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Philippine folk art plays an important role in the development of the country’s visual art scene. With motifs and compositions that are more attuned to indigenous sensibilities, folk art has spurned the creation of a unique Philippine identity that strongly resonated among the pioneers of Philippine art, especially within a post-colonial framework seeking to unearth core Philippine values. Folk art motifs recall to a simpler time, exploring the belief systems of native communities and in turn laying the foundation towards a ‘National’ art—around which has revolved the nuances of Academic, Modern, and Contemporary art practices.

It is this conceptual framework that drives the visual arts practice of Aljo Pingol. Deceptively naïf in his choice of subject, Pingol is in truth a classically-trained artist—being a product of the prestigious Fine Arts program of the University of Santo Tomas. His compositional milieu draws heavily from a strong tradition in Philippine folk culture and society. Traditional Filipino values of friendship and loyalty, love and affection for our grandparents and strong family values as well as the laid-back feel of the idyll countryside, figure prominently throughout his works. Interactions between husband and wife, parents and children, grandparents, and families and the community are presented as joyous and happy occasions. Pingol also draws on the Pinoy flair for fun through his series of clown and circus motifs—often seen mingling with the town folk in fiestas and carnivals. Pingol’s unique and highly innovative style immediately makes his works contemporary by nature.

Having completed new works to his impressive oeuvre, Pingol will be holding a one-man exhibition at the Atrium of the Podium Mall in Ortigas Center from April 29 to May 5, 2013. Entitled Folkism and hosted by Galerie Joaquin Podium, the exhibition formally opens on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. and features new works by this young master of narrative folk scenes in a carefully curated exhibition that draws upon the best samplings of his works.

The exhibition will be at the 2nd floor atrium level of The Podium Mall, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For inquiries, visit Galerie Joaquin Podium at Unit B12-B13, Lower Ground Level, The Podium. Please call 634-7954 / 723-9253 or visit

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