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#ArtFairPH 2019: For the arts, through arts

#ArtFairPH 2019: For the arts, through arts

Ela Bendaña February 10, 2019 Music & Culture

The sought-after Art Fair Philippines is set to take over the Metro again on its seventh run this year!

Now said to be stronger and broader than ever, the annual art fair prepared a premier lineup of 36 local and 16 international galleries from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, and Taiwan that will represent the best of Southeast Asia’s rich modern and contemporary art scene.


Locus Amoenus by Ryan Villamael, 2018 

These galleries include 1335MABINI, Affinity Art, Altromondo Arte Contemporanea, ARCHIVO 1984, Art Cube, ART UNDERGROUND, Art Verite, Artemis Art, Artery Art Space, Artinfromal, Asian Cultural Council/Leon Gallery, Avellana Art Gallery, blanc, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, CLEAR Gallery Tokyo, District Gallery, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Eskinita Art Gallery, Finale Art File, Gajah Gallery, Galerie Roberto, Galerie Stephanie, Galleria Duemila, Gallery Kogure, J Studio, Kaida Contemporary, Kobayashi Gallery, La Lanta Fine Art, Mind Set Art Center, MO_Space, Nunu Fine Art, Orange Project, Paseo Art Gallery, Pinto Art Gallery, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Shukado, Silverlens, SOKA Art, TAKSU, The Crucible, The Drawing Room, Tin-aw, Underground, Vin Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, West Gallery, Yavuz Gallery, YOD Gallery, and Ysobel Art Gallery.


One of the highlights of the much-awaited festival is the showcase of commissioned works from critically and commercially-recognized artists under ArtFairPH/Projects.
This year’s special exhibits will include an iteration of the first in David Medalla’s series of participatory works, A Stitch in Time which he initially introduced in 1968 and brought to different countries around the globe, now in the Philippines.


David Medalla for Art Fair Philippines 2019

The concept incorporates an endless dialogue and collaboration between the artist and the public by letting the participants sew things that represent their personal memories or impulses in a huge canvas. A Stitch in Time has been known by producing unique stories from different locations and its exploration on the themes of time, travel and chance.

The fair will also feature the pieces of Ray Albano (Step on the Sand and Make Footprints), the late Mauro Malang Santo (Malang’s Women), Fernando Botero (Botero in Asia), Ryan Villamael (Behold A City), Oca Villamiel (Cheap Medicine), Ian Fabro (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso), Christina Quisimbing Ramilo (Forest for the Trees), Olivia d’Aboville (Everything, Everywhere, Everyone), MM Yu (Subject/Object), and Liv Vinluan (Nung Gambalain Yung Sayawan/The Disruption of A Dance).


Launched in 2018, the event highlights photography through ArtFairPH/Photo that aims to promote the medium as contemporary art and support its growing community in the country. MM Yu, whose works are also under Projects, Jill Paz, 1335MABINI, Denise Weldon and Tom Epperson, Neal Oshima, Silverlens Photo, and LUZMINDA will be this year’s photo exhibitors.



Curators Angel Velasco Shaw and Barbara Stäubli at the ArtFairPH/Photo section of Art Fair Philippines 2018


In partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines, the Art Fair Philippines will also be conducting series of talks and panel discussions throughout the 3-day event that will provide further knowledge and experience of the arts and culture. Best for both audiences and practitioners, the discourses will cover topics that range from different art practices to legal art concerns.

National Artist Kidlat Tahimik with Yason Banal during their talk on Art Fair Philippines 2018


Lastly, to bring and introduce visual arts to a larger audience, starting on February 15 to the last day of the fair, public art installations, museum openings, food and beverage partnerships, and events will be set in different establishments around Makati Central Business District under the extension of the annual show.

The exhibit will run from February 22 to 24, 2019 at The Link, Ayala Circle, Makati City. Regular tickets (P350 per day) are currently available for online purchasing through their website.

For more details, schedules and updates, visit and their Facebook and Instagram accounts @artfairph.

See you there!

All photos and videos are from Art Fair Philippines’ Facebook page unless stated otherwise.