Thirty-one-year-old artist Randalf Dilla opened his exhibit “Germanophile” on November 17 at the Mezzanine of the Makati Shangri-La. Dilla was a recipient of a two-month artist residency grant in Bruchkobel, Germany in 2014.
Still on a “high,” his current works are drenched in a dreamy and nostalgic lyricism of that travel. A work such as “Early October” is a veritable Oktoberfest with beer literally flowing, even as the lush leaves of the overhanging trees shelter the happy crowd of revelers.
A work of stark contemporary social reality is the painting titled “Refugees,” a sad, disturbing depiction of the
uprooted people migrating from war-torn countries, risking lives, on board symbolic paper boats tossed by a raging sea.
The treatment of the title piece, “Germanophile,” is a bow to surrealism, with its various layers of confounding realities, as the artist, his back to the audience, paints a pretty fraulein or single German-speaking woman on a canvas in his studio, the sight shifting from the field of flowers, and back again to the studio with its overhead lights.
”Germanophile” recently received the Best Trompe l’oeil runner-up award from the most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas, the International Arc Salon in New York.
Organized by Hiraya Gallery, Germanophile exhibition runs until November 27.