Onib Olmedo (b. 1937-d. 1996) produced a staggering body of work that, taken collectively, paints a veritable portrait of the Filipino everyman. Accomplished through a figurative expressionist style, his paintings defy notions of classical representation, eschewing symmetry, balance, and proportion for distortion, exaggeration, and risk. Almost a quarter of a century after his demise, Olmedo remains a towering figure in Philippine visual arts, whose influence is evident in the works of the artists who succeeded him.
Carlomar Daoana, award-winning poet, art writer, and university instructor, will moderate a conversation about Onib’s life and practice with Allan Cosio, Elmer Borlongan and Vergel Santos.
Photo Credit: Jojo Gloria