The artist Emmanuel Garibay has been described as the “quintessential-artist-
Garibay pursued a degree in sociology at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna. He was an illustrator as well for the university’s community newspaper, Perspective. In college, he spent a lot of time in UP Diliman and participated in student rallies. He joined other protesters in using their allowance to buy canvases and paint for posters and banners that portrayed the reality of the times. Eventually Garibay moved to the UP Fine Arts to answer the call of his passion for the arts.
He has since grown to become a major name in the Philippine art scene, with his masterful handling of powerlessness and restlessness as well as hope for freedom from any form of human oppression in his art. He views art as a force that brings insight and changed behavior, shaping one’s conscience. Often parable-like, the images on his works explore human nature and spirituality.
The arresting, powerful presence of his radically rendered figures, just like the man in this work, reveals his unique figurative expressionist aesthetic as a visual storyteller. A sense of humanity is observed in his avant-garde depictions of human character and form, true to his roots as a protest artist.
Garibay’s pastel on paper work is up for bids this Saturday, June 20 at the Spectacular Mid Year Auction, presented by Leon Gallery Fine Arts and Antiques in partnership with ANCX. There are 125 lots in the auction and a select few are, like Garibay’s piece, surprisingly under the six-figure range.
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View the Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2020 catalogue as well as register to bid now at www.leon-gallery.com.