signed and dated 1995 (lower right)
oil on canvas
30” x 24” (76 cm x 61 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, Manila
Emmanuel “Manny” Garibay has remained consistent in depicting unique Filipino scenes in his body of work. He is one of the most notable chroniclers of the ordinary, infusing it with ennobling quality. In this work, one of the founding members of the Salingpusa group captures a frequent street scene in Manila— the usual car banggaan of the powerful and wealthy, and a pobre scavenger, foreshadowing the clash between Filipino social structures.
A member of the Artista ng Bayan, a group of artists that aims to reflect the state of the marginal and dispossessed in their artistry, Garibay is known for his expressionist figurative style in depicting the content of many of his works, which often express a keen social and political consciousness. Striving to lift up the ordinariness of the people by using their stories as metaphors for universal truths, one can never fail to meet ordinary people in his paintings: the newsboy, the bus rider, the cigarette vendor, the tired woman activist, the glue-sniffing boy—breathing souls struggling from the bottom of Philippine society. As to how Garibay puts it: “It is the richness of the poor that I am drawn to and which I am a part of, that I want to impart.”