Gallery: The Distinguished @ArtistSpace

A group exhibition of master artists: π—”π—‘π—šπ—˜π—Ÿπ—œπ—§π—’ π—”π—‘π—§π—’π—‘π—œπ—’, π—”π—‘π—§π—’π—‘π—œπ—’ π—”𝗨𝗦𝗧π—₯π—œπ—”, π—§π—”𝗠 π—”𝗨𝗦𝗧π—₯π—œπ—”, π—”𝗑𝗗π—₯π—˜π—¦π—•π—”π—₯π—₯π—œπ—’π—€π—¨π—œπ—‘π—§π—’, π—₯𝗒𝗦𝗔π—₯π—œπ—’ π—•π—œπ—§π—”π—‘π—šπ—”, π—₯π—˜π— π—¬ π—•π—’π—€π—¨π—œπ—₯π—˜π—‘, π—π—’π—˜ π——π—”π—§π—¨π—œπ—‘, π—™π—œπ—Ÿ π——π—˜π—Ÿπ—”π—–π—₯𝗨𝗭, π—œπ—‘π——π—œπ—” π——π—˜π—Ÿπ—” π—–π—₯𝗨𝗭,π—”π—‘π—œπ—§π—” π——π—˜π—Ÿ π—₯𝗒𝗦𝗔π—₯π—œπ—’, π—˜π——π—šπ—”π—₯ π——𝗒𝗖𝗧𝗒π—₯, π—π—˜π—¦π—¦ π—™π—Ÿπ—’π—₯π—˜π—¦, π—₯π—”π—¨π—Ÿ π—œπ—¦π—œπ——π—₯𝗒, π—ͺπ—œπ—Ÿπ—Ÿπ—¬ π—Ÿπ—”π—¬π—¨π—š, π——π—˜π—₯π—₯π—œπ—–π—ž π— π—”𝗖𝗨𝗧𝗔𝗬,π—‘π—˜π— π—œ π— π—œπ—₯𝗔𝗑𝗗𝗔, π—π—¨π—¦π—§π—œπ—‘ π—‘𝗨𝗬𝗗𝗔, π—”𝗑𝗗 π—₯𝗔𝗠𝗒𝗑 π—’π—₯π—Ÿπ—œπ—‘π—”

Presented in virtue of π—¨π—‘π—œπ—©π—˜π—₯π—¦π—œπ—§π—¬ π—’𝗙 π—¦π—”𝗑𝗧𝗒 π—§π—’𝗠𝗔𝗦 by π—¨π—¦π—§ π—”π—§π—˜π—Ÿπ—œπ—˜π—₯ π—”π—Ÿπ—¨π— π—‘π—œ π—”π—¦π—¦π—’π—–π—œπ—”π—§π—œπ—’π—‘ π—œπ—‘𝗖. under the tutelage of π— π—”π—₯π—œπ—¦π—¦π—” π—£π—˜ π—¬π—”π—‘π—š.

Curated by: Abe Orobia and Ayni Nuyda

Not just a showcase of exceptional skills and celebration of creative intellects, The Distinguished is an exposition of generational talents gathered together to deliver and give back to their Alma Mater, the University of Santo Tomas (UST). The Thomasian artists included in the lineup are not only objectively extraordinary, but are importantly influential in the artistic community, be it be painting, printmaking, or sculpture as their mode of expression, and in terms of style doing figurative or nonrepresentational that they opt to conceive. More so, their rise to fame from being an upcoming artist to the present is an attestation of continued outpouring passion to sustain relevance in which their successes serve as inspiration to many. 

The selection process started in 2018 to this year to come up with a highly qualified roster of illustrious and celebrated artists. It has undergone a stringent panel of screening committee from the university, and those chosen are deemed worthy to be an honoree of the Distinguished Thomasian Alumni Award. The noble endeavor is on the progression of the art and design industry in the country and beyond to create a blueprint for everyone with the same passion to follow.Β 

To write only a fraction of the numerous contributions and accomplishments of this magnificent roster is indeed insufficient. Nevertheless, the exhibition invites viewers to appreciate, study, reflect and find meaning, in the metaphors, and the natures imbued into these masterpieces. 

Education and learning are easily accessible nowadays while advancement in technology can be contributory to success from which one can claim, β€œAm I much better than them?” For Abe Orobia, an artist, educator curator of this exhibition, he can say that this assertion could be both fair and unkind because one thing we cannot deduct from these bestowed artists: their distinct discipline, hard work, dedication, and determination. As the art world is continuously evolving, innovating, and becoming competitive, it becomes a marathon of sorts; but values should remain. These intangibles are engraved and reflected in the works of these masters we should emulate as they are testaments and yardsticks of longevity and success in the industry.


The DISTINGUISHED (All Thomasian Atelier Exhibition) will run from April 29 to May 12, 2022, at the ArtistSpace, Ground level, Ayala Museum Annex. Makati Avenue corner, Dela Rosa Street Greenbelt Park, Makati City. Artist talk and reception is the 30thΒ of April.Β This article is by Abe Orobia.

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