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The art scene is bouncing back from the Covid-19 pandemic. After holding virtual shows for the past two years, the much-awaited annual art show—Art Fair Philippines is now on the ground with their doors open for everyone to enjoy. 

As it marks its 10th anniversary, this year’s fair offers different programs and exhibitions that cut across Philippine boundaries. One highlight is the Projects, as it showcases works commissioned especially for the fair from artists who have made an impact both critically and commercially. 

For this year, Art Fair Philippines works once again with art consultant Norman Crisologo. Co-presented by BPI and located at The Link’s Roof Deck, here are some of the young artists mounting special exhibits that fair goers and art enthusiasts should watch out for.

  • Faye Abantao is born and raised in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, she’s carving her name in the art scene with her unique style—deconstruct archival prints with layers of disciplines such as origami, digital collage, and painting.
  • Mark Andy Garcia is known as the anti-trend painter, Mark is among the winners of the 2015 Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artists awards.
  • Raymond Guevarra is based in Valenzuela. This artist specializes in sculpture and mechanical mixed media artworks. As an award-winning artist, he won several art competitions like the Shell NSAC and Metrobank Art and Design Excellence.
  • Pow Martinez hails from Manila. He is known for his satirical paintings and grotesque portraits. 
  • Yeo Kaa is well-known for her candy-flavored pallet and doll-life figuration, her works shows the dark side of things, pain, and violence.

Apart from these young bloods also joining the roster are Kiko Escora and German painter Peter Zimmerman. Meanwhile, photographer Wawi Navarroza’s series of striking self-portraits, which also feature in a current survey of Southeast Asian photography at the National Gallery of Singapore, come together for “As Wild As We Come  for this year’s ArtFairPH/Photo section. 

Other special projects for the fair are a special exhibition by Indonesian artist Yunizar, with “YUNIZAR: New Perspectives,” and works by German painter, sculptor and object artist Peter Zimmerman.

Pioneering female abstractionist, Rosario Bitanga, who, in her 80s still practices her art, will also showcase both old and new work in a show “Rosario Bitanga: Past, Present, Participant” curated by architect and art consultant Miguel Rosales. 

Rosario Bitanga

Art Fair Philippines 2023 will once again transform The Link carpark in Makati City into a multi-level art exhibition venue from Feb. 17 to 19, 2023. This year’s edition will feature a new biophilic design to give fairgoers a refreshed experience of the fair in an organically designed setting, enhancing the spirit of discovery and surprise while exploring the fair.

Tickets are now on sale at artfairphilippines.com for P450 for regular tickest, P350 for students, senior citizens, and PWDs. Makati students with valid IDs will get tickets for a special discounted price of P200. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the said exhibition dates. 

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