues of the day. This is how I’ve known him for all the years of our collaborations, and I would envy him for it. His last show was a bosom of colorful and sometimes whimsical adventure. It was thrilling and fun. “Impression Expression”, in touching on what moving on really means, is less so. It is more instinctive and captivates with a welcome anger, the first claws of discord finding their rightful places on his disciplined canvass. I would call it a breakthrough. - Gerrard Fabie

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    What Lives in Our Temple

    15 Jan 2021 – 14 Feb 2021

    As the pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt, the art world was not spared. As artists adjusted to the new normal brought about by these unfamiliar circumstances, so did the art-making process. After many months in solitude, visual artist Robert Besana found himself stripping down his artistic essentials and impulses down to his inherent spiritual aura. Armed with a paintbrush and a canvas, he deciphers the knowledge he’s accrued from the witnessing world’s struggle, and experiencing it for himself, during these desperate times. What Lives In Our Temple takes inspiration from the biblical passage written by the apostle Paul, where he refers to the body as a temple where holiness dwells, decrying the need to visit a gilded or ornate structure to worship God. The exhibit becomes an exercise in learning and unlearning, in both life and art. Besana does away with superfluity, instead paring his creative evocations down to their barest minimum, without the convoluted trappings and esoteric decorations that used to fill the empty spaces in his paintings. Besana fuses contemporary styles with traditional aesthetics in an effort to communicate the core in every Filipino’s personhood, the comprehension of which is tied deeply with one’s acceptance and understanding of one’s faith.

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    A Way of Talking

    12 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

    Featuring work by artists Denver Garza, Mikko Baladjay, Rolf Campos, Ev Yu, Faye Pamintuan, Harvy Armada, Jobert Cruz, Teo Esguerra, and Rene Bituin

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    Better Days

    12 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

    Nelson Bosita is a self-taught artist and art educator. It is with great insight that he's able to share his teachings to the younger generation. He continues nurturing talents of the next generation through visiting artist lectures in private schools in Batangas. He conducts lectures, workshops and critiques while he continues as a studio artist and proceeds to pursue a burgeoning career as a contemporary artist in the Asian art scene. Edu Perreras is a promising visual artist from Angeles City, Pampanga. He is a self-taught painter who utilizes acrylic and water paint to bring to life realist and still life paintings.

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    Templanza

    14 Nov 2020 – 06 Dec 2020

    TEMPLANZA (Maraming Galaw) Diana Gomez's "Templanza (Maraming Galaw)" is the first installation in a series of works that looks into the changing cultural and physical contexts of artistic creation. Born in Colombia, Gomez had previously lived in Bogotá, Paris, and Accra. Today, she lives with her family in Manila. These relocations marked the artist's exploration of the shifting environments that surround her art practice. Drawn from one of the four cardinal virtues recognized by Plato, temperance is the practice of moderation and self-restraint. Gomez's attempt to recreate this virtue in this series is a way of understanding the hastiness of change in the places she had lived and how it had transformed an individual. Thus, the search for balance is emphasized and materialized through three art forms: painting, sculpture, and performance. In this exhibition, Gomez's paintings present gestural abstraction that simulates fragments of nature and the organic harmony it embodies. These gestures and markings elaborate the artist's control over the canvas, and the fluctuations in motion are observed. Thus, resulting in forms that appear like imagined landscapes. Meanwhile, to understand the cultural contexts of the places where her art-making resides, Gomez had worked with individuals in Manila to produce soap sculptures molded in the shape of a nose. Here, every sculpture represents someone Gomez had collaborated with while working on the pieces. In recognizing the places inhabited, the olfactory system is an essential part of perception. The sculptures contain relevant fragrances inspired by combining nature elements, thus, striking for that balance in our sense of smell. Finally, relational aesthetics come into play with Gomez's "Templanza (Maraming Galaw)". The installation's final stage is the distribution of the nose sculptures through a performance where the public is invited to smell the nose sculptures and then select from a pool any nose that they feel akin to. Thus, bringing back the notion of experience to the people in the location where the art was made and where it should live. About the artist Diana Gomez (b. 1975, Colombia) is an inter-disciplinary artist whose works range from painting, photography, sound installation, and performance. She received Masters in Fine Arts from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (Bogota) and University PARIS I Fontenay aux Roses (Paris). Her works were exhibited in different international art institutions in Colombia, France, Peru, Croatia, Romania, and Ghana.

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    Homing

    08 Oct 2020 – 08 Nov 2020

    HOMING Allain Hablo Allain Hablo is a prolific visual artist from Estancia, Iloilo City. His work ranges from mixed media to sculptures and portraiture. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Shell National Students Arts Competition, the Bangko Sentral National Painting Competition, the Philippine Art Awards, Garbo sa Bisaya (Pride of Visayas) Award, and the Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference (VIVA ExCon). He has also exhibited in galleries and art fairs in the Philippines and abroad, namely the Red Mill Gallery in Vermont, USA, Avellana Art Gallery, Galerie de Arsie, Casa Real de Iloilo, ManilArt, and Art Fair Philippines.

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    Chaos and Awe

    08 Oct 2020 – 08 Nov 2020

    CHAOS AND AWE Jaime Gubaton “Chaos and Awe” was born from artist Jaime Gubaton’s yearning for a more positive mindset, both from himself and the world around him. What started out as a simple response to the current global situation evolved into a trajectory from anxiety to hope, and a journey to see the good in everything in spite of the precariousness of the world we live in today. Jaime Gubaton was already winning art contests as far back as he can remember, beating other kids twice his height and age. Gubaton is a Fine Arts graduate with a major in Advertising from the University of the East Caloocan. He would eventually compete and win in bigger and more prestigious national competitions such as the PLDT-DPC National Cover Art Contest, Art Petron National Student Art Competition, Shell National Student Art Competition, Department of Agrarian Reform On-the Spot Painting Competition, and Metrobank Art & Design Excellence Painting Category. His artistic philosophy has inspired him to create works that show a deep respect for Philippine culture and tradition, as well as for his audience, whoever and whatever they are in life.

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    Vanitas

    03 Sep 2020 – 04 Oct 2020

    Vanitas paintings were once a common art style in the Netherlands of the 16th and 17th centuries. These paintings juxtaposed symbols of wealth, power, and worldly pleasures with symbols of death, as a reminder of the transience of life and the futility of earthly possessions. In this group show featuring work by Michael Villahermosa Froilan, Randolf Novis, Arian Trijo, and CJ Mabenta, the artists deftly navigate the fundamental nature of mortality and the temporality of earthly life, much like the paintings from which the show takes its name from. Michael V. Froilan is a visual artist based in Manila. In 2016, he was a finalist in the Maningning Miclat Painting Art Competition, the Shell National Student Art Competition, and the GSIS National On-The-Spot Painting Contest. He won the grand prize in the Petron National Student Art Competition in 2011. Randolf Karl B. Novis is a visual artist from Manila. He is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Commuication) program of the Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. In 2016, he was a finalist at the Shell National Art Competition. Christian Jane Maglente is a visual artist based in Quezon City. He is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) program of the Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. In 2016, he received the grand prize for his water-based works in the Vision Petron Art national art competition. He was also 1st Class Honour in the International Year of Biodiversity Art and Design Competition in Hong Kong. Adrian Philip D. Trijo is a visual artist from Manila with a Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Painting from the Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. In 2014, he participated in the 47th Shell Student Art Competition as well as the Vision Petron National Art Competition. He was a finalist in the CEMEX Painting Competition in 2015 and the MACC Painting Competition in 2016. He was also a semi-finalist in the Metrobank Arts and Design Excellence awards.

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    Uninterrupted

    03 Sep 2020 – 04 Oct 2020

    Uninterrupted is a group show that showcases artistic work that manifests the resilience of the human spirit and the inevitability that life goes on uninterrupted even in the face of trouble and uncertainty. The participating artists and their artworks are symbolic of the necessity of artmaking in times of crisis. BENJIE CABANGIS holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Philippines. In 1999, he received the Gawad Chanselor as the University of the Philippines’ Outstanding Visual Artist. He was held over twenty solo exhibitions and was a recipient of the CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee in 1978. Nature and representational images are central to Cabangis’ abstract art, which according to art critic Reuben Canete alludes to rolling atmosphere and storm-tossed oceans rendered in cubes and grids that segment and bracket off spaces with minimalist precision. JAY RAGMA is a visual artist from Caloocan City. He is a Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising Arts graduate from the University of the East, Caloocan, Philippines. Jay Ragma delivers canvases of retinal delight and energy, comprising of zinging threadlike fine lines in horizontal, vertical, diagonal and perpendicular direction. Tightly organized and compact in linear masses, the works are driven by accelerating speed, creating a virtual tapestry bursting at the seams, propelled by continuous movement and springing vibration. These paintings have their original roots in Futurism, the Italian movement whose manifesto declared that “the splendor of the world has been increased by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. As structures, they court an illusionary volume that seduces the viewer with their surprising lyricism and vitality”. JOSEP PASCUAL is a Fine Arts graduate from the University of the East. He is faithful to abstractions as this mirrors his personality and emotions, most. He seeks perfection and can redo work, over and over until he is pleased with what he sees. KENNETH MONTEGRANDE is distinctly one of the few young Filipino painters with an international reputation. He’s the first Filipino and also the first Southeast Asian artist whose work is housed in the prestigious collection of Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese tycoon and mega art collector who founded and currently directs the Contemporary Arts Foundation, based in Tokyo, Japan.Montegrande is also the youngest artist whose work forms part of the Malacañang Palace collection. LEE CACES is multimedia Artist based in Antipolo City whose works are inspired by his journeys through nature and the self. After leaving his work of 4 years in media, he now illustrates his local travels, designs merchandise, paints commercial murals and collaborates with brands. His style developed from quick digital portraits to painting abstract movement. The transition encouraged him to do his first solo show “Flow” in 2018 at Hidden Space Cubao. NORBERTO “LITO” CARATING is a multi-awarded painter who studied at the UP College of Fine Arts under the tutelage of the country’s foremost abstract expressionist, Jose Joya in the ’60s. His earliest renowned work was entitled “Laman-Lupa” which intrigued art critics for its “native sensibility that acknowledges local color and folk beliefs and narratives and a deeply felt and meditative nature.”Carating is well celebrated in over 40 years of painting, having been a recipient of prestigious awards including the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Award. He has exhibited in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Cuba, Canada and the US. MARKUS JENTES is a Manila-based contemporary artist / photographer known for using vibrant lines and shapes in subtle yet mesmerizing paintings. A Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from Pepperdine University, he developed a distinctive style that blends sharp geometric minimalism with bold colors. While much of his career focused on photography, graphic design and advertising, he learned to capitalize on his creative experiences. 2017was a welcome return to basics for Markus. With reinvigorated drive to pursue his artistic instincts, since then he’s launched new pieces that push for new frontiers - experimenting with abstract patterns, implementing dot designs, and mixing mediums. His driving goals remain simple and straightforward: to continuously create art that elevates consciousness (both his and the audience's), art that always seeks to inspire. MENELINE WONG holds a medical degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Santo Tomas and holds clinic at the Chinese General Hospital. She first dabbled into the arts in late 2017 by painting on paper. Soon after, she came across fluid art and tried her luck at the 2018 GSIS National Art Competition, where she won second place in the nonrepresentational category, becoming the first female artist to win a major award at the competition. She shines with her fast-rising take on fluid art, wherein the paint flows in gentle waves as much as it cracks like hard concrete, depending on the viewer’s perception. RED MANSUETO is a self-described abstract expressionist and creative environmentalist who splits his time between Manila and Hong Kong as a graphic designer and art director.As a young architecture enrollee in Cebu, he studied landscape rendering under fabled figurative maestro Martino Abellana. Mansueto’s multi-disciplinary practical features a visual lexicon that includes prescient performances about the decline of the organic environment, installations and atmospheric interior constructions about the loss of innocence or the monetization of art practice, illustrations embracing the quaint, even mundane, street life that engulfs him every day, documentary films ranging from tourism pitches to investigations of insurgency and national heritage, as well as a portfolio of what remains standard painting steeped in an expressionistic idiom meant to dialogue with and unearth the moods within. SAL PONCE ENRILE is a legislator-turned-artist who uses her art as a platform to voice the complexities of her experiences. She is constantly seeking opportunities to enhance the lives of others through her art and is an advocate of health and education. Her artworks are inspired by people’s behavior and true nature and her approach and curiosity to mix one style or technique with another have resulted in her unique identity, leaving her art with an intriguing and mysterious feel. TAMMY DE ROCAis a visual artist whose works explore how textures build images through paintings, sculptures, and other forms. De Roca continues to study and experiment on how our perception of appearances and images are challenged or supported by what textures represent. She completed her BFA at the University of the Philippines, Diliman and has exhibited extensively in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila.

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      Search Mindscape: Virtual Pilgrim (1 of 1), 2021
      99 x 153 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Fine Arts Paper
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      Journey Notes, 2021
      60 x 48 inch (h x w)
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      48 x 36 inch (h x w)
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      Search Mindscape: Desert Musk, 2021
      47 x 59 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      4300000
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      Search Mindscape: Maiden, 2021
      59 x 35 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      2900000
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      Search Mindscape: Pacific Purple, 2021
      35 x 47 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      2500000
    • Justin Nuyda

      Search Mindscape: Magi, 2021
      59 x 35 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      2900000
    • Justin Nuyda

      Search Mindscape: Terra Incognita, 2021
      35 x 47 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      2500000
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      Search Mindscape: Cirrocumulus, 2021
      35 x 47 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      2500000
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      Search Mindscape: Nautical Twilight, 2021
      35 x 47 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      2500000
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      Search Mindscape: Shades of Blue, 2021
      41 x 59 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      3850000
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      Search Mindscape: Flight of the Bumblebee, 2021
      35 x 47 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      2500000
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      Search Mindscape: Madonna and Child, 2021
      71 x 36 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      3750000
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      Search Mindscape: Sensual Dream, 2021
      47 x 59 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      4300000
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      Untitled Cloudscape, 2018
      30.5 x 88.5 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Woodblock print on canvas
      180000
    • Joar Songcuya

      A Tale of Scrapped Ships, 2021
      55.5 x 67 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      110000
    • Joar Songcuya

      Orange Drifter at the Persian Gulf, 2021
      55.5 x 67 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Oil on canvas
      110000
    • Emman Acasio

      Red, 2021
      44 x 56 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on canvas
      146000
    • J Consunji

      ̶P̶r̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶A̶3̶, 2021
      48 x 36 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic, paper and sand on multiple canvas panels
      180000
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      Spanish Sahara, 2021
      48 x 29 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Mixed Media on Canvas
      225000
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