Arts & Culture

Art Fair 2018 First Look: Works That Wow

We've combed through the fair's offerings to bring you some of the highlights.

Since its inception in 2013, Art Fair Philippines has emerged as one of the most-awaited annual events for art lovers and collectors in the city and the region. The fair serves as a platform for showcasing and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine art. As with the previous fairs the organizers have staged, this year is an even bigger and better event. From the introduction of a brand new section to an increase of participating galleries, indeed, this year’s Art Fair Philippines is shaping up to be the best one yet.

For 2018, Art Fair Philippines puts the spotlight on photography with the addition of ARTFAIRPH/PHOTO. The section features the works of renowned photographers Neal Oshima and Eduardo Masferre. With the added participation of five new galleries, the fair maximizes its venue The Link by occupying all the spaces of the seven-story building. The sixth edition of Art Fair Philippines kicked off with a Collectors Preview on February 27. It is officially open to the public from March 1 to 4 at The Link in Makati. Here, everything that caught our eye at Art Fair Philippines 2018:

By Plet Bolipata

By Plet Bolipata

Every Tool Is A Weapon If You Hold It Right XLIII, Every Tool Is A Weapon If You Hold It Right XLIV, Every Tool Is A Weapon If You Hold It Right XLI by Pio Abad, Silverlens

Objects of Delayed Relevance by Marta Lovina

Tactile Pink and Turquoise Laces by Marina Cruz, Mind Set Art Center

Yellow and White on Deep Blue by Marina Cruz, Mind Set Art Center

Roberto Chabet, MO_SPACE

THE HYPEBEAST by Luis Lorenzana, Secret Fresh

Ang Walang Pangalan, Everyday Impunity

Mindanao: Under the Lord's Shadow by Jez Aznar, Provocations

Iniquity Within by Anton Del Castillo, Galerie Anna

Katarina Ortiz, ARTINFORMAL

Olivia D’Aboville, YOD + KOGURE

Olivia D’Aboville, YOD + KOGURE

Early sketches of Arturo Luz from the ‘60s, Salcedo Private Preview

Kidlat Tahimik

Fernando Zobel, Cayon

Dedy Sufriadi, Artemis Art

Malang, West Gallery

Si Juan Man Ay May Pangarap Din (2018) by Romulo Galicano, Altro Mondo

Anton Del Castillo, Altro Mondo

Michelle Perez

Yunizar, Gasah Gallery

Estriko Ng Murahan (2018) by Pablo Baen Santos, Triad

Perya 65th by Leonard Aguinaldo, Galleria Duemila

Mac Valdezco, Avellana Art Gallery

Pardo De Leon, MO_SPACE

Elaine Roberto Navas, MO_SPACE

Nilo Ilarde

Leonard Aguinaldo, Galleria Duemila

Leonard Aguinaldo, Galleria Duemila

Resisting Temptation by Anton Del Castillo, Tin-aw Gallery

Dexter Sy, 1335 Mabini

Daniel Dela Cruz

Daniel Dela Cruz

Daniel Dela Cruz

Same Dog Painted 10 Times (2018) by Bree Jonson, Yavuz Gallery

Arturo Luz (2016), The Crucible

Riel Jaramillo Hilario, Art Underground

Body of Research by Chati Coronel, Silverlens

Untitled by Jigger Cruz, Arndt Art Agency

Thank You For Being Understanding by Kaa Yeo, Ardnt Art Agency

At First Blush by Syagini Ratna Wulan, Silverlens

Greyed Garment by Marina Cruz, Arndt Art Agency

Boceto, Presentacion de los Habitantes Indigenos a la Reina Regenta Maria Cristina y la Princesa Mercedes de Asturias by Miguel Zaragoza, Asian Cultural Council/ Leon Gallery

Morphosis 3 by Isidro "Manong Jon" Santos, Blanc

Image in Black 4 by Julius Redillas, Blanc

Emmanuel Garibay, Art Verite

Ang Ulo ng Bagong Hudas by Jason Montinola, West Gallery

In Search for the Holy Grail by Antonio Catral Leano, Pinto Art Museum

Two people Standing still (2017) by Chisato Tanaka

Heads (2016) by Bencab

Cat Island (2013) by Eguchi Ayane, Vinyl on Vinyl

The Market (2018) by Rodel Tapaya, Arndt Art Agency

Art Fair Philippines runs from March 1 to 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati. For more information, visit

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