The hybrid Art Fair Philippines this year can be viewed by art lovers and collectors alike via its website starting March 23 until April 1. During this 10-day affair, people are invited to see for themselves the physical exhibitions of ten featured artists at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.
46 participating galleries will showcase artworks in their respective locales and through online viewing rooms. They are: 1335Mabini, Altro Mondo Gallery, Art Cube Gallery, Art Elaan, Art For Space, Art Underground, Art Verite Gallery, Artery Art Space, Avellana Art Gallery, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS.PH, District Gallery, Eskinita Gallery, Galerie Roberto, Galerie Stephanie, J Studio, Kaida Contemporary, León Gallery, Luzviminda, Modeka Art, MONO8 Gallery, Paseo Art Gallery, Pinaglabanan, Qube Gallery, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Silverlens, Strange Fruit, The Crucible Gallery, Tin-Aw, Metro Gallery, White Walls Gallery, and Ysobel Art Gallery.
Meanwhile, six international galleries are participating online: Art Agenda (Singapore/Jakarta), Gajah Gallery (Singapore/Yogyakarta), Mayoral (Paris/Barcelona), Yavuz Gallery (Singapore/Sydney), Gallery Kogure (Tokyo), and YOD Gallery (Osaka). Two NFT galleries A/Terhen and Cyber Baat are also presenting this year.
Don't miss also select art groups from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, that are hosting exhibitions at their galleries and joining in the Talks series throughout the event. These are: Ibagiw Art Fest x Gallery 2600 (Luzon), VIVA ExCon Dasun Bacolod x Orange Project (Visayas), Langgikit x Museo De Oro x Art Portal Gallery (Mindanao), and Liwag-diwa x Gallery Down South (Mindanao).
Art Fair PH also collaborated with Russian artist Sasha Frolova, whose inflatable artworks will be spread out across the venue. "We chose her because she has these beautiful, elegant, abstractive forms. She also does performance art with smaller inflatables," Trickie Lopa explains. "We are really looking forward to this playful addition to the fair," she continues.
The following are the featured Filipino artists, in an exhibition curated by Norman Crisologo and designed by Ed Lacson Jnr, at Ayala Triangle Gardens:
1. Arô Soriano
Underrated and forgotten Filipino artist Lazaro Soriano was a creative force to reckon with during his career-high in the '70s to the early '90s. He was a child actor before he was introduced to the world of art in his twenties when he was in Europe. He later returned to the Philippines and started his artistic career, focusing on folk traditions like bugtong (riddles), salawikain (proverbs), or laro (games). His works are characterised to be playful and cheerful in colours, cartoonish in style, but evokes biting social commentaries. Soriano passed away in 2021.