Lot #010

Emmanuel Garibay

signed and dated 2005 (lower right)
Oil On Canvas
48” x 72” (122 cm x 183 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 300,000
HP + BP : Php 642,400
Viewing Manny Garibay’s paintings over a period of time is like entering a large, integral but ever expanding space infused with the artist’s consciousness, its emotional climate, and personal memory.
The scene in front of a church, just like the rest of Garibay’s art has high visual impact, with intellectual engagement. The valorization of laypeople attains a new level in these one scene telenovelas.
Garibay poses questions, puzzles the viewer and draws one to explore the complex sociological terrain of urban life. Although he often explored polemic themes of what can be seen on the streets, he does so while maintaining a compassionate tone. Garibay identifies himself as a communicative artist.
His almost single handed revival of the spirit of the 1970s social realists challenges the esoteric pretensions of today’s art, which he believes is disconnected from the public.