Sunday, November 6, 2011

Artist for Volunteerism : Pablo Baen Santos

Born in 1943, a Fine Arts graduate of the University of the Philippines, Pablo Baen Santos is one of the recipients of the 13 Artists Awards given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1990. His works has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions locally and abroad. His works are in the collections of Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Central Bank of the Philippine, Philippine National Museum and at Singapore Art Museum where he was invited to participate in Singapore Biennale in 2006.

Pablo Bean Santos is among the first generation social realists, who, through arts has tirelessly expose the state of the nation’s social ills, political abuses and inequities. His first solo exhibit in 1975 coincides with his founding of KAISAHAN, the first organized group of young nationalist Filipino painters that went into the thick of the ‘protest art’ movement during the early 1970s of Marcos regime. The ‘protest art’ or ‘commited art’ encouraged the artists to realize that they were as much as part of history-in-the making as politicians, and what they painted was a means of affecting social change.

Although he has mellowed over the years, his recent exhibits: ‘SMS’ (2009) Crucible Gallery,SM Megamall and ‘Kapital: Tribute to Labor ‘(2010) Jorge B.Vargas Museum, in U.P., a hint of provocation will always be part of his theme. Pablo Baen Santos is considered as one of the ‘provocateurs’, frontrunner of Philippine social realism.


"Kalinga sa Kinabukasan"
36" x 48"
Price: Php 170,000

"Rainbow Rally"
24" x 36"
Price: Php 85,000