The Spectacular Mid-year Auction 2019

June 22,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Max Balatbat  (b.1978)

Boy Suse
signed and dated 2015 (bottom)
mixed media
60” x 40” (152 cm x 102 cm)


PHP 200,000

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Provenance:Private Collection, Manila

Six-years in the making, Max Balatbat brings us to his world in Avenida from Monumento all the
way to Carriedo. He has always thought of putting the street-characters to star in his paintings one
day. These people, from the manicurist to the street-walker, all have to ply their trade to feed their
families. In this painting is "Boy Suse," the guy who makes duplicate keys, possibly a sometime
thief and not just an ordinary working Juan. Here you can almost see him drinking, and hear him
laughing, and sharing stories. These characters, in Max Balatbat's mind, make the world go round,
regardless how mundane the tasks may be.

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