Now on its 10th year, the highly anticipated ManilArt continues to promote the work of veteran and up-and-coming Filipino artists with the support of galleries both here and abroad.
With the theme, “Ang Arte ng Pilipinas,” the latest installment of ManilArt centers on the natural passion and interests of Filipinos when it comes to color, story, and creativity. The Filipino art scene presents these appreciations through creations inspired by communities as well as others that challenge the norm.
“What ManilArt showcases is ultimately a part of our cultural heritage and our national art consciousness at large,” the organization noted on a statement.
“ManilArt strongly encourages its exhibitors to practice curation that represents the Philippines as a whole, contributing to our national identity and uplifting our Filipino talents to the global stage.”
Surrealism as another form of storytelling
The art fair presents artists from all over the country, including Benguet-based interdisciplinary artist Roger “Rishab” Tibon.
Tibon is a renowned artist who had numerous exhibits in the Philippines and abroad; he also makes installations, practices performance art, writes poetry, and makes films apart from his eye-catching paintings.
“Bata pa ko mahilig na ‘ko mag drawing pero ‘di ‘ko pinlano maging artist,” Tibon shared with The Sunday Times Magazine.
“I started out in advertising and freelance designing careers but it was only a few years ago when I decided to be a full-time artist,” he added.
For this year’s ManilArt, Tibon created a series titled “Veiled Iconography.”
With bright acrylic interpretations based on the thoughts and imaginations of public figures, the paintings of Tibon—a self-taught artist—show both realistic and abstract concepts melded into one concrete idea.
“Yung mga experiences natin, umaabot sa mind na parang jumbled. Minsan nalilito tayo, minsan may parang chatter sa mind natin, minsan annoying. Minsan sa dreams din, parang magulo,” Tibon noted.
“Tulad ko, wala akong sketches sa simula, kung ano lang talaga lumalabas sa mind. Pero yung unconscious, meron siyang self-organizing system na from iba-ibang ideas, nakakabuo siya ng isang picture,” the artist finally shared.
ManilArt 2018 is running until today at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.