The Wedding Guests

April 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

'THE WEDDING GUESTS,' 2014, Photo transfer on cloth, thread and embroidery

‘THE WEDDING GUESTS,’ 2014, Photo transfer on cloth, thread and embroidery

March has turned out to be a friendly month with my selection to participate in the 4th Zomer Expo to be held at the GEM in The Hague from end of May to August this year. With “Light” as theme, around 1,000 art works were submitted last March 22 during the first round at the Gothic St. Eusebius Church in Arnhem.

All works were judged anonymously and without titles, with the first round proceeding like a carousel in a factory shop. A work will be shown for approximately 15 seconds, with the jury raising their hands for approval to the second round.

The first-round ‘day’ jury selected more than a hundred, and by the end of the day the final six-man jury further narrowed the submissions to 80 works including my piece titled “The Wedding Guests.” “The Wedding Guests,” previously shown at Galerie Bart in Nijmegen, is part of my 2013 series of photo transfers on cloth.

Hoping to see Netherlands-based friends at the Gemeentemuseum (GEM) in The Hague where 260 works will be shown for the annual Zomer Expo from May 29 to August 31!

Additional info at:

Solo at Art Informal

February 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Entrance Big Room AI horizon
ART INFORMAL (AI) is an artist-run gallery in the heart of Metro Manila, located at the pheripery of a residential area. Last February 6 my first solo in the Philippines, titled ‘A Stitch in Time,’ opened at Art Informal, featuring 28 pieces of my enbroidered/stitched photo transfers.

With the creative and enthusiastic support of AI’s Tina Fernandez and Gigi Lapid, AI’s Big Room was transformed into a muted exhibit space that accented the introverted character of my works. AI’s presentation was the right fit and provided a wonderful atmosphere. From the exhibit design down to the typography, all were carefully planned and executed by the AI team.

The works can be grouped into portraits, landscapes and Filipiniana portraiture of the early 20th century. All are vintage photo transfers from antique postcards, digital prints and clippings, with a monochrome palette made up mainly of sepia, light greys and browns hues.The photo transfers are then stitched or embroidered with colored thread, while a few pieces had beaded and cloth reliefs, or are composed of collage cut-outs of the same vintage photo transfers.

The AI exhibit runs until February 24 and coincides with the final three-week of a group exhibit of which I am a part of at Galerie Bart in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and where I am showing six works (See previous post), also made of vintage photo transfers.

Here are some photos, courtesy of Art Informal, from the exhibit. Thank you to all visitors and to the AI team for a wonderful opening day! And to friends in Manila who have not yet visited AI, catch “A Stitch in Time,” and the two other solo and group exhibits also at AI’s Main Hall and Inner Room.

AI install view 7

AI Install view 6


´The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,“ (2013, photo transfer on cloth with stitching) one of the exhibited works. The title is borrowed from Carson McCullers´ 1940 novel

The link to Art Informal´s website for the full selection of photos, installation views and artist´s statement

New at Galerie Bart

December 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

MAURICE galerie bart

After a long absence from this blog, I am posting the upcoming exhibit at Galerie Bart in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) where I am joining four other artists for the year-end and 2014 exhibit. Located at Nijmegen’s central shopping district, the Galerie Bart show will open this Saturday, December 21 and will run until February 22, 2014.

Six of my new mixed media works will be shown together with works by artists Jochem Rotteveel, Harry Markusse, Sylvia Evers and Isabelle Wenzel. I am showing my embroidered vintage photo transfers. This show will offer a glimpse of a more expansive solo exhibit in Manila in February next year. My first in Manila, Art Informal (Mandaluyong City) is due to show more than 15 works of my mixed media photos in early February.

Shown here is the piece titled ‘MAURICE,’ one of the six works at Galerie Bart. The five other pieces are individual and group portraits all taken from the early 1900s.

Netherlands-based friends, see you at Bart!

For details, check out the Galerie Bart website at


June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Art encounter (Photo by Mark Tamea)

I HAD a busy weekend with two art show openings in two cities, with vastly different contexts and audiences.

The first was last Friday at The Hague with the ZomerExpo 2012 (Summer Exposition), the details of which (and photos) I would post in another blog. The second was the following day, June 16, Saturday noon at Bart Kunst in Huis, a gallery located in downtown Nijmegen. Four other artists were involved in the show called “Verzamelingen” (Dutch for “collection” or “accumulation”).

It’s great to see friends and colleagues in settings other than the four walls of the office, in birthday parties or the hospital ward, and this time the context is art. Last Saturday there were many: photographs, collages and drawings, installations and mixed media sculptures and assemblages–the last category covering my own work. I had five pieces in the show some of which are shown in photos here.

Amid the light talk, the mini-reunions and the rituals of  an art opening, one does wonder why we  pause to look at and appreciate art.

Perhaps part of the answer will be reflected in the banner photo I placed above– that of the girl staring at my work “Erys.” A daughter of a colleague (who is an accomplished artist of music, soundscapes and digital recordings), her photo captures the encounter that eloquently speaks of one of art’s effects: wonder.

My thanks to friends who came over for the opening, to Xera and Simone of Galerie Bart and the support of family.

For friends in the vicinity, Verzamelingen will run until 15 July and will close for the summer break until 13 August, to reopen again from 14 August to September 1 .

Have a nice summer solstice!

Bart show (Photo by Erika Rivera)

Concordia, on view at Bart Kunst in Huis (Photo by Erika RIvera)

Graham wins

December 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Top three winners of this year's Keizer Karel Podia Art Prize in Nijmegen, The Netherlands

All smiles this weekend. Graham won the 2nd prize of the 2011 Keizer Karel Podia Art Prize annually held at Nijmegen’s Stadsschouwburg (City Theater). Out of the 198 entries (correcting the figure in my earlier post), the three-man jury composed of two artists and an art museum curator selected the top three prizes. Both first and third prizes were paintings, the former a colorful impressionistic tableau of an outdoor restaurant or cafe, and the latter a church interior.

A heart beat away from the top prize, the jury’s citation was a consolation for me. An excerpt from the jury evaluation report says: “The jury’s attention was drawn by the originality and playfulness of this object, made with daring and convincing skill, and where fantasy and reality come together. The unusual materials that were used is effectively employed, creating an organically unified work. We see a dream world that prompts a lot of associations. One sees the tracks that meander through the constructed elements, one feels the tension arising from this intriguing construction, and finally one yearns to know more.”

All 198 works are exhibited for a month (until January 1, 2012) at Nijmegen’s Stadssschouwburg (City Theatre), near the Central Train Station.

All in all, 2011 is a wonderful, breakthrough year for me with two regional art prizes (1st prize in May for the annual De Gelderlander Art Prize), a semi-finalist spot in a national art prize last March sponsored by the Volkskrant newspaper, and a third prize in Nijmegen’s art photo contest in June.  And to top it all, I had a successful group (my first selling) exhibit in Arnhem at De Buytensael, a mainstream art gallery.

Looking forward to more creative challenges ahead!

Lady in red

October 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

This photo landed me the third prize in this year’s Kunstklik contest in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Kunstklik (ArtClick) is an annual month-long photo contest held in May using a mobile phone or device. Participants (both pro and amateur) can submit entries on a daily basis, and one daily winner is selected everyday for the whole month of May.

There was an average of 50 entries a day in this year’s contest. I bagged the daily selections three times and this photo was my second winning entry. The shadows on the pavement were from a steel-pipe artwork installed on the main museum square of Nijmegen. I only took one shot and hardly crop this photo. Yes, I was at the right place, right time and have the right light. Pure luck!

Big Wild Heart

October 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Spice store in Marrakesh, Morocco Photo by Joel Vega

The following web pages are a window to my art.

Why ‘Big Wild Heart’ ? For one ‘Wild Heart’ is already owned by another blogger so I was prompted to add ‘Big.’ There is no claim made here for big or small art, but just clutter-free web surfing to my works which are mainly sculpture, assemblage and, hopefully, some drawings and one-dimensional pieces.

The blogs are not meant to instruct but to introduce, orient and inform friends, the curious and other passers-by about the roller-coaster ride (I hope) that I’d be taking (or has taken in the past)  in the art world.

That world, hopefully, would get bigger and wilder in the days to come.

Welcome and take a front seat!

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