Japanese pottery has always played between passionate perfections and sentimental faults. This paradox of creation is what inspired contemporary visual artist Vincent De Pio to exhibit his sixth solo show “Chapters in Jars.” Here, de Pio plays with the idea of control that exists in preparing the raw materials, shaping jars, and firing them; and the freedom in choosing their purpose and the narratives they have yet to contain.
Art writer Grace Micah Oreiro writes that De Pio portrays various deities and mythological creatures, represented in both paintings on canvas and jars. These characters stand as storytellers themselves, and the artist continues the cycle of narration, eventually becoming part of the chapter they began.
An alumnus of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, De Pio is known for his energetic brushstrokes and unapologetic style, a manifestation of his vivacious personality and humor. He is one of the most sought-after artists of his generation, having exhibited at ManilArt, Art Stage Jakarta, Singapore Biennale and Art Kaohsiung. He has been a finalist in the GSIS National Art Competition, and the Metrobank Art Competition; as well as an auction favorite in Hong Kong and Singapore. He has participated in over 20 group shows, and five solo exhibitions, his last being “The Courtesan and the Warrior” at Art Formosa, Taipei 2018.
“Chapters in Jars” on view Jan. 14-28, artist’s reception on Jan. 18, 6 p.m., at Galerie Stephanie, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong. It will be; tel. 79405726.