“What is striking is the fecundity of the artist’s vision, the intensity of creative fervor at full-throttle,” wrote art-critic Cid Reyes.
Foremost genre artist of the Philippines, Mario Parial has for more than four decades explored themes that have endeared him to art lovers: folk imagery, festivals, local traditions, kites, harlequins and the day to day activities of the common Filipino household; painted with a vision inspired by Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso.
In this very work, the artist created his very own version of the classic Mother and Child painting, in the form of his Mayhaligue painting series, featuring his wife Carina and their firstborn Ochie in their family home situated at Mayhaligue street, Santa Cruz, Manila during the 1970s. The house is displayed alongside potted foliage in what the artist remembers as being one of the happiest periods in his life. Parial revisited this composition throughout his oeuvre, in different forms and arrangements. It also formed the basis of his other works of rural scenes, often integrating other motifs and figures from his studies.