10 Art Exhibits to See This April

Food for your art-hungry heart!



(SPOT.ph) The new month ushers in another set of art exhibits. Get inspired by works that feature the radical, fantastical, psychedelic, and more.



Art by Kris Abrigo


Premium Aquarium

In his third solo show, Kris Abrigo shows his fresh take on urban art through patterns and pastel hues. The unlikely shapes and candy colors represent pop culture, rendering them relatable not just to the younger set but also to those with an eye for good art.


The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. on April 3 at Sixinch Gallery.


Sixinch Gallery is at Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City. For more details, check Kris Abrigo’s Facebook page.






JJ Duque’s art is the kind that invites you to step closer and scrutinize all the tiny, vivid details that the artist had painstakingly worked into each piece. Aptly named Patience, the exhibit will set your head spinning in wonder at all the careful components that harmoniously create each work of art.


The exhibit runs from April 2 to 14 at the ArtistSpace at Ayala Museum.


ArtistSpace is at G/F Ayala Museum Annex, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more details, visit ArtistSpace’s Facebook page.



Santol II by Disodado Lorenzon


Bodegones: Kitchen Pictures

Nothing presents the Filipino’s bounty and sense of happy community better than images of prosperous harvest—and by this we mean fruits and flora. Tropical produce are in abundance in this exhibit, as the subject is still life paintings from the early 1900s up to the modern period. Selected from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas collection, the art will make you nostalgic for Kundiman.



The exhibit runs until June 18 at the Galeriya ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.


The Galeriya ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila. For more information, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s official website.



Untitled (1968) by Atsuko Tanaka


A Taste of Gutai: Lito and Kim Camacho Collection

Gutai is “a Japanese art movement defined by a radical and energetic approach to artmaking that encompasssed performance, painting, installation, and theatrical events.” Founded by Jiro Yoshihara, this particular exhibit features over 80 paintings and sculptures created through unorthodox means, such as painting with feet and even wrestling in cement and gravel. Loaned to the Ayala Museum from the private collection of Lito and Kim Camacho, this is the first time that the artworks can be viewed by the public.


The exhibit runs until April 10 at the ground floor gallery of the Ayala Museum.


The Ayala Museum is at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.  For more details, visit the Ayala Museum website



Neneng in the Garden


Saturday Fun Machine

Any kid growing up in Manila in the 1980s would remember Saturday Fun Machine, morning cartoons that transported us to the fantastical world of robots, superheroes, witches, and the prehistoric era. Isabel Roxas captures the nostalgia of the times with her depiction of true-to-life characters from her childhood. From the household help immortalized in glazed stoneware to the candies in watercolor, Roxas’ solo exhibit is a fond trip down memory lane.



The exhibit runs until April 23 at Silverlens.


Silverlens is at 2/F YMC Building 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.




Sandra Dans’ solo exhibit is made up of three different projects: "I Am," "Mga Santong Kanto," and "Stampitas." Spanning self portraits, photos of Filipino men in reference to the local notions of masculinity, and the relationship between the religious and social media, Dans bridges unseen gaps by showing her own perspective of our culture.


Exhibit runs until April 30 on the 3F Galleries of Vargas Museum.


Vargas Museum is at Roxas Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City. For more details, visit the UP Vargas Museum Facebook page and website



Caretaker I, 2015


Images of the Past

The intricate and sometimes psychedelic details of John Frank Sabado’s pen and ink pieces can leave the viewer mesmerized. Human figures dominate each piece, with echoes of the Mountain Province alluding to the artist’s roots.


The exhibit runs until April 6 at The Drawing Room.


The Drawing Room is G/F Building C, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more details, visit The Drawing Room’s website.



Single channel video


Here Distorted

Delving into hefty subjects like the contemporary socio-political, econonomic, and religious, Manny Montelibano draws from subtleties and throws his findings into stark relief. His videos and inter-media installations may present the uncomfortable, but they offer another way to look at realities.



The exhibit runs until April 15 at 1335 MABINI.


1335 MABINI is at 1335 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila. For more information, visit 1335 MABINI’s website.




Blue House: Philippines 

Blue House: Philippines pays homage to Frida Kahlo with modern interpretations of the iconic Mexican painter and her masterpieces. Local and international artists present their own versions of Kahlo through a variety of mediums in what promises to be a highly eclectic exhibit.


The exhibit runs until April 16 at Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery.


Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery is at 2135 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery’s Facebook page.





Healing is Difficult

Harnessing shades of blue, black, white, and gray—the colors of a bruise—Renato Barja Jr. evokes melancholia with his oils and sculptures. We see the powerful strokes of a master in the desolate expressions of The Loneliest and on the subject of Tempest. But what is striking is how Barja utilizes found objects into his works, creating otherworldly pieces—images that will surely stay with you for a long time.


The exhibit runs until April 9 at Blanc.


Blanc is at 145 Katipunan Avenue, St. Ignatius, Quezon City. For more details, visit Blanc’s website.


Photo from JJ Duque Art’s Facebook page (Patience); Kris Abrigo’s Facebook page (Premium Aquarium); Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s Facebook page (Bodegones: Kitchen Pictures); Ayala Museum website (A Taste of Gutai: Lito and Kim Camacho Collection); Silverlens’ website (Saturday Fun Machine);


UP Vargas Museum website (Iconolatria); The Drawing Room’s website (Images of the Past); 1335 MABINI’s website (Here Distorted); Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery’s Facebook page (Blue House: Philippines); and Blanc’s official website (Healing is Difficult)

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