Celebrating its 9th year as the country’s premiere Visual Art Fair, ManilART 2017 will focus on Mindanao, an indication that the crisis in a few areas in that big island group has evoked a response from concerned visual artists.
ManilART 2017 will run from October 12-15 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig. The four-day event will include workshops, art appreciation walking tours, a mosaic art demo, gallery booths, an invitational forum with the artists, an art band live performance, and sketching sessions! Here are three artists – and their works – that you shouldn’t miss:
1. Kublai Millan
Born and raised in Mindanao, artist Kublai Millan holds a degree of Fine Arts from UP Diliman. He aims to show Filipinos their culture through his art, so they in turn would have something else to be proud of in the world stage outside of boxing, beauty pageants, and Broadway. For this year’s ManilART exhibition Millan’s collection will advocate peace and nation-building.
“Probinsaya” by Kublai Millan
2. Romulo Galicano
Painter Romulo Galicano, a native of Cebu, believes that artists must immortalize both the good and the bad if we are to develop a collective memory as a people. His latest work, which will be unveiled in this year’s ManilART fair, will be a reminder of a painful past and a grave error of human ways. “The Modern Holocaust” is Galicano’s rendition of the “Maguindanao Massacre” which took place in Ampatuan, Maguindanao in 2009. It is said to be the single deadliest event for journalists in history.
“The Modern Holocaust” by Romulo Galicano
3. Rayos del Sol
ManilART’s overall curator Danny Rayos del Sol is a self-taught artist who focuses on ostrich egg sculptures and carvings. In response to this year’s ManilART theme of “the Philippines as a cultural powerhouse”, Rayos del Sol wants fairgoers to experience the voice and expressions of the artists, the beauty, the richness and uniqueness of our diverse culture presented in visual arts. This year, Rayos del Sol will also pay homage to his hometown with the narrative “Taguig Then and Now”.
"Medium Ostrich Egg Mother and Child" by Rayos del Sol
ManilART 2017 is presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Bonafide Art Galleries Association (BAGO), and the ManilART Foundation. If you don’t have tickets yet, you can still reserve and buy them online via manilart.org.
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