Philippines Contemporary Artists
Filipino Artists/Art News
The power of trees
Silverlens Galleries presents the fourth solo exhibition by Filipino artist Elaine Navas entitled "What Did The Tree Learn From The Earth To Be Able To Talk With The Sky", from June 30 to July 30, 2022. Elaine Navas proposes an introspection on the things that matter: painting what you want to see, thinking that each chance could be the last. The artist speaks to us of resilience to continue and to survive. Like the trees, old and worn, as strong as they are stubborn, that survive generations. These trees, for Elaine Navas, though withered and decaying, serve as a reminder of our fortitude and self-determination.
PATRICIA PEREZ EUSTAQUIO
Silverlens Galleries presented a new exhibition by Patricia Perez Eustaquio from May 19 to June 18, 2022: the artist presented soft fabric sculptures and drawings on paper. The artist continues to analyze the binary oppositions found in the process of translation from one form to another. For this series, the artist chose portions of her digital tapestries and rendered them in graphite in the form of "archipelagic" fragments, on taupe, salmon and gray paper.
Filipino Artists. Biographies, Works, Exhibitions & Events
The growing interest in Filipino contemporary art is real on many levels of the global cultural scene. The Philippines has emerged as the world’s 20th art auction market in 2017, based on global auction sales, ahead of Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries. The Philippines was in the Top 20 of contemporary art sales products in 2017-2018 (Artprice) with sales of 5.296.947. The number of Philippines artists in the world’s top 500 artists by auction sales in 2017 grew to five. Artist works can reach high prices, such as those of Ronald Ventura, who ranked 70th in the Artprice (Sales) Ranking of the art market worldwide in 2017-18 with cumulative sales of nearly $ 3,2 million. He ranked 87th in the Artprice 2020/2021 ranking of the top 500 contemporary artists in the world with a turnover of $ 4,360,764 . Locally, the market continues to rise thanks to two auction houses in Makati: León Gallery and Salcedo Auctions. The growing Art Fair Philippines is also contributing to the market’s rise. The Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia (Europe), invited 23 artists from the Philippines for a show from 6 July to 8 September 2019
ELMER MISA BORLONGAN
ELMER MISA BORLONGAN is a contemporary Filipino artist, known for his figurative expressionism. He has received multiple awards including the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) 13 Artist Award in 1994 and the 2004 Award for Continuing Excellence and Service, Metrobank Foundation.
With cumulative sales of $605,244 (24 lots), Elmer Misa Borlongan ranked 326th in the Artprice 2020/2021 Top 500 Contemporary Artists in the World.
Many of the artist's works have been sold at auction such as 'Quiapo' sold for $209,385, his record, by Leon Gallery, Makati, at 'The Magnificent September Auction 2016'.
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Elmer Borlongan was born in 1967 in Manila. He trained in painting under Fernando Sena from the age of 11. He graduated from the University of the Philippines' College of Fine Arts (Major in Painting) in 1987. Elmer Borlongan and his wife, artist Plet C. Bolipata, live in San Antonio, Zambales.
Elmer Borlongan paints stories of everyday life, survival and endurance amidst poverty and despair. His work is characterized by stylized figuration, bald heads, large eyes and elongated limbs. Elmer Borlongan spent his childhood in the urban centers of Manila. Indeed, his sensibilities, his choice of subjects and themes, were from the beginning in tune with the daily struggles of the Filipino working class. It was especially his depiction of the homeless and street children that brought the young artist to the attention of the Philippine art world in the early 1990s. His paintings evoked empathy, but the artist also wanted to show the humor implicit in the simple lives of the people.
In the late 90s, Elmer Borlongan moved to San Antonio, Zambales, a rural province northwest of Manila. Between the works of Elmer Borlongan before and after 2002, we can see differences. When he was based in Manila, his paintings depicted urban degradation. His paintings were populated by emaciated beggars trying to make a living in the streets of the city, and his colors were darker. After moving to San Antonio, he began drawing more rural scenes: vendors carrying a pool of freshly caught fish, a family sitting in what looks like a cloth boat. His colors are also brighter. Elmer Borlongan continues to depict the lives of Filipinos, from provincial fishermen to beggars on city streets, to jeepney drivers.
Elmer Borlongan has had numerous exhibitions in the Philippines and abroad. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila dedicated a retrospective exhibition "An Extraordinary Eye for the Ordinary", from January to March 2018. In February 2017, the Ayala Museum in Manila organized a retrospective exhibition of the artist, entitled "In City and Country" which traced his career from 1992 to 2012.
LOUIE CORDERO is a contemporary Filipino painter and sculptor.
Louie Cordero's sells many works at auction such as 'The Lead Brothers' which sold at Christie's Hong Kong 'Asia Contemporary Art Day Sale' in 2013 for $38,642 or 'Tsunami's Gift (Sweet Surrender) (2013) which sold for $10,940 in an Asian contemporary art sale at Christies HK on May 29, 2016.
Contact : https://www.facebook.com/LouieCorderArtist/about/
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Louie Cordero was born in Manila in 1978 where he currently lives. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines (2001). He has already received several awards such as the Ateneo Art Award in 2004 and the Thirteen Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2006. He was artist-in-residence at the Big Sky Mind Foundation in the Philippines from 2002 to 2004 and also at the Vermont Studio Center in the United States in 2003.
Louie Cordero draws his inspiration from the complex political history of the Philippines. He paints monsters and zombies from Philippine mythology, punctuated with blood, gore, and military imagery to reflect the eclectic and often violent mix of local culture and American, Spanish, and Asian heritage. In his aesthetic, he draws on a variety of sources such as kitsch, Indian advertising, American B-movies, and "pulp fiction." He created and illustrated himself a series of underground comics "Nardong Tae" which has a cult following in the Philippines and Japan.
Most recently in 2017 he showed in his exhibition 'Under Heavy Manners' at the Jonathan Levine Projects in the US, paintings that depicted the vulnerable situation of his country the Philippines.
Since 2001, Louie Cordero has been regularly exhibited in the Philippines, Singapore, and Japan; he has had several solo exhibitions in Asia.
Among his latest exhibitions are: 2020 "Bogus Heritage Louie Cordero", Blanc Gallery, Quezon city
MARTIN HONASAN is one of the most promising contemporary Filipino artists in his country. In 2017 he sold a work entitled Monologue (Diptych) (2014) at León Gallery, Makati? for $18,348
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Martin Honasan was born in 1976 in Quezon city. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Communication Arts clusters) from Ateneo de Manila University. He then worked as a marketing manager in advertising (1999-2001) and then created his own graphic design company (2001-2004) to finally return to his first love: painting. He lives and works in Marikina, Metro Manila.
Martin Honasan appeared on the Philippine art scene in 2002. He first made interpretations of street scenes based on photographs, colored with watercolors. He then focused exclusively, almost obsessively, on faces. "I feel that I don't need a bust or too many ancillary things to express what I want to say in my paintings," he said. Martin Honasan attributes the evolution in his creative process to his partner Barbie Almalbis, a singer and actress. He combines portraiture with elements of nature (water, earth, air and fire) as materials for his paintings. He uses these environmental factors that influence the psychological and emotional aspects of morality, existence and spirituality.
Martin Honasan first scans the textures, cuts the canvases, creating folds and wrinkles, before using brush and paint to make faces presented in a chaotic universe. He lets his mind go on a journey of discovery of facial features, from random patterns of a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia. He draws inspiration from the faces of those closest to him and creates portraits using pre-created textures and patterns. "I gave so much meaning to the smallest details of their expressions, to highlight the subtleties of their faces," says Martin Honasan. The artist adds that he has also slowly grown accustomed to incorporating recognizable parts of his own face into his work.
Martin Honasan created his Series Bautismo (2019) during a tropical hurricane that swept through his hometown in 2018. "Bautismo continues my current practice of exploring damage-based modes of production, creating altered, struck, distorted works and using the physical language of paint (brushstrokes, manipulated surfaces, selected hues) to achieve a portrait," the artist recalled.
Martin Honasan has had several solo exhibitions since 2011: 2019 "Bautismo", Art Cube Gallery, Makati, Philippines
Honasan has also participated in various group shows and individual exhibitions since 2005 in Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Japan, and local and international art conventions such as Art Fair Philippines, Art in the Park, Bazaar Art Jakarta, and Manila Art. In 2016 he participated in an artist residency program in Osaka, Japan where his completed works were exhibited at the YOD Gallery for his 10th solo show.
LAO LIAN BEN
LAO LIAN BEN is a contemporary Filipino artist who creates multidimensional abstract paintings. He is touted as one of the pioneers in assemblage art in the Philippines.
With cumulative sales of $318,964, Lao Lian Ben ranked 483rd in Artprice's (Proceeds of Sales) ranking of the art market worldwide in 2015. Many of the artist's works have been sold at auction including 'Wood Void' (1985), at Leon Gallery, Makati, in 2015 for $109,159 and 'Under the Influence of Moonlight' (1979) sold at Leon Gallery, Makati ('The Asian Cultural Council Philippines Art Auction 2017) for $111,877 and 'Untitled' (1980), sold for HK$88,125 (€10,138) at Bonhams, Hong Kong in March 2019.
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Lao Lian Ben was born in 1948 in the Philippines. He graduated from the University of the East, School of Fine Arts, Major in Painting, Manila
Lao Lian Ben is a painter of abstraction. He mainly paints wall sculptures. He creates movement through large layers of paint, layering objects and materials. There is a set of contrasts in his works between free organic forms and geometric order. The artist masterfully masters blacks, whites and grays. Like the vision of a man on a spiritual quest, Lao Lian Ben's paintings radiate light. Lao Lian Ben explains that his art is about silence. His abstract ink works are based on Sumi-e painting, a Japanese philosophy of painting with ink and brush. His mostly monochromatic works emanate a great serenity. They lead to a deep contemplation in the sense of the Zen tradition. "Like the empty bowl of a Buddhist monk, Lao Lian Ben's paintings, in their naked simplicity, are an endless feast for the mind" (Leovino Ma. Garcia).
Lao Lian Ben paints very large paintings, three of his latest paintings "Into Light," "Water" and "Monk's Table" shown in the exhibition 'Lao Lianben, Black Water: A Monk's Dream" in 2015, measure 10 feet by 8 feet for example, "Soot" and "Monk's Table" measure 10 feet by 7 feet.
Lao Lian Ben's solo exhibitions include the most recent: in 2016/2017 "Sense of Light" Lao Lianben Solo Exhibition, Taipei, Michael Ku Gallery; in 2015 'Lao Lianben, Black Water: A Monk's Dream', Blanc Art Space, Quezon city; in 2012, 'Soot', Blanc Penisula, Manila, 'Remnant by Lao Lian Ben', Capitana Gallery, Talisay City; in 2009 'Lao Lian Ben' White Compound in Mandaluyong city.
Lao Lian Ben has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including: in 2019 Cao and Lianben, Calle Wright, Manila; in 2016, Philippines Art Fair 2016, represented by Galerie Blanc; in 2015 "Southeast Asian Abstraction: A New Dialogue", Sotheby's Hong Kong, Philippines, Manila; in 2014 "Framed Abstraction", CCP- Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila; in 2013 "Black And White Exhibit", Galleria Duemila, Pasay City; in 2011 "Munnyfestation", White, Quezon City.
The artist has also received several awards and distinctions: in 1995, Alumni Award, University of the East, in 1982 Mobil Art Award, in 1979 Critic's Choice, Ma-Yi Associates, in 1977 Second Prize Painting, Art Association of the Philippines, in 1975 Outstanding Achievement in Painting, University of the East, in 1968 First Prize, Graphic Art, Shell Art Competition.
PATRICIA PEREZ EUSTAQUIO
PATRICIA PEREZ EUSTAQUIO, is a Filipino artist, internationally recognized and considered one of the leading artists of her generation in the Philippines.
Contact : https://patriciaeustaquio.com
New exhibition by Patricia Perez Eustaquio at Silverlens Gallery, Manila, from 19 May to 18 June 2022
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Patricia Perez Eustaquio was born in 1977 in Manila. She received her BFA (Painting), Magna Cum Laude, from the University of the Philippines, Diliman (2001). She currently lives and works in Manila.
Patricia Perez Eustaquio works in a variety of media: she explores different materials, such as painting, drawing, installations, sculpture and even weaving, lace, felt and cardboard. Images of detritus, carcasses and decay are integrated into her design and fashion work. The artist is in fact also a clothing designer. She speaks in her canvases of various forms or in her fabric sculptures of the "desire to be desired". Likewise her shaped objects - ranging from furniture, textiles, copper and glassware - ask questions about the mutability of our perception as well as about the concepts of 'desirability' and how it influences life and culture in general.
With hyper-realistic precision, Patricia Perez Eustaquio's paintings are a reflection on the world (both man-made and natural) through the metaphor of the Orchid, asking what drives our search for the unique, as we seek to replicate the object of our desire. So while orchids were rare specimens, becoming an obsession for orchid hunters, they are now the object of a 'big business' in the horticultural industry and the attraction of botanical gardens. The artist's recurring motifs are the wilted flowers that she uses in her main works, focusing on their textures and tortured forms.
Fabric has recently become a key element in Patricia Perez Eustaquio's work, she creates sculptures by wrapping silk or crochet around objects and then removing the object to make what she calls a "ghost", very small objects or empty carcasses that evoke issues surrounding memory and perception.
Patricia Perez Eustaquio's recent solo exhibitions include: 2020, Silverlens Galleries, Manila; 2019 "Everywhere West, Everything East", Yavuz Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Video Vimeo: Patricia Perez Eustaquio discusses her approach to her exhibit "The Future That Was" at the Jose B. Vargas Museum in 2013.
JILL PAZ is a Filipino-Canadian artist who uses in her work a very special technique of laser cutting and digital images.
Contact : https://jillpaz.com/
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Jill Paz was born in 1982 in Manila, Philippines. She emigrated to the United States in 1983 with her family. She studied painting at Columbus College of Art and Design where she received her BFA (2004) and at Parsons School of Design in New York City, followed by Art History at UBC (2015). She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design (2015). Upon graduation, she returned to the Philippines, she currently lives in Quezon City.
With her work, Jill Paz is making a return to her roots. In her exhibition 'Homage' in 2017, she revisited the body of work of Filipino painter Felix Resurrección Hidalgo (1855-1913), an enigmatic figure in Philippine art history and also her great-great uncle.
Jill Paz makes a particularly original work, made from photographs and paintings, and with the help of computer programs and laser cutting. She has programmed a machine to engrave a digital image on cardboard. The rendering of her work must be looked at closely to see the editing. Jill Paz shows the transient and vulnerable nature of painting as objects, while offering the possibility that the past and these objects can change, disperse or fall apart completely. The time may be right then to create art infused with life and stories of the present.
In her work in 2018, 'The Grove of Trees', shown at Art Basel HK in 2019, she explored the necessity and limitations in repair and renovation. Jill Paz refers a lot to her experience as an immigrant. She states, "My recent body of work explores a renewal of my understanding of what "home" means, which is itself a paradoxical relationship in that it represents both estrangement and engagement. My study of East and West, past and present, is embodied in my own experience of cultural loss. It is this personal close-up plane of my life that I bring to my work that leads me to integrate a broader view of history and the world."
Jill Paz's new paintings at Silverlens Galleries in September 2021 depicted small, damaged and repaired objects: an archaeology of everyday life. Each painting features a finely detailed surface, created by the digital tool of a laser machine, then layered with acrylic washes on a gesso ground.
Jill Paz has had several solo exhibitions since 2005: 2021 Domestic abstractions, Silverlens Galleries ; 2020 "The view of two horizons", Alliance Française de Manila
Biographie & expositions
"Domestic Abstractions" Exhibition Silverlens Galleries, 2021, video
MARIA TANIGUCHI is a contemporary Filipino artist. She creates large brick paintings in which she explores the possibilities of forms. She uses techniques of transformation, series and repetition of images. She also does sculpture, video and photo work. The artist's paintings from a 2008 series (Untitled) shown at Art Basel Hong Kong in 2015 were all purchased by institutions in Hong Kong and Brisbane. On November 26, 2015, she received the Hugo Boss Asia Art 2015 award at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai. Last sale of the artist at Phillips Auction in Hong Kong on December 3, 2020: HK$302,400 for a work dated 2014 (Untitled).
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Maria Taniguchi was born in 1981 in Dumagete, Philippines. She studied sculpture at the University of the Philippines and obtained her BFA (2006) and then at Goldsmiths in London where she obtained an MAF in Art practice (2009). She then continued with a post academic program for artists working with images, the LuX associate artists Program, in London. She lives and works in Manila.
Bulky bricks, which can be up to 5 meters high, an ultra simplistic representation, a density of matter, is in some ways the artist's signature. Over the past five years, she has produced a series of large canvases in which she has explored the possibilities within a neutral composition, with different surface configurations. Since she began making her first brick wall in 2008, she has created many, many more, all titled 'Untitled. "People look at this work and see abstract images, but in reality they have a purpose," explains Maria Taniguchi. "These paintings take time and help me regulate my own production, my thoughts.
Maria Taniguchi has had numerous solo exhibitions since 2003. Among the most recent are: in 2021, room of phases, Silverlens, Manilla ; 2020 OUTBOUND, site-specific project commissioned by National Gallery Singapore ; 2019 Maria Taniguchi, Carlier I Gebauer, Berlin, Germany; 2017 'Maria Taniguchi', Silverlens gallery, Manila, 'Maria Taniguchi', Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo; 2016 Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Australia ( 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art), 'Maria Taniguchi, Things That Can Happen', Hong Kong, Maria Taniguchi, Ibid Gallery London ; 2015 Maria Taniguchi, carlier/ gebauer, Berlin; 2014 Maria Taniguchi, Silverlens, Singapore and Manila, Philippines; 2013, Art Statements, Art Basel 44, Switzerland, 'Without a Murmurat' MCAD Manila; 2012, Maria Taniguchi, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines, End Frame Video Series 3: Untitled (Celestial Motors), Silverlens, Manila, Philippines, Rambler's Association (with Adam Avikainen), ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand; 2011 Echo Studies, Jorge Vargas Museum, Manila.
Maria Taniguchi received the Ateneo Art Award in 2011 and 2012.
Maria Taniguchi is represented by Silverlens Gallery in Manila.
RODEL TAPAYA-GARCIA is a renowned contemporary Filipino artist and one of the most active in Southeast Asia.
With cumulative sales of $612,540 (15 lots), it ranked 252nd in the 2018-2019 Artprice ranking (sales revenues) of the art market worldwide. He was 307th in Artprice's ranking of the top 500 contemporary artists in the world with cumulative sales of 656,839 (17 lots).
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Rodel Tapaya was born in 1980 in Montalban, near Manila, Philippines. After winning an international painting competition, he went on to receive the prestigious Top Prize at the Nokia Art Awards, which allowed him to study drawing and painting at Parsons School of Design in New York and the University of Helsinki in Finland. He completed his studies at the College of Fine Art at the University of the Philippines from which he graduated. In 2011, he won the Signature Art Prize awarded by the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum, an achievement for a Filipino artist. He lives and works in Bulacan, Philippines.
Rodel Tapaya mixes folk tales and contemporary reality. He studies the world through the prism of folk tales, legends, Filipino mythologies and pre-colonial research. He creates whimsical montages of his characters, mainly gods and fairies, which he transforms into ghosts that haunt a civilization where they dominate but do not fully belong. He mixes modern and traditional forms of painting and his works are always very colorful. The artist uses media such as acrylic on canvas, under glass painting, diorama and drawing.
Rodel Tapaya's painting often evokes the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and some other narrative painters. But he demonstrates a unique style mainly due to the peculiarity of Philippine folk literature. In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer after winning the Signature Art Prize in 2011, Rodel Tapaya explained that he has always considered "narrative painting" as his strong point and that he has always sought to tell moral stories in his paintings.
In one of his large acrylic paintings on canvas titled, "Like a bird that leaves its nest is a man who leaves his home," Rodel Tapaya questions the theme of flee and connects it to ideas of self-assertion. He discusses moving away from comfort zones to areas of courage in order to achieve certain goals in life.
The great themes of love and war are now used by the painter in his large paintings. Such as his reminder of a recurring allegory about forbidden love, the legend of Luna and Mar in his work, Full Moon.
Rodel Pataya's latest solo exhibitions: 2019 "On the Benefits of a Crowded Space", A3 Arndt Art Agency, Manila; 2018 "Myths and Truths", Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
RONALD VENTURA is one of the most fashionable contemporary artists in Southeast Asia, leader of the younger generation of Filipino artists. With cumulative sales of nearly $3 million (18 lots), he ranked 89th in the Artprice ranking (sales revenues) of the art market in the world in 2019. He ranked 87th in the Artprice 2020/2021 ranking of the top 500 contemporary artists in the world with a turnover of $ 4,360,764 (30 lots sold).
His work "Meeting Myths" sold for $907,695 at Sotheby's Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale on October 2, 2016. His work "Voids and Cages" was offered at the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, at Christie's in Hong Kong, on May 25, 2019, for an estimated price between $102,392 – $153,589. It sold for $302,376. On October 5, 2019, he sold at Sotheby's HK a painting entitled "Super than Superman" (2018), $664,652.
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Ronald Ventura was born in 1973 in Manila. He began his interest in art making at an early age, attending summer workshops during his high school years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Major in Painting, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, (1993). He now lives in Quezon city, Philippines.
Ronald Ventura creates overlays of images and styles, ranging from hyperrealism to comic books to graffiti. For him, it is a metaphor for the multi-faceted national identity of the Philippines, the result of successive Spanish, Japanese and American occupations. He practices painting, sculpture and mixed media for which he uses the same themes and aesthetics. Ronald Ventura reinvents a visual language, fusing Eastern and Western imagination, tradition and modernity, fine arts and pop culture.
In his works presented at the exhibition 'E.R.(Endless Resurrection) at Tyler Rollins Gallery in New York in September 2014, the artist also showed the horrific nature of the blood rites that continue to be practiced in some parts of the Philippines: penitents who flagellate themselves with bamboo sticks or spend hours nailed to wooden crosses.
Ronald Ventura was exhibiting for the first time in Japan, at the Ginzha New Gallery in Tokyo, in late 2018. In this exhibition, he asked the question, "Do people have lives that are more like comic books these days? Or "are comic books important in everyone's life?" or how the artist interprets existence: fast, instant and bewildering, animated. The artist purposely used pop cultural references (Naruto, Pokemon, etc).
The exhibition "Wild State of Mind" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York from October 6, 2017 to January 27, 2018, explored the intersections between reality and fiction, madness and sanity, logic and instinct, putting down the dualities that impose a clear division between humans and wild animals.
Ronald Ventura presented: "An Introspective" at Karuizawa New Art Museum in Nagano, Japan, from August 7, 2021 to April 10, 2022. This retrospective exhibition included more than a hundred works by the artist, including sculptures and paintings, made over the past thirty years
Ronald Ventura had his first solo exhibition in 2000, at the Drawing Room gallery in Makati City, entitled 'All Soul Day'. In 2009, he was exhibited for the first time in the United States, at the Tyler Rollins Fine Art Gallery in New York: 'Metaphysics.
From January 30 to March 4, 2017, the MET Museum in Manila presented an exhibition of Ronald Ventura "Shadow Forest: Encounters and Explorations", consisting of various works by Ronald Ventura, from his lithographs dating from the 90s to his human-sized mechanical carousels of 2016.
Ronald Ventura's recent solo exhibitions include: In 2022 "An Introspective" at Karuizawa New Art Museum in Nagano ; In 2019-2020, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, Italy; 2019 Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
For the eleventh edition of Art Jakarta, 2019, Ronald Ventura was bold with his design of a Bobro's World Tour Jakarta, a "man-cave" with a karaoke room. Visitors entered through the mouth of a huge golden sculpture of a dog gnawing on a bone.
RYAN VILLAMAEL is a young contemporary artist who works with cut paper and has made it an art form in the Philippine art scene. ENG
PROFILE OF THE ARTIST
Ryan Villamael was born in 1987 in Laguna, Philippines. He received his Bachelor Degree in Painting from the University of the Philippines (2009). He was also a Visual Arts major. After graduation, he worked as an assistant for Nona Garcia, Louie Cordero and Gary Ross Pastrana. In 2015, he won the Ateneo Art Awards for his work "Isles". He lives and works in Quezon city.
Ryan Villamael worked in several media before choosing paper as his medium and revealing exceptional images. "I started working with paper, not out of desire, but out of necessity," he confided. "I realized that I could say what I wanted to say and do what I wanted to do with a very simple material," he explained. Ryan Villamael, is guided by the conceptual elements of paper cutting. He constructs frieze-like shapes and patterns using negative space. He uses paper and felt.
Regarding his love for maps, the artist explains, "My father left home when I was young and growing up, looking at maps was a way for me to communicate with him, to trace the paths he might have taken, to try to see places he might live.
"Cut Felt," was Ryan Villamael's first solo show, at Silverlens Gallery, Manila, in 2011: an exhibition of large-scale paper cutouts with strange but balanced patterns. In 2015, he presented "Behold a City," at Silverlens Gallery in Makati City. This installation was like a "love letter to the city" for him: it is his own map of Manila, made by shaping mirrors and placing them flat on the floor to mimic the city's system of streets, avenues and waterways. Ryan Villamael then erected cut-out photographs of Old Manila's most popular heritage sites to create three-dimensional illusions. For the 2016 Singapore Biennale, the artist created a "Locus Aneomus" installation: filling the Singapore Art Museum's greenhouse with foliage cut from old and contemporary Philippine maps.
In Vista, a Series he started during lockdown, Ryan Villamael imitates the intimacy of a binocular lens to take himself and the viewer beyond the pandemic moment, and beyond the four walls in which he shelters. The artist painted imaginary and idealized views of landscapes on paper cut from previous exhibitions. The exhibition was presented online at Silverlens Galleries from 14 to 28 January 2021.
Ryan Villamael's latest solo exhibitions include: in 2021 Ryan Villamael and Liv Vinluan in the exhibition "Bukang Liwayway", Silverlens Galleries, "Vista" (online exhibition) Silverlens Galleries; in 2019 "Paradise lost", Silverlens Gallery, Manila