8 Highlights From the Honolulu Biennial, From Imelda Marcos’s Jewelry Collection to 100 Portraits of Native Hawaiian Leaders

The biennial features no shortage of powerful, thought-provoking artworks that shocked this critic out of her default New York-centric mindset. Collectively, the works position Hawaii at a global crossroads, both culturally and geographically. Sometimes, it was hard to believe that I was still the US.

Conversation with Genevieve Chua

Genevieve Chua is a Singaporean painter who works primarily through abstraction. She employs a method of working that unfurls and reveals the painter's process through diagram, palimpsest, syntax, and the glitch.

Strength in Diversity: Southeast Asia at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

A surge of global and regional interest and recognition (finally) in Southeast Asian contemporary art in recent years, is undoubtedly what resulted in Art Basel Hong Kong’s gallery selection and programming this year.  It’s major presence throughout the fair, as well as broader presentations at the various Southeast Asia-focused booths is cause for celebration and examination.

This Art Installation at Ateneo's Areté Is Too Big to Miss

Ever interacted with art to the point that you feel like you’re actually part of it? “Everywhere, There You Are,” an art installation by Ling Quisumbing Ramilo and Wawi Navarroza, is a creation that’s not only meant to be seen but also to be experienced with all your senses.

Artist recreates exiled dictator's treasure trove in 3D—but what happened to the originals?

Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones's replicas of jewels smuggled into Hawaii by Imelda Marcos are displayed at the Honolulu Biennial alongside the social services they could have paid for.

Filipino artists tackle diaspora and identity in Hong Kong

Another Filipina artist showcased at the fair is no stranger to the realities of migration. Having travelled to over 50 countries and lived in places from the U.S., Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sudan, to the Singapore, Pacita Abad built her artistic career on her exposure to diverse cultures and traditions around the globe. Abad’s works inspired by her travels were highlighted in a special exhibit by Silverlens Gallery.

Southeast Asian Galleries Set Their Sights on Art Basel Hong Kong

In the fair’s Kabinett sector, Silverlens will present the work of Pacita Abad (1946-2004), a Philippine artist who lived all over the world, including the United States. The booth will display pieces from her “Masks and Spirits” series.

Meet the artists exhibiting at Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong

The Encounters section at Art Basel Hong Kong, where large-scale sculptures and installations are shown, will reflect “the accelerated sense of absurdity at a time where persistent political revolutions and social uprisings are part of our new normal”, according to Alexie Glass-Kantor, the section’s curator for the fifth year running. “The theme, ‘Still We Rise’, explores thresholds between life and death, between collapse and resurrection.”

Hanna Pettyjohn: Imagined Homes

In a world where mainstream media is saturated with stories of cross-border conflicts, rendering us immune to images of mass migration, refugee crisis and even modern-day genocide, Filipino-American artist Hanna Pettyjohn creates an intimate encounter with subjects of diaspora in her latest exhibition Concurrencies at the Mind Set Art Center, Taipei.

Ray Albano: Playing in the sandbox of Art

MANILA, Philippines — In his relatively short but fruitful life, Ray Albano wore many hats: he was a museum assistant, arts administrator, critic, curator, graphic designer, painter, photographer, poet, writer.

Ryan Villamael’s Paper City

When Ryan Villamael showed his paper cutouts in his first solo exhibition, he thought it would be his last. The initial response of the audience was one of befuddlement. Cutouts are usually relegated to handicraft or child’s play. But Villamael’s intervention into the fragile medium entailed not just cutting but concept. By contemplating paper as a fraught site (after all, it is also the medium of books, maps, and other archival materials), Villamael liberated the material to become an arbiter of meaning, one that traffics in the intersection of self and society, of biography and geography.

This Artist Transforms Paper Into Awe-Inspiring Works of Art

Ryan Villamael's piece for Art Fair Philippines 2019 is his "love letter" to Manila.

Interview with Ryan Villamael

‘A Paradise Lost’, on view at Silverlens until 9 February, is Ryan Villamael’s 7th solo exhibition with the gallery. The show builds on the artist’s ongoing exploration of the history of the Philippines as it has been written. It features the Filipino artist’s signature delicate intricate paper cuttings. Through these works, he engenders meaningful conversations about his country’s past, and in the process throws up questions about the memories of one’s personal history as well.

A&M speaks with the artist to find out more about his latest exhibition, his long-time relationship with Silverlens, as well as how travel has enriched his work.  

Para Site International Conference Diary: Day 3

Expanding on the previous two days' themes of heritage, archives and repatriation, the third and final day of Para Site's international conference at Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong began with an eloquent lecture delivered by artist Pio Abad, whose opening sentiments echoed the previous day's discussion by Marian Pastor Roces of political violence and corruption in the Philippines.

[Sketch] Corinne de San Jose Discusses Her Work for Abstract Photography Exhibition, “Equivalent/s,” at Silverlens

Blink and you’ll miss it–and we hope you don’t.  “Equivalent/s,” exploring methods of abstraction in photography, and curated by Rachel Rillo, is on its last couple of days in Silverlens Galleries.

6 Textile Wall Pieces from Artissima 2018

As per usual, the Artissima art fair held in Turin, Italy brought an interesting selection of local and international contemporary art. Across the vast space of the Oval, 189 galleries presented their artists in a variety of media – yet, what caught our attention was the frequency of the art involving textile, and one that could hang on the wall at the same time. It can be found within almost every sector of the fair, including Dialogues and Present Future, and it ranges from emerging names to the more established ones.

Two Southeast Asian Galleries at West Bund Art & Design 2018

ROH Projects and Silverlens return with solo presentations by I Nyoman Masriadi and Patricia Perez Eustaquio

'Equivalent/s' and 'Painting, Differently' at Silverlens

Two group exhibitions explore key questions in photography and painting

Silverlens Challenges Conventions in Two Thought-Provoking Exhibits

Painting, Differently examines the art of painting down to its very essence—the laying of pigment onto a surface—while Equivalent/s pursues the idea of abstraction within the objectively form-dominated discipline of photography.

Multimedia Artist Norberto Roldan Looks Back on Three Decades of Art

Artists, they say, often expose the truth that most of us would rather avoid. They use paintings to give various layers of meanings to an object, sketches to portray different perspectives, and sculptures to make people more aware of our reality. 

With ‘Locus Amoenus,’ Ryan Villamael Examines The Country's Postcolonial Identity

Intricate and layered, both in form and statement, Ryan Villamael’s Locus Amoenus (Latin for “pleasant place”) is a living installation that grows and adapts, surging from the ceiling and taking the shape of the space it occupies.

Ryan Villamael likens our country's complicated relationship with power to dream-like visions of nature

What kind of feeling do you get from seeing a vine creeping up a wall? Whether it’s a garden trellis or an abandoned house, the sight hits you with a sense of smallness — you’re beholding nature, thriving, consuming something artificial.

A History of Forgetting in One Object

My art has been shaped by an obsession with the biography of things. Over the past few years, I have kept a growing collection of objects that have served as witnesses to, and subsequent residues of, specific moments in political histories.

Willing oneself to work: Gary-Ross Pastrana’s Kawara-esque collage series – in conversation

A futuristic landscape built with geometric shapes; a close-up view of a wooden surface that’s got splinters and paint residues; planes of sliced glass, mirror particles and unpolished crystals – these are just some of the images one may see in Silverlens Galleries’ “Utopia Hasn’t Failed Me Yet”, an exhibition spotlighting Gary-Ross Pastrana‘s collage series, alongside other pieces from Pastrana’s oeuvre created from 2000 to the present.

LOOK: Pinoy artworks featured at Hong Kong's Art Basel fair

A large installation full of unnerving images meant to depict the fluidity of gender. A shocking painting of the devil about to behead a kneeling skeleton. And a characterful portrait photo of a marble worker from Romblon. 

Art Fair Philippines and the Manila Biennale: Between Art Fair and Bayan-ale

ArtFairPH has been staged at The Link carpark in Makati since its 2013 launch, growing from one floor with 24 galleries in year one to six floors in 2018. For its sixth edition, three of these levels hosted 36 local galleries.

Dina Gadia Finds Her Balance and a New Maturity

In her latest and first all-paintings Silverlens show, Situation Amongst The Furnishings, the artist returns to top-of-mind territory.   There’s something new about Dina Gadia’s show that opened last night at Silverlens Gallery, but what it is is not easy to point out exactly. There’s a perceptible energy to the paintings, a violent force more spelled out. 

Filipino political and religious figures submerged in underwater procession

On long, life-size panels at this year's Art Basel fair, underwater figures make their way across the screens.

One sports a curly wig and a fringed skirt made of golden foil. Others dress as political and religious figures. Some carry cardboard signs emblazoned with slogans like "Yolanda Survivor" -- a reference to the deadly typhoon that rocked the Philippines in 2013.

Elgian Collector Alain Servais’ Top Picks – Art Basel 2017

The Belgian collector, Alain Servais, started collecting art in the late 1990s. With a strong focus on emerging artists, Alain has built up a significant contemporary art collection which is highly versatile and forward-looking. Alain is also among the first to collect digital art and support young artists by offering residency program in his loft in Brussels where he keeps his collection. One of the most committed and passionate collectors today, Alain spends most of his leisure time visiting museums, biennales, galleries and art fairs, and sharing his insights in the art with his twitter fans.


19th Baloise Art Prize awarded at Art Basel 2017

The Baloise Art Prize has been awarded to Martha Atienza from the Philippines and Sam Pulitzer from the USA. The prize of CHF 30,000.- will be presented at the Statements sector of Art Basel by a jury of international experts. The prize includes the acquisition by Baloise of a group of works by the award winners, which are donated to two important museums in Europe: the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the MUDAM, Luxembourg.

A Filipino artist on the duty of photography

Imagine entering a small dim room. On the wall to your left is a large-scale photograph of a tropical shore. The sea is a cliché shade of crystalline. Palm trees sprout like weeds triumphant. On the wall perpendicular, in front of you, another picture: a giant block of marble on the shore. It is either welcoming you or denying you entry. 

Exhibit Walk-through and Art Residency Talk

Wawi Navarroza and Issay Rodriguez will have their exhibition walkthrough on 27 May, 3 P.M. Navarroza's MEDUSA and Rodriguez's ・・・ are on view at Silverlens from 6 May to 3 June. An Art Residency Talk by Cocoy Lumbao will also be held after the walk-through. 

Two young Filipino artists handpicked for the biggest international art event

Venice, Italy (CNN Philippines Life) — Although there are technically five Filipino artists in this year’s Venice Art Biennale, Issay Rodriguez and Katherine Nuñez are the only Filipino artists working in the Philippines who were handpicked by this year’s biennale director, Christine Macel. The French curator saw their work at the 2016 Art Dubai and was impressed enough to include them in the roster of 120 artists for the main exhibition. They are two of the youngest to participate this year.

Katherine Nuñez + Issay Rodriguez crochet books and school supplies at the Venice Art Biennale

currently living and working in marikina, philippines, Katherine Nuñez and Issay Rodriguez are the two youngest artists presented at the ‘viva arte viva’ main exhibition of the 57th edition of the Venice Art Biennale. situated at the giardini pavilion, ‘in between the lines 2.0’ is an installation consisting of a desk and a set of books which are made entirely of stitched fabric, embroidery and crochet. the pieces invite the audience to interact with them while illustrating also recreations of school supplies.

Maria Taniguchi

Earth-stuff goes through myriad transformations on its path to usefulness in our world. Soil, stone, water, oil, plants, animals, and the rest all pass through processes of cleaning, smoothing, separating, reconstituting. And at the end of that violence is an exquisite, terrifying flatness: one that expresses itself through identical buildings, garments, and foods; through the identical spaces conveyed by this screen and the identical blackness inside it.

Philippine Pavilion in Arsenale Opens to the Public

MANILA, May 15, 2017 -- The Philippines triumphantly returned for a second consecutive participation in the Venice Art Biennale with a stronger showing as it presented a national pavilion curated by Joselina Cruz featuring two important Filipino artists—Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo—in a prime space at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy. - See more at:

Made of Marble

Wawi Navarroza’s process always begins with curiosity — followed by rigorous research and field work, “[going] around almost knowing nothing.” For her latest exhibit “Medusa,” which recently opened at Silverlens Galleries, the artist and photographer spent two years immersing herself in and capturing the dualities of Romblon’s marble industry.

Mythologizing Romblon

Nowadays, when everyone has an access to a camera phone, in five seconds, voila, photos are shared in the social media networks.  The thrilling magic of photography is lost. So how can we distinguish these photos from works of art?

Wawi showed us how in “Medusa (Tabula Rasa).” Photographs should be seen not on a small computer monitor but on big prints. It takes great skill, correct lighting, having an intimate relationship with the subject and being an expertise of the technology.

An ‘urgent’ show: Why Pio Abad is repeating images of history

‘Remembering cannot be an afterthought. It has to be a really active force’

Pio Abad refers to the urgency and timeliness of reminding people of the truths about history—particularly martial law and its atrocities—as the reason behind his ongoing exhibit, “Counternarratives,” at Silverlens gallery.

How anti-Marcos protests influenced an artist’s latest exhibit

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — At the recently concluded Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, two Filipino artists made distinct impressions on the global art stage.

Zean Cabangis, a young artist known for his meditations on landscape and figuration, won the opportunity to stage a solo show with his home gallery Art Informal, as one of the artists selected for the Discoveries program, a platform designed as a showcase for emerging contemporary artists. Even more impressively, Pio Abad, an artist who’s won distinctions here and abroad for a body of work concerned with the social and political signification of things, was selected to be part of Encounters — a program dedicated to presenting large-scale sculptures and installations by leading artists from around the world.

Mao, Lenin, Thatcher, and Other Leaders Haunt Art Basel Hong Kong

Adjacent installations by Pio Abad and Shen Shaomin at the fair offer cautionary tales on the perils of communism and the evils of neoliberalism.


Pio Abad relocated from his native Philippines to the United Kingdom over 20 years ago, but in many ways, he never left. The artist maps history through objects, putting traces of his nation’s past into projects that bind the personal with the political.

His latest installation, at the 2017 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, is no exception. Not a Shield, but a Weapon will feature 180 replica handbags manufactured in a factory in Marikina, near Manila. Not just any handbag – Margaret Thatcher’s handbag, which was sold at a Christies’ charity auction in 2015 by former Conservative politician and convicted perjurer Jeffry Archer. Abad likes to explore the life, journeys, and historical resonance of inanimate things, and he is quick to note that it’s an interesting twist that the handbags will come to Hong Kong.

Encounters at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017

To match the opulence and scale of the high-rise city, the artworks in Encounters—Art Basel in Hong Kong’s sector of large-scale sculptural works and installations—rise up to impress visitors with sheer magnitude and complexity. Placed along the four spacious meridians that bisect the two exhibition halls, the Encounters installations provide landmarks for visitors navigating the art fair. The “relationship between time and experience” forms the general theme of the works in the sector, as stated by the curator of Encounters for the third year running, Alexie Glass-Kantor, the Executive Director of Artspace in Sydney. Other themes running under the 17 projects, including four site-specific works and 12 new works, include politics and current global issues, art history and beauty, geometry and the built environment, and personal reflection. We trace the various themes across the fair in these large-scale projects by international artists from Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

Didactic But Definitely Not Dull: A Report from Art Basel Hong Kong

The great paradox of Hong Kong is that it has no history of contemporary art museums, so much so that some gallerists at Art Basel Hong Kong credit their need for “Please Do Not Touch” signs and stanchions inside their booths to a lack of local museum culture. Over the last five years since Art Basel’s arrival, however, the fair’s visitors and collector base have been steadily acclimating to an infiltration of foreign contemporary art. “For us, at the beginning it was Nara, Murakami, and nothing else,” says Ashley Rawlings, director of Blum & Poe’s Tokyo outpost. “But over the years, as we’ve stabilized, we have a bit of room to play around.” Mounted in the collective play space this year were works by, among many others, Pia Camil, Julian Hoeber, and Henry Taylor alongside zen-inducing monochromes by Dansaekhwa artists Kwon Young-Woo and Lee Ufan.

Navigating the Fair: Highlights of Art Basel Hong Kong

The roving international spectacle that is Art Basel continues to cement Hong Kong’s claim as the capital of the Asian art market. Planners have kept the festival as big as ever, even expanding the scope of its programming and the number of participating galleries, however modestly.

CNN Philippines | Why the international art world is paying attention to Martha Atienza’s video art

Martha Atienza is a Dutch-Filipina artist whose body of work represents a means of remembrance — recordings that come from a personal space and expand to encompass the lives and loves of the community she belongs to. Now shortlisted for the prestigious Asian edition of the Benesse Prize, Atienza talks about her place in the art world, the hard work of fostering a community using art, and the continuing importance of finding our roots.

CNN Philippines | Why the international art world is paying attention to Martha Atienza’s video art

Martha Atienza is a Dutch-Filipina artist whose body of work represents a means of remembrance — recordings that come from a personal space and expand to encompass the lives and loves of the community she belongs to. Now shortlisted for the prestigious Asian edition of the Benesse Prize, Atienza talks about her place in the art world, the hard work of fostering a community using art, and the continuing importance of finding our roots.

CNN Philippines | A new breed: The 5 winners of the 2016 Ateneo Art Awards

Martha Atienza receives her second win at this year's Ateneo Art Awards.

Art Asia Pacific | Notes on Decomposition

Art Asia Pacific featured Pio Abad on the cover of their July/August 2016 issue. Read more for the cover story.

BlouinArtInfo Australia | VIDEO: Pio Abad’s ‘1975 – 2015’ Art Project at 4A Sydney

BlouinArtInfo Australia sits down with Pio Abad for his first solo exhibition in Australia.

Philippine Tatler | Self-inflicted Wounds ('Opera' Ballet Review)

Ever since he burst onto the Philippine art scene in the early '90s, Gabriel Barredo has been described (rather myopically) as being macabre, bizarre, or that now-maligned term "avant-garde" artist.

The Edition | An Interview with a Gallerist

Meet Isa Lorenzo, a champion of local contemporary art

CNN Philippines | These women are national compasses

In January 2006, the artist Isa Lorenzo’s exhibit “Filipinas” opened at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to wide acclaim. Featuring portraits of 30 exceptional women — representing the arts, education, civil society, and politics — the exhibit served as tribute and testament to the strength and power of the Filipino woman.

Artsy | Gabriel Barredo’s Morbid “Opera”

Filipino artist Gabriel Barredo is developing a reputation for his dark, macabre sensibilities. In 2013, he gained international acclaim for his work Asphalt, a highlight of Art Fair Philippines that year. The installation was mammoth in size—filling an entire parking lot with an eerie selection of found objects. In his newest series “Opera,” recently on view at Silverlens, the artist ruminates on the physical and spiritual aspects of death. “If the sleep of reason breeds monsters, then what would its total death produce in its wake?” the artist asks.

Art Radar Journal | Art, theatre and the macabre: Gabriel Barredo’s “Opera” in Singapore

Fililipino artist Gabriel Barredo brings his latest immersive installation to Singapore. “Opera” by Gabriel Barredo displays the artist’s typical theatrical style, juxtaposing elements of the sacred and the profane, of life and death to create a fascinatingly grotesque ode to the human body, its birth and its end.

Heights | Outstanding visual artists recognized at the Ateneo Art Awards 2015

Last September 17, 2015, the awarding ceremony of the Ateneo Art Awards 2015 was held at the Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City. Held every year since 2004, the Ateneo Art Awards recognizes young Filipino visual artists aged 36 and below for their outstanding works showcased from May 2 of the previous year until May 1 of the current year.

Preen | Corinne de San Jose made art by repeating herself

Entitled The Week Ends The Week Begins, the exhibition features equal parts photography and video sections, with each half broken down further into threes. Repetition is a running theme: Opposing words (invigorating/deadening, maddening/calming, traumatizing/reliving) struggle to find meaning while reconciling aesthetically within their space.

BusinessWorld | CCP announces the 13 Artists for 2015

Martha Atienza and Hanna Pettyjohn are awarded the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Thirteen Artists Awards.

The Evening Standard | Pio Abad: Some are Smarter than Others, Gasworks - exhibition review

Pio Abad’s fascinating installation reflects a personal and a political story, about how objects and images can document history, but also tell us who we are.

PhilStar | Some Are Smarter Than Others & The Collection of Jane Ryan and William Saunders: Pio Abad’s exploration of the Marcos horde

There is, in the beginning Pio Abad’s exhibition The Collection of Jane Ryan and William Saunders, a larger-scale replica of Anastacio Caedo’s statuette of Malakas and Maganda. They are the “primordial Filipino couple,” a thinly veiled representation of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos as the parental figureheads of a nation. There are many pieces like this in Marcos era works of art, intended to make the glorious patrons the foremost in not just the political, but the cultural. And like Malakas and Maganda, it is all very deliberately “native,” anything we can conceive as being true "Filipino."

Los Angeles Times | Review: Genevieve Chua takes a natural approach in conjuring variations

Genevieve Chua's first North American solo exhibition at Gusford evokes a retro tone

Artnet news | 10 Must-See International Gallery Shows

Artnet includes Chati Coronel's The First Kiss on Earth in their summer roundup of shows.

Nous | Nighttime photographer Frank Callaghan on his "Dead Ends" Series

Photographer Frank Callaghan has always been a medium to structures and landscapes. In past series such as “Dwelling” (2009), Manila’s tarpaulin-roofed shanties and the makeshift buildings that comprise its urban squalor are ultimately expressive. They’re especially candid at night, the timespan Callaghan is predisposed to working within, when lights from around or within his inanimate subjects illuminate a new layer to their identity.

The Upcoming | Pio Abad at the Zabludowicz Collection

This exhibition couldn’t have been better timed. With a dark cloud rising over North Korea and the death of one of modern Britain’s most notorious political leaders, it is as if this small show from Pio Abad was scheduled on purpose.

Art Asia Pacific | Art Fair Report: Gabriel Barredo at Art Fair Philippines

In February, the reclusive and gentle sculptor Gabriel Barredo (b. 1957) opened the doors to his studio south of Metro Manila to preview Asphalt, a nine-meter-long installation that has occupied his days—and nights—in the months leading up to the inaugural Art Fair Philippines (2/7–10).

Art Asia Pacific | Disappearing Moon: Genevieve Chua and Emma Critchley

Manipulations of light and water, sound and dimension play across the surfaces of “Disappearing Moon,” a joint exhibition by artists Genevieve Chua and Emma Critchley. The multidisciplinary artists are the 2012 participants of the nascent Artist-in-Residence Exchange program launched in 2011 as a partnership between the British Council Singapore and the Singapore International Foundation.

GMA News | Art and Science: Finding sense and beauty in a world of chaos

Science and art are often thought to lie at opposite ends of the spectrum of human endeavor. Art, for many, means random bursts of color and pretty pictures; science, for its part, often seems measured and calculated, cold and impersonal.  But nothing could be farther from the truth: at their heart, science and art are about making sense of—and finding beauty in—a world of chaos. In fact, when you put them together, you may end up with something extraordinary.