My Top Picks at Art Fair Philippines 2017

This year, I was fortunate enough to have been invited to the vernissage of Art Fair Philippines, one of the most (if not the most) important art event in the country. For four days, attendees can soak in the art from 34 of the best local galleries and 12 regional galleries. As always, it was a beautiful assault on the senses, with thousands of carefully-crafted paintings, sculptures, and even sound vying for attention.

Below are some of my top picks from Art Fair Philippines 2017:

My favorite gallery this year is YOD x Kogure, a Japanese gallery. Their lineup featured an incredible array of pieces from noted Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, and Nobuyoshi Araki:


Another favorite is Art Cube Gallery, which featured oRLEY YPON’S almost-homoerotic paintings of naked men and women. The paintings were so entrancing because of its sensuality:



Bench was one of the fair’s sponsors, and they had their own exhibit featuring the brand’s ads through the years:

I bet this piece is going to be one of the most photographed in Art Fair Philippines 2017:

I loved these two paintings from Arndt because they’re so different from each other:

Art Lab’s exhibit critiqued our obsession with vanity and perfection. This is one of my favorite pieces:


Art Underground exhibited a massive triptych from Marc Aran Reyes. It was so soothing to look at. The artist was cute and me and my friend from Art Plus magazine were hovering near him while loudly saying that he’s a cutie.

I’m a big fan of seascapes so I enjoyed looking at this painting from Finale Art File:


This sweeping artwork from Pinto Art Gallery (it takes up the entire space) is going to be one of those “selfie spots.” I know, because I asked my photographer companion to snap some photos of me #millennial:


Secret Fresh is always fun to look at. Don’t miss the secret BenCab exhibit at the back:


Silverlens is one of my favorite galleries, and they did not disappoint, as usual:

These pieces from 1335 Mabini speak so much:


The A Clockwork Orange vibe of Tin-aw Gallery is a breath of fresh air:

This piece from Vinyl on Vinyl is sure to be a hit:


Look out for the CCTV camera from West Gallery:

WSK had an interactive exhibit of sound. Touch the walls and they make a sound:

XuArtspace had Man Ray prints (OMG):

Ysobel Art Gallery had these creepy yet quirky paintings:

Any gallery that has pieces from Fernando Zobel is good in my book, tbh:

Art Fair Philippines runs from February 16 to 19 at the Link Carpark, Ayala Center, Makati City. For a complete guide of Art Fair Philippines 2017 and 10 Days of Art, click here

For more information about Art Fair Philippines, visit, or visit its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. For more about the city that makes it happen, visit and follow its social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Featured image is from Maria Jeona Zoleta. I wasn’t a fan of her work until now. It’s weird, it’s rambling, but it’s engaging.

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