I just spent a few days in Hong Kong at ART HK 11- (HK International Art Fair) what is being considered the leading Art Fair in Asia. The 5- day long event was at the HK Convention Center and its collection of more than 260 galleries from 38 countries attracted quite a group of collectors, curators, international galleries, museum professionals, and those who just love art. I am happy to say that with the work of 18 Filipino artists on display, it also provided a great forum for people to learn more about Filipino art in particular. There were 2 Filipino galleries and 3 international galleries featuring Filipino contemporary artists.
Manila-based Silverlens Gallery had a mix of paintings, sculptures and photographs by Patricia Eustaquio, Mariano Ching, Elaine Navas, Nona Garcia, Luis Lorenzana and Frankie Callaghan.
Another Manila gallery, The Drawing Room also had quite a selection – sculpture, paintings and installation by Alfredo Aquilizan, Diokno Pasilan, Mark Salvatus, Roderico Jose Daroy, Kawayan de Guia, Riel Hilario and Troy Ignacio.
Italian art gallery PRIMO MARELLA, based in Milan, dedicated their entire gallery to the work of Ronald Ventura – from painting to sculptures to installation.
Arario Gallery, a Korean gallery with a presence in Beiking, Seoul and New York, devoted a corner of their space to the work of Geraldine Javier.
And Hong Kong based OSAGE GALLERY showed the work of Alvin Zafra, Poklong Anading, and Louie Cordero.