By Tina Jacinto
Like other artists of his generation, Andres Barrioquinto understands how art reflects and shapes the manner we see our world. He pushed beyond boundaries and his art as well as his name has become synonymous with dynamic juxtapositions.
Recently, the 2003 Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artists awardee recently put together an all-star cast to open his “Portraits by Andres Barrioquinto.” Presented by the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), on the occasion of its 55th anniversary and in partnership with the DF Art Agency and the National Museum, Barrioquinto exhibited a collection of 18 commissioned portraits of celebrities, businessmen, entrepreneurs, art connoisseurs as well as the artist’s self-portrait.
US ambassador Sung Kim, ACC chairman Wendy O’Neill, Derek Flores, ACC Philippines head Ernest Escaler, and National Museum director Jeremy Barns mingled with the well-heeled invitees at President Sergio Osmeña Hall of the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Andres delved into the fantastic realm, a complex, colorful exploration of ingenious images. His portraits were characterized as such: Faces were foreground with the drama of montages from his vision and interpreted on canvas where nature and culture collide. The soul is captured in the portraits. “Even if I shifted from expressionism and realism, the same feeling remains, although in a different style,” says Andres,
The objective was to show a “balanced view where beauty or even a normal image is defaced and disfigured to evince real beauty, one that can be only understood as it is contrasted with its underside.“ Embellishments showcased exotic animals, such as peacocks and birds, butterflies, florals, and Japanese Edo prints. One can only sigh and succumb to the allure of multi-awarded and Faaabvlous 2018 Man of Distinction Andres Barrioquinto’s signature—pale, almost colorless faces amid blossoms and rich hues.
Stylish and youthful CEO of Advance Paper Corporation Connie Haw toasted to another milestone creating moments she will cherish forever. Recently, she invited friends from business and society to a delectable feast at the New World Hotel Makati. Connie always had this philosophy: “I’ve learned that what matters most are the people in our lives. Money is something that can be gone one day. But the relationships with my family and my friends are things I will treasure for a long time. What matters to me now is to build more meaningful relationships with people I love.”
A very successful entrepreneur, Connie’s advocacy includes the donation of school supplies, such as notebooks, writing pads, pencils, and school bags to the less fortunate. Connie is a 2011 Philippine Cancer Society Ambassador for Life, from the annual fundraising event of the Philippines Best Dressed Women. She is also part of the Buddhist Tsu Chi Foundation, the Virlanie Foundation, World Vision Philippines, and the Faaabvlous Women roster.
A perfectionist and a stickler for high-quality products, Connie shares: “Being in the paper industry, I strive to uplift the educational standards of our school materials by supplying good quality writing paper for students.”
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