In mountainous Antipolo City, contemporary paintings, antiques, and mix-media art find a safe haven in a 10,000-square-meter lot at Grandheights Subdivision. This contemporaneous art space is home to the Pinto Art Gallery, Silangan Gardens, and the weekend abode of Dr. Joven Cuanang.
Pinto Art Gallery has been advocating Filipino art since its establishment in 2001 as a threshold of major art events open to all forms of up-to-date art practices. The gallery is a venue for exhibits by Filipino artists.
Over the weekend, Pinto Gallery opened its doors to the varying art forms of the Vinluan family of artists, With his exhibit titled, “Pieces from Heaven and Earth,” painter Nestor Olarte Vinluan perpeturates works of quiet spiritually.
Vinluan’s innocent allure with nature, stone’s grain, the veins of a leaf, and the blue tint of the sky culled his thoughts of the natural world on canvas, a craft he has mastered for 40 years.
He says control is imperative in a creative process teeming with chance-drips, splatters and dots -- likening it to “drips on an unknown space …. this makes one’s universe complete.”
A 1972 Bachelor in Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Philippines, Vinluan earned his master’s degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, on a Fulbright Hays Scholarship in 1980.
He received the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists award in 1974, for the “new, visual thinking” manifested in his body of work.
He was dean of the his alma mater’s College of Fine Arts, a position he held from 1989 to 1998.
The rich tapestry works of Vinluan’s wife, Lyn Romualdez Vinluan, who passed away more than a year ago, was also showcased in the exhibit. It consisted of tapestries in varying sizes, in jewel tinge and rich tints. Aptly called, “Midday at Bingag 1,” the title was derived from a place that enthused these tapestries, the Bingag beaches of Bohol.
Lyn studied weaving in New York, an art she had learned during her stay in the city while accompanying her children and husband, who was then studying at the Pratt Institute. Using a wooden loom, which still stands in the family home, she worked on her pieces during vacant hours while raising their children.
Also screened during the exhibit was the claymations short film of siblings Paulo and Liv Vinluan’s animated short, “Ambrosia Temporale.”
Paulo was a former Play-doh champion in the defunct 1990s television show “Uncle Bob’s Lucky 7 Club.” This and Liv’s affection for plastic animals were fused to create the animated shorts that examine death, using animals and fruits as symbols.
Their claymation short, “Fruit of the Doom,” follows the short life, decay and rebirth of a fruit. They are now working on their next film, involving skeletons and hybrid animals.
The Vinluans art exhibit still runs until December 3.