Art, wine, and stories

 ‘travel time’ by Charlie Co

‘travel time’ by Charlie Co

ART and wine enthusiasts gathered for a celebration of Filipino art paired with delightful wines at the opening of Art x Wine exhibit on August 7 at the Kirov Model unit in Rockwell Center, Makati City.

The works of renowned Filipino artists Charlie Co and Cezar Arro were featured in the exhibit while Golden Wines Inc. provided the flowing wines.

In his current work, Co of Bacolod fused painting and sculptures in order to create both a visual and tactile quality to his work. Firstly identified as a social realist in the mid-1980s, he then became interested in figurative expressionism that borders on surrealism.

“I always want to tell stories,” Co simply said of his inspiration. He then cited his “Travel Time” painting as an example depicting him and his wife’s future travel plans.

‘distant out, Einstein in’ by Cezar arro

‘distant out, Einstein in’ by Cezar arro

He added, “We’re planning to travel. Even our luggage is already there. We want to travel six months from now.”

Meanwhile, Arro, who is an Iloilo-based visual artist of 22 years, revealed that the main inspiration of his abstract style of painting was his frustration from failing to be part of the Philippine Art Awards.

He recounted, “For almost three months I prepared for the competition. Wala pa rin [I still did not make it].” Frustrated, he just went home and painted like an artist. What he did not expect was that the style became well-loved by many.

“My strokes became angry. Gumawa ako ng art para sa akin at hindi para sa iba. Iyon pala nung na-present, maganda pala [I made for myself and not for others. But when I presented this art, it turned out to be beautiful],” Arro ended.


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