Nena Saguil (1924 - 1994)
signed and dated 1964 (lower right)
ink on paper
15 1/2” x 22 3/4” (39 cm x 58 cm)
Private Collection, Makati City
The pioneering modernist painter Nena Saguil has experimented with various styles and media. Constantly present in the mature works of the iconic artist are spheres, intricately plotted into a cloudy, enigmatic expanse of space. This series of works has garnered great acclaim both locally and internationally.
It was sometime around the mid-50s that the stylistic change in Saguil’s art took a turn towards heavy complex abstraction — as she was formerly known to work with figurative abstraction, which ever so often featured surrealist undertones. As she progressed further, works similar to this 1964 piece became her trademark.
Redolent of a cosmic perspective where she has forgone the physicality and aesthetic of the material world, this powerful work comes together with all its elements in their vast, astounding splendor as if to exalt the spiritual.