The Philippines’ largest abstract painting will be on display during the week of the first ever Visayas Art Fair at the Montebello Hotel in Cebu City on November 25 to 28.
The fair, the first of its kind, will be participated in by visual artists from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental namely, Charlie Co, Nunelucio Alvarado, Roedil Geraldo, Darel Javier, Aeson Baldevia, among others.
“Alab ng Sining”, which measures 62 feet by 40 feet, is a grand work by advertising man turned artist, Lloyd Tronco, a Bacoleño now based in Manila. The artwork first appeared in February 2021 at the corner of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue in Metro Manila as the artist’s way of celebrating National Arts Month.
The work, according to Tronco, is a statement on the democratization of art appreciation wherein art and the appreciation thereof should not only be confined within the walls of galleries, museums, or auction houses.
“The world is our gallery, a place to share our God-given talents, a place to share our craft and ideas. The purpose of art is really to connect with as many people as possible,” he said.
Created during the pandemic at the time when visiting galleries or museums were not allowed, “Alab ng Sining” is also a statement on social distancing. Given the size, one has to stand afar to truly appreciate it, Tronco said.
The Visayas Art Fair 2021 is a historic undertaking by Cebu Design Week Inc. to unite three regions in the Visayas – Regions 6, 7 and 8 – to present to the world the identity of the Visayan arts and culture.*