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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘Songs from the Sea’ exhibit on
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Renowned Negrense visual artist, Nunelucio Alvarado, opened his solo exhibit, titled “Songs from the Sea” at the Hulot Gallery of the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) in Iloilo City Saturday, and this will run until December 10.

Guests of honor were well-known virtuoso Gilopez Kabayao and his wife, pianist Corazon Kabayao.

Alvarado’s latest series of paintings and objects is composed of works that appear to be a far cry from the jarring depictions of life in the cane fields and mills for which he has been known.

Instead, the artist takes inspiration from the community he helped create, giving back through art what he himself has gained after over three decades of practice.

Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, vice president and head of the Marketing and Business Development and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, said Alvarado’s “Songs from the Sea” is a moving masterpiece that showcases the beauty of Filipino culture even in mundane, everyday experiences.

“We are committed to upholding the undeniable talent of local creative minds and the promotion and preservation of art in the entire region,” Valentino said as they celebrate the first year since they ventured into the intricate world of museum management.

Alvarado is a painter known for his exceptional work as a social realist. A founding member of the Black Artists in Asia – one of the most prominent collectives in the region – Nune, as his friends fondly call him, is known for large-scale depictions of difficulty and despondency in the cane fields of Negros.

While his works have won him awards and recognition, they have also drawn critical attention to the plight of the sakada, as well as other marginalized members of society. Alvarado now lives in Sagay City, where he runs Kape Albarako, a café and art space that is integral to the city’s creative community.

Alvarado was also past president of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros.*

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