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These Paintings Depict Presidential Candidates as Carnival Figures and Cartoon Heroes

Artist Juanito Torres alludes to the elections with his latest exhibit.

On its 9th edition, Art Fair Philippines continues with its 10 Days of Art, a series of events around the Makati Central Business District in celebrating art beyond the venue of the fair. 

For Art Lounge Manila (ALM), this will be the first time the gallery will be joining  the premier art fair’s roster of exhibitors. There will be two solo exhibits in conversation under the title “Perspectives,” presenting works by Juanito Torres for Art Lounge Manila and Norman Dreo for J Studio,  at The Gallery at Greenbelt 5 in Makati.

ALM will present “Ready… Get Set… Go!,” an exhibition featuring 12 of Torres’ allegorical pieces alluding to the forthcoming presidential elections, and the carnivalesque nature of the spectacles which mark the Presidential race. 

"That’s Entertainment" 48” x 60” Oil on Canvas

Photo by Juanito Torres.

"Suntok sa Buwan" 48” x 60” Oil on Canvas 

Photo by Juanito Torres.

Art Lounge Manila has previously showcased Juanito Torres’ works titled “Quest for Freedom” in a show last June 2021.. The paintings featured in the exhibition were based on historical events, like the Sumuroy Rebellion, the execution of Rizal and World War II scenes interspersed with coded symbols that casts a critical eye on both our past and present… juxtaposing the traditional understanding of heroism as exemplified by history against the difficulty of understanding how this plays out in a situation where Philippine sovereignty, nationalism, love for country, and love for the Filipino way of life is threatened both from within and without.

"Bulag sa Pagbabago" 48” x 60” Oil on Canvas

Photo by Juanito Torres.

"Ang Probinsyano" 48” x 60” Oil on Canvas

Photo by Juanito Torres.
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“Art Lounge Manila is a premiere  art venue hosting important and rising talents from the local and international visual arts community. It is the goal of Art Lounge Manila to make art more accessible to the people, but present it in a museum setting,” ALM says in a statement. 

Art Lounge Manila hopes to promote arts and culture through well curated exhibitions, creative concepts, and collaborations between different artists, artforms, and institutions. 

Founded in 2013, Art Fair Philippines is the premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art. The fair aims to mirror the vibrant local art scene and continues to generate support for Filipino art practitioners and is committed to expanding the local audience for the visual arts. Art Fair Philippines makes art accessible to enthusiasts and those who want to discover one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting art landscapes. Art Fair Philippines 2022 will run from March 23 to April 1. 

"Ready.. Get Set..." 48” x 60” Oil on Canvas

Photo by Juanito Torres.

"Cartoon Heroes" 75” x 82.75” Oil on Canvas

Photo by Juanito Torres.

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