Analog Childhood,” Toym Imao’s third solo exhibition at Art Lounge Manila. Comprising of over forty tabletop sculptures and paintings, Toym’s works are inspired by his childhood recollection of censorship by an authoritarian regime when his favorite Super Robot cartoons – Voltes V, Daimos, and Mazinger Z among them – as well as video arcades, were cancelled for their alleged bad effects on the minds of the youth.
The first Muslim National Artist is known for his unique adaptation of traditional Muslim Mindanaon motifs, such as the ukkil, the naga, pako rabong, and sarimanok.
Toym Imao commemorates the first year of pandemic with his newest art installation at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) “Whispering Flower Beds”, an homage to the Herculean fight against the virus.
If you pass by the University of the Philippines, Diliman you’ll notice an ongoing construction in front of its iconic Oblation statue. The installation, entitled Barikada, is a massive assemblage by U.P. Professor Toym Imao. The structure is made with “Repurposed materials such as condemned UPD furniture, bamboo from last year’s lighting and items from…