Eskinita Art Gallery, 59C Paseo de Roxas, Urdaneta Makati
Monday-Saturday, 11:00 – 4:00 pm
“In April 2001, upon being invited to a collective cultural project commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Philippine-American War, Alfredo Esquillo joined his fellow contemporary Filipino artists based in the United States. Being a member of Sakay art group, Esquillo recalls it was even before the age of Google, there was an overwhelming wealth of available materials having accessed to primary sources in the US. While doing their respective researches, Esquillo remembers they were being so fuming mad as they were eager to get back at our colonizers through their realist brushstrokes.
In Saysay, there is that character of uneasiness that is present in an Esquillo piece that haunts the viewer. One obviously knows the picture is off but is replaced –or even reversed yet one permits it as it allows to reclaim the narrative of the Filipino in his paintings.
For Esquillo, a lot of hidden meanings are concealed in the signified thus one should be attentive enough to the picture at hand to enable our own inherent realizations. The artistic prowess of Esquillo is he still leaves much of the action to his viewers to remain active not just passive.” – an excerpt from Jay Bautista’s Making Sense to His Stories: On Alfredo Esquillo’s Saysay