THOMASIAN artists’ works were sold at a charity auction for the Philippine General Hospital’s (PGH) indigent children patients with cancer.

Artworks of Justin “Tiny” Nuyda and Ramon Orlina, as well as those of National Artists Arturo Luz, Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera and the late J. Elizalde Navarro, were among those sold at the NEX Tower in Makati last July 20.

One of the highlights of the auction was Tiny Nuyda’s “Search Mindscape: Redoing Climate Change,” a 51 x 76 cm oil on canvas sold for P1.5 million.

National Artist Arturo Luz’s “Photograph of a Drawing,” a digital print piece, was sold for P200,000 while his metalwork “Homage to Isamu Noguchi #25” was sold for P65,000.

Luz’s collage series was a three-part mixed media on paper.  The two smaller pieces were auctioned for P70,000 each, while the third and bigger piece sold for P180,000.

“New Jersey,” a watercolor on paper by Navarro, was sold for P120,000.

National Artist BenCab’s untitled piece, a 30 x 53 cm lithograph, which is part of a series, was also sold for P150,000.

Ramon Orlina’s “Happy embrace,” a 21 x 22 x 14 cm glass sculpture, was also auctioned but did not meet the minimum price for bidding.

The highest bid went to 13 Artists Awardee Manny Garibay’s untitled piece, a 100 x 100 cm acrylic on canvas, which was sold for P1.6 million.

Also included in the auction were some jewelry and couture.

“We’re raising [funds] for the isolation ward; it’s a chemo isolation ward where the kids can stay before or after their sessions,” said Sheila Romero, founder and president of iWantToShare foundation.

The auction was organized by Salcedo Auctions’ Gavel and Block and iWantToShare foundation to support the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Department of PGH.

“It’s really a collaboration under the joint mission of helping these kids with cancer,” LA Lopez, head of marketing and communications of Salcedo Auctions, said.

About a hundred items were sold during the charity auction.


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