A product of the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, Aileen Lanuza’s talent lies in combining a peerless technique with a multifaceted conceptual approach to painting. Lanuza’s career trajectory has seen her garner a high level of critical attention. Her latest achievement was a Juror’s Choice Award from the GSIS Art Competition.
Her oeuvre is done in the aesthetic style of old Hollywood posters, juxtaposing pop cultural references, events, and characters in Philippine history, and the artist’s own feminist leanings. In this example, we have one of the artist’s heroes, Mexican artist Frieda Kahlo, in a composition that recalls a game of bridge — with other characters like Al Pacino’s “Scarface,” or the wolf from the “Three Little Pigs” Disney short comprising the other card suites. This is ostensibly Khalo’s family portrait, equating the Mexican artist’s influence above the other references Lanuza uses.