One artist who has endeavored to give a subtle commentary on what one wants in relation to the environment is Raul Lebajo. His imaginative landscapes that made him a pioneer of surrealism in Philippine art go beyond the superficiality of the surroundings.
Lebajo’s works, including his Mystic Garden and Circle, are a reminder of the wonder of faith [like that of Job in the Bible]as one shrinks in the face of the sublime. He shows that modernism is not about the conceit, rather a sense of being profane that leads to an ethical generosity and genuine care for all forms of life.
Art, nature, and humanity are intertwined in his untitled work which depicts a heart that is also a seed, which beats with profound care for what has been inherited from the past and bestowed to the next generation. Underneath Lebajo’s modernism is a thriving and vibrant humanism.
“Lebajo” runs until May 31 at the NCCA Gallery (B), G/F, NCCA Building, 633 Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila.