The formal opening of Art Fair Philippines proved to be a raging success, mostly due to the impressive turnout of attendees and the many pieces that were quickly snapped up by the country’s top collectors. Here, we list down some of the most valuable works from Art Fair Philippines 2018:
Nothing Moves Itself Series by Elaine Navas, ARTINFORMAL
Navas’ painting is part of a series inspired by photographs captured by Ling Quisumbing while traveling from Mindoro to Manila. The large-scale painting uses various shades of blue and is priced at P2 million.
Iniquity Within (2018) by Anton Del Castillo, Galerie Anna
Acclaimed Filipino visual artist Anton Del Castillo’s life-size fiberglass sculpture is priced at P1.7 million.
Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, YOD + Kogure
The work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama needs no introduction. Her signature pumpkins have appeared as sculptures, paintings, and more. YOD + Kogure’s exhibited Kusama will set you back P17.5 million.
Arturo Luz, Salcedo Private View
Philippine National Artist for Visual Arts Arturo Luz has works that span from figurative works to sculptures and collages. These works on paper–mostly his early sketches from the '60s–are priced at P700,000 each.
House of Cards Redeemed by Daniel De La Cruz
De La Cruz's den of curiosities showcased the artist's many talents and was in itself a unique experience. This particular piece is valued between P2 to P2.3 million.
State of the World (2017) by Charlie Co, Gallery Orange
Charlie Co presents his view of the world today. His work, titled State of the World, is priced at P1.3 million.
Kauros III (1957) by Fernando Zóbel, Cayón
Untitled (2018) by Andres Barrioquinto, West Gallery
Artist Andres Barrioquinto is known for his surrealistic portraits. One of his latest, an untitled piece, is priced at P1 million.
Si Juan Man Ay May Pangarap Din (2018) by Romulo Galicano
Cebuano artist Romulo Galicano describes his work as “technically academic” with an “abstract” and “philosophical approach.” His recent work Si Juan Man Ay May Pangarap Din is priced at P3.15 million.
Estriko ng Murahan (2018) by Pablo Baen Santos
A major artist in the subject of social realism, Pablo Baen Santos’ Estriko ng Murahan is priced at P700,000.
Maynila (Hilda Koronel-Bembol Roco) (2018) by Norberto Roldan, Silverlens
Easily the most eye-catching piece in the gallery because of its use of neon lights, this work by Norberto Roldan costs P2.2 million.
Studies into the past by Laurent Grasso,
Edouard Malingue Gallery
One of the seasoned artists carried by this Hong Kong-based gallery, Grasso has had the privilege of exhibiting his works around Europe. His Studies Into the Past series consists of historical subjects in science fiction settings. This painting is at €38,000 or P2.4 million.
The Kiss by Luis Lorenzana, Secret Fresh Gallery
Lorenzana's The Kiss is a clever play on Gustav Klimt's masterpiece. The painting, which has a sculpture version, is valued at over P1.8 million.
Untitled (2018) by Jigger Cruz, Arndt Art Agency
Cruz is a colorblind abstract artist who's known for his tactile and sensorial works. This oil on canvas work by Jigger Cruz and valued at over P1.1 million.
The Market (2018) by Rodel Tapaya, Arndt Art Agency
Painted on burlap, Rodel Tapaya's The Market is priced at over P2.3 million.
Greyed Garment (2018) by Marina Cruz, Arndt Art Agency
Marina Cruz's Greyed Garment is priced at P700,000. Cruz is known for paintings that examine her family's narrative.
Balloon Rabbit, Monkey, and Swan by Jeff Koons, Secret Fresh
Secret Fresh's set of Jeff Koons balloon rabbit, monkey, and swan goes for P800,00 each. Koons is notable for reproducing banal objects, in this case, balloon animals.
Untitled by Roberto Chabet, MO_Space Gallery
Part of a series, Roberto Chabet's untitled collage work is priced at P650,000 each.