Art Fair Philippines 2016




Art Fair Philippines is an annual exhibit of the works of some of the Philippines’ best contemporary visual artists. This year it was held on February 18-21 at the 5th to 7th floors of The Link Carpark, Ayala Center. The works are displayed in an area encompassing two whole levels of the carpark. (The 5th floor was the venue for scheduled talks and lectures.) ‪

As always, please click thumbnail to view large images.



Felix Bacolor

Can you see the pig? Artist Felix Bacolor’s work uses pigs as its theme.



Josephine Turalba

Artist Josephine Turalba uses bullet casings in her works.


Nona Garcia, Before the Sky


Nona Garcia’s “Before the Sky” takes up the whole face of a wall.  #ArtFairPH



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Remember drawing boxes on the pavement with chalk and playing piko (hopscotch) with your friends? Those teks cards that were ever so popular during our childhood? At first glance, this looks like a traditional chiaroscuro painting. On closer look, you will find that the painting is superimposed with those vestiges from our childhood memory.



Sometimes we view the art, and sometimes the viewer is part of the art itself.


Ferdie Cacnio

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Ferdinand Cacnio’s works “Meant to Love and Be Loved” and “Gravity Defiers”.


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My friend thinks this fella over here looks like Groot. It also reminded me of Grandma Willow from Pocahontas. 🙂



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From the “Kilas” collection, 40 works by 26 different artists from Negros.


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Gabriel Barredo, Toys Are Us

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Gabriel Barredo’s piece “Toys Are Us” is made with small parts from toys.



Daniel Dela Cruz, from the collection HISONLY (His Only Son). Metal Sculpture.

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One of two of my favourites from the event is sculptor Daniel Dela Cruz’s series of religious metal sculptures from his collection called “HISONLY (His Only Son)”. To view the masterpieces, you have to step into a darkened room that was set up like the interior of a church. (Unfortunately, I missed taking a photo of the central piece of the collection! Argghhh!) This particular piece above is called Refuge. The artist’s mastery of the human form is incredible!


On the left, the three glass-encased sculptures is called Virina.  To really, really appreciate dela Cruz’s crazy skills, you have to see the sculptures up close. Many of them are only about 1 to 2 feet high, but the details are so intricate and the lines flowing and smooth it gives a jolt to the mind knowing these are crafted from metal. (Read somewhere that the artist likes to hammer out the design by hand! @_@)


Here we come to my favourite series in the collection,  dela Cruz’s depiction of The Seven Deadly Sins.  (Please click thumbnail to view large image)
From top:    1. Avaritia (Greed)
2nd row  :    2. Pigritia (Sloth),  3&4. Invidia (Envy)
3rd row   :    5. Superbia (Pride),  6. Ira (Wrath),  7. Luxuria (Lust)
4th row   :    8. Luxuria (Lust), 9&10. Gula (Gluttony)  Yes, that’s the famous Golden Arches and its arch rival in the country The Bee right there, as well as the words “buffet”, “unli-rice”, and “open 24 hours” carved into the body of Gluttony.



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Lego pieces and broken glass from bottles go together in this piece.



Various animal-inspired artworks and other oddities.



Raffy Napay


Artist Raffy Napay uses sewing, thread, and yarn as his medium. This particular piece, “Family”, is made with thread that glows in the dark when viewed from the dark room on the other side of the artwork.


This is a series of art expressions using batibot chairs. (I only got photos of two. 😦 )



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Pity I didn’t get the name of the artist or the piece itself. This one is eerily (and creepily) realistic. No matter how many times or from what angle I look at it, it takes awhile to convince myself that this is not a real 3-ft (or so) man caged in a glass case. With butterflies. On his head.  -_-

Can you see the eyelashes and the individual hairs on the stubble and on the head? Crazy details! Feels like his eyes are going to open any minute now. Yep, any minute now…



1. A painting on a curved tile.    2. Vinyl figurines under a disco light. Some of the more whimsical/odd pieces from the exhibit.    3. A working bench made entirely of pencils.


Epjey Pacheco. Kampon

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I find them quite adorable, strangely enough. If I had a garden, I’d probably line them up the walkway (just to see people’s reactions) or scatter them about like people put gnomes and trolls in gardens. (Never quite understood that ) Or, hey, this would work as a cookie jar as well! Imagine that wall-eyed, teeth-baring face looking at you everytime you want to get a cookie!

Mark Justiniani. Infinity series.

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Now we come to my other favourite from the Art Fair.  This is from Mark Justiniani’s “Infinity” series. Mr. Justiniani’s collection is one of the Special Exhibits this year. This collection, along with Daniel dela Cruz’s metal sculptures, are by far the two most memorable for me. Justiniani’s installation works from the Infinity series focuses on perspective, form and space, replicated endlessly using mirrors to simulate infinite space, creating a majestic sense of height, breadth and depth within a singular confined space.  This particular work is, in reality, not more than 3-feet deep. It is really best viewed as a whole, but there were too many people crowded in front of it I could only take sectional photos. (To give you an idea it looks like as a whole, click HERE .)



Another installation art by Mark Justiniani using mirrors to create vertical space and depth. It’s like looking into an abyss.


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And lastly, Allegoria (Tunnel),  also by Mark Justiniani.  This is arguably one of THE most popular works in the whole exhibit, as evidenced by the heads of people in front of me (yes, they were all taller than me boohooo). I had to wait for my turn so I could get in front and take a photo. By then I was too close to it to get a nice, wide-angled photo. (Stepping back was not an option: people will take your place if you so much as lean back. -_- ) It might look simple, but a lot of thought must’ve been put into this. As you can see, the clever use of mirrors creates a tunnel that curves to the left the deeper it goes.