JUANITO TORRES’ ‘KALAYAAN’ AT PODIUM
Filipino artists had used allegory to project themes of independence amidst historical scenes—the most known example being Juan Luna’s “Spoliarium.” But by the Modern period, different visual techniques—such as cubism and surrealism—were interwoven into the depiction of history.
This is how we look at the practice of Juanito Torres, who has gained a name for himself by painting events of Philippine history in a surrealist manner.
Torres will open his latest exhibition, “Kalayaan (Freedom),” at the Podium Mall on June 1 in the run up to Independence Day.
A good example is “Gathering of Heroes,” a large work that features many figures of the 19th century Philippine Independence Movement and the Philippine-American War. The painting recalls Jim Lee’s run at Marvel Comic’s “X-Men” title—particularly the cover of “X-Men” No. 1. Thus, the painting posits that the efforts of the heroes of independence is akin to comic superheroes. Exhibit will run until June 6 at the Atrium, Podium Mall, ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City. Call 6347954.
“Gathering of Heroes”
“Generals of the South”