ABOUT

Eskinita Art Gallery is an “art project” of “Eski”—Alfredo Esquillo. He envisioned it as an alternative platform and an artist’s intervention in the art scene that continues to grow, to evolve, and complicate.  

Esquillo’s vision was inspired by his mentor (and the Eskinita Art Gallery’s resident curator) Renato “Ato” Habulan, his struggle and growth as a student, and his journey to succeed as a professional artist. Both Esquillo and Habulan are painters, active and quite renowned in Philippine art scene, in particular in the realm of social realism.

The “art project” continues to evolve in the “here and now” of contemporary art, with more curatorial and collaborative programs to engage the community, and inspire creativity and diversity in artists. The “art project” will look to the future as it shapes art making, but will respond to these developments, mindful of its role—as the arena where the artist’s message is amplified, and the hearer’s acquiescence or questions are welcomed.

Eskinita; noun
Esquinita, from the Spanish word esquina, means “corner” leading to an alleyway. Cities in Metro Manila have networks of side streets and alleyways—eskinitas—familiar streets that take one home, or to yet to be discovered shorter routes to a new adventure, pre-determined destination or a life changing destiny.Eskinita Art Gallery’s name is play on founder Alfredo Esquillo’s nickname—“Eski.” The Gallery is an “alleyway” to his new home for art and artists,and an invitation to share in his new adventures.

“Eski”

Alfredo Esquillo, Founder

Esquillo graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Sto. Tomas, and not long after started to receive recognition in local and regional art competitions. These include: the Philippine Art Awards and ASEAN Art Awards in 1995 and 1996, and the Thirteen Artists Awards from the Cultural Centre of the Philippines in 2000. As he established his brand of magic cum “social realist” style, his canvases became necessary fixtures in exhibitions that defined junctures in contemporary Philippine Art.    

“Ato”

Renato Habulan, Resident Curator  

Habulan has been a prominent and prolific “social realist” artist since the 1970s. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the East, and since 2001, has been an art educator and mentor in institutions such as the Technological University of the Philippines, St. Scholastica’s College, and Ayala Museum. He was a key member of Kaisahan, a group of socially committed artists active in the 1970s—the highly strung decade of Philippine politics. His body of work includes award-winning watercolors, non-representational art, and assemblages. He represented the Philippines in the 1995 Cheju Biennale, South Korea, and cited as a Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artists awardee in 1990