The Philippines makes a second showing at the Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) as Clarence Eduarte joins this year’s celebration of visual arts in Kuala Lumpur. The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur announced the accomplishment; grateful for the privilege to showcase Filipino talent.
“It is our honor to bring once again one of the shining stars in the Philippine arts scene to the Art Expo Malaysia. Mr. Eduarte is a fine example of what Filipino art is known for– bold, deeply expressive, always experimenting, and authentic,” Philippine Ambassador in Malaysia, J. Eduardo Malaya, said.
Over the years, Eduarte has received several awards in various local avenues. These awards include the Metrobank Foundation’s Metrobank Art and Design Excellence and the Government Service Investment System’s Painting Competitions.
Eduarte describes his work as the best area to “express God’s given creativity in me.” His works have also been displayed in China and Singapore.
“The creative process of my work fuels energy, passion and excitement regardless of any particular subject. My working method is very physical and spontaneous. I try to push the medium to its limit, and I love the element of surprise of what the painting can produce,” he added.
The AEM roster of participants include Argentina (Ernesto Morales), Austria (Mario David Fischer), Belgium (Gina Frias), Brazil (Andre Mendez), Cuba (Nelson Dominguez), Ecuador(Ramon Piaguarje), the Netherlands (Timo Kreeft), Iran (Fathollah Marzban), Italy (Giuseppe Nora), Mexico (Armando Romero), Mongolia (Batmunkh Darmaa), and Romania (Otilia Andrei). Gina Frias, representative of Belgium, is Filipino-born. Approximately 400 artists from 78 exhibitors and galleries from 31 countries are involved with this year’s exhbit.
The AEM is a much anticipated event for artists and art enthusiasts alike. It continues to grow with and through the support of the Southeast Asian community. It is dubbed as “one of the region’s biggest commercial art expositions” with over 2,000 pieces of art such as paintings, sculptures, installation, digital art and photography.