Owner and Creative Director, Artinformal
Artinformal started as a way to help serious students learn in a casual setting, and later expanded to becoming a gallery on its own. “It started as an artists-run space as I was getting a lot of help from the artist-teachers who were part of the workshop,” recalls founder Tina Fernandez. Located in a gracious old house in Greenhills, the place even has its very own special resident to add to the space’s cozy charm: a 10-year-old Husky named Leo. “There are times people would pay more attention to Leo than the art, I seriously considered him hiding for a while.”
Things got so busy that Fernandez eventually had to give up her day job, which has certainly paid off in so many ways. An artist herself, Fernandez says that the expansion has contributed to her craft and in turn, she is mindful of curating exhibits that are less commercial and more focused on what she feels the art-viewing public must see. Artinformal continues to flourish and progress, only getting bigger and better as time passes; a Greenhills gallery makeover is currently in its planning stages, and Fernandez is excited to be venturing into starting a backroom shop somewhere in Makati.
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