God Bless Our Way
signed 2004(lower left)
oil on canvas
36" x 48" (91 cm x 122 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, USA
Garibay comes up with art that fuses high visual impact with intellectual engagement. It fearlessly poses questions, puzzles the viewer, and draws one to explore the complex ideological terrain of his paintings.
Being a sociology major, the course introduced to him the set of perspectives on human life that allowed him to understand how personal lives are affected by one’s place in society, and that events and experiences in one’s life are part of group dynamics, social institutions, and cultural meanings. This appears to have made a significant impact on him as this was later on to influence his subject matter.
It can be said that Garibay is an artist who developed from the intense interaction within several organizations of young artists in which he has been involved, such as the Artista ng Bayan or ABAY (People’s Artists), of which he was the chairman; Salingpusa, of which he was an active member; as well as the group of young muralists with which he was associated for a while. And, indeed, these have produced a good number of critically recognized artists, thereby proving that group interaction can have salutary results. From these groups that sprang from the people’s movements in the 1980s, particularly during Cory Aquino’s presidency, Garibay has absorbed their social and political concerns, affinity with the masses, interest in history, critique of religious institutions, and broad perspectival view.