PABLO celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with a series of shows This August

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Cubao X, Quezon City – It makes sense that Pablo X,  a month-long series of shows celebrating the gallery’s tenth anniversary, will be held at Post Gallery. It is after all in Cubao X, the hub of art, music, and vintage finds, where Pablo was born.

Established in 2005, Pablo has been exhibiting works spanning a broad range of disciplines as gleaned from the diverse selection of artists participating in the show. All have had a solo show or joined exhibits at Pablo, be it at the Cubao, Makati, or the Fort galleries. A notable line-up exhibiting and performing artists will be featured from August 1 to September 19, 2015.

Kicking the celebration off is a series of collaborative graffiti art by Okto, Ekis, Drone & Exld Manila on Saturday, August 1. The anniversary’s Illustration exhibit will be curated by Saturnino Basilia (Dina Gadia & Allan Balisi) and will feature works by Wiji Lacsamana, Abi Goy, Liza Flores, Manix Abrera, Nelz Yumul,   Lala Gallardo-Samson, Epjey Pacheco, Bjorn Calleja, Beejay Esber, Eva Yu, Meneer Marcelo, Dex Fernandez, Ramon Bautista, Jun Sabayton, Camy & Patrick Cabral, and Julius Sebastian. The Urban Art and Illustration exhibit is from August 1 to 8, 2015.

The second part of the Pablo Ten anniversary show will open on August 15 and run until August 22, 2015. It will focus on Video Art, and will showcase the works of Ivan & Pauline Despi, Tad Ermitaño, Kaloy Olavides, Martha Atienza, Poklong Anading,  and Lena Cobangbang. The opening night will be highlighted by a special Selecter FM Session, curated by Caliph8 with performances by Pow Martinez & Kaloy Olavides (with Pastilan Dong), Malek Lopez & John Sobrepena, Roger Lopez & Richard Tuason.

The third Pablo Ten anniversary event will run from August 29 to September 5, 2015 featuring installation works by Jeona Zoleta. A Photography show opens on the same night, curated by David Griggs and showcasing the works of Mitch Mauricio, Jay Yao, EWWS, Jed Escueta, Brendan Goco, Paolo Ruiz, RA Rivera, and MM YU.

Pablo Ten will end its anniversary celebration with a Painting exhibit by Pow Martinez, Tin Garcia, Jigger Cruz, Jayson Oliveria, CRAJES, Zeus Bascon, Dina Gadia, Allan Balisi, Albert sy,  Romeo Lee, Ranelle Dial, Mike Crisostomo, Katwo Puertollano, Cos Zicarelli, Maria Cruz, Argie Bandoy, Mark Salvatus, Carina Santos, Auggie Fontanilla, and  Neil Arvin Javier

The exhibit opens on September 12 and will be up until September 26, 2015.

To stay updated on the shows, visit and, or Pablo X’s Facebook event page.

For further inquiries and more information, contact Pablo at 63(920) 960.5690    or email


Nicolas Combarro’s Interventions (Opening Night)


As part of the week-long micro festival of photography Foto Semana organized by Thousandfold, Pablo played host to visiting photographer Nicolas Combarro’s exhibit Interventions.

Here he is with Meryll Soriano who has also published a photo book Playground London produced and published by 5 Ports.


The opening was highlighted by an artist talk where Nicolas expounded on his process and impetus for creating his photographs of architectonic tableaus, citing Russian constructivist El Lissitzky as one latent influence, aside from his many travels abroad where he has documented structures (whether  improvised or so planned) abandoned in terrain vague landscapes.

Here he is with Wawi Navarroza, Thousandfold founder and festival director.


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Nicolas with our gallery interns Marvin & Paula from Kalayaan College



Petals & The Evergreen (the works)

Petals and The Evergreen is a parallel meditation by Jay Yao and Olivia d’Aboville on the fragile and austere exquisiteness of nature.

Jay Yao posits a series of photos of a coniferous tree he has taken  and the process by which he undertakes them as a form of Haiku, invoking the Japanese idea of negative space or “Ma” : “In haikus, the simplification of words, encourages the viewers to create their own narratives. The reader is forced to create meaning due to the few words within a haiku. As an art form, the camera is the closest tool a person can use to archiving reality, and while a single image is usually seen as documentary evidence, as viewers we can’t help but create our own personal narratives once two or more images are grouped together.

While documentary evidence of the tree is presented to the viewer in a clear visual manner through the photographs, the arrangement of the works within the installation and the space between the works creates further internal dialogue.”

Recycling and up-cycling plays a big part in Olivia’s artistic approach. For her pieces in Petals and The Evergreen, she transformed an existing large scale tapestry of hers into new individual smaller light boxes.

For 3 months, she gathered discarded orchids and lilies from the Manila Peninsula Hotel and carefully dried the thousands of petals. The process was laborious and repetitive, consistent with her usual practice.







Jay Yao (Jose Campos III) was raised with one foot in Vancouver, Canada the other in the Philippines. Yao did his thesis photography exhibit on Canadian-Asian identity at Hampshire College. After college Yao moved to New York to further his skills as a photographer.

Yao has had solo exhibitions at Hiraya Gallery (Manila), Museum Pambata (Manila), Silverlens (Manila), Tixe Artspace (New York), and quite recently in Celestina (Manila). He has been sponsored by the Canadian and Mexican embassy on numerous occasions. His group exhibitions include “New Natives”, Lightbombs (Hong Kong), and “Art Connexions: SYD – MLA – KUL” at the Australian Center of Photography (Sydney).

In 2005, Yao represented the Philippines for the Goethe-Insitut project “Art Connexions: SYD – MLA – KUL.” Yao’s “Homecoming” series was nominated and short-listed for the Ateneo Art Awards in 2014.
He currently lives in Manila.

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Olivia d’Aboville is a French-Filipino artist who graduated with honors from ESAA Duperré in Paris in 2009. In her work, she explores the relationship between the organic and the synthetic in both aesthetic expression and in her choice of materials. Her artistic vision is rooted in her rigorous and unconventional approach to textile techniques and her commitment to using recycled or up-cycled materials to address concerns about the environment.

D’Aboville has exhibited in museums, galleries, hotels and festivals in Paris, Lyon, Hong Kong, Manila, NY and Singapore. Her works range from textile jewelry, to sculptures, to lighting designs and installation art.

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Petals and The Evergreen exhibit opening



Petals and The Evergreen, the exhibit by Olivia and Jay, opens in a timely season of summer. We don’t have spring, but flowers abloom in these extended days of clear blue sunny skies and sweltering heat. Aside from the indoor AC of the gallery, the sight of greenery and flora from their works offer a refreshing respite.







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Perfect transport to take in all the summer breeze




Olivia and Jay will present an art talk to discuss about in depth their ideas for their works and their individual processes on April 22 Wednesday at 6PM. Please send an email or message us on FB for inquiries and reservations as slots for the talk is limited but open to the public.






Autonomy Warriors Opening Night at Pablo The Fort

The hangover from the long holiday season lingers a little with the chilly breeze of January that makes one guzzle more whiskey without getting drunk, meaning, the weather is just terrific these days! It’s perfect for drinking and chatting at art openings, such as the opening of Autonomy Warriors with Australia-based artists David Griggs and Rene Sinkjaer at Pablo The Fort last January 10.



Rene Sinkjaer’s works. Originally from Denmark, he just recently moved to Sydney where he is now based.  Although painted briskly and instinctively in a naif style, they are rich in symbolism and metaphorical allusions to mortality and creation.

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David Griggs’ suite of photographs of skater girls. He’s also produced a limited edition monograph of these photos which quickly got sold out that night.

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Let’s get the party started with these :

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Rene Sinkjaer (left) & Pow Martinez


Daniel Palisa, who works in movies, & Tony Godfrey, who works in the art scene

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There was some trouble earlier. This guy was soliciting 200 bucks from one of the gallery guests. The Fort cops said on the other hand that he was drunk already.



The rockstar and his muse. Pastilan Dong lead Kaloy Olavides fully equipped for a gig


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A mini college reunion : Jed, Erin and Mike Crisostomo who will be opening his solo show soon this April at Post Cubao




independent curator & art world networker Merv Espina with his brother

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Autonomy Warriors opens at Pablo this 10th of January

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Pablo Gallery opens the year with an exhibit called Autonomy Warriors by Australian artists David Griggs and Rene Sinkjaer.  David Griggs had been based in Manila since 2005 and had been documenting subcultural scenes from prison gangs, tattoo artists, skateboarders, and other denizens of the gutters of urban Manila, straightforwardly depicted where their scars and wounds and pus ooze and gape wide open for their visceral truthiness, at times incorporating some of these images onto his paintings that are colorful pastiches from his subconscious psychogeographic meandering of the streets of Manila. This time, he focuses his lens on skater girls of Cubao, girls that are on the verge of womanhood but inundated by the bruises of their sport, defiant of the usual dainty images of girlhood.

Both artists will be present at the opening on the 10th of January, Saturday at 6PM.

David Griggs will also be releasing on the opening his book Warriors, a collection of photographs which comes as a 38 page hardbound book in 20 limited editions.

The exhibit Autonomy Warriors will be on view until the 21st of February.

Pablo Gallery is at South of Market Condominium, at the corner of 11th Avenue and 24th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; and is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays 12 – 7PM.

For further inquiries, please contact +63(2) 5060602 or +63(2)4007905 or +63(917)6541523 or +63(917)6541515; or email


Rene Sinkjaer only began to paint in 2004 after he migrated to Sydney from his country of birth of Denmark, tapping belatedly the keen curiosity and fascination for art he’d been harboring since he was a kid.  His paintings are seemingly autobiographic scenes from a life of an artist depicting scenarios such as an artist’s garage sale, graffiti painting in the shower stalls, an orgiastic party, the interior/parlor of a collector/ eccentric. These are rendered naïf-like in bright colors, he paints minimally a narrative that unfolds in each viewing – maybe macabre, maybe based on something real, maybe entirely from imagination, yet belying a gravity of pathos despite the brevity of strokes, and directly quoting Philip Guston who has said of painting as “autonomous, pure and for itself, therefore we habitually analyze its ingredients and define its limits. But painting is ‘impure’. It is the adjustment of ‘impurities’ which forces its continuity.”

This would be Sinkjaer’s  first time to exhibit in Manila.

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Rene Sinkjaer was born on the West coast of Denmark in 1977.

In 2001 he attended a technical college where one of his teachers noticed that every book of Sinkjaer’s was covered in doodles and pointed out that maybe he should be attending a different class.  Two weeks later that same teacher decided to take the class on a excursion to the art museum, it was here Sinkjaer was introduced to the magical world of creativity, it was the Cobra painters Asger Jorn, Corneille, and Carl-Henning-Pedersen that caught his attention, the vibrant colors and quirky imagery was exiting and liberating. In 2004 he moved to Sydney on a one year thinking pause, a way to break free from bad habits and start anew. One day he walked in to an art supplier and bought his first blank canvas, this would be the beginning of 10 years of feverish search for a personal style, a fresh image.

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David Griggs was born in Sydney, 1975. He currently lives and works in Manila, Philippines. Griggs is known best for his paintings, photography and film projects. He works closely with various communities and artists both in the Philippines and Australia. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and America. He has conducted research for projects during residencies in Barcelona, Manila, Thailand and Burma. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions including Frat of the Obese, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2011) Fluid Zones Biennale Jakarta XIII (2009), Blood on the Streets, Artspace, Sydney (2007), The Independence Project, Galerie Petronas, Kuala Lumpur (2007), Exchanging Culture for Flesh, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2006), Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006), Post Criminal, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2010).  David Griggs is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Station Gallery Melbourne and Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.

Keep It Sick! works




Paintings by Argie Bandoy (Dumb Witness) and MM Yu (Land Painting)



Romeo Lee’s wall clocks and paintings and MM Yu’s photoprint on wood




Robert Langenegger’s woodblock prints





Ferdz Valencia’s ink and acrylic drawings





Argie Bandoy







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