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Art in the Park 2022 to Feature Its First-Ever NFT Marketplace

This year's Art in the Park takes us into the park... and into the Metaverse.

A few firsts and some familiar faces are coming together for the 16th edition of Art in the Park. The  country's "affordable art fair" is set to bring a troupe of online exhibits and live events at the Jaime C. Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Art in the Park 2022: At the Park and in the Metaverse will feature special exhibits from the likes of Rodel Tapaya, Marina Cruz, Studio 1616, Distort Monsters, and Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK).

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Founders of IsTorya and two of the most influential Filipino artists we have today, Rodel Tapaya and his wife, Marina Cruz, will exhibit nine and 11 artworks, respectively. Tapaya is doing so for Chicken Army while Cruz's are to be displayed for Imprinted Musings.

Meanwhile, Studio 1616, which boasts some of the most exciting names in the Philippine contemporary art scene, will present 15 artworks for sale online, each at 16x16 inches. Visitors may also catch their live installation, Reflect Deflect, at the park. This particular display makes use of steel and mirrors as reflective surfaces, allowing lookers to examine the pieces, and themselves, more intimately.


The group comprises of Johanna Helmuth, Yeo Kaa, Jeremae Jumaoas, Jerahmeel Alvarez, Keb Cerda, Dale Erispe, Jayvee David, Jett Osian, Levin Paras, Ciron Señeres, Kiko Urquiola, Gian Miroe, Roy Rosatase, Yani Unsana, and Erick Villaruz.

Distort Monsters will also be discussing his Monster Mayhem MegaMash project on April 28

Lines between digital and traditional art will be bridged and reimagined with Distort Monsters' Monster Mayhem Megamash. Presented with Globe Platinum, the group's 100 pieces offer visitors a multilinear, bold visual experience that captures the spirit of counterculture.

The Filipino street artist will be presenting 100 pieces from part two of his ongoing Monster Mayhem MegaMash series. Priced as low as P9,500.00, his NFTs will be sold a-la Blind boxes, where buyers will only see which giclee print they purchased once it gets delivered to them.

A live installation of 10 three-foot-high resin sculptures will also complement the online exhibition. The artist's monstrous creatures will be available for public viewing at the venue from April 24 to May 1.

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The Philippines' first association of artists solely dedicated to the creation and promotion of children's illustrations, Ang INK, will present its own collection, as well.

As part of the organization's 30th-anniversary tour, the exhibit will be co-presented by BPI and will feature 40 works from various artists. These pieces will come from Juno Abreu, Aldy Aguirre, Fran Alvarez, Jamie Bauza, Benedir Dasig, Jovan De Ocampo, Danielle Florendo, Liza Flores, Tin Javier, Jasmin Lacay, LD Mendoza, Arli Pagaduan, Jonathan Ranola, Mark L. Ruste, Jomike Tejido, and Ige Ochoa Trinidad.

Schedule of Online Events (Via Facebook Live):

  • Sunday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. - Video Premiere: IsTorya ni Rodel Tapaya and Marina Cruz
  • Monday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. - Video Premiere: Studio 1616 feature
  • Tuesday April 26, 5:00 p.m. - BPI Art Clips: Video Showing of INK STORY: 30 Years of Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan
  • Tuesday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. - BPI Art Clips: Panel Discussion on INK Story: 30 Years of Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK with Ateneo Art Gallery)
  • Wednesday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. - The Platinum Series presents the video premiere of Distort Monsters’ Monster Mayhem Megamash
  • Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. - The Platinum Series, art activity for kids

Thursday, April 28 Live Events Schedule (Jaime Velasquez Park):

  • 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Live Mural painting by Distort Monsters
  • 5:00 p.m. - Monster Mayhem MegaMash Live Discussion
  • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - DJ Set, After the Noon
  • 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Exhibition by Ang INK and Studio 1616 

Art in the Park 2022 will have around 60 exhibitors, including Arnold Art Collection, Modeka Art Space, ART LAB: Atelier Cesare & Jean Marie Syjuco, Art Toys PH, Art Underground, Art Verite Gallery, ArtBeat Collective, and Artepintura Gallery, among others. Works courtesy of De La Salle - College of St. Benilde, UP College of Fine Arts, Far Eastern University, and TUP Manila will also be shown.


Art in the Park will continue to benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of its projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.

For more information, visit the Art in the Park website or their Facebook and Instagram pages.

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