Friday, February 26, 2016

El Bohemio at the
Art Fair Philippines 2016 Show

   I remember attending the very first Art Fair Philippines show in 2013 and I really enjoyed it. But I failed to see the 2014 and 2015 show. I was either too busy or just missed their posts on Facebook. I keep forgeting that it happens every February!  Fortunately, despite the not-so-often times I browse my FB news feed, I came across an ad of this year's show.

    So Art Fair Philippines 2016 took place on the 18th to 21st of this month at the same venue of all their previous shows - The Link carpark building in Ayala Center, Makati. This year they occupied 3 floors. That's pretty enough space to showcase contemporary works by  artists not just from all over the Philippines but also a few from Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Spain.

     I went there last Saturday and I was a bit taken aback when I saw this many people at the show. Like a mall on sale. But then I realized that this could only mean that more Pinoys are becoming appreciative of art and that is a good thing. The entrance fee was only Php 150, by the way. It's free if you have a BPI gold or platinum credit card. So kudos to the people of Art Fair Philippines for making their shows accessible also to the  bohemian and the bourgeoisie LOL.
    Anyway, I took about a hundred photos in the show and I'm going to share a few favorites in this post. Yeah just a few. Otherwise, this will be an awfully long post hehe because there is just soo many remarkable pieces there I wanna talk about. But if you want to be spared of my blah-blahs  you can view all photos in this link. ^_^

     The very first artwork that I saw happens to be done by one of my favorite artists in sculpture and instalation art. Gabriel Barredo is just awesome!

  I'd vote for this gallery for best in presentation. As if stepping inside a dark old church, you'll hear monks chanting and an eerie sound of a bell. Instead of rebultos, you will find these rather deviant works of Daniel dela Cruz.

    I surely wasn't the only one who asked about the artist behind this work. This pair seem to have an appeal to the youth. Reminds you of impressive graffiti you find down the street. Art by Bryan Yabut.

Monday, February 8, 2016

And The Monkey Swings In

      This simple and very charming monkey painting is by Chinese artist Li Yan (b. 1949). The original 46 x 66 cm artwork is available for auction. Visit the China Guardian and ArtNet websites to discover more beautiful works by Li Yan.

    So, today is the first day of the year according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. But it's actually already the 5th day of the Red Monkey Year. Yeah, there's a difference hehe. Have you guys read about your fortune for 2016? Every year I read about mine at by Master Tsai.

    Well am certainly glad to read about encouraging things about the year of the Fire Monkey for the Wood Rabbit (my sign), even if Monkey is not as an auspicious sign compared to Horse, Dragon, and Tiger. Last year my fortune in the year of the Goat was just meh-eh-eh.

    But this year they say it's gonna be a good one for me. Not excellent but good at least hehe. According to Chinese astrology, Rabbit and Monkey are compatible signs. Not just in love relationships but also in business relationships. The Rabbit's creativity in making products combined with Monkey's clever marketing skills make an awesome combo. Monkey makes Rabbit famous which brings money to both of them.

   Learning this, I now have a new motto:  "Monkey business is bad but business with monkey is good."  LOL Anyone out there born in the Monkey Year?!!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!