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Fatima University Gallery reopens with two captivating shows
Fatima University Gallery reopens with two captivating shows

By: Raymond Lumagsao


By: Raymond Lumagsao


Graced by art enthusiasts, connoisseurs, academic leaders, and friends, the Fatima University Gallery recently launched its newly curated space. Nestled next to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela and within leisurely walking distance to the iconic OLFU RISE Tower, the newly curated art gallery unveiled an all-new art catalogue, showcasing a diverse range of artistic expressions.

The intimate reopening took place on 26 April 2024, drawing attention from the creative and academic community and the general public.

Among the highlights of the launch was the fascinating showcase of the exhibit titled, “Art on Paper: An Introduction to the Genres of Art” that features various Filipino artists assembled to present a “nuanced assemblage“ of art genres through the medium of paper. From intricate drawings to expressive prints, the exhibit provides a comprehensive overview of artistic styles, themes, and creative intentions, filling the gap between art technicality and diverse interpretations.

Additionally, the impressive show also displays the sketches of Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo — key figures of Philippine art and history. Plainly, the attendees were treated to a visual feast, appreciating the thrill of each genre and the skillful execution by the featured artists.

Dr. Caroline Marian Enriquez, President of OLFU, led the affair alongside esteemed guests, including Mayoress Tiffany Gatchalian, Valenzuela City; Robert Bjorn Santos, Director of Fatima University Gallery; and Gerry Torres, Curator of Fatima University Gallery. Highly acclaimed Filipino artists such as Stella Rojas and Rene Canlas whose works are featured in the exhibit, also appeared in the launch.

Simultaneously, the gallery also hosts a separate exhibition named, “The Male Form – Works of National Artist Jose Tanig Joya.” Located on the third floor, this show delves into the representation of the male body in art. The collection includes works by other prominent Filipino artists who share links with Joya, such as BenCab, Edwin Wilwayco, Greg Bolaños, Pete Jimenez, R. M. De Leon, and Ronald Ventura.

In an interview, Curator Gerry Torres emphasized the significance of this exhibition in challenging societal biases related to nude art.

“We are born naked, and I don’t think we should view naked bodies through the lenses of personal biases, religion, or societal norms. The human body is a timeless subject, and it deserves appreciation,” he articulated.

Torres further elaborated on the layers of meaning embedded in these artworks. “Beyond the surface of nudity,” he said, “lies the complexity of what it means to be human. Through the hands of these talented artists, we witness the ultimate creation of God translated into timeless, classic, and superior works of art.”

The juxtaposition of “Art on Paper” and “The Male Form” invites viewers to explore diverse perspectives on art, challenging preconceived notions and encouraging a deeper understanding of the human experience.

With an audience mostly coming from the transformative academe, Fatima University Gallery remains committed to fostering artistic dialogue and appreciation within the community and beyond.

The said shows at the Fatima University Gallery run until 27 October 2023, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

With an OLFU/FUMC ID or Alumni Card, the entrance fee is free of charge to OLFU students, alumni, and all OLFU and FUMC employees, while outsiders are required of Php 100 entrance fee per person.

Visitors are encouraged to engage with the exhibits, transcending biases and embracing the beauty of human expression through art. – Raymond Lumagsao

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