Makati exhibit to help Filipina painter join NY group show
SAN FRANCISCO — Pursuing her dream to represent the Philippines in a group show on contemporary art in New York City, 25-year-old Filipina artist Eleanor Giron is raising funds through the official launch exhibit of SET Artist Run Space in Makati, Metro Manila on April 22.
Giron is known for her unabashed strokes of hyperrealism that paint glimpses of her personal life, according to art journalist Czyka Tumaliuan.
Entitled Signs to the Soul, the solo exhibit will feature Giron’s old and new works, capturing snapshots of the painter’s intimate encounters and internal struggles as she searches for herself and life’s ultimate meaning.
“I offer you an intimate glance of the struggles of a hopeless romantic, of pain, loss, and growth. Like my process, I am a work in progress, and you are invited to take part in my journey. When I am vulnerable, I am strong, and so are you. It is an honor to cross paths with you, my dear,” the young artist reads a quote from the artist.
“Sensual and subversive, the strength of Giron’s works lies in its ability to express vulnerability without losing power. By stripping her subjects of all material pretenses, and affectations, Giron is able to bare their soul naked,” described Tumaliuan.
“The quest for a deeper meaning through the flesh, through romance, and growing up was always apparent. The path is clearer for me. Maybe showing my journey so far will give insight to those who are on their own search. This path is essential. Feed your soul,” Giron said.
A Manila-based visual artist and art teacher, Giron graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. She has been featured in various local and international exhibits. In 2013, she was invited to an art residency program in New Zealand where she toured her artworks from the North to the South Island.
Part of the rapidly growing artist-led spaces in Manila, SET Artist Run Space will help Giron raise money to fund her participation in a New York group show where she will represent the Philippines, and let the world see a different kind of Filipino art.
Led by Pinto Art Museum principal Dr. Joven Cuanang, the aim of the New York show is to expose Filipino artists to a wider audience.
Signs to the Soul runs until May 17, 2016.
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