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Prims II Exhibit by Rodolfo Gan

February 9, 2019
Prims II Exhibit by Rodolfo Gan
Social media and Instagram made me appreciate art even more. The play on form and space is a beautiful interpretation of one’s creativity and eye for a good angle.

If you are like me who loves looking at different modern art, check out world-renowned artist Rodolfo Gan as he opens his talent in painting in his second solo art exhibition. Prism II is a collection of 11 paintings that explore cubism and Geometrism.

Airbrush is Gan’s signature method for his square abstract paintings, which feature pure geometric lines and forms.

“I am inspired by the works of the local masters, like Fernando Zobel, Lee Aguinaldo, and Roberto Chabet, who is considered the father of conceptual art here,” said Gan, who graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas with a degree in Fine Arts, major in Advertising.

Geometric abstraction is an art style that uses shapes based on simple geometry. These shapes include straight lines, circles, squares and rectangles. This style often makes use of bold colors but Gan’s works are unique in that he uses earth tones. Chabet was actually the one who encouraged and inspired Gan to be an artist while the latter was a teacher at UST.
Prims II Exhibit by Rodolfo Gan
As a young artist in the 1970s, Gan won a number of local and national art competitions. He also exhibited his works at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and had his first solo exhibit at the Luz Gallery in 1972.
That year, Gan was named one of the CCP Thirteen Artists. Throughout the 70s, he was an active artist who took part in exhibitions here and abroad, most notable of which as representing the Philippines in the 7th Paris Biennale and the ASEAN collection exhibitions in Israel, Jakarta and Hong Kong.
Prims II Exhibit by Rodolfo Gan
The family’s printing business became a priority for Gan after a while but he came back
in 2014 with Prism.
“Geometric abstractions were considered avant garde in the 1970s but now, they are now well appreciated by art lovers,” said Gan.
The artist describes his works as “timeless and dynamic, critical and introspective, but always forward looking,” reflecting on the traditions of Modernism.

“A person can look at a this [pointing to Vestiges of Time] and relate to it as representative of a period in his or her life. My paintings hope to challenge the person looking at it to look at them the way he or she chooses to.”

His exhibit will be up until February 11, 2019 at the Upstairs Gallery of Finale Art File,
La Fuerza Compound, Makati City.

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