Visiting French artist CEET Fouad and Filipino artist Egg Fiasco have collaborated to create a graffiti art mural in Central Square, a premium retail and lifestyle destination in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of French-Philippine diplomatic relations this 2022.
CEET is known for his “chicanos” art depicting small bubbly chickens of various colors and shapes that serve as a parody of humans living in this modern, over-crowded world, and Egg Fiasco is one of the Philippines’ most recognized names in urban art. With the support of the SSI Group, Inc. and the Rustan Group of Companies, the artists completed the mural over seven days, working on a crane to design a 25-meter by 10-meter wall. The official unveiling, held on June 28, was graced by French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz, SSI Group Chairman Zenaida Tantoco, curator Claire Thibaud-Piton, and producer Kayo Cosio.
The mural, which will be displayed until June 2023, is a reflection of the artists’ different styles – a depiction of different chickens, but all with the same goal of reaching new heights together. “To those of us involved in the process of creating this mural, I think that the work represents friendship. It represents that we are more similar than we are different. Just look at the chickens. Playful or profound. Big or small, Colorful or black & white. All chickens. We are not separated by walls. We are one,” producer Kayo Cosio explained.
The unveiling of this mural takes place in parallel to “Up in the Sky!” – a graffiti and street art exhibit by CEET and Egg Fiasco, which is open to the public until July 12 at the Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery in Makati City, in partnership with the Rose Studio Art Gallery in France.
“With the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and France, we see a parallel: the same willingness to share culture, peace, and dreams. For the artists, they share a work that reaches to the sky, and thus, the name “Up To The Sky” is born,” curator Claire Thibaud-Piton said.
Following the launch of the 75th anniversary of French-Philippine ties at the Pinto Art Museum, several events will be organized throughout the second half of 2022 to highlight the historic friendship between France and the Philippines and offer new opportunities to bring their people closer together. Upcoming events include a classical music concert featuring French conductor Michaël Cousteau and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on July 10, exhibition games organized by the Lyon-Villeurbanne Basketball Team and the Philippine Basketball Association in August and September, and a gala dinner featuring a 3 Michelin star visiting French chef organized by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines on October 22.
About Central Square
Central Square is a premium retail and lifestyle destination in the heart of Bonifacio Global City (BGC), located at Bonifacio High Street Central. Central Square officially opened in June 2014. It contains 3 retail floors, 2 basement floors with a supermarket, parking spaces, and one cinema floor. It contains a mix of global high-end fashion brands and specialized food concepts. It is also known as a mall of flagships and firsts such as Hamleys, Acca Kappa, Diptyque, Pottery Barn, SaladStop!, Baskin Robbins, M&S Food, and Shake Shack.
About the artists
Filipino visual artist Egg Fiasco is known for combining supercharged imagery with refined aesthetic techniques to convey an enigmatic exploration into retro-futuristic and neo-graffiti themes. His investigation of urban art, pop culture, folk arts, comic graphics, and tattoo culture parallels onto his graffiti work. His playful visual experimentations teeters on realities in contrast to his time and transfigures rigid and chaotic themes cohesively to push sensational boundaries.
The effects of his eclectic perspectives engage his audiences to traverse a multiverse of his own creation and excites the mind. Born on December 2, 1985 in Manila, Philippines, Egg Fiasco immersed in the developing art culture and inevitably found roots with a group of urban artist, including Ungga and Exld, that pushed the graffiti scene throughout the mid 2000s. In 2008, he became one of the founding artists for SecretFresh Gallery and in 2010 his participation in Wall Lords Shanghai was his first role representing as a Filipino graffiti artist on an international stage.
CEET Fouad is a French artist, now Hong Kong-based, who is well-known for his colorful “Chicanos” chickens both on the street and in the galleries. CEET’s humanized chicken portrays emotions and personalities and through his colorful humorous approach criticizes modern society as bringing up ‘followers’, afraid to stand out as individuals and to ‘chicken out’!
CEET has experimented with different media to achieve his characteristic level of quality, using acrylic and oil paint, as well as pens, markers, metal paints and sprays more familiar to street artists. The result is a richly textured and saturated surface and successfully evokes emotions of endearment and fun in his vibrant canvases. His “Chicanos”, small bubbly chickens of various colors and shapes that serve as a parody of us humans living in this modern, over-crowded world. Ceet’s presence in well-known international contemporary art shows and support from large brands and companies including Prada, Lancel, Adidas and W Hotel over the years serves as a testament to his hard work and well deserved place on the international art scene.
About Up to the Sky!
Characterized by vibrant spray-painted figures and letter abstractions, graffiti and street art materialize not only through forms and imagery but also intervened by the reflections from the vantage point of the artist. As the mist from the pressurized canister makes contact with the surface, a new narrative emerges. On the surface, these works are distinct with their harmonious color play, dynamic character representations and elements. Beyond their aesthetics reveal a chronicle of societal exegesis. Egg Fiasco and Ceet’s works, on walls and other surfaces are varying manifestations of these characteristics, ‘UP TO THE SKY!’ showcases works by artists Egg Fiasco and Ceet in commemoration of the 75th Philippine French relations. Consecutively, a Filipino and a French artist who delves into exploring reflections of their realities and translates it into idiosyncratic dimensions of their own. Egg Fiasco systematically layers multiplanar dimensions with multiplicity of deconstructed images that reveal assortment of essences. Ceet, on the other hand, delineates his lived experiences and social commentaries through his “Chicanos” which are representations of humans in chicken form, a satirical metaphor of humans in an over-crowded sphere.