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July 19, 2012

Art Works By Mario Parial - Joy of Life

The naïf works of eminent painter and Thirteen Artists Awardee Mario Parial have long been characterized by lively exuberance. The fantasy worlds of color and life that he brings out in his paintings have made him one of the most sought-after artists in the country.
His reputation as a maverick in the art scene has seen him creating works that are as lively today as when he started his practice in the 60s. Even when the distressing news of liver cancer hit the intrepid artist, Parial has continued to evolve his practice, his newer works becoming more contemporary, with quieter backgrounds. Parial has refused to let sickness dampen his worldview.

He continues to exercise his passion and joy for life. This quiet celebration of life is a fascinating direction for the senior painter. His paintings, however, are still filled with subjects of joy. Parial finds new meaning in the familiar archetypes and motifs of his practice such as the jester-musician, the flower-laden maiden, the blooms of summer, and the songs of angels. This celebration of enthusiasm and beauty - this call to joy - brings positivity and optimism to a Parial piece, and no doubt lends credence to his reputation as a top painter.

In this light, Galerie Raphael will be holding an exhibition of works in this direction, reveling in Parial’s joyfulness despite his sickness. Entitled Joy of Life, the exhibition is a wonderful survey of Parial’s naïf practice within the context of new works by the artist. Opening on July 19 and on display until July 29 at Galerie Raphael in Serendra, Joy of Life promises to be a wonderful entry point into the fascinating oeuvre of a celebrated artist.

Over four decades of experience as one of the foremost genre painters has enabled Mario Parial to demonstrate a balance of technique and vision almost unparalleled in today’s art scene. With dozens of one-man shows to his name, including exhibitions in the US, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, the University of Santo Tomas-trained Parial is recognized as one of the leading painters in the country today. A multi-awarded artist, Parial is one of the earliest winners of the Thirteen Artists Award of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, winning it in 1972. His works are included in many books on Philippine art, including such seminal works as “The Struggle for Philippine Art” by Purita Kalaw-Ledesma and Amadis Ma. Guerrero, and “Filipino Nudes” by Alfredo Roces.

Joy of Life is a fantastic opportunity to examine the growing practice of this important artist. Though his usage of paper as opposed to canvas reflects his need to slow down because of ailment, the artist nevertheless continues the familiar tropes of his past works, but with new viewpoints. “Fanciful Flight,” for instance, merges his ‘jester’ subject with the element of birds in flight within the tight compositional sensibilities of portraiture - all while maintaining his signature bright palette. “Contemplative Musings” combines portraiture with still-life to produce a work bordering on the surrealist while “In Quiet Enjoyment” demonstrates Parial’s remarkable rendering of flora.

A great way to discover or re-discover an artist etched in the pantheon of Philippine visual art, Joy of Life is Mario Parial at his finest and should not be missed by art lovers everywhere.

Contact Details:
For inqkuiries, please call (63 2) 856-3034 or email:
Galerie Raphael
Serendra Piazza

Unit 2C-06 Second Level, Serendra Piazza
Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Thursday July 19, 2012 - Sunday July 29, 2012

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