The Spectacular Mid-year Auction 2019

June 22,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Onib Olmedo  (1937-1996)

signed and dated 1977 (lower right)
oil on board
60” x 30” (152 cm x 76 cm)

PHP 500,000

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Provenance: Hiraya Gallery

The expressionist feeling in Olmedo’s paintings is fused with an absorbing interest in form, and
in this case, the voluptuous female form. Onib used to spend the day from morning to night
cruising in the Ermita area and sipping coffee in the many bars catering to tourists, when he
was not painting in his car or studio.
The invisible setting here may be a Manila beerhouse, all smoke, sweat and stale beer, with
gyrating agogo dancers turned strippers quickening the pulse of the habitués.He painted
the works in a manner for which he is best known, the delicately toned, thinly painted, but
poetically bitter and ironic studies of women, usually prostitutes.

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