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Art Fair Philippines 2023 is happening: 7 things to look forward to

After two years, Art Fair Philippines returns to The Link carpark in Makati City, taking place from February 17-19.

Now on its 10th year, Art Fair Philippines will include a digital section, tributes to two late art world personalities, Norma Liongoren (Liongoren Gallery), and Albert Avellana (Avellana ArtGallery), several featured artists, and a new venue layout design.

According to Art Fair Philippines co-founder Dindin Araneta, the new layout design will make use of a veneer made of Philippine bamboo and be featured in social spaces at the venue "to give an Art Fair a fresh new feeling and support the whole biophilic concept."

Biophilic design involves incorporating nature and the environment into any given space.

"One thing that is so, I think, interesting about the Art Fair is that there are so many points of interest that a viewer can come in to," she continued.

"For example, if you like digital art, if you're interested in that, we have that. If you want to know about what's happening in the communities, we have many ways to do it, like we have the regional focus, and then, we have the residency programs," she said. "And we also have the education programs, we have the talks, we have the workshops, we have a film program, and then, we have restaurants and places to eat and to drink around the Link," she added.

Here's what's in store for you at Art Fair Philippines 2023.


After two years and right on time for its 10th edition, Art Fair Philippines returns to The Link carpark. Photo by Jojo Gloria courtesy of Art Fair Philippines
After two years and right on time for its 10th edition, Art Fair Philippines returns to The Link carpark. Photo by Jojo Gloria courtesy of Art Fair Philippines

1. Art FairPH/ Digital

Welcome to the newest section of Art Fair Philippines dedicated to digital media, work that incorporates and engages with computer technology, animation, virtual or augmented reality, the metaverse, and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).

Co-presented by Globe Platinum, ArtFairPH/Digital will highlight two special exhibits by Filipino digital artists making waves in the global digital art sphere: New York-based Skye Nicolas and Melbourne-based Mark Inducil.  

These special exhibits are curated by CryptoArtPH artists Bjorn Calleja and Jopet Arias.

2. ArtFairPH/Projects and ArtFairPH/Photo 

ARTFAIRPH/PROJECTS will showcase work commissioned especially for the fair. For this year, Art Fair Philippines will once again collaborate with art consultant Norman Crisologo for an exhibit that will feature artists who have made an impact both critically and commercially.

Artists mounting special exhibits include Faye Abantao, Kiko Escora, Mark Andy Garcia, Raymond Guevarra, Pow Martinez, Yeo Kaa, and Peter Zimmerman.

Photographer Wawi Navarroza’s series of striking self-portraits will be shown as well as an exhibition by Indonesian artist Yunizar called YUNIZAR: New Perspectives, and works by German painter, sculptor and object artist Peter Zimmerman.

Pioneering female abstractionist, Rosario Bitanga, who, in her 80s still practices her art, will also showcase both old and new work. It will be curated by architect and art consultant Miguel Rosales.


Wawi Navarrozza. Photo courtesy: Art Fair Philippines
Wawi Navarrozza. Photo courtesy: Art Fair Philippines

3. Tributes

This year, the fair will pay tribute to two art world personalities, Norma Liongoren (Liongoren Gallery), and Albert Avellana (Avellana ArtGallery), who have recently passed away, leaving their mark on the local art scene with the groundbreaking work of their galleries.

4. ArtFairPH/Residencies

The fair will also highlight works from artists who have completed artist residencies in various parts of the country:  IC Jaucian fro Manila Observatory, Nicolei Gupit for Linangan Art Residency, Aaron Kaiser Garcia for Emerging Islands, ESL Chen and Jonathan Baldonado for Orange Project, and James Clar for Butanding Barrio.

ArtFairPH/Residencies was first launched in 2021 in partnership with Don Papa Rum. It is open to all Filipino artists across all disciplines.

5. Learning at #ArtFairPH

ArtFairPH/Talks, created in partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines, will continue to offer learning opportunities for Art Fair Philippines visitors with a variety of lectures, panel discussions, and artists talks. 

On February 17, two talks will take place: at 1p.m., it will be "Landscapes, Mindscapes & Inscapes: In the works of Faye Abantao, Mark Andy Garcia, and Raymond Guevarra, the real and imaginary meld together to construct new terrains."

At 5 p.m., the recipients of the 2022 Artist Recipient Grant will be speaking as well.

Two talks will also take place on February 18. At 1p.m., it will be on "Mortal Wanderings: Kiko Escora, Pow Martinez, and Yeo Kaa imagine and re-imagine the human body as a persona or a metaphor of society."

At 5 p.m., the topic will be "Tonalities of Voices from the Regions."

Closing day on February 19 will feature an artist talk with Indonesian Yunizar at 3 p.m.

Attendees who are interested in learning more can also take part in ArtFairPH/Workshops, which focuses on digital art this year. They can find out how to onboard as a digital artist and learn more about the local crypto art scene.

6. ArtFairPH/Film

In "Alternative Cinema : History, Theory and Practice," renowned filmmaker and film historian Nick Deocampo will present an overview of the development of alternative cinema in the Philippines on February 17, Friday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The second night of screenings will feature a selection of lumbung films, featured for DOCUMENTA 15 in Kassel, Germany on February 19, Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Ateneo Art Gallery curated the program's two evenings of compelling selections. The lineup for the second film showing is co-organized by Resbak and Lost Frames.

7. Gallery Weekend an 10 Days of Art 

Gallery Weekend, which was a resounding success last year, will return to the Art Fair from February 10 to 12 to kick off 10 Days of Art.

The 10 Days of Art initiative, which will run from February 10 to 19, is a series of events around the Makati Central Business District with the participation of galleries, museums, bars, restaurants, and retail establishments celebrating art beyond the venue of the fair.

Schedule and updates for will soon be up on its website.

There are 63 galleries and exhibitors participating in Art Fair Philippines' 10th edition, with several of them coming from abroad. They include  Art Agenda (Singapore and Jakarta), Artemis Art (Malaysia),  Gallery Kogure (Japan), Cayón (Spain), La Lanta Fine Art (Thailand), Nunu Fine Art (Taiwan), and Yavuz Gallery (Singapore and Australia).

Several art groups from the three main island clusters of the Philippines will also join the fair for a section on regional focus, namely no Space (Luzon), Orange Project (Visayas) and Panit Bukog (Mindanao).


Orange Project from the VIsayas. Photo courtesy: Art Fair Philippines
Orange Project from the VIsayas. Photo courtesy: Art Fair Philippines

Art Fair tickets can be purchased in advance at Tickets will also be available at the reception area of Art Fair Philippines from February 17 to 19, Friday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Regular tickets are P450 for a day pass. Tickets for students with valid IDs, senior citizens, and PWDs are P350 while tickets for Makati students with valid IDs are P200.

For more information, you may visit the Art Fair Philippines website, and follow Art Fair Philippines on Instagram and Facebook. — LA, GMA Integrated News