The Karen H. Montinola Selection was established by her family to honor the memory of a dedicated art patron who supported emerging artists. In 2017, Mark Valenzuela, a Filipino ceramic artist based in Adelaide, Australia was selected to receive this yearly grant established within the purview of Art Fair Philippines.
Valenzuela’s work explores the issues of conflict, anxiety and displacement in society. It is characterized by the use of repetitive forms and shapes in ceramic, often combined with intricately detailed drawing or painting. His carefully considered and well-made objects combine in an installation that encourages quiet introspection.