Abstractionist mounts ‘experience-centered’ works in exhibit

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VISUAL artist Raul Isidro inscribes his nostalgic memories into picturesque landscape paintings in “Raul Isidro: Abstract Meditations,” an exhibit that opened last Jan. 23 at Gallery C of Conrad Manila.

His collection of 22 abstract paintings was the product of sessions held between 2016 and 2017.

“My subject matter are mostly landscapes but the landscapes in this exhibit are expressions coming from my heart,” Isidro told the Varsitarian.

The exhibit shows some of his experiences living in his hometown in Samar and staying in America for a decade.

Isidro, an alumnus of the old UST College of Architecture and Fine Arts, said his works involved “hazy subject matter from a distance,” representing his expressions from his past.

“Summerscape” is a 24’x48’ in. painting that depicts large stones bathed in bright yellow acrylic hues.

In “Santol Tree,” fiery-colored trees are displayed with hints of midnight blue on a black backdrop.

“Summer Past” is a black- and yellow-hued collection of stones that illustrate the warmth of summer.

Isidro is known for his minimalist approach, which gained him recognition such as the Ten Outstanding Men in the Philippines for Fine Arts in 1979 and the Outstanding Thomasian Award for Visual Artists in 2006.

He trained under renowned painters such as Victorio Edades and Angelito Antonio.

Isidro will open his own studio at his house in Parañaque this March.

“Raul Isidro: Abstract Meditations” runs until April 15.

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