Glimpse of the Ethereal

Mirror in the Sky (2020); 48×60 in; oil and gold leaf on canvas Evoking light and graceful movement, Katrina Cuenca’s works tap into our poetic imagination. By Gwen Bautista; Photos by Xander Angeles; Make-up by Bettina Lim Inside the bustling and busy streets of the New Manila district, a high-rise condominium complex sits quietly on…

Leap of Faith

RV Basco "The Homecoming" (2019), 24×36 inches, Acrylic on Canvas A furniture designer and manufacturer by profession, RV Basco leaves his comfort zone to fully pursue his passion for art. By Gwen Bautista When he was a teenager, RV Basco learned watercolor painting through a self-guide book owned by his father. From then on, he began working with…

Art+ Magazine Issue 65: Juvenal Sansó

Milestone Year for Sansó

By Elizabeth Ruth Deyro Fundacion Sansó celebrates the 90th birthday of Juvenal Sansó with a year-long series of events. With a successful career spanning seven decades, Juvenal Sansó has undoubtedly made an indelible impact on the art community in the Philippines and beyond. One of the most prolific and respected artists today, Sansó is known…

The Residents at The Ruins

Ugnayan sa Poblacion by Taverne Gutenberg seeks to harness the power of art in community development. Text by Toby Martin;  Photos by Jovel Lorenzo; Artwork photos by Taverne Gutenburg Just a few steps away from Makati’s newly gentrified Poblacion hipster joints, in the belly of the ruins of an old house, four artists paint on canvases, in hopes…

Hoseki: The Art of Jewelry Design

Inside the Hoseki store text by By Jewel Chuaunsu The term “wearable art” has gained traction, usually in describing a jewel with sculptural qualities or elaborate construction. There have been divisions between fine arts and decorative arts, but what’s interesting is how many well-known artists have dabbled in jewelry. These include Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, George Braque, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Giorgio de Chirico, Alexander Calder, Yayoi Kusama,…

The Sublime Refraction of Raul Isidro’s Worlds

Raul Isidro "Halfmoon" 2018 Text by Grace Ng When viewers look at Raul Isidro’s work, they are lost in the artist’s act of creation, in his selection of bright colors, and the lucid forms that emerge from his imagination. One is drawn to the discovery of color and form in Isidro’s Abstract Expressionism. He instinctively gravitates to an Abstract Expressionist approach, and has never been concerned with any…

Reinventing The Objet Trové

Ram Mallari’s works represent an evolution of the found object. The artist Ram Mallari, photo by Jovel Lorenzo What is the difference between Modern and Contemporary visual art? This is a question that often drives the art discourse. It’s clear that a new kind of visual art emerged towards the end of the Salon period in the 19th century—when the rigidity of the academe gave way…

The Call of the Sea

"Automne Rouge I" 73×60 cm mixed media on canvas French contemporary artist Pierre Marie Brisson exhibits new works produced in his Cebu studio. Written by Duffie Hufana Osental Tagore said that you can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. The world’s waterways have long fascinated artists because of the mysteries they contain. The seas and oceans can signify…

Youth, Uninterrupted

Often, before you’re introduced to the artist, their art introduces itself. Looking at deceptively simple portraits of children at play: three dots for their eyes and mouth, pastel hues and a fluffy lightness brushed on canvas—it’s easy to assume that the artist behind these paintings might be as characteristically hushed and meek. But if you…

In Bloom

Text by Khyne Palumar; ​Photography by Jovel Lorenzo ​ Have you heard of the Helleborus flower?” Aileen Lanuza asks, while we gaze transfixed, perhaps a little too long, at the series of finished and unfinished canvases of acrylic-painted women covered in large flowers at her garage-turned-artist-studio in Meycauayan, Bulacan. A two-hour drive from Manila by our estimate,…