Emmanuel Garibay’s multi-leveled symbolism which traverses various cultural contexts makes for an art that continually offers new insight. This thematic complexity is borne by a richly painterly style, with the suggestion of the linear application of colors among other techniques.
Garibay expresses social anguish using the visual language of Catholic tradition — the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ — and turned the image into a searing and unredemptive symbol of the trials of the masses.
Documenting the people in his life, Garibay creates social scenarios that are as eerie as they are compelling. He divests the crucified figure of its specific Christian association and turns it into a “crucified” everyman (the man’s arms are outstretched in crucifix fashion, even though there is no cross) atop a maelstrom of social issues.
While the basic ground of his imagery is still the narrative of Christ with the focus on the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, Garibay constructs this a metatext, which is the radical interpretation of Christ’s sacrifice in terms of Filipino spirituality and social realities. Indeed, a radicalized Christology.