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Wednesday 16th October 2019 Three Rooms - Group Exhibition by Queenie Kou, Shyama Nadimpalli and Sandy Liu

Three Rooms

Group Show by Queenie Kou, Shyama Nadimpalli and Sandy Liu
Opening Reception : 26 October 2019 (3 -7pm)
Venue : Di Legno Gallery
Di Legno Gallery is pleased to present “Three Rooms”, a group exhibition by three Singapore-based women artists Queenie Kou, Shyama Nadimpalli and Sandy Liu. Through their individual spaces, each a small room, the artists share their own personal perspectives as their unique stories unfold.
Queenie pays tribute to the monochromatic everyday objects such as the grass, twigs, and wood which are playing second fiddle to the colourful flowers. Through her artist’s lens, she lends a new meaning to the often overlooked beauty that exists in our daily life.
Shyama presents a series of romanticism sublime landscape paintings with beautiful array of colour. Shining a spotlight on dancers in splashy colour, capturing their vitality, passion and rhythmic dance movement, her second series of works are visually contrasting. Her works tell the vivid stories of moments in life that leave a long impression to come.  
Sandy features a series of works that focuses on the youth today and explores how their perspectives are shaped by the environmental, societal and cultural factors that surround them. Her second series of abstract works created with the photo transfer technique illustrates the Hong Kong street unrest. As a Hongkonger, Sandy voices her concerns and hopes for an early resolution to the crisis.
The show opens on Oct 26 2019 (Sat) at the gallery space at 21A Arab Street and will be on view till 26 Nov 2019.
About the Artists
Queenie Kou, a Singaporean artist, decided to devote herself fully to painting in oil, acrylics, water-colour, pastel and mixed media in 2015. Loving the luminosity that transparent paint can produce, she applies this glazing technique to most of her works. Ever curious, Queenie approaches her art with a playful attitude and a deep desire to discover the ways different medium work so as to create what she wants to express. Her paintings could be described as realism based on abstract structures. Her works have been featured at several local exhibitions. Queenie completed a two-year Certificate of Western Art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1993 and is a qualified art teacher with the Ministry of Education Born in Hong Kong,
Sandy Liu graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2019.  After working in the Finance field for over a decade, she decided to pursue her life-long passion in art. Having lived in more than six countries, her art explores the effects of geographic locations on emotions and social behaviour using a multidisciplinary approach. She has participated in various group exhibitions in Singapore.
An Indian artist, Shyama Nadimpalli from Andhra Pradesh is a math graduate who is living in Singapore and is a devoted artist who is recognized worldwide for her artwork. Painting has always been her passion- She enjoys working with oils and acrylics. She is known for her Dancer series with a little surrealist streak. Her work in Abstract art is also very well received. Her paintings are located in London, U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Dubai, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and in various cities in India. Since 2013 she started to seriously pursue her career as an artist. She was part of the significant group exhibition held in Singapore in May 2014 by well-known Gnani Arts. Since then she took part in exhibitions held in USA, Venice-Italy, Madrid-Spain, Munich-Germany, Dubai , Indonesia, Malaysia , Singapore, Mumbai, New Delhi , Pune , Bangalore and Hyderabad, India.

Posted on October 16th 2019 on 08:35am

Wednesday 11th September 2019 Crossing Borders - Solo Exhibition by Jayson Tejada


Solo Show by Jayson Tejada

Opeining Reception: 14 September (4 – 8 PM)

Venue : Di Legno Gallery

In collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Philippines, Di Legno Gallery is pleased to present Crossing Borders by Jayson Tejada.
Drawing inspiration from the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Singapore, Jayson explores the cultural diversity of the two nations. His works portrayed how Filipinos and Singaporeans transverse geographical and cultural boundaries to reach a common ground and how their relationships flourish through collaboration and cultural exchanges. Tejada’s playful and colourful works offers perspectives on how experiences are built and shared in our culturally diverse world. As technology and travels eases the barrier of distance, the artist is hopeful that the bond between the two nations would only strengthen in the years to come.
Crossing Borders is on show from 14 September to 19 October, 2019. Di Legno Gallery is located at 21A, Arab Street, Singapore 199844, SG. To RSVP or for more details, please contact us at +65 8717 3213 / or visit
About the Artist
Jayson Tejada (b. 1985) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Advertising, Major in Advertising from Far Eastern University, Manila. He has participated in many group exhibitions in the Philippines and won awards for Papier-maché Sculpture design for “Balanse” Public Art for All, Robinson’s Place Antipolo.

Posted on September 11th 2019 on 10:16am
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Tuesday 09th January 2018 Nature's Crafts - Else Porcelain Vases Collection by Michal Fargo

 Nature's Crafts - Else Porcelain Vases Collection by Michal Fargo
(Singapore Art Week 2018)
Opening Reception : 3:00 - 6:00 pm Saturday 20th Jan 2018
Exhibition Dates : 20th Jan to 11th Feb 2018
Venue : Di Legno Gallery
Di Legno Gallery is pleased to present “Nature’s Crafts – Else porcelain vases collection by Michal Fargo” featuring the Else porcelain vases collection by Michal Fargo. Born in Israel in 1984, Fargo studied ceramic design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and completed Master’s degree in design in Royal College of Art in London.
“Nature’s Crafts” offers the viewer an authentic feel of the organic nature of corals. Fargo’s porcelain corals-like vases are created in free-form where the final shape of the vases is dependent on the weight of the liquid porcelain material. By allowing the liquid material to trickle into the pores of a hollow block of foam, the end result of Fargo’s work is entirely defined by the laws of physics.
The show is on view from 20Jan to 11 Feb 2018 at Di Legno Gallery. For more details, please contact us at +65 6346 2012/ or visit

Posted on January 09th 2018 on 05:29am
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Sunday 03rd September 2017

The Millennials’ Voices – Group Show by 13 Filipino Artists

Part of ART TREK 2017 in Collaboration with the Embassy of Republic of Philippines 

Opening Reception: Friday, 22 September 2017 (6 - 9pm)
Exhibition Dates: 22 September – 21 November, 2017
Venue: Di Legno Gallery
SingaporeDi Legno Gallery is pleased to present The Millennials’ Voices on 22 September, 2017.
In the age of the millennials, change has become the only constant. The world moves too quickly, too unpredictably, for us to keep up, ponder, and reflect on the various changes – whether good or bad, welcomed or otherwise – that this world brings. In this clamor and commotion, the voices that should be heard are often drowned out, ignored – or even oppressed.
Faced with this theme, several artists have explored the impact of technology on millennials. A more sobering work comes from Ben John Albino. In Straight No Filter, Albino explores the effects of growing up in a world of instant gratification. Just as how millennials are accustomed to placing filters on reality, emphasizing only the good side of life while neglecting all others, modern society is distracted from higher pursuits by base, earthly desires.
Jonathan Joven also conveys a warning message through his work, They Are So Near Yet They Are So Far. Left alone with their gadgets and headsets, this generation is oblivious to the beauty of the real world. As this generation becomes more self-absorbed, they fail to recognise the imminent challenges that loom before them should they fail to rejoin reality. Indeed, Joven’s work is a critical commentary of millennials today: seemingly connected to the happenings of the world – and yet this could not be further from the truth.
Meanwhile, Maiya Balboa takes a more light-hearted spin in Level Up. Interspersed in the sweet and vibrant backdrop are darker and more ominous undertones of a hungry child in a striking display of irony. Through this piece, Balboa draws attention to how millennials get lost in the cyber world and ignore reality – or perhaps, for them, the cyber world is their reality.
On the other hand, in Artificial, Patrick Fernandez lays out his interpretations of millennials and trends. He observes how anything can become a huge hit with the use of social media, and despite how millennials live within their own bubble, they are easily persuaded by others to ride these waves of trends and fads. Regardless, Fernandez still believes that millennials are pragmatic idealists. Millennials challenge the status quo, call for change, and put their wit behind it.
Another optimistic art piece comes from Othoniel M Neri, who harbours a positive outlook towards technological advancement and innovation. In Heart and Mind, Neri acknowledges that technology can be – and has been – used by millennials in sometimes very questionable ways. Yet, against this chaotic backdrop, Neri believes that the love and humanity of millennials would never be compromised.
Meanwhile, Alee and Nina Garibay, fellow artists and sisters, present their different takes on the attitudes of millennials in the present day. For Alee Garibay, Zone Out shows how millennials zone out from their realities to live in virtual lives. The resulting fragmentation of the self creates a void of incompleteness that millennials try to fill with more personas, data and experiences which in turn further fragments our identities – creating a vicious cycle. Through this piece, Alee aptly sums up the millennial struggle as one where people sift through a million truths to find their own, individual voice buried within.
Nina Garibay’s work (YO) LOLO captures an old man – a lolo, Tagalog for grandfather – with three grandchildren, two of whom break the fourth wall to poke fun at the photographer. In her piece, Nina focuses on the thrill-seeking attitude of millennials, the way they want to have fun and be free, and in turn get distracted by seeking these momentary pleasures. Ironically, the same choices that had made the millennials’ lives fun have also made their lives more complicated. Despite this, millennials try their best to find meaning in their lives – after all, as Nina notes, you only live once.
As millennials chase after their life purpose, other artists have created works that encourage these millennials. In the face of the millennials’ struggles, Edwin Martinez believes in resilience above all else. In his work Resilient, he explores this intangible yet powerful concept in the form of a wandering boy, wholly unbothered by his surroundings – as though his umbrella were his shield against the tumults of life. Through this boy’s composure in light of his extenuating circumstances, Martinez portrays his optimism that we, too, are resilient people who would thrive no matter the state of the world.
Martinez is not the only one who leaves us with an uplifting message; Joey V Cobcobo, presents You Land the Day, a vibrant piece with a strong and inspirational message. In spite of the millennials’ struggles, tragedies, and battles for life and death, Cobcobo believes that there is always a rainbow to look for – a symbol of love, reality, faith and hope. His work leaves us with this lasting reminder – “Simply trust your heart.”
Beyond these rousing messages is a powerful call for action. Amanda Lapus Santos focuses on the ongoing refugee crisis. In Exodus (Shore of Life Vests), Santos draws inspiration from footages of refugees in their life jackets arriving on flimsy rubber dinghies. The life vests are significant, as these inflatables are the only things left which refugees can cling to as they make their exodus. However, even as millennials live in a time of unrest, Santos believes that every crisis is an opportunity – and with these crises, they may give opportunities for renewed hope and compassion that transcend borders.
Maribel Magpoc daringly takes on the theme of self-discussion with Smart Eyes over Smart Phones. This work, inspired by Magpoc’s youngest sister who was diagnosed with Down syndrome, exposes the audience to a world of people with special abilities. Although there are some who might tag these people under the same label, Magpoc hopes to convey that every person has their intrinsic differences. Through this, Magpoc calls upon her viewers to embrace the differences that everyone carries with them.
Last but not least, some artists have focused on the differences of past and present times. Chloe Dellosa shines the spotlight on women in her work, Millennial Women: Shaping the Contemporary Landscape. Dellosa projects a visual interpretation showing the lively vigor of women. Their colorful silhouettes and the seemingly elastic forms allude to the dynamic lives of these women in the age of millennials. Just like the sifting contours in her piece, the landscape of society is also continuously changed by women, and at the onset of technological advantages and connection opportunities, the influence of women would inevitably continue to expand.
Similarly, in Kalye Serye - or Tales from the Street, Jayson Tejada explores the old and new customs that he experienced in his childhood till today. Through his characteristic whimsical style and characters, Tejada expertly tells a story of the transition and change in humor through the various generations. The street in this work, hailing far in the horizon and winding its way towards the audience, is representative of how past traditions and present practices overlap with one another.
Through The Millennials’ Voices, Di Legno Gallery hopes to offer an insight into the world of the millennials today: their aspirations and anxieties, their victories and defeats, their past legacies, present realities, and future hopes. In so doing, Di Legno Gallery invites our audience to share our millennial artists’ joys and sorrows, worries and confidence, as we look to the future together.
The Millennials’ Voices is on show from 22 September 2017. Di Legno Gallery is located at 188-6, Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 436990, Singapore. For more details, please contact us at +65 6346 2012, or

Posted on September 03rd 2017 on 03:28pm
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Tuesday 27th June 2017 Di Legno Gallery at Art Stage Jakarta 2017

Di Legno Gallery at Art Stage Jakarta 2017
Venue : Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel., Hall A, Booth A6
Date : 11 Aug to 13 Aug, 2017
Di Legno Gallery is pleased to participate in Art Stage Jakarta 2017 and  presenting Beyond the Boundary. Depicting the blurring of time and space, dream and reality, tradition and modernity, this exhibition offers rich and unique narratives which would surely immerse our audience into the realm of thought and introspection.
Beyond the Boundary would feature the works of five artists from all over the world: Andres Barrioquinto, Dexter Sy, Harun Ak, Hidemi Tokutake and Zao Wou-Ki. Through their art, Di Legno Gallery hopes to push our audience past the boundaries, engage in dialogue, and explore sides of themselves that they have never known.
About the Artists
Andres Barrioquinto
Andres Barrioquinto (b. 1975) graduated with a degree in Fine Arts (Painting) from the University of the Philippines in 1995, before moving on to specialize in Fine Arts (Painting) in the University of Santo Tomas from 1995 to 2000. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions held in major cities across the globe, in countries such as the Philippines, Singapore, UK and Taiwan. For his work, Barrioquinto has received multiple awards, most notably the ACES Award by the Metrobank Foundation.
Rather than drawing upon the realistic, Barrioquinto focuses upon his individuality in his Big Head series. By probing his own soul and expressing his inner world on canvas, he paints images so exaggerated or distorted that they transport the audience from the world of the familiar to one of emotion and feeling.
Dexter Sy
Dexter Sy (b. 1979) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Advertising from Far Eastern University (Philippines) and is a special lecturer in Far Eastern University, Fine Arts. He has held many solo and group exhibitions in Philippines and other countries like USA, Italy, Thailand and Korea since 2005 and won awards for Philippine Art Awards (Philip Morris).
In his latest works, Sy shines the spotlight on the intricacies of Indonesian Chinese culture. At first glance, his art portrays the Indonesian Chinese, scrutinized by society, as they don an Indonesian identity against the backdrop of their Chinese heritage. Yet, as one looks deeper, one can find the innermost thoughts and feelings of Sy’s characters bubbling under the surface of the public image they project. By subtly weaving in these nuanced elements, Sy’s art is a vibrant, rich tapestry that conveys a compelling narrative of the Indonesian Chinese.
Harun Ak
Harun Ak (b. 1985) currently resides in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, specialising in acrylic and mixed media paintings. He studied fine arts painting at the Indonesian Institute of Art (Yogyakarta) in Indonesia, from 2007 to 2014. His art touches on societal topics like the loss of cultural identity, bureaucracy of the government, and the destruction of nature. Ak’s work has been displayed in multiple exhibitions in major cities in Indonesia, US, China, Korea and Singapore, and he has been the recipient of multiple awards and grants, among which is the Asian Contemporary Young Artist Awards.
In His-Story and This is my Allotment, Ak focuses on the past versus the present. By overlapping remnants of the past – be it written history or traditional livelihoods – with a veneer of modernity, the stark dichotomy between his subjects’ past identities and present selves is a reflection of society’s struggles. As we attempt to retain our pasts while evolving to keep up with the present, Ak’s works naturally lead us to question on the uncertainties of a future that lies ahead of us.
Hidemi Tokutake
Hidemi Tokutake (b. 1972) first studied at the Seto Ceramic School in Seto, Japan. Thereafter, from 2008 to 2011, Tokutake studied at the National Art School in Australia and where she completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and the Master of Fine Arts degree course, majoring in Ceramics and becoming a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC). Tokutake has participated in many group exhibitions and held numerous solo exhibitions in Japan, Australia, Europe, USA and Taiwan. She has won several awards, among them being the First Prize of the Gosford Art Prize, Australia.
Most of her work is created by using hand-building techniques, allowing her finger marks to form the surface of her art. She is moved by nature and translates her appreciation into her ceramic pieces which echo the patterns found in nature. Each work is unique, different in softness and sensitivity to reflect the intricacies of nature, and through this, Tokutake’s art often emotionally resonates with her audience.
Zao Wou-Ki
A master of postwar art and the highest-selling Chinese painter of his generation, Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) applied Modernist art-making techniques to traditional Chinese literati painting. Zao moved to Paris in 1948, rejected his Chinese heritage, and immediately began painting in the style of Paul Klee, whose own style was influenced by Chinese landscape painting. By 1954, Zao had developed a unique style that was marked by contrasting colors and lyrical abstraction and that merged Chinese art, as viewed through the lens of European abstraction, with traditional Chinese landscapes. Zao remained wary of objectively Chinese-influenced art and avoided using ink for much of his career, preferring to work with oil paints in a calligraphic style. Like traditional Chinese landscape painting, Zao’s paintings function as fragments of a larger scene, possessing fluidity, transparency, and a graceful luminosity representative of the artist’s interior energies.

Posted on June 27th 2017 on 09:17am
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Tuesday 28th March 2017

MYRIAD – Solo Exhibition by Cherie A Bitanga

Opening Reception: Saturday, 22 April 2017 (4.00 - 8.00pm)
Exhibition Dates: 22 April – 18 June, 2017
Venue: Di Legno Gallery
Di Legno Gallery is pleased to present Myriad, the first solo exhibition by Filipino artist Cherie A Bitanga. Opening on 22 April 2017, this exhibition would be available for public viewing until 18 June 2017.
Myriad introduces 10 new paintings, each speaking of a rich and deeply-moving narrative crafted by Bitanga. A testament and tribute to her personal life experiences, she believes that Myriad puts the spotlight on “the woman who blooms where life takes her, the story she carries, and the culture that makes [her] heart sing.”
Considering this, it might come as a surprise that some of the featured paintings convey a sense of conformity – women standing together, decked in traditional kebayas, all demure and quiet, ladylike and uniform. Yet, looking beneath the surface, we see that each and every one of them harbours a myriad of hopes and dreams as abundant as the colours that bloom across the canvas. Even as they stay rooted to their own culture and heritage, the women boldly set their sights on breaking new grounds and exploring new frontiers, and as such, rather than a sense of conformity, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Myriad portrays an underlying spirit of conviction.
With this in mind, Bitanga’s vivid strokes and striking motifs not only share her journey, but also invite her audience to resonate with her insights. Beyond this, however, Bitanga’s art also fulfills a higher purpose: to inspire others to pursue their own paths in life.
Myriad is on show from 22 April to 18 June, 2017. Di Legno Gallery is located at 188-6, Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 436990, SG. For more details, please contact us at +65 6346 2012/ or visit
About the Artist
Born in the Philippines and having relocated to Singapore in 2010, Cherie A Bitanga did not have a traditional art background. Instead, her art was born from her creative inclinations that have also led her to venture into the fields of writing and design.
Bitanga’s artist career first began in 2003, where she exhibited oil pastels in Baguio City, Philippines, before moving on to creating and designing art for private and corporate clients such as Microsoft Philippines. Although she experienced a severe artist’s block from 2009 to 2012, Bitanga has since recovered and even started a workshop, titled “The Big Blank Page”, for adults who want to draw but fear they cannot – a position she deeply empathises with. Currently, she works as a pattern and surface designer and has even participated in Printsource 2016, a premier market for surface and textile designs.
For this exhibition, Bitanga weaves the Peranakan culture into her art as a way of harking back to her experiences in Singapore. She hopes that her pieces in this exhibition would reflect and illustrate her personal and professional journey that she has undertaken since her relocation.
by Charlotte Ong

Posted on March 28th 2017 on 07:49am
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Thursday 12th January 2017 Renaissance Revisit

Singapore Art Week 2017
Renaissance Revisit
Opening Reception of Group Show by 6 Filipino Artists
Tues 17 January 2017, 7pm -9.30pm
Venue: Di Legno Gallery
Singapore – Di Legno Gallery presents Renaissance Revisit on 17 January, 2017
The Renaissance remains to be one of the most notable epochs in history. Considered the Golden Era for the arts, its unsurpassed achievements in painting, sculpture and architecture continue to amaze and inspire us, providing impetus for continuous re-engagement. The names Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raphael, Donatello and Brunelleschi may be the most famous of the lot, but Dutch Masters also accomplished considerable advancement in oil painting techniques at that time, giving us glowing, ephemeral works with painstakingly layered glazes.
In Renaissance Revisit, six Filipino artists are presented by Di Legno Gallery as their recent works offer new insights into works by the Old Masters.
The Alarcon Brothers – Luke, Ejem, Aldrine and Didier – known collectively as LEAD, provide various interpretations of the Mona Lisa using their distinct contemporary styles. Playing with one of the most famous representations of the Renaissance provides them with opportunity to further demystify one of the most renowned paintings in the world as portrayed so skillfully by Da Vinci.
Luke, only 14 years old, is one of the finalists for the Da Vinci Initiative organized by the Art Renewal Center. He is also the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 University of the East Annual Painting Competition and Finalist of the 2012 Cocolife Painting Competition. With his work, Chemical Reaction, he portrays Mona Lisa in a classical way, yet provides contemporary visual intervention and pop culture references as a means to communicate the intrusion of today's technology and changing ideals of society and culture to standards of beauty and morality.
With his painting titled Enigmatic Romance, Ejem Alarcon, firstborn of the brothers, Grand Prize Winner of the Art Petron 2015 T-Shirt Design Category, Second Prize Winner of the 2009 Far Eastern University Annual Painting Competition and Grand Prize Winner of the National Historical Institute Art Contest, focuses on the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile. As he sees both happiness and grief on her face, the artist opens the image to further interpretation not only with the central figure but also with his use of the entire canvas, engaging the viewer’s feelings and letting their interpretations take center stage.
Aldrine Alarcon’s Veracious presents a multi-fragmented Mona Lisa, with repeated elements and thin layers of paint that imply stylings of abstract realism. As he breaks the image down into pieces, he deconstructs mythology about the painting and shows different planes that may be considered smaller, non-representational works. He also adds a native Filipino flower which is only found in the tropics, a gumamela, as a representation of beauty that wilts and fades in time. Aldrine is the Third Prize Winner in the University of Santo Tomas Annual Painting Competition 2014 and Grand Prize Winner of the National Shell Art Competition, Calendar Category in both 2011 and 2012.
Didier Alarcon, Grand Prize Winner 44th of the National Shell Art Compeition and Semi-Finalist of the 45th National Shell Art Competition, posits the true meaning of perfection in his work Immaculacy. With today’s ideals of beauty, what matters most? Is it symmetry, shape and proportion, or flawlessness and utter perfection? Does it translate to material things, or should innate goodness and values be the ultimate goal? By painting the Mona Lisa’s body, he provides reflection on what is essential, and not just what is seen by plain sight. Though known more for his paintings of abandoned street scenes, Didier’s piece lends justice to the concept, his skills as a realistic painter visible with each brush stroke.
For Moreen Austria, fresh from the success of her 2016 exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the evolving roles of women and their unmistakable contributions to society influenced her works for the show. Inspired by the Master of Saint Giles and her Catholic faith, she uses the universally recognizable icon of the Madonna and Child common in the Italian Renaissance as subject for The Road to Greatness is Easier. The loving embrace of a mother cradling her child is evident in the piece, but contemporary references lend a touch of humor to the painting as it signifies better accessibility to women in terms of career and motherhood.
In Recycled Soul, a woman’s sense of self is brought to the fore, her implacable determination clearly showing on her face and overshadowing meek portrayals of women during previous moments of history when antiquated standards were still used to weigh her value. Though set in a classical pose, the woman faces her viewers with confidence, unafraid of confrontation, as she follows the beats of her own music. Moreen is affiliated with the Visayan Visual Arts Exhibit Conference Executive Commitee (ViVA ExCon), one of the most active organizations representing home-grown artists in the Southern Region of the Philippines. She was a Finalist in the Sculpture Category of MADE (Metrobank Art and Design Excellence) Competition in 2015, and Philippine Representative to the International Art Workshop and Exhibition at Prince of Songkhla University when she was granted their 2016 Travel Grant. She also participated in the 4th ASEAN Art Workshop and Exhibition in The Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Cultural Studies in Thailand. In 2015, she had a Fellowship Grant in the Abu Dhabi Art Hub, United Arab Emirates, where she was an artist in residence for Philippine Art Month.
Thirdy Bustamante, Grand Prize Winner of the Avida Painting Competition, 2014 Art Petron Runner Up and awarded First Honorable Mention in the 2014 University of Santo Tomas Annual Painting Competition gives homage to Johannes Vermeer in his work, Mona Lisa of the North. Based on the Girl With A Pearl Earring, one of Vermeer’s most famous paintings, Thirdy provides a more contemporary take, portraying the classical beauty with the additional depth of memento mori by painting a glimpse of a skull on the innocent and perpetually nubile maiden’s face. He also adds several blooms and petals of sampaguita, the Philippine national flower, to further underscore the vulnerability and frailty of the subject.
In Renaissance Revisit, the East looks upon the West for inspiration as usual, taking classical idealism and historical references as ground for new encounters of visual expression. However, by combining not only their indisputable artistic skills, contemporary images and conceptual perspectives, but also particular and personal attributes from home, these Filipino artists make the illustrious images their own.
Renaissance Revisit is on show from 17 January to 17 March, 2017. Di Legno Gallery is located at 188-6, Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 436990, SG. For more details, please contact us at +65 6346 2012/ or visit

Posted on January 12th 2017 on 07:34am
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Wednesday 17th August 2016 Tales from the Land of 7000 Islands - Group Show by Contemporary Filipino Artists

Tales from the Land of 7000 Islands - Group Show by Contemporary Filipino Artists
Opening Reception : Friday 09 Sep, 2016 ( 6.30 - 9.30 PM)
Exhibition Dates : 09 Sep - 11 Dec, 2016
Venue : Di Legno Gallery
Di Legno Gallery presents Tales from the land of 7000 Islands, a group show by contemporary Filipino artists Ben Albino, Moreen Austria, Maiya Balboa, Cherie Bitanga, Chloe Dellosa, Patrick Fernandez, Jonathan Joven, Amanda Lapus Santos, Jojit Solano, Dexter Sy and Jayson Tejada on September 9, 2016
With their vivid colourings reminiscent of deep cerulean waters, verdant mountains and fiery crimson sunsets, the artists showcase the role of folklore in shaping Filipino culture. Stories of love, legendary figures, creation myths and beloved characters from folktales which have been passed on from generation to generation are used as themes for the artists' visions.
Maria Makiling, a goddess and forest nymph protecting the mountains and lakes of Laguna, is the most widely known diwata or fairy in Philippine Mythology, perhaps due to the appearance of Mount Makiling itself which resembles the profile of a woman in repose. Patrick Fernandez paints a portrait of Maria Makiling as she watches over her domain while hunters and fishermen harm the creatures she protects.
The Legend of Maragtas claimed that ten Bornean datu or chieftains arrived in the island of Panay to escape their homeland. These datu and their families were said to be the first people who settled in Visayas in the southern region of the Philippines, forming a confederation of barangays called Madya-as under the leadership of Datu Sumakwel. Moreen Austria interprets Kapinangan, Datu Sumakwel's wife, in the midst of native warriors and free-flying birds, showing her courage, grace and beauty.
Mayon Volcano, whose cone is world famous for its symmetry, becomes the setting for several works, with Chloe Dellosa using it as a backdrop for the love story between Daragang Magayon and Panganoron, their profiles veiling the mountain with mystery and containing embedded details on its surface. Though the tale itself ends in tragedy, Dellosa manages to create a whimsical depiction of passion, promise , and never-ending goodbyes.
Dexter Sy uses the volcano as well in his narration of the story of Asuang, brother of Gugurang, the protector and guardian of Mount Mayon's sacred fire. Gugurang causes Mount Mayon to erupt whenever he is displeased with the natives, while Asuang rejoices in the frailties of the humans because he may only steal the sacred fire of the volcano whenever his brother's ill temper sends forth the lava to cascade from its almost perfect cone. Asuang over centuries evolved into a more sinister character closer to the plains and more prevalent amongst different regions in the Philippines as he became Aswang - a flesh-eating, shapeshifting monster that preys on the innocent, though this change was possibly a product of Spanish colonizers' propaganda after the introduction of Catholicism in the  country.
Other monsters abound the countryside , perhaps as a way of scaring off children from wandering off in the dark. The Manananggal is a vampire-like mythical creature with many of the characteristics of the Aswang, though what's notable about its appearance is the severance of its upper torso while it flies with bat-like wings in search of victims. Cherie Bitanga brings forth her own version of the Manananggal, a thoroughly modernized one, as Clara, a character who seems to be much more content doing yoga poses than seeking the hearts of the newborns.
Contemporary depiction underscores Jojit Solano's piece as well as he retells the legend of the pineapple with subtle satire and social commentary through a painting of how today's youth use the power of sight while they are addicted to technology and gadgets. The pineapple is said to be a transformed Pina, a young girl who was cursed by her mother to have a thousand eyes so she could see whatever it was she was looking for.
Jayson Tejada gives us a sneak peek into the world of nuno (old man of the anthill) and duwende (dwarves), their homes and day to day village life. They are described to resemble humans, only they are tiny as they dwell underneath large rocks, tress, riverbanks, or in anthills.
Ben Albino's painting of an unknown hero seems to find himself in a vortex of chaos and conflict as he encounters spirits, while Maiya Balboa presents three powerful gods who were said to bring into existence the universe in the beginning of time, Ulilang Kaluluwa (Orphaned Spirit), a huge serpent who lived in the clouds, Galang Kaluluwa (Wandering Spirit), the winged god who loves to travel, and Bathala ( Supreme Being) who was the caretaker of the earth. Their epic battle in Philippine mythology was said to have created life on earth, and the artist's depiction of their tale signifies the desire for the story to be passed on to future generations.
The innocence of children and their capacity to learn culture and tradition further as Amanda Lapus Santos draws inspiration from National Artists for Music Levi Celerio and Lucio San Pedro's celebrated folk song, Sa Ugoy ng Duyan (In the Cradle's Rocking), creating a safe and warm sanctuary for a sleeping babe, while Jonathan Joven uses his signature worm's eye view to depict children reading about legends and folklore as they are set  against the firmament, imagining how the sun, moon and stars came about.
It has been said that listening to folklore is one of the easiest ways to immerse one in a country's culture. In Tales from the Land of 7000 Islands, we are enticed by visual narratives from individuals whose lives have been shaped by these stories.  These and other intricate tales are tightly and entrancingly interwoven, making up the kaleidoscopic fabric of a nation and its peoples.

Posted on August 17th 2016 on 07:59am
Labels: exhibition

Tuesday 12th January 2016 Nature into Art

Inaugural Solo Art Exhibition by Acclaimed Japanese Artist Shozo Michikawa January 21 – February 20, 2016
Friday Jan 22 – 6 to 9pm (Singapore Contemporary Art Show)
Exhibition Dates
  • Jan 21 – 24, 2016 at Singapore Contempoary Art Show 2016, Booth D02
    Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • Private View:
    Thursday Jan 21 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Vernissage :
    Thursday Jan 21 - 5:30pm to 9pm
  • General Admission :
    Friday Jan 22 - 12pm to 9pm / Saturday Jan 23 - 11am to 7pm / Sunday Jan 24 - 11am to 6pm
  • Jan 26 - Feb 20, 2016 at Di Legno Gallery
    Tuesday to Sunday - 11am to 6 pm
Singapore - Di Legno Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the debut exhibition by
acclaimed Japanese ceramic artist Shozo Michikawa. The exhibition opens on Jan 22, 6 pm
at the Singapore Contemporary Art fair and wlll be on view until Jan 24 at the fair and
thereafter at Di Legno Gallery till Feb 20, 2016.
Titled “Nature into Art”, this exhibition by Shozo Michikawa would present 20 of his
sculptural works, all of which would offer its viewers a rare insight into the wabi sabi of
Japanese aesthetic, and display the nostalgic allure and forgotten charm of nature. As
Michikawa notes, “[T]he works created by nature…contain a power that can never be
imitated by human hands.” With this philosophy, he has created exquisite art, one piece
after the other.
From a seemingly nondescript sphere that reminds one of the Japanese marimo, to a widebrimmed
vessel with wind rippling across its surface, to a coiled silhouette eerily similar to
that of a hostile snake poised to strike, there is as much variety in Michikawa’s works as
there is diversity in nature. Each sculpture is fresh and novel, unconventional and different,
and yet there is something vaguely familiar about their twists and turns, their lines and
contours, that intrigues and soothes, fascinates and comforts.
Perhaps it is the way Michikawa’s art is quietly accepting of its many flaws and
imperfections, or the way there is delicacy and transience in his sculptures that have
withstood the kiln’s searing temperatures, or the way Nature’s many facades, hazy and
indistinct, sift between the faces of his pieces. Regardless of the reason, his works would
not fail to sway even the stoniest of hearts in this exhibition.
About the Artist
Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Shozo Michikawa majored in economics and took up a business
career, but eventually traded that away for pottery, his one true calling. Since then, he has
settled in Seto, Aichi – a town with 1300 years’ history of ceramic activity – to focus on his
Michikawa’s works are widely-acclaimed all over the world, with exhibitions in Japan and
foreign countries such as Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Mongolia,
the Philippines, USA and UK to name a few. He has mounted over 80 exhibitions to date. In
China, notably, he was honored to be the first Japanese artist to exhibit on a solo basis at
the Forbidden City in Beijing.
His works are also on display in some of the most important ceramic museums in the world,
such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he would have a debut exhibition at Oxford
University Museum in 2016.
by Charlotte Ong
Public Collections
2006 Beijing China-Japan Exchange Center
Xi'an Qinglingsi Temple
2007 Philadelphia Philadelphia Museum of Art
2009 Wales National Museum of Wales
Wales Aberystwyth University of Wales
2010 USA Losangels County Museum of Art
2012 Germany Modern Glass & Ceramic Museum of Coburg
2013 Japan Shimada city Museum
2014 Germany The Museum in Hamburg
2015 Wales National Museum of Wales
Translated text of Shozo Michikawa in relation to his solo exhibition at Galerie
Besson entilting “30 Years, 30 Pots”
Seto has a history of over 1300 years as a pottery town. Clays, kilns, prototypes, glazes,
brushes – anything and everything to do with ceramics can be obtained here.
Because the town is built on clay there is a distinct atmosphere here. The river that runs
through the town is white and the air is often dusty. Should you visit a restaurant in Seto and
start a conversation on pottery you better watch out because the old lady who works there is
bound to say things like “I’ve decorated nothing but the faces of ceramic dolls for forty
years” and you are no match for here with a smattering of knowledge. In other words, you
have to create something extraordinary to avoid obscurity amongst the five thousand plus
residents who are, one way or another, all engaged in the making of ceramics.
I have been creating in such an environment for about thirty years. One could say that my
work was nurtured by this town.
Incidentally, I make it a rule to have a conversation with clay when I am creating. You
cannot control this natural object clay as it stretches, shrinks, snaps and bends.
The same goes for firing. The way the temperature rises inside the kiln differs from summer
to winter. The results vary considerably according to the weather conditions such as rainy
days or windy days.
In other words, my partner is nature itself and I need to get along well with it. Otherwise, the
result will be unsatisfactory. All I do in the process is to give a little helping hand to the ever
transforming clay to assist the way it wants to go.
Such is the daily routine that results in my work.
~ Shozo Michikawa (2007)
Translated by Nobuo Okawa
About Di Legno Gallery
Set up in Q1’2014, Di Legno Gallery is dedicated to presenting modern and contemporary
art across a wide spectrum of art genres including painting, printmaking and sculpture.
We maintain a diverse exhibition programme, featuring works by both emerging and leading
artists from different parts of the world, but primarily focusing on Asian artists. We also look
to support artists by giving them a platform to showcase new experimental works
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Posted on January 12th 2016 on 04:19am
Labels: exhibition

Tuesday 15th September 2015 Becoming - Group Art Exhibition by Six Student-artists / Recent Art Graduates from Metro Manila

By Noell El Farol

Becoming features the fleeting, transitory of the select young artist-students today who can become relevant artist of the future. These select artists-students are in current transformation, are navigating between creativity and the contemporary world concentrating on themes and issues confronting today’s global and local landscape.

Each sharing similar experiences and perspectives, this young group of artists presents an energetic survey to explore the creative and political range of narratives; such as gender, identity, and social constructs.

Currently finishing her studies at the Philippine Women’s University School of Fine and Design, Abbey Batocabe uses to expose self-consciousness without pretension that allows us to get closer and recognize reality. .‘The Golden Broom’ is triggered by childhood memories, attempting to seek recognition between reality and fantasy. 

Attracted to places where layers of history commingle, Pope Bacay’s snapshots of daily life captures landscapes and sites that most people don’t see bringing subtle passages of color, creating sense of drama and patina of time. Recapturing the novelty value of site, from geographic and physical charms, the destructive elements in environment today and rustic beauty contributed both to symbolic desecration and natural splendor of local culture. Pope Bacay graduated last March from the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines.

Collaborating with personal effects that have their own charge or personal significance, Pin Calacal’s works resonate to sexuality, identity, and issues of human body. Imprinting textural qualities, Pin’s performative act of unwrapping the body and mark making of pieces of undergarments using colored ink alludes to cleansing of body protection, security, and attachments. While the presence of the body lingers and departs as it is faintly suggested. The garment is viewed as aura of glamour while the undergarment is personally viewed as extended layer of skin. Pin Calacal is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from University of the Philippines last March.

Using elements of geometry and perspective to produce illusions of infinite space and unknown spatial structures, Renz Lee’s perspectival playfulness and mystical sense of reality depicting altered states where space is both implied and denied.  Tight architectonic structures pull us into the space of the canvas pushing contradictory forces to capture the experience in claustrophobic spaces. The work also calls to mind the generous simplicity of shaped canvasses framing unfamiliar routes. Renz Lee is currently in his senior year in the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines. He was the recipient of the 2015 ENSBA (Ecole Nationale Superiere de Beaux-Arts) scholarship in Paris.

Jemina Reyes graduated with B.A. in Studio Arts from the University of California-Santa Barbara and currently pursuing a Master degree in Fine Arts and Design at the Philippine Women’s University.  Inspired by flowers, Jemina’s bright and highly saturated background colors appear elsewhere in picture plane. The viewer’s gaze darts restlessly on suggestive bunch of flowers, passing various swirls of pigments whose tones suggest suspended petals with lush part and hazy impression affecting to the inevitably abstract outcome. The saturated colors serve to intensity the lyricism of the work while the white elements add to the shimmer of the surface. Works of Jemina demonstrate the strength and diversity of expression.

‘Munting Mga Daliri’ examines the relationship between openness to experience a private dimension related to object.  Joyce Tiffany Reyes interests in using human figures as her main subject profiles different aspects of life, individuals’ control over impulses and individuals’ ability to adapt to different situations.  Joyce Reyes recently graduated from The Philippine Women’s University School of Fine Arts and Design.                 

Working on traditional and new media, and coming from different art schools/universities, artist-students; Abbey Batocabe, Pope Bacay, Pin Calacal, Renz Lee,  Jose, Jemina Garcia Reyes, and Joyce Reyes represent the many other thirsty, and experimental young artists of the Philippines today.


Posted on September 15th 2015 on 04:29pm
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