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In City and Country: Elmer Borlongan 1992-2012

The paintings of Elmer Borlongan representing two decades of his art will be exhibited in the upcoming Ayala Museum show, In City and Country: Elmer Borlongan, 1992-2012 from February 18 to April 6, 2014.

Presented in partnership with HSBC Premier, In City and Country reviews Borlongan’s body of work, mainly visual expressions of marginalized people in Philippine society. Using a social realist style, his abstract portraits of the Filipino situate subjects in their contexts and convey social issues of the day.

Over 40 paintings gathered for the exhibition depict stories of survival and endurance amidst poverty and despair—a testament to the strength of the Filipino spirit. Among the selection include those from the artist’s private collection, pieces that Borlongan personally chose to keep tucked in his residence.

The schedule of its opening week was planned to coincide with the much-anticipated 2014 Art Fair Philippines, the premier platform for artists and the country’s foremost galleries to showcase the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art.

After graduating from the University of the Philippines’ College of Fine Arts with a degree in painting in 1987, Elmer Borlongan (or simply Emong to his friends and family) quickly established himself in the local art scene. In 1988 and 1992, he won second prize in the oil painting category of the Metrobank Annual National Painting Competition. He also received the Thirteen Artist Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1994.

More recently, he received the Award for Continuing Excellence and Service (ACES) from Metrobank Foundation in 2004. He was also chosen, in 2006, to be a fellow for the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS), a non-profit organization that works with young artists to promote Philippine art, culture and environment.

Borlongan has held numerous solo exhibitions here and abroad. A number of his works now belong to the public collections of foreign museums such as Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; and Singapore Art Museum.

The exhibition is supported by Volkswagen Philippines.

Ayala Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For inquiries, please e-mail museum_inquiry@ayalamuseum.org, or call (632) 759-8288.

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