NY Filipino art exhibit explores faith and sociopolitical commentary

NEW YORK — These two Filipino artists made a pact when they were students at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts to someday make it to New York City together.

40 years later, Cebu-based artist Gil Francis Maningo and New York-based Alfonso Ompod, Jr. staged their very first joint art exhibit, Fishers of Men, at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue.

Maningo unveiled his Obra Maestra – a painting of the Virgin Mary using industrial paint on a gold leaf medium.

Love and God also what motivates Ompod’s artworks.

His signature ‘fishbone paintings’ come with a social commentary on the current situation in the Philippines, he said.

The creative duo said they came to New York with one goal in mind.

“I’m hoping to get into the mainstream new york art – that’s always been the ambition of Filipino artists.”

Art and antique enthusiast Ping Panlilio organized this exhibit, to promote not only Pinoy arts but Filipino culture as well.

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