10 Things You Need to See at Art Fair Philippines 2016

Only have an hour to browse? Here's what you shouldn't miss.


(SPOT.ph) By now it probably doesn’t need to be said that you need to prepare yourself before you visit Art Fair Philippines. At the launch of its third year, organizers Trickie Lopa, Lisa Periquet, and Dindin Araneta shared that the goal for Art Fair Philippines 2016 was to be bigger and better than the first two, and our preview has proven that it’s done just that.


With riveting pieces that have the power to stop you in your tracks and a richly diverse selection of artists, it’s an experience that goes beyond just the visual. And with three whole floors of The Link to explore, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here’s our capsule guide to the things that you shouldn’t miss. 





Silverlens features this Gabriel Barredo piece called “Toys R Us,” with artifacts from a bygone childhood that perhaps anyone from the pre-iPad generation can relate to.



West Gallery’s 12x9 is a collection of book-sized works by over 100 artists including Romeo Lee, Elmer Borlongan, and Manuel Ocampo. Can you identify which is whose?


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Alfredo and Isable Aquilizan’s tongue-in-cheek nod to sidewalk art vendors is a cheeky break from all the works of art on display—like a misplaced sari-sari store right smack in the middle of Fifth Avenue. Think of it as a tribute to the Pinoy sense of humor.



At first glance, it looks like a giant photograph. But look closer. Nona Garcia’s sea of clouds is a painting that’s meant to make you stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy a bit of stillness in the middle of the crowd.




As one of this year’s featured artists, Raffy Napay’s intricate, woven works can be found in more than one place at the fair, but this one is perhaps the most eye-catching. How could it not be, when it almost makes you want to leap up, spread-eagled?



We love Louie Cordero for his quirky sense of humor and unfailing originality, and this piece, “Surreal Teenager”—on display at Blanc Gallery—is an undeniable standout.




This year’s Secret Fresh selection is somewhat subdued—from afar. But step a little closer and acquaint yourself with the slightly scary but very lovable Kampon, by Epjey Pacheco. Each resin figure weighs five kilos, but looks at you with eyes that seem to say, “I want to be carried!”



Featured artist Pam Yan Santos invites you to kick off your shoes and step in—now, how often do you get a chance to say that you stepped all over a piece of art?




Martha Atienza’s video capturing the rolling waves of the sea will catch your eye from the other end of the space—is it a video wall or a window? For a second, you’ll be transported to the seaside, mesmerized by the continuing ebb and flow of the water.





The most mind-bending installation is easily Mark Justiniani’s Infinity, a series of works using mirrors, light, and shadow, all combined to play with your sense of reality.



Got time for one last piece?



While its round canvas and red backlighting are what will make you stop in your tracks to take a look, it’s the feeling that the painting is both fluid and solid that makes “Opium of the People” by Ivy Floresca worth a look at Galerie Anna. 


Art Fair Philippines 2016 is happening from February 18 to 21, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 5/F to 7/F The Link, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit Art Fair Philippines’ website.

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