Two visitors check an artwork exhibited in the ManilArt 2022 fair held from Oct. 9 to 13 at the SMX Convention Center Aura in Taguig. (Photo by Patrice Jerica A. Beltran/ The Varsitarian)

A THOMASIAN sculptor urged other artists to create pieces that would provoke feelings and curiosity in their audience.

“You have to create excitement if you can. Make them question, [make them] wonder,” architecture alumnus Richard Buxani told the Varsitarian.

Buxani exhibited two brass angel sculptures, named “Azrael,” in the ManilArt 2022 fair.

The 32-inch angels have similar features except for their wings. One has feathered wings, while the other has dragon wings that are usually associated with the devil.

But Buxani said any of two the angels could symbolize justice or death, depending on how the viewer looks at it.

“Dragon wings are also beautiful, depende lang sa tumitingin. Does it have to have feathered wings to be beautiful?” 

Glass sculptor Ramon Orlina, another architecture alumnus who is behind the Quattromondial, the 10-meter-high monument erected at the UST Quadricentennial Park in 2011 for the University’s 400th anniversary, showcased his glass works at the art fair.

Orlina presented his carved green glasses, “Three Peaks of Success” and “A Mother’s Comfort 2022,” alongside his “A Mother’s Delight” (pink crystal), “Desirable Eve” (Mediterranean blue glass), and “Sunrise” (yellow crystal).

With the theme “Forging Futures,” the 16th installment of the ManilArt continued its “phygital” (physical and digital) focus by creating a virtual walkthrough of the exhibit on its website and featuring augmented reality versions of select artworks as it did in 2020 and 2021.

ManilArt, the longest-running visual arts fair in the Philippines, was held last Oct. 9 to 13 at the SMX Convention Center Aura in Taguig. Nolene Beatrice H. Crucillo and Marymon Frances D. Reyes


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