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100 artists on view at Pinto Gallery 7

This year’s iteration strikes a tone of hope as the artists move forward and embrace the possibilities of the emerging new normal

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‘maria’ by Pablo Constante Zingapan, 2021 (Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in).

Opening on 5 December at the Pinto Art Museum is “20|21,” a year-ender exhibition that features the works of over 100 artists working in variety of media, themes and styles.

‘Passe Temps’ by Duane Villanueva, 2021
(Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 in).

Filling the halls of Ilustrado I and II of Gallery 7, the paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works capture the art scene in a nutshell, offering the viewers the latest engagements of contemporary Filipino artists, from the up-and-coming to the mid-career to the fairly established.

‘Lumpat’ by Chino Yulo, 2021
(Wood and Metal,
36 x 44 x 100 in).

Curated by Ferdie Montemayor, “20|21” is an offshoot of the “20|20” show last year, which was meant to be an avenue for the artists to continue to have a platform for their works in light of the pandemic which saw the cancellation of exhibitions and directly affected livelihoods.

‘Oshiroi’ by Sandra Fabie-Gfeller, 2021
(Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in).

Coming at the heels of downgraded restrictions and the opening of more art venues, this year’s iteration strikes a tone of hope as the artists move forward and embrace the possibilities of the emerging new normal.

‘Madilim na Asul’ by PJ Cabanalan, 2021
(Mixed media on canvas, 24 x 24 in).

While a year-ender show invariably showcases a plurality of visions and voices, the artists were encouraged to paint or work with a two-by-two-feet format, in order to crystallize their ideas within a compact space.

‘Pressured’ by Jessa Balag, 2021
(Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in).

The resulting exhibition presents the pleasing regularity of similarly-sized works juxtaposed side by side, which are individually packed with the exuberant energy, creativity and imagination of their respective artists.

‘Catchment’ by Jim Orencio, 2021
(Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 in).

‘Heartbreak 2021 I’
by Jerson Samson, 2021
(Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in).

“20|21” will be on view until 2 January 2022. For inquiries, email [email protected]

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