Back in the day when being environmentally friendly was not yet in vogue, Fernando Modesto would often insert comments like “this is good for the environment” in conversations, which often received puzzled reactions from his friends and co-artists.
On his latest one-man exhibit titled Love the Earth, Heal the Spirit, the artist harks back to his comments on the environment in the past. He shows landscapes of places he has visited. In “Capri,” he captures the beauty, ethereal quality of its caves, “Tuscany” and its the beautiful trees, and the mystical ambiance of the island of “Syquijor.”
Running until March 15 at the Hiraya Gallery in Manila, it also features new paintings and touches on his more serious side. His angels are floating and flying in his pastel landscapes (“Angel in flight”) and fantasy takes on his favorite artists (“Tapies” and “Picasso’s Back”) giving us a
glimpse of his more spiritual side. His artworks continue to be colorful with bright splashes of paint and textured molding paste.
Modesto has been in the Philippine Art Scene since the late 60’s with his colorful persona, loud laughter and overall irreverent Art. He has exhibited his works at the CCP, Hiraya, Metropolitan Museum, as well as international exhibitions in London, England, Japan, South Korea, Turin, Italy, and in Jakarta, Indonesia where the artist lived for two decades.
This is Modesto’s first show in 2016 and will run until March 15 at Hiraya Gallery, located at 530 UN Avenue, Manila.