One of Malu Gamboa Lindo's picks in the upcoming León Gallery Asian Cultural Council Auction 2021 is Jim Orencio's "Fern Path."

Tastemaker’s list: Restaurateur Malu Gamboa picks her 5 favorite artworks from the León auction

The well-loved restaurateur on drawing strength from art and why every collector must have a Lao Lianben  
| Feb 21 2021

She is known as a fantastic hostess, as general manager of some of the most well-loved restaurants in town (Azuthai, Cirkulo, Milky Way, and Tsukiji), and one whose sunny positivity reflects on these enduring dining establishments. 

Malu Gamboa Lindo is also a patron of the arts and, as someone who sits on the board of the Asian Cultural Council Foundation Inc., a supporter of the Filipino artist. From her list of favorites among the great treasures on offer at the upcoming León Gallery Asian Cultural Council Auction 2021 (happening on the 27th of February), we can glean she also draws something deeper and spiritual in the pieces of art she owns and admires. 


Lot 19 Macario Vitalis, Femmes Dans Un Interior

Signed and dated 1963 (lower right and verso), oil on canvas, 21 1/2” x 28 1/2” (55 cm x 72 cm)

“Macario Vitalis’ Femme Dans Un Interior has transported me back to Europe! Life and the distinct light of France is masterly captured in this impressionistic work. Am hopeful we can travel again soon, but in the meantime, I will dream of this piece.”


Lot 93 Jim Orencio, Fern Path

2019, sawdust and acrylic on canvas,

60” x 48” (152 cm x 122 cm)

“Jim Orencio’s Fern Path brings the lush landscapes of Antipolo to light. It’s an ideal piece to have especially now that we spend more time at home. This work successfully brings the beautiful outdoors in, leaving us with a free and hopeful feeling.”


Lot 53 Hernando R. Ocampo,

Composition in Red and Black on White

Signed and dated 1977 (lower right), acrylic on canvas, 40” x 30” (101 cm x 76 cm)

“HR Ocampo’s Composition in Red and Black on White is unique from his other works that I have come across before. I like how this master is able to use color (primarily) to exude boldness, fire and passion.”


Lot 32 Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, Côte de Bretagne (The Coast of Brittany)

Signed (lower left) undated, oil on canvas

9” x 13” (23 cm x 33 cm)

“Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo’s seascape is a gem to behold. It’s dreamy and romantic, simply looking at it allows us to travel to a quieter and gentler time and space.”


Lot 88 Lao Lianben, Tryst

Signed and dated 2002 (lower left),

acrylic and graphite on canvas

24” x 60” (61 cm x 155 cm)

“Lao Lianben, for me, is in a class of his own both as an artist and as a person. I have not met a kinder and more generous artist. His works evoke a quiet strength which we all need to draw from from time to time. His pieces always give me something that I need. Be it peace, strength, comfort. Every collector must have a Lao Lianben.”


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