Untitled signed and dated 1981 (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
30”x 30” (76 cm x 76 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, Manila
Creating soul portraits of the denizens of Sampaloc and Ermita, Manila’s red light and entertainment districts. Onib Olmedo deforms the human form—creating obtuse artworks of an entity beyond our reality—as a representation of the truth of humans experience: facing challenges, having tormented dreams and souls, and endlessly questioning their existence.
Olmedo utilizes the figurative expressionist technique of distortion to portray these figures, who remain aloof despite their wounds with an intense glare directed toward an unknown being beyond the view of its audience. But despite such difficulties encountered, these tormented beings continue to face life’s daily battles and look forward to better days to come, celebrating the ultimate triumph of the human spirit in the face of intense pain, anguish, and struggling.