Art convergence

DAVAO. Bouganvellias, Editha Tuason, Watercolor on Paper, 22_ x 30_, 2022. (Contributed photo)
DAVAO. Bouganvellias, Editha Tuason, Watercolor on Paper, 22_ x 30_, 2022. (Contributed photo)

THE Davao Art Festival -- one show, 13 local art groups, six days. An event that showcases the artistry of local artists in various art disciplines. It’s a one-stop show that will introduce the strength, style and technique of each painter to a wider audience. From the lot, art lovers’ thirst for a preferred art style from realism to abstraction, from watercolor to oil, paintings to sculptures, can be sated by homegrown artists.

Collectively known as the Dabawenyo Artists Federation, Inc. (DAFI), the group is comprised of 13 guilds with seasoned, emerging and leisure artists as its members: Floral Artists of Davao; Bai-Hinang, an all-female group; Bintana Gallery; Artists Initiative; Piguras Contemporary, Pintanao; Tabularasa; GAMA; Guhit Pinas; and TM Artists. While many of the artists have found their style and trademark, others are on the path of discovery for one. However, everyone shares the common goal of showing the best.

Displaying mastery of watercolor in their new works are Lito Pepito, Zaldy Mascardo and Anthony Serafin. On the same medium, Editha Tuason is an artist to watch. In oil, Bea Obcena piece pops out. The 2022 obras of women artists like Josie Tionko, Mary Anne Guinoo, Rita Bustamante and Amanda Echevarria are easily identifiable as their own with the signature style or color palates on display, and Thea Go is another artist who seems to have found her stroke.

Mark Tolentino continues to capture Lumad images in oil with his new Bagobo Chief piece.

Taking part in the show are artists showing their past works. Allan Disierto’s 2020 pen and ink and Bryan Cabrera’s 2015 nude in watercolor are eye-catchers.

It was only recently, in 2020, when the guilds united to form the federation. Challenging it may be, the Covid-19 pandemic did not deter the newly-organized group from mounting art shows.

Adapting to the times, three virtual shows were mounted and one on-site exhibition was staged in a mall.

For 2022, the art festival at La Herencia will be DAFI’s first major undertaking. More than 100 artworks will be exhibited, talks with and by artists will be conducted, an art demonstration, performance art and film showing will be part of the six-day event running from April 21 to 26.

“The Davao Art Festival does not only provide opportunities for artists, but also provides the general public of Davao and nearby provinces an art experience where they can see a broader range of artworks. This is an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Davao art scene,” shared DAFI.

If you’re on the hunt for art to start a collection or add to a growing one, visit the DAFI art festival.

Your eyes may spot one or two works, and meet the artists behind it.

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