Art Fair Philippines this February

Art Fair Philippines 2013 aims to showcase the best in Philippine modern and contemporary art in an alternative urban setting, at the heart of Metro Manila’s business and commercial district.

From February 7-10, 2013, The Link, Ayala Center, Makati will play host to 24 carefully selected galleries and art groups. The country’s vibrant art scene will come to the fore through a creatively crafted exhibition area that features gallery spaces and commissioned exhibits. Filipino artists familiar to followers of Philippine art, stalwarts of regional art auctions, as well as promising newcomers, will be represented in all types of media.

Art Fair Philippines 2013 will deliver a unique, multi-layered experience to art enthusiasts. Discover why Philippine art is among the most exciting in Southeast Asia

Art Fair Philippines


NCCA Gallery Artist’s Talk

NCCA artist talk


Oddin Sena and Manu Farol, Exhibiting Artists-AKMA

Guest Speakers:
Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez
Assistant Prof. Department of Art Studies,
UP Diliman

Alwin Reamillo
Visual and Installation Artist

15 August 2012
2-5 PM


For Details contact Mimi Santos, 527-2192 loc.512 or +639284815995 or email:

Nemo Aguila’s Mansters and Phonytales


This is the place where nightmares and princesses dance together.

In Nemo Aguila’s first one-man exhibition MANSTERS AND PHONY TALES, he decides to delve inside the play zone of his own unconscious, drawing out colorful creatures that have influenced both his past and present life as an artist, and more importantly, as a child; or if you look at them, perhaps, an amusing combination of both.

Within his recent collection of works, the artist transforms characters encountered during his childhood into gruesome things that grew an extra pair of eyes or sharpened teeth, images which are much closer
to the graffiti characters that he had been painting and marking on walls for years now. Nemo comically describes them as “Snow White meets Freddie Krueger” or “Batibot gone wrong” instances. This may be a simple symbolism for the bridging of two timelines in his life, of innocence and the slow destruction of it, and basically the realization that as we grow older, these fairy tales, as we knew them, are nothing but timeless, classic tales bastardized by Disney and the deception of worldwide consumerism.

But it’s not at all this dark. The artist focuses mainly on the humorous, lighter side of it. He makes fun of its absurdity by vandalizing these faces and forms the same as he does with walls and other objects that needs to grow a little life and excitement. From these juxtapositions of multicolored monsters,
Nemo explains that he is only exaggerating unusual facial expressions such as the opening of the mouth because of its rather strange and uncommon nature. He also includes famous graffiti characters of his fellow artists in his works to pay tribute to the raw culture of street art in the Philippines.

The artist also expounds that the inclusion of popular Filipino brands in his paintings is another way of giving a Filipino identity to his art instead of embedding it with flags and stars as they are quite overrated especially these days. These local products are well-liked but ironically low-profile, especially when compared to other snacks that are more famous, and obviously much more expensive. Think street foods and one-peso packed peanuts. This may be because as an artist, Nemo worships the
language of the streets, and effortlessly mirrors it through his art in a complete atmosphere of chaos, wit and color.


Sneak peek – Bochog Manster Toy

Nemo Aguila’s Bochog Manster toy launch coincides with his first solo show called “Mansters and Phonytales” this Sunday May 29, 2011 6 PM at Secret Fresh Gallery, RONAC Art Center.

Philippine Art Awards launches 2011 visual arts competition

Philippine Art Awards launches 2011 visual arts competition

Manila, Philippines – The much-awaited visual arts competition is now officially on. Philippine Art Awards (PAA), the only two-tiered arts competition in the country today, shall hold its regional selection this year for Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Metro Manila, and shall award 10 winners from each of these regions, all of whom will receive P40,000 each. Next year, all these 40 regional winners will compete for the National component and vie for a grand prize and seven Jurors Choice awards to win a larger pool of cash prizes. The competition will accept multi-dimensional artworks, not just paintings, as it had expanded the entry categories in its last regional competition in 2009……….

Check more at The Philippine Star

(From The Philippine Star) Updated April 18, 2011

Lao Lianben “No Past No Present” book launch

Lao Lianben “No Past No Present” book launch on Tuesday March 8 5PM at Podium Mall and Exhibit opening Sunday March 13 3PM at blanc compund shaw