Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chilean artist Claudio Bravo at Manila's Metropolitan Museum next month

This is a photo of a coffeetable book
with one of my favorite Bravo paintings on the cover

At the National Day celebrations of Indonesia tonight at the Makati Shangri-la, I had the opportunity to say hello and catch up with many friends I haven't seen in a while. I'd been gone for over a week doing a watercolor workshop in Kamakura, but it had felt like a really long time. Then, of course, lots of people -- particularly the foreign community -- were away for much of July and August as this is the summer break for them.

This isn't a Claudio Bravo portrait.
But it's certainly a nice portrait of
the people behind Travelife Magazine,
the Philippines' leading travel & lifestyle magazine. 

I bumped into the Ambassador of Chile, who coincidentally had just sent me an invitation to the opening reception of an exhibit by Chilean artist Claudio Bravo, at the Metropolitan Museum next month. The ambassador is very excited to have this major exhibition in Manila, and it is indeed a significant exhibition because of the talent of the artist and his connection with Manila society.


Claudio Bravo visited Manila in the 1960s and he painted portraits of many men and women in Philippine society. The portraits are quite compelling and striking, actually. I've seen photos of some of these portraits and I find them so fascinating.

Some of the people who painted included Imelda Cojuangco, Chona Kasten, Tingting Cojuangco, Gretchen Cojuangco, Elvira Manahan, Sam Eduque, Mercy Tuason, Evelyn Lim Forbes, and Imelda Marcos, among many others.

Claudio Bravo's other paintings are equally striking -- full of refined lines and also of control and mastery of technique. but also so alive with color and beautiful in composition. Most of his paintings tell a really intriguing story. If you like art, don't miss this beautiful exhibition of 37 portraits at the MET from September 18.

I'm including some paintings of Claudio Bravo that I like, in this blog entry. Most of these won't be on exhibit as the MET exhibit will focus mainly on the portraits done in Manila; but they will give you an idea of his talents and why I'm so fascinated with him as an artist.


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