Buen Abrigo

A Fine Arts senior at the University of the Philippines. Born on March 25, 1986 in Manila, Philippines, he is slowly establishing a reputation as one of the most promising emerging artists in the country today.

Abrigo was a two time-finalist in the PLDT DPC Annual Visual Arts Competition held in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, he was also a finalist in the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Awards. That year he also earned seventh place distinction in the Shell National Students Art Competition.

Abrigo’s highly successful breakout solo exhibit, “Escape," held at e galerie in 2007 was very well received by art collectors and critics alike. “Abrigo may be young in this industry,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer observed, “but his insights are as old as our collective memories.”

Of his 2008 second solo exhibit, “Enigma,”Johnathan Libarios Rondina wrote thus for the Philippine Daily Inquirer:

“For sure Abrigo’s brushwork is clean and certain, but his gift lies in his vision of art-as-text and of the canvass as a magic slate of meanings. This time around, Abrigo, who once covered a car with cowhide for his undergraduate thesis, concentrates on building collages in mixed media where pop icons, historical figures, ideologues, avant-gardes, starlets, Bolsheviks, geishas and comic book heroes are re/appropriated and together make the strangest of bedfellows in fluid, hybridized narratives set against a landscape of industrial metal and concrete. The resulting pastiche is both whimsical and intellectual where each image is simultaneously de/recontextualized.”

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