Visual Pond Artspace, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to the visual arts. Based in Manila, Visual Pond aims to be a dynamic player in the Philippine contemporary art scene through projects that engage and promote local artists both here and abroad.

We at Visual Pond envision a contemporary art scene that is vibrant, open to experimentation and supported by the community. By taking initiatives and creating opportunities for Filipino artists, we work towards this realization for the visual arts locale.

Asides from Manila-based projects, we are also interested in regional and international exchanges on ideas, concepts and possible collaborations with definite end products.


Friday, April 16, 2010

ARTiculation S01E02: Christina Quisumbing Ramilo

The second episode of Visual Pond’s exciting new series on contemporary artists from the Philippines presents Christina Quisumbing Ramilo. A graduate of University of the Philippines and New York University, Ramilo’s art has in recent years shifted from drawing and painting to sculpture and installation using found objects. The shift an outcome of her transition back to Manila after twenty years in New York, Ramilo employs a reactive approach to art based on her surroundings. Her most recent work, Karaoke Art Project, is currently on view at the group exhibition, YOUtubia, at Finale Art File in Makati, until 2 May 2010. Ramilo is also the founder, creative director and project coordinator of Martinez Art Projects (M.A.P.), a group of mentors and prodigies that do collaborative art projects based in Father Martinez Street, Quezon City.

Created and produced by Visual Pond, ARTiculation is the only series of its kind locally. Consisting of ten videos released online throughout the year, each episode features an artist talking about his/her body of work such as themes, influences and motivations. The series, shot and edited with a low budget, aims to be a critical and easily accessible resource for curators, writers, students, academics and anyone who wants to learn more about contemporary artists from the Philippines. A catalogue featuring the ten artists will be made available at the end of the year.

Born 1961
Works and lives in Manila, Philippines

Master of Arts Degree in Studio Art and Art Education, Major in Painting, New York University, New York, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Communications, Major in Editorial Design and Illustration, University of the Philippines, Metro Manila, Philippines

Other Courses
Lithography, Art Students League, New York, NY
Lithography, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Ceramic Sculpture, State University of New York at Stonybrook, NY
Children's Book Writing and Illustration; Illustration; Photography, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

Grants & Awards
2009Valentine Willie Art Residency (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
1997Astraea Foundation Video Grant, New York
1997Astraea Foundation Video Grant, New York
1985University of the Philippines Merit Award for Editorial Design and Illustration

Solo Exhibitions
2009 PENCILWORKS, Manila Contemporary, Metro Manila, Philippines
2008 Domestic Bliss, Green Papaya Art Projects, Metro Manila, Philippines
2008 MADRE, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippines
2008 Palimpsest, West Gallery, Metro Manila, Philippines
2004 NENA, Corredor Gallery, University of the Philippines
2003 Powerlines, The West Gallery (Ayala Center), Metro Manila, Philippines
1998"1998", Cendrillon, New York, NY
1996 closet series, Cendrillon, New York, NY
1996 Ritual, The West Gallery, Metro Manila, Philippines
1993 Guni-Gunita, Philippine Center, Philippine Consulate, New York, NY
1988 GraduateThesis Exhibit, New York University, New York, NY

More images of Ramilo's works at

ARTiculation © 2010, Visual Pond Artspace, Inc.
Series Director: Clarissa Chikiamco
Producers and Curators: Clarissa Chikiamco & Rica Estrada
Associate Producers: Cheska Tanada & Tenten Mina
Series Coordinator: Rica Estrada
All images courtesy and copyright of Christina Quisumbing Ramilo
Music by and courtesy of Aljar3D
ARTiculation logo by Cheska Tanada

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