"LA FAMILIA FILIPINA" EXHIBITION SEES DOMINIC RUBIO EXAMINE THE QUINTESSENCE OF THE PHILIPPINE FAMILY
If there is one thing that is prominent painter Dominic Rubio's main concern, it is the Filipino family. The father of three children, it is not at all surprising that his paintings are able to capture the intimate warmth of a family.
His oeuvre are images of families, whether they are out on a pasyal after Sunday mass, or whether they're a family of vendors on their way to market, or a family preparing to make a special journey to the main city. Rubio paints families not only with impressive technique, but with the heart of a true family man.
Galerie Joaquin in San Juan is proud to host Rubio's "La Familia Filipina", which opens Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 pm as its Year 12 opening exhibition. Rubio, who has not had a one man show since 2012, has been hard at work preparing for this exhibit and will be presenting 30 new works. During opening night, the artist will be dedicating and signing paintings for collectors. Galerie Joaquin is located at 371 P. Guevarra Street corner Montessori Lane, Addition Hills, San Juan, Metro Manila. For more information, please call (632) 723-9418 or visit www.galeriejoaquin.com
It is Rubio's placement of these figures into the realm of heritage and nostalgia that sets the University of Santo Tomas-trained painter apart from other artists. Art critic Cid Reyes once said of Rubio's practice: "Arresting is the punctilious application of pigment and the delineation of the figures…technically adept, Rubio displays impressive workmanship." It's an attempt to seize that idyllic moment in time - in this case a very dreamy idea of turn-of-the-century Philippine society - through a superb and unrivalled technique. A technique so magical that once can actually see oneself in one of Rubio's works. Critically acclaimed, Rubio's mark is his aesthetic technique of elongating the necks of colonial motifs--a technique that has seen him garner critical praise both here and abroad. It has led Rubio to being one of the most celebrated visual artists today. Art historian Dr. Reuben Canete lauds Rubio for expropriating techniques of Spanish colonial masters such as the tipos del pais of Damian Domingo, the recuerdos de fotografo and the highly popular style of miniaturismo.
Rubio's practice uses nostalgia in the treatment of the subjects and the colonial contexts he places them in. Rubio's consideration of the theme is in the tinges he brings in his details. A dynamic character painter, his subjects are of a historical leaning and therefore wear the details of their historical time-period—costumes, equipment, and even the backgrounds of churches and other colonial buildings all conform to an idyllic reimagining of the past.
For this exhibition, Rubio uses all these nuances in his understanding of the quintessential Filipino family. In some cases, he trains his eye on the relationships between two members, such as two sisters or brothers. In other cases, he imagines the family participating in a singular occupation, such as setting up wares for the market. Often however, he depicts his family figures in acts of leisure, allowing the viewer to soak in this "slice of life" vignette and recall their own wonderful moments with their family. A brilliant take on family, this is a Rubio show that can't be missed.