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Pangil, Laguna-based artist Jomar Delluba investigates the creativity of children for mischief in his first solo exhibition "Maldita," which will open at Galerie Joaquin Podium on January 16 at 6:30 p.m. and runs until January 27. Coming off several well-received events, Delluba is one of the most sought-after artists in the country today, with a waiting list of patrons eager to snap up his works. They recognize an artist who is thoroughly engaged in a practice that reflects upon the very nature of childhood and how we relate to the consequent imagery that in inevitably represents using a consistently fascinating, quirky, and highly-technical aesthetic style.

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The works in this show sees Delluba playing with and upending traditional concepts of childhood mischief. He paints in a style that, at first glance, is cutesy but becomes increasingly surreal upon closer examination. We have, for instance, a painting of a girl in pigtails with her hand over her right eye as if she was punched. What is surreal, however, is the disinterested look on her face--as if she was already used to such physical punishment. But aren't little girls supposed to refrain from such brutality? Delluba's work hangs that question over the canvas, but also speeds past it. It is a brilliant way to turn our expectations on their heads.

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