(MAR. 3)—An exhibit featuring works of Mexican artist Oscar Gutman formally opened on Feb. 20 at the University Theater’s Forefront.
Funded by the Office of the Chancellor through the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA), the exhibit entitled “El Color de los Sueños” is part of the UP Diliman Month as well as a continuing collaboration and exchange of goodwill between UPD and the Embassy of Mexico in Manila.
The exhibit consists of 25 average-sized oil paintings on cloth and wood canvass which Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villaseñor said “evokegeometrismos that invites one to reflect on the organic framework composed by nature, spinning stories on the harmony of forms, landscapes and moments as based on colors and geometric forms.”
A multi-awarded artist, Gutman studied English Literature at the Facilidad de Filosofia y Letras de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (1973-1977), visual art studies at the Escola de Disseny i Art (EINA) in Barcelona, Spain (1977-1979) and at Parsons School of Design and New York University, USA (1979-1981).
He had his first solo exhibit when he was 18 years old and had more than 50 exhibitions in Mexico and abroad. Some of his works have garnered recognition, some of which are the honorable mention in the Premio Internacional de Dibujo Joan Miró, awarded by the Miró Foundation in Barcelona, Spain (1977) and honorable mention in the XI Bienal Latinoamericana de Gráfica, organized by Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City (1993). His works can be found in numerous public and private collections in Barcelona, Jalapa, Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York and Paris.
Villaseñor opened the exhibition with University Theater’s artistic director and exhibit’s curator Rubén D.F. Defeo, Ambassador Juvenvio de Jesus Martins from the Embassy of Timor Leste, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, Menchu Pascual, Professor Emerita Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, then UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, Ayman Bedaini from the Saudi Embassy, University Theater director Prof. Mary Delia G. Tomacruz and OICA director Prof. Jose Danilo Silvestre.
At the program, Saloma said Gutman’s exhibit “is proof that UP Diliman is itself recognized as a venue for intellectual and artistic discourse on a scale that crosses borders.”
Meanwhile, Villaseñor described Gutman’s works as a reflection of “the ideal color and the geometric balance in Gutman’s mind.”
Among those present during the exhibit opening were Ambassador and Madame Bar-On from the Embassy of Israel, National Commission for Culture and the Arts Chairman Felipe De Leon, Atty. Marco Antonio Sardillo of the Intramuros Administration and Prof. Fernando Zialcita of the Ateneo de Manila University.
Intermission numbers were performed by Lara Maigue (soprano) and Franco Maigue (guitar).
The exhibit runs until March 21. The Forefront is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Mondays to Fridays.—Haidee C. Pineda, images by Jefferson Villacruz
See event photos here.