Arts & Culture

What to See and Do at Art Fair Philippines 2019

On its seventh run, Art Fair Philippines returns to The Link carpark in Makati from February 22 to 24.

Art Fair Philippines returns to The Link carpark in Makati on February 22 to 24. This year’s edition of the country’s premier art fair is no less exciting and unique than its predecessors. Its slate of featured artists includes the likes of David Medalla, the late Mauro Malang Santos, and other artists who have likewise made an impact on the the art world critically and commercially. 

"Centric" by Peter Zimmermann

Legends take over ArtFairPH/Projects 

As with previous years, fairgoers may expect a number of interactive displays. This year features an iteration of David Medalla’s “A Stitch in Time,” a concept he first introduced to the public in 1968 that has since reached audiences around the globe.

David Medalla

The artist encourages members of the public to come and sew a personal keepsake onto a large canvas, creating a never-ending "conversation" between the artist and his audience. “A Stitch in Time” has been to countries like London, Berlin, Paris, Venice, Tokyo, Barcelona, Sao Paolo, Rome, and Singapore but this is the first time it will be done in the Philippines.

Ray Albano

The fair also resurrects Ray Albano’s acclaimed installation “Step on the Sand and Make Footprints.” Albano, who first served as curator then later director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines from 1979 to 1985, was also a prolific painter, photographer, writer, and printmaker. His interactive installation was awarded honorable mention at the 9th Tokyo International Exhibition of Prints in 1974.

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Soler Santos, son of artist Mauro Malang Santos and an artist himself, is curating a selection of some of his father’s famed works in what’s to be called “Malang’s Women,” from the family's private collection.

Fernando Botero

Also on exhibit are works by renowned Colombian figurative artist and sculptor Fernando Botero. His distinct style consists of exaggeratedly round bodies and figures. He is known to reference famous artworks like the “Mona Lisa” or copy works by artists such as Diego Velazquez and Francisco de Goya.

The fair will also shed light on Liv Vinluan’s “Nung Gamabalain Yung Sayawan/The Disruption of Dance.” Vinluan is this year’s recipient of the Karen H. Montinola Selection.

Expect to see an introspective on the works of these featured artists: Ryan Villamael, Oca Villamiel, Ian Fabro, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, Olivia d’Aboville, and MM Yu.

An opportunity to learn from an art historian from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art Fair has always gone beyond showcasing art, giving its attendees a venue to expand their knowledge on contemporary art. This year, ArtFairPH/Talks is bringing in art historian Kathy Galitz from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Galitz is the author of Masterpiece Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which highlights the museum’s most iconic works and the history behind them. She is an expert on the late 18th-century and 19th-century French art.


More of the top international and regional galleries join in on the fun

As of the moment, 55 galleries—16 of which are foreign—are set to showcase exhibitions at The Link, representing artists from the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and Taiwan. 

"Angel of the Blessed" by Riel Hilario

Participating galleries include: 1335MABINI, Asian Cultural Council/León Gallery, Affinity Art, Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea, Archivo 1984, Art Cube, Art Underground, Art Verite, Artemis Art, Artery Art Space, Artinformal, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Botero in Asia, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, CLEAR Gallery Tokyo, District Gallery, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Eskinita Art Gallery, Finale Art File, Gajah Gallery, Galerie Roberto, Galerie Stephanie, Galleria Duemila, Gallery Kogure, Gallery Orange, J Studio, Kaida Contemporary, Kobayashi Gallery, La Lanta Fine Arts, Mind Set Art Center, MO_Space, Nunu Fine Art, Paseo Art Gallery, PINTÔ ART GALLERY, Salcedo Auctions, Secret Fresh, Shukado, Silverlens, Soka Art, TAKSU, The Crucible, The Drawing Room, Tin-aw gallery, Underground, Vin Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, West Gallery, Yavuz Gallery, YOD Gallery, and Ysobel Art Gallery. 


"Kamay Niya" by Goldie Poblador

The return of ArtFairPH/Photo and 10 Days of Art 

Another returning facet of Art Fair is 10 Days of Art, a series of events around the city that preempts the fair that takes place on February 15 to 24. Organizers have partnered with a number of galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, and retailers to celebrate the big event. A featured display of public art is a collaboration between Neil Oshima and Olivia d’Aboville, entitled “Plastics in Our Ocean,” will be found at the Landmark Bridgeway to The Link. For more information, visit


Olivia d'Aboville

Launched last year, ArtFairPH/Photo is one of the fair’s initiatives to highlight the medium of photography.

How to Buy Tickets

Tickets are currently available on the official Art Fair Philippines website for P350 per day. Students with valid IDs may avail of a special rate of P150, while students from Makati may purchase a ticket for P100. Tickets will be sold on-site at the 4th floor. Art Fair Philippines will open to the public from February 22 to 24. 


For more information, visit and follow @artfairph on Instagram and on Facebook.

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