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Works That Wow at Art Fair Philippines

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One of the best things that's happened to the art scene in Manila in the last five years is Art Fair Philippines. What makes it different from other art fairs in the region is the high octane-level Filipino artists representing the country, and as international galleries attest, the distinctly merrier environment. Interestingly enough, Leon Gallery curator Lisa Guerero-Nakpil says,"For some reason, Filipinos like to buy Filipino art.  Filipinos—in this particular case—are resolutely patriotic." 

This year's edition of the highly anticipated event kicked off with a Collector's Preview yesterday, and will run through February 19 at The Link in Makati. With 46 galleries displaying their best pieces, your first dilemma is probably where to start. Scroll down to see the work that we feel deserve a closer look at.


Sacred Heart by Jason Montinola


Rebelasyon, a collaborative oil on canvas work by Kalye Kollektib


Fresh Underneath by Marina Cruz

Teenage Marble Discharge by Louie Cordero


A series of teddy bear subjects by Elaine Navas


Solitude by Ferdinand Cacnio


The Sacred & The Secrets in Our Lives, an assemblage with found objects by Norberto Roldan

Measure the Distance to the Heavens By the Depth of the Fall by Pardo de Leon


Read My Mind and Queen of Wishful Thinking 2, both by Joel “Welbart” Bartolome


The Dog of Lake Pinamaloy by Rodel Tapaya


A painting by Neil Pasilan and Raffy Napay


Blood Angel by Suzann Victor


A portrait of a fellow artist by Jose Joya 


Untitled pieces by Patricia Eustaquio


Anatomy of a Myth by Rai Cruz


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Dog Days by Kawayan de Guia


Yellow Flowers on a Striped Ground by Donald Sultan


Breathing Water series, made from Indian ink, acrylic, handmade Pina paper and glue on plexiglass, by Atsuko Yamagata


Studies Into the Past, an oil painting on wood by Laurent Grasso


Balancing Act by Rodel Tapaya


Hex by Norberto Roldan


Osmel's Toys by Yuan Yuan


In Capital We Trust by Raoul Rodriguez


Lift Up, a brass installation by Michael Cancio


Collaborations between Manuel Ocampo and Jigger Cruz


A collaboration among Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, and Emmanuel Garibay


An Arena for Pseudo-Context by Manuel Ocampo


Makati by Jose T. Joya


Orley Ypon's Adam's Rib


Poleng, 3 Ways (soft sculpture), an archival pigment print by Wawi Navarroza


Relic 2 by Gregory Halili, where corals were made to look like bones


An untitled six-piece series by Takuro Sugiyama


Come Out From Under the Covers by Clarence Chun


Karasu by Vince de Pio


31 (Edition 2), handblown and hot sculpted glass by Lilianna Manahan and Jiri Pacinek


Untitled 1 by Nicole Coson


Lubin Nepomuceno's In White


Rise to Heaven, Fall to Sky, or Hover in Between by Geraldine Javier


La Vela by Fernando Zobel


...go! by Ferdie Montemayor


Linlang Nilalang by Kirby Rojas


Gumapaw na Halimaw, made of nylon cord and acrylic beads, by Mac Valdezco


Hobo in WanderLand, a drawing installation by Cast of Cool member Dex Fernandez


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A series by Indonesian artist Faisal Habibi


The Wall of Sound, which encloses WSK's Hall of Sound


The Unicorn Club: Boyfriends for Everyone by T&C cover subject Jeona Zoleta


An installation by Jose Tence Ruiz
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