Galerie Raphael in Serendra holds the Chinese New Year exhibition “The Year of the Fire Rooster,” Jan. 31 and Feb 6.
On exhibit will be works by National Artist Abdulmari Imao and other major artists.
The colors of the Fire Rooster come alive in the yellow and gold of Carlo Magno’s gorgeous organic abstractions alluding to traditional Chinese robes.
Also drawing from the delicate details of East Asian robes for inspiration is Vincent de Pio, who paints scenes of Japanese history and popular culture on origami paper folded to form a kimono.
Opulent are Ram Mallari’s found-object sculptures of proud and noble figures from the animal kingdom—the lion, the bull.
Mallari, whose work recently graced the cover of Hong Kong-based World Sculpture News, is a master of the foundry. The natural bronze color of his sculptures echo the qualities of the zodiac Rooster.
The bronze and brass works of Toym Imao reflect the Filipino version of the rooster: the fabled sarimanok. His father, National Artist Abdulmari Imao, was prominent for his continued use of the sarimanok motif, and some of his rare paintings will also be on display.
Also on exhibit will be works by Salvador Arellano. —CONTRIBUTED
Galerie Raphael is at Unit 2C-06, 2/L, The Piazza Serendra, Taguig City. Visit www.galerieraphael.com.ph.