The Asian Cultural Council Auction 2020

February 22,2020 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Elmer Borlongan  (b. 1967)

signed and dated 1996 (lower left)
charcoal on paper
23” x 16” (58 cm x 41 cm)

PHP 200,000

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One of the undeniable pioneers of the contemporary Philippine Visual Arts scene, Elmer Borlongan’s artistic prowess resonates across media.

Heavily influenced by the plight of the human condition, Borlongan effectively infuses social realism with his unique brand of surrealism. The result is a masterwork of carefully and meticulously layered elements that reveal a certain kind of poetic symbiosis. Even in his more simple endeavors, Borlongan’s characteristic style and intention never shies away from his extensive corpus.

In this piece, the artist expresses the universal nature of the human form by depicting it in its most raw and unfiltered state. By doing so, he emphasizes movement and emotional freedom from aesthetic and ideological distractions.

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