EVENTS: The 13 Artists Awards 2012

          I am very much honored to be part of this year's Thirteen Artists Awards as the Cultural Center of the Philippines present this year's awardees. From painting, printmaking and photography, to sculpture and video installations, this year's chosen entries out of 79 who made it to the shortlist represent unique stories that artists and common people will truly appreciate.

          The 13 artist award was conceptualized by Mr. Roberto Chabet, CCP Museum Director. His intent was to identify artists who took the "chance and risk to restructure, restrengthen and renew art making and art thinking..." The program was later adopted by Mr. Chabet's successor, the late Raymundo Albano making TAA the oldest award program conferred by the CCP, two years ahead of the National Artist Award which started in 1972.

         Winners received a cash grant that will help them to facilitate the cost of producing new works for a group exhibition that was showcased at Bulwagan Juan Luna (Main Gallery). The exhibit was formally opened last October 18, 2012 together with the formal recognition of winners.


Awardees for the 13 Artists Awards  plus the Juries for this year.
The crowd went very excited as the host announced that the exhibit was formally open.

As you walk your way up to the Bulwagang Juan Luna, You'll see Leeroy New's work of art on the major stair case of CCP. It's like Spiderman plays around these areas with the web like and rock like formations. :)

It resembles a rock formation isn't it?

These formations were very eye enticing.

A closer look on Leeroy's work.

The entrance of Bulwagang Juan Luna where most of the works of the 13 Artist Awards awardees can be found.

An artwork made by RENAN ORTIZ

Burned Out (Broken Dreams After the 27 Club) 2011 - 2012 by CONSTANTINO ZICARELLI
42 charcoal, resin, mirror, metal & wood

WAWI NAVARROZA's Displacement and landing, with Two Palm Trees
2012, Cadaques, Spain
Archival pigment print on photo paper

Artist Studies by MARINA CRUZ

RODEL TAPAYA's The Early Bird Catches the Worm
Acrylic on canvas

The Ressurection by JOEY COBCOBO
Monoprint on saba handmade paper, audio

MICHAEL MUNOZ' Morir Ob Christum, Morir Intra Christum
Acrylic on shaped wood, light, handwoven textile,
spray paint, digital picture frame, granite slab, audio

The Sun is Warm and Life is Easy in Quezon City
and the Men as Women, and the Women as Children by ROBERT LANGENEGGER
Video, clay, oil on canvas

Out of the 13 Artists, I'm very much inspired with JOEY COBCOBO's work of art.
And hey, I got a chance to have a photo with him.

I also got a chance to have a limited copy of the 13 Artists Awards 2012 Catalogue.
Thanks Rica of CCP VAMD for inviting me to this event.

As much as I want to post every art piece that can be found for this set of collection, I rather post some because I don't want to preempt your visit to this magnificent exhibit. The exhibit will run from October 18, 2012 to February, 24 2013, 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.

If you're interested to read something about the artists for this year's set of awardees, I gathered as much data as I can for your reference. Enjoy reading.


Joey Cobcobo (b. 1983) is a half-Ilocano, half-Igorot artist who has been trained in painting, printmaking and woodcarving. He combines these disciplines in assemblages and installations, a good sampling of which have been viewed in venues such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Ayala Museum, Yuchengco Museum, Vargas Musem, Avellana Art Gallery, and Blanc Art Gallery in Manila, as well as the Bencab Museum in Baguio City, and the Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul, Korea. He was shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards in 2010, and was given the Juror’s Choice of Excellency during the same year’s Philippine Art Awards. 

Marina Cruz (b. 1982) graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts where she is currently finishing her MA in Art Education. She has shown prominently in several galleries in Manila such as Art Informal, as well as internationally in countries such as China and Indonesia. In 2007, she won both the grand prize of the Philippine Art Awards and the Ateneo Art Awards, which gave her the opportunity to attend a fellowship at La Trobe University’s Visual Arts Center in Sydney, Australia. She was awarded the Freeman Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in 2008. 

Riel Hilario (b. 1976) was born in San Vicente Ilocos Sur, where he was acquainted with the woodcraft traditions of his family. In 1994 while doing his thesis for the Philippine High School for the Arts, he returned to San Vicente and studied santo-making under Jose Lazo Jr. an uncle and local woodcarver. Hilario decided to focus on full-time art practice, particularly sculpture, in 2009. Since then his works have been shown in various galleries locally, as well in art fairs in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, India, London, and Basel. This 2012, Hilario was named one of the winners of the Ateneo Art Awards and the Philippine Art Awards. He also won a residency grant to Paris through the Philippine Artist Residency Program of Alliance Française de Manille (2012) and to New York and Malaysia (2013) courtesy of the Asian Cultural Council. 

Robert Langenegger (b. 1983) studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. In 2008, he was shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards and was a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art prize. Langenegger has participated in various solo and group exhibitions in Manila, Hong Kong, Australia, France and the US. Langenegger’s dark, often disturbing Gothic paintings touches on the dark comedy of man’s social deviations and its accompanying perversity. He frequently revisits and makes references to the art historical canon of political allegorists including Goya and Honore Daumier with allusions to contemporary figures including political satirist Robert Crumb and modernist painter Phillip Guston within the absurd, surrealistic context of Philippine life. 

Michael Muñoz (b. 1973) is visual artist by training, as well as an experienced exhibition and graphic designer with a deep respect for local artisans’ skills and practice. He has carried out designing work for exhibitions on traditional crafts of Luzon, which exposed him to several crafts-making communities. He was also a member of Surrounded by Water, an artist’s collective that made large strides for contemporary Philippine art in the late 1990’s. Muñoz’s most recent work explores the social and spiritual dimensions of martyrdom in the contemporary setting. His exhibitions tackle God’s presence in human history, and focuses on rarely seen religious imagery and symbolism. Muñoz utilizes religious symbolisms and images from as far back as the Renaissance and Baroque periods “to bring them back to their proper use.”  

Wawi Navarroza (b. 1979) is a photographer/multi-media artist based in Manila, Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from De La Salle University and attended continuing education at the international Center of Photography, New York. Recently, Navarroza completed her scholarship at the Instituto Europeo di Design, Madrid under the program European Master of Fine art Photography. Her work with contemporary photography has taken shape in highly-stylized symbolic mise-en-scène and tableau vivants to her more recent interest in landscape, constructed still life, and installation. Her landscape photographs propose a familiar ‘other place’ that opens up to fabricated emotional space that seem to be carved out by both personal and collective memory and amnesia. 

Leeroy New (b. 1986) is a sculptor, artist, and designer whose practice is an attempt to overlap and intersect with the different forms of visual arts including film, theater and fashion. He was nominated for the 2011 Signature Art Prize in Singapore, and was an awardee for the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards, for which he received residencies in La Trobe University, Australia and in Artisan Gallery, Singapore. He was also an exhibiting artist in the Fukoka Asian Art Triennale in Japan in 2009, and in the Singapore Biennale in 2008. New was born in General Santos city, and is a graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts and University of the Philippines Fine Arts. 

Kaloy Olavides (b. 1973) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines in 2000. He practices with painting, collage, performance and sound and video installation. Olavides has been into installations and performance until 2007, when he took an interest in collage. He said that he was inspired by Winston Smith’s “Act Like There’s Nothing Wrong.” His works’ themes are inclined to absurdity, irony, anxiety, deception and redirection. His artistic practice is informed by his work in production and sound design for films, music videos, commercials and audiovisual presentations. Olavides is also currently a member of the experimental sound collective Elemento. 

Renan Ortiz (b. 1977) is an artist, activist and teacher working in Metro Manila. Earning degrees in Political Science and Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines, Ortiz utilizes mass media images and techniques such as comic books, cartoons, photography and video in addressing social and political issues surrounding society and art. Gaining interest in how mass media affects mass movements, the artist fuses the practice of historicizing, satirizing and experimenting with ideas of power and manipulation. As an active member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Ortiz acts as organizer and propagandist in pursuing protest art and popularizing pressing political issues though cartooning and other art workshops. 

Mark Salvatus (b. 1980) a multi disciplinary artist whose work deals with the dystopian ramification of urbanization. Language and signs play an integral part in his aesthetic projects as he inserts a reconstituted design into the fabric of existing space and common gesture. Salvatus recently finished residencies at ACAR Asia Cultural Artist Residency, Gwangju, KR, Daedong Culture Foundation, Shatana International Residency, Shatana, Irbid, JO, Triangle Arts Trust, Can Serrat International Art Center in Barcelona, Spain, and has exhibited in various museums and galleries in Manila, as well as in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Australia, Belgium and Spain. He is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Sto. Tomas, Major in Advertising. 

Rodel Tapaya (b. 1980) was born in Montalban, Philippines, and has presented solo exhibitions in Manila, Beijing, Singapore, Japan, and Berlin. He received the coveted top prize in the Nokia Art Awards in 2001, which allowed him to pursue intensive drawing and painting courses at Parsons School of Design in New York City and from the University of Helsinki in Finland prior to graduating from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. Tapaya’s paintings recurrently depict narratives embedded in Filipino cultural history that offer sharp and often piercing commentary on contemporary life and issues. His characters appear in archetypes culled from pre-colonial historical research and recorded folktales from recent scholarship. In 2011, Tapaya was awarded the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize in Singapore. 

Costantino Zicarelli (b. 1984) graduated from the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design with a major in Advertising in 2005. Since then, he has accumulated several solo exhibitions in Metro Manila, the most recent ones in Silverlens Gallery and Art Informal, which displayed his artistic ambidexterity in drawing, painting and installation. He is also known for his conceptual shows, notably his annual solo exhibition in his private residence: I’m with stupid/I’m not with stupid (2007) and HELL (2009). Selected group exhibitions include Forever and ever and ever and ever (VWFA SG), 2nd Inauguration (Finale Art File, Manila) and Flippin’ out: Manila to Williamsburg (Goliath Art Space, Brooklyn). He just recently returned from residencies in Small Projects, Tromso, Norway, and in Kino kino Air Sandnes, Norway. 

Kiri Lluch Dalena (b. 1975) works as an artist and documentary filmmaker, having made a number of politically charged exhibitions and documentaries which address acts of state violence and injustice. She studied BS Human Ecology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and learned filmmaking at the Mowelfund Film Institute. Dalena has exhibited her videos, sculptures, and installations in venues such as the Vargas Museum, Singapore Art Museum, and Finale Art File. A winner of numerous art and film awards, Dalena was awarded first place in the experimental category of the Gawad CCP for Alternative Films in 2006, and 2nd place in the documentary category of the Gawad CCP for Alternative Films in 2003. Dalena received the Ateneo Art Awards in 2009, and was again shortlisted in 2010. 

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Credits to for the images of the Artists.
Euden Valdez of Manila Times for the Artists Profile.
Photos were taken using a BB9810.

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