Owner and Cre­ative Direc­tor, Art­in­for­mal

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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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