Lydia Velasco and Dominic Rubio will be exhibiting together in “Duo: Dominic Rubio and Lydia Velasco” on Dec. 6-17 at the SM Megamall Art Walk, Bldg. A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City (tel. 5709495, 7239418).
It is a comprehensive way for the public to survey the practice of these two artists.
Rubio, known for his trademark elongated necks of characters in a colonial setting, contributes works that pair an attention to detail and a respect for research.
His approach relies on representations as a device to allow audiences to imagine themselves in his paintings.
Critic Reuben Cañete says: “Through the device of mnemonic representation, Rubio’s paintings channel the imagery of his Philippine and Southeast Asian public to privilege a fantastic vision of modernist progress through the application of retrograde portraiture, distortion, the play of formal elements, and its codification into tailor-made images of the present as the past.”
Velasco is renowned for her female figures in a garden setting. Her approach is to present these images of garden scenes and merge them with her female figures.
Her canvases are awash with the green and yellow hues of a lush garden, while her female figures are stunning in form.
Rubio and Velasco majored in Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.—CONTRIBUTED
“Duo: Dominic Rubio and Lydia Velasco” runs Dec. 6-17 at the SM Megamall Art Walk, Bldg. A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Call 5709495 or 7239418.