Artist Profile: Mark Salvatus invites us to help him create art

Get to know the Art Fair Philippines 2016 featured artist


( Art Fair Philippines 2016 is back and we know you’re as thrilled as we are. Trust us when we say it will blow your mind as you overdose in Philippine contemporary art—in a way you will absolutely love. Here's a look at what this year’s Special Exhibits have in store for you.


Let’s get to know Mark Salvatus, one of Art Fair Philippines 2016’s featured artists.



Mark Salvatus graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Arts in 2003. He was one of the recipients of the Thirteen Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2012. Salvatus won the Sovereign-Schoeni Art Prize in Hong Kong in 2010, and the Ateneo Art Award the same year.



Field Trip Asia: Philippines


Salvatus has had solo exhibitions all over the world, including the Philippines, Australia, and South Korea. He has been part of a number of group exhibitions in Singapore, China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and South Korea. Salvatus also co-founded Pilipinas Street Plan, a community of Manila-based street artists, and 98B COLLABoratory, a multi-disciplinary site for creative sharing, discussion, and collaboration located in Escolta, Manila.


Mountains, 2015 and Gates, 2015


Living and working between Manila and Osaka in Japan, Salvatus' art is heavily influenced by the urban landscape, the Internet, advertising, and popular culture. He mines these sources for materials for his art projects. He uses a number of mediums in his interactive and participatory projects including drawings, installations, photography, video, and street art.


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Souvenirs, 2013


For Art Fair Philippines 2016, Salvatus is mounting a project similar to something he's done before in Korea and the Singapore Biennale in 2010. Tentatively called “Constellation,” the project requires exhibit goers to participate by tracing the coins they have on them on paper. The installation will have tables and chairs, and paper and pencils will be made available to the participants. The collected traces will then be installed on a wall that, like stars in the sky, will form a constellation of coins imprints when seen from a distance.


Codes, 2015


According to Salvatus, his project encourages participants to think about how art and economy, travel and cross-cultural exchanges, have allowed us to connect with one another. He added that the use of coins for the project was ideal since the project was being held in the country’s financial district, Makati. He adds that because the economies of the world are connected, whether it’s P1 or 100 Yen, the coins we have, and we ourselves, are part of the global transaction.



New Society, 2014


Because of the nature of the project, Salvatus said that the outcome of “Constellation” will be a surprise even to him, since the participation of the exhibit goers will determine what the project will look like.


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.


Photos courtesy of the artist and 1335MABINI


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