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One of the country’s most popular art fairs weaves together various artistic influences that showcase Filipino ingenuity.

ManilArt 2017

One of the country’s most popular art fairs weaves together various artistic influences that showcase Filipino ingenuity.

Published November 16, 2017

It takes more than looking to fully appreciate art.

The interpretation of any form of art could be considered a personal experience. More than a mere visual display, art is an amalgamation of the different emotions and stories of the artists that dutifully and tirelessly worked on them.

Every piece of canvas painting or sculpture conveys more than the inspiration behind it. Each one has a story to tell. It may be a muffled cry for help or an oppressed voice. It could be a celebration of one’s imagination or a homage to one’s childhood.

ManilArt 2017 aimed to represent this spectrum of visual artistry. With the theme “The Philippines as an ASEAN cultural powerhouse”, this popular art fair brought together a broad range of works from more than 30 galleries in the country.

Now on its 9th year, ManilArt highlighted the diverse influences that shaped our country’s creative genius. Together with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), ManilArt transformed the SMX Aura Convention Center, which has hosted this prestigious event for the 5th year in a row in the City of Taguig, into a massive art paradise from 12 to 15 October 2017.

Works of outstanding skill and artistry, and of all shapes and sizes, hung on surrounding walls. From idyllic canvas paintings that depicted life and people to impressive moving art pieces and intricate sculptures, there was something for everyone who enjoyed art.

“ManilArt has always been about expression and voices. We do that in our art because of the uniqueness and richness of our culture,” shares ManilArt curator Danny Rayos del Sol, who also showcased his ostrich egg sculptures.

It doesn’t take an aficionado to fully appreciate the amazing works displayed at ManilArt. The array of works on display offered an opportunity for visitors to witness the cultural treasures of our time. The Filipino artists featured here showed us how creative expression comes in various forms and that, when you look at the bigger picture, each art piece serves as a thread that, when woven, creates a beautifully made tapestry that showcases our artistic genius and story as a nation.

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