Painter Sal Ponce Enrile was selected to exhibit her works in the highly prestigious Artexpo New York, the world’s largest fine art trade show, which shapes trends in art galleries worldwide this coming 4 to 7 April 2019.
Retrospect, just like her other paintings, are blurred-out or grayed over like memories of a forgotten era
Using acrylic, mixed media and a variety of textures on her abstract masterpiece entitled “Retrospect,” she was picked by the internationally acclaimed art gallery, Agora Gallery New York, to become one of their featured artists in the expo.
“My curator for my first exhibit suggested that I should try submitting my portfolio to Agora Gallery in New York. I told myself I had nothing to lose and I did not really expect to be accepted.”
Sal tried her luck despite being a newcomer in the field of arts and it seemed like the universe has big plans for her.
“I received several e-mails that led me to different departments, one of which was a long list of questions about me and my work. Still, I figured, I will just keep replying. After this last e-mail, I got another one from the director, welcoming me to Agora as one of their artists!”
Through Agora, she realized another dream, which was to be able to participate in Artexpo New York, and to add to that, her painting “Retrospect” was chosen as the featured work for this year’s invite.
“Retrospect,” just like her other paintings, are blurred-out or grayed over like memories of a forgotten era. The brushstrokes look more like scribbles on a chalkboard, lightly hovering against a dark background. It showcases her work to controlled chaos, where an overall cohesive effect unites an array of bright colors and energetic brushstrokes.
Aside from “Retrospect,” her four paintings, inspired by expressionism, namely, “Delirious,” “Dream,” “Perplexed” and “Glade,” will also be displayed for thousands of art enthusiasts to see.
Artexpo New York annually showcases over 400-plus innovative exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers from across the globe, displaying exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclée, lithographs, glassworks and more. This year, the expo is hosting more than 35,000 avid art enthusiasts and qualified trade buyers — including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers and art and framing retailers.
Throughout its four historic decades in contemporary and fine art, Artexpo New York has hosted the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring and Leroy Neiman.
Thus, Sal believes that this opportunity will open doors for her and other Filipino artists to reach a wider audience.
“I think every artist’s dream is to be able to ultimately show their work in New York. After all, the careers of many of the top well-known contemporary artists all began in New York City. Hence, I am truly grateful that I got this opportunity early on in my nascent career as an artist. I am humbled by this great honor as a Filipina to have my work displayed at the Artexpo.”
Asked what she has to say to fellow artists who are also aspiring to enter the art scene, Sal advises, “It is never too late to follow your passion. It is just a matter of believing in yourself, persistence, dedication, and a lot of hard work.”
Sal’s work has been getting international attention. She was launched as part of UK-based DragonArt.io, a modern legacy platform, in Marbella, Spain in November 2018.
DragonArt combines art and technology for artists and art lovers all over the world. Sal is joining the ranks of musical legends turned visual artists Brian Travers from UB40, and John Illsley from Dire Straits as some of DragonArt’s featured artists. Her works are also currently displayed in private collections in Germany, New York, California and the Philippines.
To view more of Sal’s work, you can follow her on Social Media via Facebook at www.fb.com/SalPonceEnrile/ and Instagram @salponceenrile.