Showing posts with label Paintings. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Ginny Guanco's 'Her World': Exploring Women's Mysteries

11:37:00 PM

Artist Ginny Guanco unveils her latest exhibition, "Her World," showcasing a stunning portrayal of feminine strength and beauty through vibrant colors and bold strokes. The exhibition, her third solo show, captures the essence of womanhood with captivating allure.

Guanco's artistic journey began at the young age of 8, driven by a fascination with the female form. Her early sketches of women in fashionable attire laid the groundwork for her formal education in Fine Arts at the University of Sto. Tomas. Additional studies in the United States expanded her repertoire, while mentorship under Salvacion Lim Higgins, renowned designer and co-founder of Slim’s Fashion & Art School, refined her skills.

Despite years of dabbling in art while pursuing careers in media and PR, it wasn't until 2016 that Guanco fully embraced her passion as an artist. Transitioning from her PR career, she embarked on a personal journey, leading to her inaugural solo exhibition, "Boho Chic," a fusion of fashion illustration and human anatomy. This was followed by her second exhibit, "Festival," created in response to the emotional weight of the pandemic.

In 2024, Guanco makes a triumphant return with "Her World," a collection described as "aggressive and bolder." Comprising 26 paintings, the exhibition marks her liberation from creative constraints. "Here, I’m no longer held back and afraid to go out of the box," Guanco expresses, reflecting on her artistic evolution.

One can still see the distinct touch and personaty of Guanco through her works - bright, joyful colors, intricate designs, and thoughtful details. All these signature elements persist in her experimental use of oil pastel. watercolor, acrylic, brush pens and Sharpie pens. However, one can more deeply appreciate the evolution of her style, which now boasts a newfound confidence, freedom, and power – certainly the rewards of her courageous introspection over the years.

“In her day-to-day life, a woman wears many hats – a mother, a homemaker, a housewife, an executive, a creative, etc. But despite all these labels, she is not defined by them. She is more than all these roles. Women have greater depth and mystery, which I find truly fascinating,” Ginny shares.


Her World will be unveiled at Gateway Gallery Studio in Araneta City on March 16, 2024, coinciding with Women’s month. “Women empowerment has always been a recurring theme in my exhibits. When you express power, people often confuse this with being dominant and domineering. However, women are able to convey this power, while also retaining their femininity and inner strength. She knows what she wants and she knows what she’s capable of doing,” says Ginny.

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For commissioned portraits and bespoke hand-painted pouches and bags, you may send inquiries to her art pages in FB- Art by Ginny or @artbyginnyg in Instagram.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Claudio Bravo's Manila Paintings

12:09:00 PM

For the first time in more than four decades, the Manila paintings of Claudio Bravo will be exhibited in Metropolitan Museum that is both tribute to an important hyperrealist artist and a celebration of the ties between two nations.

The Embassy of Chile and geothermal energy producer Energy Development Corporation (EDC) jointly presented Claudio Bravo: Sojourn in Manila at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila on September 18, also the 202nd anniversary of Chile’s independence. Open to the public until October 20, the retrospective aims to highlight the strengthening of bilateral ties between the Philippines and Chile.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Marcel Antonio at Yuchengco Museum

11:57:00 AM
I'm an art lover and I would really want to see this and know more about this.

If you want to know more about Marcel Antonio read more below....

Press Release
In July of 2010, the poet V.I.S. de Veyra posted a blog essay on the art of Marcel Antonio titled “Blue Funk’d Stories: The Expanding Art of Marcel Antonio” (read at and coined the phrase-tag Blue Funk Erotica for Antonio’s art. De Veyra described Blue Funk Erotica as 1) unsmiling faces-derived figurative drama (primarily portraiture, then), 2) replete of appropriations or art-historical quotes, 3) suggestive (but only suggestive) of a narrative, 4) quasi-rebellious towards rigid allusions and painting titles’ guidance, 5) unpainterly expressionist, 6) of an in-a-trance mood as against a happy one, and 7) conscriptive of the painting viewer as peeper. “This erotica should stay around and keep us entranced,” the poet-critic wrote, “being not so much one that tickles the groin as a kind that promotes the understanding that every face, gesture, object, color, and shape is a secret sex object and clandestine true story waiting to be told.” But also debunking a previous simplistic tag on Antonio’s art as “narrative expressionist,” de Veyra wrote: “In Antonio’s case, his blue funkism's ‘de-expression’, or ‘dis-expression’ and narrative confusion through the mannerisms of narrative imagery and titling, seems to be a produce of a Russian Formalist narrative bent to ‘defamiliarize’ images and shapes towards a higher enigma. Thus his refusal to ‘express’.”

The abovementioned blog started a dialogue between Antonio’s art as well as intent (of unintent) and de Veyra’s reading, culminating in a late-2011 collection titled “Desire, Ennui, Anxiety” which shall be shown this coming Feb 6 to 25 at the Yuchengco Museum.

This title for Antonio’s new series does not so much signal a change in his art’s direction as clarify where de Veyra’s reading is right and where it needs to be tweaked. For instance, while de Veyra opts for a Barthesian “variety of narrative possibilities,” Antonio’s pragmatic knowledge of his audience allows/welcomes two basic approaches to his art.

The one approach favours rigid symbolist readings, especially as Antonio is himself attracted to the “monumental” (Antonio’s term) figure common among utopian-art compositions (of Wagnerian glorifications, classical idealism, Nazi art, Stalinist totalitarian art, socialist realism, etc.) as well as in advertising art or the idealizations of soft porn.

But, for the other approach, Antonio acknowledges that de Veyra is right about his—Antonio’s—own efforts to frustrate, so to speak, all symbolist and narrative approaches, via experimentations with juxtapositions/relations and eclectic allusions. These experimentations, appropriations, and art-history quotes result in a dehumanized atmosphere, involving such stuff as machine esthetics and the usual facial expressions of ennui and boredom, all moving towards Antonio’s intended postmodernist multiplicity of meanings. But the final result on each single canvas is an invite to a pseudo-narrative half-aware of this pseudo-ness, welcoming while parodying the various cultural and moral significations possible to professional and popular semiotics.

In this sense, Antonio’s art would be self-described as anxious about the unknown, desirous of knowledge as a matter of course but likewise celebrating the ennui of knowledge’s elusivity, even the charm of that ennui itself alone. Ennui as both springboard and object of desire, then, visually fulfilled or illustrated on an Antonio-esque drama field.

A final stamp to this anti-narrative effort to “recover the sensation of life” (Victor Shklovsky) is the artist’s devotion to the coloration of Diego Velázquez or Chagall as well as the latent abstract geometrics beneath all his pseudo-narrative stagings.

We would like to invite people or media to witnesses the Marcel Antonio art work this coming Feb 6 2012 6pm for the opening for lunching on cocktail.V.I.S. de Veyra joins Antonio in this exhibit with fourteen new poems printed in the exhibition catalogue.

For more information about the show, contact the Yuchengco Museum, 2/F RCBC Plaza, cor. Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Aves., Makati City, Philippines 1200 or Galleria Quattrocento, 3rd Floor Glorietta 4 Art Space, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Barangay San Lorenzo, Makati City (Telephone: [632] 818-5939 // [632] 519-7221; Mobile #: 0917-8911322; Email:; Website:

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