Acclaimed Filipino artists in HK auction | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

“THE IN-BETWEEN Nest,” by Ronald Ventura
“THE IN-BETWEEN Nest,” by Ronald Ventura
“THE IN-BETWEEN Nest,” by Ronald Ventura




Sotheby’s Hong Kong is proud to present more than 200 lots of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art estimated at HK$88 million (US$11 million) in the “Modern and Contemporary Asian Art – Evening Sale” and “Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings Day Sale” on Sunday, Oct. 5, and Monday, Oct. 6, respectively.


The two auctions bring to the market a diversified selection of works by acclaimed modern and contemporary Filipino artists that showcase their creativity and talents to a global audience.


Mok Kim Chuan, head of Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings department at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, said: “Filipino art has been gaining a strong foothold at Sotheby’s Southeast Asian Art sales in the past seasons due to heightening interests from both regional and global collectors.


“In response to the ever-increasing demand, Sotheby’s is thrilled to bring to the market this season an exceptional selection of works by iconic Filipino artists.


“Among these is a rare, fresh-to-the-market painting, ‘Paghuhuli ng mga Manok’ (Catching Chickens) by Anita Magsaysay-Ho; it is one of the artist’s largest works ever to appear at an auction.


“PAGHUHULI ngmga Manok” (Catching Chickens), by Anita Magsaysay-Ho
“PAGHUHULI ngmga Manok” (Catching Chickens), by Anita

“On the contemporary front, Sotheby’s will offer a noteworthy large-format, surrealistic work by contemporary artist Ronald Ventura.


“Including distinctive modern and contemporary pieces by Fernando Cueto Amorsolo, Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Andres Barrioquinto, Lao Lianben, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, José Joya and Cesar Legaspi, the dynamic lineup of works highlights the evolution of Philippine modern and contemporary art and is set to inspire enthusiasm among discerning collectors.”


Estimate values


Anita Magsaysay-Ho (b. 1914): “Paghuhuli ng mga Manok” (Catching Chickens), 1962, oil on canvas, 102 x

132 cm; estimate HK$5 million-HK$8 million, or US$641,000-US$1 million


Fernando Zobel (1924-1984), “Untitled” (No. 249), 1959, oil on canvas, 40 x 92 cm; est. HK$750,000-HK$950,000, or US$97,000-US$123,000


Ronald Ventura (b. 1973), “The In-Between Nest,” 2013, oil on canvas, 152.5 x 305 cm; est. HK$800,000-HK$1.2 million, or US$103,000-US$154,000


For more details, contact the following:


Hong Kong—Ruby Hung, tel. +852 2822 8146, e-mail ruby.; Winnie Tang, tel. +852 2822 8129,



London—Matthew Weigman, tel. +44 (0)20 7293 6000, e-mail;


New York—Lauren Gioia, tel. +1 212 606 7176, e-mail



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