Landscapes and circles in twin exhibit


Currently on view at the mezzanine of Makati Shangri-la, Manila are the works of Filipino artist Julio Jose Austria and New York based Japanese artist Sophia Chizuco.

It is made clear in this series that Austria’s places speak of people: that his landscapes are portraits. Such a proposition—that places define people—is evident in the postcard-like depictions of actual settings of Bruchkobel, Germany, where Austria was in residence for two months and New York where he has lived for the past six years.

For Chizuco, “the circle is the most peaceful shape.” That she would connect expressively with this most meditative shape should come as no surprise. She was, as she says, “born and raised in the countryside of Japan surrounded by mountains, green tea fields and the Pacific Ocean.”

Moreover, she is the daughter of a microbiologist whose work is to study and contemplate the cosmos of living organisms. By sheer instinct, Chizuco naturally felt the sensations of a shape breathing with life.

The artists’ exhibit will run until November 23.

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