10 Art Exhibits to See This December



(SPOT.ph) The holiday season is often associated with kids—from their sweet smile when they open their gifts under the Christmas tree to their laughter as soon as they see their cousins during family reunions. This December, our list of exhibits worth seeing exemplifies this spirit by reminding us that we still have that inner child who enjoys enchanted spaces, exudes innocence, and appreciates simple things.


If you feel like you’re losing your sense of childlike wonder, these just might help you find it again!



“Diamond” by Aki Leonor Ochiai


The Paper Café

Tokyo-based Japanese-Filipino artist Aki Leonor Ochiai (a.k.a. Paper and Peace) brings her paper-themed lamps and art installations to a local café in the Philippines to create an enchanting space. Her three-dimensional works readily complement the vibe of Local Edition Coffee and Tea as she believes that art can be infused in one's lifestyle.


The exhibit runs until January 13, 2017 at Local Edition Coffee and Tea.


Local Edition Coffee and Tea is at 116 Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Aki Leonor Ochiai's Tumblr page




Buto, Tiklop, Laman

Miguel de Quiros presents his debut exhibit Buto, Tiklop, Laman which highlights the form of the human body through the use of analog black-and-white nude photography. “It is not about nudity. It is about personality. The best way to show who they are is to show their face,” explains the photographer about his 30+ works in the collection.


The exhibit runs until December 21, 2016 at Vetro Gallery.



Vetro Gallery is at 4/F Congressional Avenue, Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City. For more information, visit Vetro Gallery's Facebook page



“Masked Portraits” by Arturo R. Luz



Arturo R. Luz was awarded the National Artist for Visual Arts title in 1997. His style of abstraction and stylized figuration marked an important part of the history of Philippine modern art. #Luz@90 celebrates his 90th birth anniversary through an exhibit curated by historian Ambeth R. Ocampo.


The exhibit runs until April 8, 2017 at Ateneo Art Gallery.


Ateneo Art Gallery is at 2/F Old Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery's website



“Komedya sa Pakil” by Danilo Dalena


Last Full Show

Danilo Dalena's body of work is just so broad that it takes almost the whole Cultural Center of the Philippines—from the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) to the Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery)—to contain his series of paintings, illustrations, and prints. He was last seen on the gallery circuit in the 1990s but that doesn't mean that he has walked away from the arts. In fact, his most recent project is an homage to run-down movie houses.


The exhibit runs until March 4, 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


The Cultural Center of the Philippines is at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP's website



Artwork by Niño Hernandez


Scratching the Surface

Niño Hernandez's third solo exhibit is a display of his abstractions and experimentation on surfaces of everyday objects. With a variety of colors and highly tactile textures, he turns his canvasses to walls with leaks, pavement with cracks, or even metal that has undergone corrosion. Scratching the Surface is just that, scratching the surface and diving deep to explore what's behind the artwork.



The exhibit runs until January 8, 2017 at Altro Mondo.


Altro Mondo is at 3/F The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Altro Mondo's Facebook page




Endings are Beginnings of Pendings

Indy Paredes continues his exploration of the effect of infrastructure on culture and vice versa, as well as the negotiations between public and private spaces. Endings are Beginnings of Pendings particularly looks at the peculiar construction of houses in populous areas, wherein a roof is not the finishing of a structure but rather a base for an upward expansion.


The exhibit runs until January 13, 2017 at 1335MABINI.


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



“At Face Value” by JR Ledesma



JR Ledesma's Outburst meditates on the vulnerability of the human body, which is often avoided through concealment. By showing unclear, altered, and even disembodied faces as his subjects, he puts forward the “expressions of his soul and pieces of his heart."


The exhibit runs until January 7, 2017 at Kulay-Diwa.


Kulay-Diwa is at 25 Lopez Avenue, Lopez Village, Sucat, Parañaque City. For more information, visit Kulay-Diwa's website



Artwork by Francisco Gorospe


Self-taught Masters

As a special year-end exhibition, Transwing Art Gallery presents rare paintings by Francisco “Paco” Gorospe, Cesar Buenaventura of the Mabini Art movement, and sculptures by Kapampangan artist Arnel Garcia.


Gorospe, dubbed as the Pablo Picasso of the Philippines, immersed himself in the works of American artists Franz Kline and Andrew Wyeth and Spanish cubist Picasso. Despite his influences, Gorospe's style cannot be boxed into a single art movement. Buenaventura, son of distinguished UP School of Fine Arts professor Teodoro Buenaventura, was the protégé of Fernando Amorsolo. Because of this influence, he championed the conservative school along with other painters of the Mabini Art movement. Garcia is known for his sculptures made from resin, mixed media, or Mt. Pinatubo ash. They are often inspired by tragedies, sorrow, and Filipino burial rites.



The exhibit runs until January 5, 2017 at Transwing Art Gallery.


Transwing Art Gallery is at 102 West Avenue, Quezon City. For more information, visit Transwing Art Gallery's Facebook page



“Garfield Minus Garfield Decision” by Bjorn Calleja


CATatonic CATurday

Who doesn't love cats? Sometimes, a bad day becomes better after looking at a cute cat meme or when your real cat buddy purrs at your feet. Artery Art Space presents a group show that features various interpretations of the adorable cat. "Though they appear in multiple guises and capers no actual cats were harmed in this show," claims the gallery. Through artworks by Gino Bueza, Bjorn Calleja, Kiri Dalena, and a lot of other artists, the proverbial feline becomes a symbol of our carefree inner child.


The exhibit runs until December 31 at Artery.


Artery is at 102 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, visit Artery's website




Meet Me Halfway

Mark Salvatus, a mixed-media artist, has moved from apartment to apartment and from city to city after leaving the countryside. From this experience, he comes up with Meet Me Halfway, wherein he tries to explore the middle ground of transition. Even now, Salvatus remains in two places, shuffling between Manila, Philippines and Osaka, Japan.


The exhibit runs until January 13, 2017 at 1335MABINI.


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


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