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Top 10 Most Successful Young Visual Artists in Manila
Good-bye starving artist? SPOT.ph lists the country’s young big guns earning the big bucks in the international art scene.
By: Monica Barretto   |   Published on: Nov 26, 2010 - 8:00am

2. Geraldine Javier

Javier's oil-on-canvas, Ella Amo’ Apasionadamente y Fue Correspondida, set a record for the artist when it sold for HK$1,460,000

The artist: Film and photography make up this artist’s repertoire. Javier, who studied nursing before becoming a full-time artist, was trained under the influential Roberto Chabet at the University of the Philippines. Her pieces are oft described as enigmatic and sophisticated.

The big bucks: Ella Amo’ Apasionadamente y Fue Correspondida (For She Loved Fiercely, And She is Well Loved), a portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo painted in oil-on-canvas, recently set a new auction record for the artist at HK$1,460,000--nearly 10 times more than the original estimate. The Absurdity of Being, which had a pre-sale estimate of $2,300 was sold 16 times more at $36,971 while her diptych Curating the Sky sold for $93,665.

The artist's portrait, photo by At Maculangan

Claim to fame: Sometimes described as dark, Javier’s work has captured the international audience with consistently sold-out shows. Since 2004, she has been exhibiting her work globally in Milan, Malaysia, Prague and Beijing.

Exhibits and awards: Javier has bagged top art awards including the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Award and the Ateneo Art Awards.

 

1. Ronald Ventura

Ventura's Mother's Mark, 2009

The artist: Striking and odd are two adjectives that come to mind when describing the work of this University of Santo Tomas fine arts graduate. Ventura’s masterpieces, often mistaken for the digital sort, make use of classic techniques done just by hand. The result? Strangely interesting artworks that can't help being original.

The big bucks: Venturas have been selling for five to six dollar digits. The painting Natural Lies recently fetched USD326,000--nine times its estimate–and set a new record for both the artist and the auction house. Uncalculated Flight, sold at SGD 24,000, while the acrylic and oil-on-canvas, Depth, raked in HKD137,500. Ventura is the top-selling Filipino artist of today.

Claim to fame: The international art world has embraced the art of Ronald Ventura as a fixture in top global auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s, where his works sell at skyrocketing prices. Ventura has also done exhibits worldwide, including Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, San Francisco and New York.

Exhibits and awards: The 37-year old artist has won more than 10 awards including the Ateneo Art Awards in 2005, The Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Award, Art Manila Newspaper’s Artist of the year in 2001, and Juror’s Choice Award for the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards.

 

Photos by At Maculangan (Geraldine Javier), Lilen Uy (Annie Cabigting), www.geraldinejavier.com, www.nikkiluna.com, www.rodeltapaya.com, www.contemporaryartphilippines.com, and www.kulay-diwa.com

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21 Comments
  • Roselyn Garcia
    I wish I could be as successful as them. I'm a beginning artist, dreaming to become known someday for my portraits. But I'm too young, I'm 17, I know I'd make it big someday. =)
    Sep 23 2012 @ 12:54am     Reply  
  • dr.shahariar talukder
    Creative Painting : Visual Art Program.Residency/ Research in Traditional ArtifactsrnSub. Seeking support by Fellowship/ grant/ scholarship to undertake study- Visual Art.rnI am a regular practicing Painter - interested to join into the Visual Art Residency/ Studio Art to work on Creative paintings. rnI wish to give classes to the students (if authority permits) especially to the style of the Bengol-School of Artrnand its methods & techniques too, which is noteworthy. rnI have especial interest also to undertake research on traditional Artifacts.rnI need your kind cooperation to arrange support award-stipend/ fellowships to under take this programrnThanking you with best regards.rnrnProf. Dr. Shahariar Talukder, Fine Arts, Date: 17/9/2011 My CV enclosedrnFine Arts, Univ. of Chittagong, Bangladesh.rnemail : stalukder20@yahoo.com
    Sep 18 2011 @ 12:49pm     Reply  
  • dr.shahariar talukder
    Creative Painting : Visual Art Program.Residency/ Research in Traditional ArtifactsrnSub. Seeking support by Fellowship/ grant/ scholarship to undertake study- Visual Art.rnI am a regular practicing Painter - interested to join into the Visual Art Residency/ Studio Art to work on Creative paintings. rnI wish to give classes to the students (if authority permits) especially to the style of the Bengol-School of Artrnand its methods & techniques too, which is noteworthy. rnI have especial interest also to undertake research on traditional Artifacts.rnI need your kind cooperation to arrange support award-stipend/ fellowships to under take this programrnThanking you with best regards.rnProf. Dr. Shahariar Talukder, Fine Arts, Date: 17/9/2011 My CV enclosedrnFine Arts, Univ. of Chittagong, Bangladesh.rnemail : stalukder20@yahoo.com
    Sep 18 2011 @ 12:47pm     Reply  
  • beektur
    art list schmlist! booo, spot.ph. stick to fashion, tv and movie, will you please?
    May 16 2011 @ 10:27am     Reply  
  • jin
    Wawi Navarroza should be here.
    Dec 02 2010 @ 07:28am     Reply  
  • igeramos
    when i saw geraldine javier's work ten years ago, at Sundungan 2000 at the CCP, i said to myself, merong future yang batang yan.
    Nov 29 2010 @ 06:32pm     Reply  
  • war all the time
    wala si m.o.??? : )))))
    Nov 29 2010 @ 12:13pm     Reply  
  • tina
    Wala si Louie Cordero??
    Nov 29 2010 @ 01:01am     Reply  
  • chloe
    whoah!
    Nov 27 2010 @ 02:59pm     Reply  
  • common
    Sabi ko na nga ba dapat nag-fine arts na lang ako...oh well...
    Nov 27 2010 @ 04:43am     Reply  
  • mx
    @erwin as usual, art becomes a commodity.
    Nov 27 2010 @ 02:10am     Reply  
  • erwin
    big bucks yata ang labanan dito pre
    Nov 27 2010 @ 12:38am     Reply  
  • ian uy
    Wow! bakit wala yung nanalo sa Art Biannale sa Florence Italy?rnrn
    Nov 27 2010 @ 12:19am     Reply  
  • maw
    I'm glad and proud of the success of these artists. Being one myself, I've had my share of people taking my work for granted. It's good to hear that there are still many who recognize real talent. :)
    Nov 26 2010 @ 11:50pm     Reply  
  • sm
    ...wow purong mga taga-UP.
    Nov 26 2010 @ 11:07pm     Reply  
  • therottenapple
    bakit walang Ian Quirante dito? :D
    Nov 26 2010 @ 11:07pm     Reply  
  • tere
    nice list...really nice list...you give yourself a pat on the back for this, spot.ph...:)
    Nov 26 2010 @ 08:37pm     Reply  
  • concerned
    it's nice to see Filipino artists finally receiving the recognition they deserve. kudos!
    Nov 26 2010 @ 06:18pm     Reply  
  • joey simsim
    im proud im also an artist!
    Nov 26 2010 @ 04:23pm     Reply  
  • cristo
    ...
    Nov 26 2010 @ 01:35pm     Reply  
  • michaela de leon
    Wow I'm so glad to see our talented artists are getting the compensation they deserve. About time!
    Nov 26 2010 @ 11:32am     Reply  
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