Provenance: Provenance: Private Collection, UK Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, 6 October 2019, Lot 341.


Nena Saguil is best known as a Filipina artist who was committed to abstraction and surrealism. She actively pursued these art styles upon studying abstract and modern art under scholarship grants at the Institute of Spanish Culture in Spain and moving to Paris for further studies at the School of American Arts during the 1950s, living a daring artist life different from her peers in the Philippines. The works of this pioneering modern artist in the country are noted for its features that bring one closer to the universe at large or to the enchanting expanse of space. This specific alluring oil painting with surrealist undertones evokes a meditative mood, also showing Saguil’s valued solitude as an artist influenced by spirituality. Her inclination to visually articulate mysticism reflects in this particular work as well.