The art of unity

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Monday, April 14, 2014


DOWN south is a repository of realism (visual art in Cebu). While homegrown cubist Celso Duazo Pepito approves of this style, he also believes that what’s going on in the art scene is the exploration of another approach, unperturbed by inhibitions as artists progress in their pursuit of identity.

Modernism, for instance, has slowly captured the experimental psyche of local artists. This argument alone, as Celso underlined, justifies the exaltation of diversity in art as concepts evolve.

Cebu Artists Incorporated (CAI) in cooperation with Ayala Center Cebu kicked off its 19th year last April 2 with the opening of “Unity in Diversity.”

The celebratory fare of 53 heterogeneous pieces in pen and ink, acrylic, oil and mixed media depicts the impressive tenure of Darby Alcoseba, Cesar Castillo, Pronnie de la Cerna, Tito Cuevas, Reynan Dingal, John Dinglasa, Jess Dinglasa, Jun Impas, Ann Lubanga, Guido Lubanga, Rico Maranga, Joseph Ong, Manuel Panares, Renulo Pautan, Celso Duazo Pepito, Fe Madrid Pepito, Ruel Rosello, Jojo Sagaynon, Anotnio Vidal, Sonia Yrastorza, Rodsteven Espiñoza and Harry Co.

The blend of impressionism, expressionism, cubism, realism and abstract, among others, create a sense of experience neither bounded by timeline nor style. All these years, CAI has been committed to its banner thrust to carve a niche for Cebuano art in the world arena. The group is a regular in Malaysia for collaboration expos.

According to Celso, aside from

re-examining their rank in the saturated realm of art, the latest anniversary exhibit is also a manifestation of the market’s loyalty to the band. CAI doesn’t live by art alone, so to say.

“Supporters keep the ball rolling. They are not necessarily those collectors who frequent our shows for prospect artworks. Where there is the lack of venues, others surface as channels for exposure, which is sort of a struggle for the local art sector,” Celso said, lauding the competence of Cebuano artists given the right dose of attention.

Celso added that CAI is also geared towards elevating professionalism among peers.

“We’d like to make sure that as much as our art is not curtailed into a single theme, our members will not also fall short in participating in exhibits or dealing with the audience. This is actually the essence of our unity. Objective, not creative individuality, unites the flock,” Celso said.

“Unity in Diversity” runs until April 30 at the third level expansion building of Ayala Center Cebu.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 15, 2014.

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