When Robinsons Land launched ARTablado (a portmanteau of “artwork” and “entablado”) in 2020, the purpose was to offer a platform for the most effective in Filipino artwork, placing the highlight on artists from all walks of life. Later that 12 months, it launched its first-ever nationwide portray competitors with the theme “Create,” since Robinsons Land ARTablado believes that in each Filipino lies a spark of brilliance simply ready to be illuminated. And even in the midst of a pandemic, Robinsons Land ARTablado selected pushing via with the competitors as a method of serving to Filipino artists get via a disaster of such international scale.
The grand prize winner within the Representational class was Ambrocio Mallari, an artist who proves that artwork is ageless, limitless and undeniably boundless. (“Boundless,” by the way in which, is the theme for this 12 months’s ARTablado initiative.)
Two years after his victory on the ARTablado Create Portray Competitors, Mallari mounts his first solo exhibition titled “Nostalgia: Ode to Artwork Journey” at Robinsons Land ARTablado in Stage 3 of Robinsons Galleria.
Ambrocio shares how completely surprising his victory was. “Hindi ko po inaasahan dahil sa dami ng kalahok. Easy lamang ang aking istilo gamit ang oil on canvas na siyang dinalubhasa ko ng maraming taong pagsasanay—mula pa noong ako ay nasa promoting noong 1972.” And people a long time of honing his craft have distilled Mallari’s imaginative and prescient into its essence along with his profitable piece titled “Kanlungan ng Lahi.”
He talks concerning the explicit paintings: “Ang Pilipinas ay tahanan ng ibat’-ibang pangkat na hinulma ng kasaysayan. Kanlungan ito ng iba’t-ibang tribo at pangkat etniko na bumubuo sa mayamang kultura ng lahing Pilipino.”
For Mallari’s ARTabalado exhibition which is on view from July 16 – 31, the artist makes an attempt to recreate the previous by “not caricaturing the second, however as an alternative rendering its former glory.”
He amplifies, “I need to have a good time the human, the marks that folks make upon the world. Treasure the native, the bizarre, the eccentric, the straightforward life that I skilled rising up within the province. I need to seize the wealthy tradition of our nation with its story and historical past in addition to the icons that marked the glory.”
Mallari goes for a throwback to these superb days of hand-painted film posters and billboards within the late Seventies that remind him of bittersweet reminiscences—the hardships in life cushioned by a day by day dalliance with paint, canvas and inspiration.
Thus, “Nostalgia: Ode to Artwork Journey” is an artist’s grand assertion about “remembering the previous, celebrating the current, and looking out ahead to a greater future.”
Mallari concludes, “Malaki po ang pasasalamat ko sa RLC’s ARTablado. Dahil sa patimpalak na ito, akin pong napatunayan na sa tulong ng Panginoon at ng pagsusumikap ay maaari pang ipagpatuloy ang pangarap sa kabila ng mga pagsubok na pinagdaanan.”
Even on the age of 65, Ambrocio Mallari feels that his journey as an artist is about to get extra fascinating.
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