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Commemorating Edwin Wilwayco’s four decades as a professional artist, the Fatima Gallery Foundation is launching at Leon Gallery a limited edition coffee-table book, simply bearing the artist’s name as its title. Wilwayco, lauded as one of country’s premier abstract expressionists, graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Fine Arts in 1972 (studying under the tutelage of National Artist Jose Joya, Constancio Bernardo, and Dr. Rod. Paras-Perez, among others) but it wasn’t until 1976 that he held his first exhibit, “Exuberance,” as a professional artist. Over the years, Wilwayco, now based in the United States, has tackled several themes in his work, among them local culture, nationalism, religion and spirituality, music, and nature. In the vibrant book, lavishly peppered with numerous photographs of the artist’s work, we learn more about Wilwayco’s early influences, which include the renowned abstractionists Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning, as well as trace the development of his distinctive style, his continuing pursuit to perfect his craft, and his lifelong devotion to art. An exhibition of selected works from Wilwayco’s different artistic periods will coincide with the book launch at the Leon Gallery. April 24 to 29, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati.
SwirlS anD wHorlS clockwise from top: recalibration ii from the recalibration series; Eight from the Fractals series; Misty Mountain from the in nature’s realm series.