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PALO, Anthony

 


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"Festivities" 36" x 24" Oil on Canvas 2010 Php40,000 BUY

 

 

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"Mga Taong Tumutupad ng Pangarap" 60" x 24" Oil on Canvas 2010 Php70,000 BUY

 


Anthony Palo’s canvass is a metaphorical petri dish widly teeming with an odd assortment of creatures and cretins re-imagined from Oz, comic books, manga and anime.  It’s where the whimsical mingle with the surreal, and the bug-eyed sip tea and share popcorn nonchalantly in neighborly rituals.                 

On one level, Palo’s debut is an engaging discourse on the problematics of technique in the age of digital art:  Why draw when you can digitize? Why paint when you can photoshop? Thus, all his pieces appear in poster-perfect-polish as though rendered on the screen and not by hand, in oil, as they actually were. 

On another level, Palo’s imagery introspects upon the fallacy of cuteness,  that ineffable duality between the infantile and the profound where the eye is seduced by the cuddly and fragile, triggering basic human instincts to nurture the weak and fragile.

It is, in the artist’s conception, nothing more than a seduction by pedomorphism, an aesthetic whose marketing potential has been exploited to the max by global brands such as Disney and Sanrio. As such, in this re-appropriation of the Japanese proclivity for kawaii, Palo invariably examines the emerging globalization of otaku, the fetishism of docility and non-assertion and the culture of consumption by affection.

Awards & Citations

2006
• Semi-finalist, “Colors of Life”
Cocolife students visual arts competition

2004 
• Finalist, 37th Shell National Students Art Competition 2004  -  Juror’s Choice Awardee, Art Stokes painting competition

2002 – 2003 
• College Scholar, Ist semester

Exhibits

2008 
• “State of Art”, SM Megamall A, Mandaluyong City 2007  -  “Comfort Zone”, Prose Art Gallery, Makati City

2007 
• “SFA 193 Online”, online exhibition

2005
• “Omega 3”, Tam-awan village gallery,
Baguio City
• “Kabanata”, Philippine Children’s Medical Center 2004  -  37th Shell National Students Art Competition

2004
• Art Strokes painting competition
• “Omega 2”, Tam-awan village gallery,
Baguio City


 

 
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