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Once again, the biggest art fair is set to feature new art forms, satisfying the appetite for creative expression

The highly-anticipated fair of art enthusiasts is kicking off once again this February 21-23, 2020. Following their tradition, the event will feature Philippine visual art from different local artists. Yet this year, witness and experience new projects like photography workshops, film screening, and virtual reality spaces. Apart from opportunities to learn from veterans in the art and design industry, casual art aficionados can expect to see collaborative projects with Hublot, New York-based art historian Carina Evangelista, and the family of the late expressionist painter Onib Olmedo. With a multitude of things to see and experience in this year’s Art Fair Philippines, it may be one of the biggest and unforgettable events of art lovers yet.

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LEFT: Tahanan Pottery. RIGHT: wooden seat crafted by Benji Reyes.

Honing the talent and craft

Some may think art is only meant to be seen. Yet it does more than that: it is meant to inspire and to engage audiences and oftentimes, to be reproduced. For aspiring visual artists, you can heighten your skills to creating meaningful art through learning only from the best and respected in the industry. Art Fair Philippines makes this possible by complementing its ArtFairPH/Talks with Open Studios. This series of workshops range from photography, lighting techniques, woodcraft, sculpture-making, to watercolor painting. Expect to learn tips and interesting methods from Paco Guerrero, Mark Nicdao, Benji Reyes, and Rita Gudiño of Tahanan Pottery.

Immersing in moving images

Visual art is not only about still-life images and installations. Art Fair has created a space for enthusiasts of movies with its Film section. Directors Erwin Romulo and Teddy Co with film critic Philbert Dy celebrate the diversity of Philippine cinema in this section of the fair. From award-winning feature-length and short films to documentary and animation, expect to immerse yourself in a pool of creative expression of ideas, symbols, and realities. Whether you are a fan of local decade films or contemporary ones, you will certainly take away something meaningful from the film-screenings.

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LEFT: Pseudo Animali: in Scrutiny, Julian Udine. RIGHT: Jaime de Guzman.

Going beyond mainstream

Art Fair takes the world of fascinating art beyond the gallery this year. They mount Incubators or creative spaces outside the main exhibitions. These are much more immersive in nature as you can engage in a beehive-like environment of Issay Rodriguez. The artist has a unique art production style that titillates different senses. The works seemingly resemble this hyperactive, digital age. Giatay, Project 20, and Signum will exhibit different works as well.

Art Fair Philippines co-founders Dindin Araneta, Trickie Lopa, and Lisa Periquet with Art Fair Philippines 2020 consultants (from left) Neal Oshima, Erwin Romulo, Yael Buencamino, Boots Herrera, Philbert Dy, and Norman Crisologo. (Photo from Art Fair PH)

Art Fair would not be complete without featuring a roster of visual artists. Expect to see works from Rodel Tapaya, Carlo Villafuerte, Perry Argel, Jaime De Guzman, Gene Paul Martin, and Neil Pasilan. Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Giorgio Guglielmino will also present The Originals, his book on 30 artists making waves in the industry.

All these new thrilling exhibitions will satisfy art enthusiasts. No matter the form they prefer or which skill they want to learn, there is space to satisfy the thirst for creative expression.

Art Fair Philippines opens from 10 AM to 9 PM on February 21-23, 2020.

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