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Art Fair Philippines is back on its seventh year. The Link Carpark in Makati transforms into a multi-level exhibition venue for the much-awaited art event.

A total of 36 local and 16 international galleries from countries like Japan, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, are participating this year. Aside from ArtFairPH/Projects, ArtFairPH/Photo, and ArtFairPh/Talks, the fair also highlights the 10 Days of Art initiative, a series of events around the central business district of Makati that will involve galleries, museums, bars, restaurants, and retail establishments in celebrating art.

If you’re planning to go to Art Fair Philippines 2019 this weekend, here are some of the artists and galleries that you need to check out:

1. Ray Albano

As part of this year’s ArtFairPH/Projects, Art Fair Philippines is giving us the chance to see the award-winning installation of the legendary CCP curator Ray Albano. “Step on the Sand and Make Footprints” was first submitted and awarded at the Tokyo International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in 1974. The piece lets the fair viewers to leave the footprints on a huge sandbox.

2. Fernando Botero

Known for breaking the stereotypes and going beyond the status quo, Fernando Botero is one of the most well-regarded artist to have emerged from Latin America. His rich color palette as well as his style is famous all over the world. In his paintings, the figures are voluptuous and rotund. His works such as “Still Life with Coffee Pot,” “Man With Violin,” “Snake,” and many more can be found at the fair.

3. Art Cube Gallery 

One of the most relevant and unique galleries that we’ve seen at the fair is from Art Cube Gallery. For this year, the gallery showcases the works of Daniel Dela Cruz. “Finding the Light” aims to raise awareness and lessen the stigma associated with mental health issues. This exhibit is in collaboration with Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines, #MentalHealthPH, Buhay Movement, Silakbo PH, and Boxless Society.

4. David Medalla

World-renowned artist David Medalla is back in his motherland to showcase some of his artworks. It’s the first time that the artist is staging the famous “A Stitch in Time” here in the Philippines. Conceptualized in 1968, the participatory work of artallows viewers to collaborate in the piece by sewing a trace of themselves onto a huge swathe of canvas at the fair’s central exhibit space.

5. Vinyl on Vinyl

Vinyl on Vinyl is one of the regular participating galleries in Art Fair PH since 2013. The gallery offers a lot of interesting artworks for this year. But one of the most eye-catching works is Dennis Bato’s “Consequence.” According to Vinyl on Vinyl, the piece that features a thousand of small resin figures that form a large figure of a man portrays the “connections of human individuality and dynamical systems.”

6. Ryan Villamael

Born in Laguna, Ryan Villamael is one of the few artists of his generation that uses paper in creating eloquent sculptures and installations. He is a recipient of Ateneo Art Award in 2015 and the three international grants funded by Ateneo Art Gallery and its partner institutions. His work “Behold a City” was first showcased at Silverlens Gallery in 2015. The piece is Villamael’s “love letter to the city,” which is Manila.

Art Fair Philippines 2019 is on February 22 to 24 at The Link Carpark, Makati. Tickets are at P350 (regular), P150 (students), and P100 (Makati students).

Photos by Roc Verdera

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