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Romancing the Water - 3D virtual exhibition by Altro Mondo

Romancing the Water

Thu, 10/08/2020 to Sun, 11/08/2020

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During my journey through art, I encountered 3 outstanding watercolorists serendipitously. Alfred Galura was lingering in my daughter Mia Herbosa’s solo show in Ayala Museum some 12 years ago for quite a lengthy period of time and I was getting curious. He then finally got the courage to approach me in my secretariat table and introduced himself. That was the beginning of our friendship and alliance as manager and artist. From that time on, I have had resounding successes curating his one man show at Ayala Museum and numerous group shows with other L’ Arc en Ciel artists in various venues.

Rene Canlas was in attendance at one of our shows and struck an interesting conversation with me. He was a true-blue artist; long hair and all, very Bohemian. His humility and sincerity appealed to me as he showed me photos of his impressive works on his phone. He mentioned wanting to be affiliated with L’ Arc en Ciel but I told him he was already successful on his own — his talent was evident!

I met Gerardo Jimenez or “Gejo” (as he is fondly called) at my booth in Art in the Park 2018. We were both surviving the beat and the heat of the event! Our lively conversation about art gave us some respite from the uncomfortable elements. He was a participant L’ Arc en Ciel’s open studio workshops and I had also attended his 2nd solo show in Prism Gallery which was sold out. His style impressed me. He really made the water flow and there was a sense of freedom, fluidity and atmosphere apparent in his works.

Our paths kept crossing until last year when it dawned on me to produce a 3-man show of these greats in watercolor. Their response was overwhelming and so we have birthed “Romancing the Water”.

Elaine O. Herbosa
Director, L’ Art en Ciel Atelier

Alfred Galura, a master watercolorist par excellence, has been affiliated with L’ Arc en Ciel Atelier for 10 years. He says of his works: “I appreciate anything with a sensory perception. As an artist I want my works to be pleasant, positive and artful in appearance. Aesthetically, all I want is for my viewers to understand and judge the quality of my work.” This humble artist has had many solo and group shows in Ayala Museum, 8 Rockwell, The Bellevue Manila, and Tagaytay Highlands.

Rene Canlas is a multi-awarded contemporary and representational visual artist who whose inspiration comes from everyday objects and scenes. He was born and raised in Tondo, Manila and studied Fine Arts at the FEATI University. Since 1972, he has been participating in various group exhibitions. He was also one of the leaders of the Spectrum Art Group. His first one man watercolor exhibit titled “Re-Vision” was held at the Ayala ArtistSpace in 2018.

Gerardo Jimenez is a visual artist based in Canlubang, Laguna. He was the founding member of AGWA-FLOW (Filipino League of Watercolorists). Jimenez’s work serves as a visual journal of objects, people, fleeting moments, and memorable experiences. In 2018, he exhibited his sold-out solo show “Fleeting: Restaurantscapes by Gerardo Jimenez” at Prism Gallery in Makati. His work has also been included in the Fabriano in Acquarello, the world’s largest water color event held in Fabriano, Italy.

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