Icons and the Quotidian: Aris Bagtas’ Pamana*

In the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic churches, religious icons play a very important role in propagating—and keeping—the faith. While faith, in itself, is the belief in something (or someone) you cannot see (Hebrews 11:1), these icons of saints, angels, and even the perceived image of the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God…

Myths, Legends, and Voyages: The Art Extraordinaire of Mr. Pancho Piano

One of the best critics in the Philippine art, Alice Guillermo, Ph.D. once wrote about Pancho Piano, “His art has closely followed his life and felicitous peregrinations.” And truly it is. For his works often depict both real and imaginative journey as he fully blossomed as a visual artist, who had worked intensively and extensively…

The Gifts of Beauty and of Life: The Wonderful Works of Nante Carandang

Art is always a celebration of beauty of life, of nature, and anything in between. And the works of the emerging master from the town of Tuy, in Batangas, Nante Carandang are the proof of this supposition. For on his canvas, the master had effectively caught—and contained, hence immortalized—the things that are pleasing, not only…

Visions of Happiness: Joey Boi Galang and His Creations

He began as a realist painter, Bulacan-based artist Jose “Joeyboi” Galang III shared to this author. However, as time goes by, he had shifted from the realistic into something that resembles magic realism and surrealism (or perhaps a combination of both?) that had given his works a different look, texture, and context. 

Celebrating SSS, Celebrating Arts

On 01 September 2016, the Ugnay Sining has launched a group show at the Social Security System (SSS) Gallery, SSS national headquarters, in East Avenue, Quezon City. This is in connection with the celebration of the 59th anniversary of the institution, which provides the Filipino people available and tax-free surety as mandated by Republic Act…

Fragments and Wholes: The Pieces of Joe Riley

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul,” says German thinker, scientist, and author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. And the works…

Watercolor “magic”

It has been tough, really, to write and produce a book about Filipino artists for it is not easy to describe in just a few words how wonderful their artworks are.