When you consider that almost two-thirds of the world is either Asian or Asian-American, it’s no wonder that the art world has always felt more and more like a “landscape,” says Manila-based Filipino artist Filipinosan artist Filipino artist Filipina Pina.
But that’s not the case for many Filipinos in the art scene.
“When we see something that is Filipino, we feel so excited because we know that this is what Filipino artists are doing,” says Pina, who has been illustrating her paintings in English since she was a little girl.
But with so many Filipino artists and artists in the United States, why should Filipinosbe able to draw what is Filipino in the world?
And why should we believe the work of Filipino artists when it comes to being a visual artist, a painter, a storyteller?
Filipinos have been living in the U.S. since the 1800s, and while they may have roots in the country, Filipinos are now considered the fastest-growing minority in the American art world, with an estimated 100,000 Filipinos living in New York alone.
And it’s not just the Filipinos who are working in the US.
Filipinos, too, are increasingly drawing international attention.
The U.K. is one of the biggest markets for Filipino art, with a recent exhibition of more than 1,500 works by Filipinos taking place at the London Museum of Contemporary Art (LMCA).
The art world is also starting to take notice.
The United States is home to a thriving art scene in the form of artists, directors, writers and directors from around the world, says Jennifer Zalewski, president and CEO of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), which is a trade association of the nation’s most prestigious universities.
“There are more artists here than ever before,” Zalewski says.
“And it’s also a place where Filipinos come from and it’s a place that is still developing.”
The AAAS is one member of the National Center for Arts and the Arts (NCAA), a national non-profit organization that promotes cultural exchange between the U of A and its overseas students.
In addition to the AAAS and NCAA, many major institutions in the arts are also offering Filipino artists residencies.
The Filipino artists who are coming to the United State for residencies have been drawn to the American arts scene because of its wide range of cultural backgrounds, Zalwski says, including Filipino-American artists, Filipino writers, Filipino actors and filmmakers, and Filipino artists from around Asia.
While Filipinos can’t be drawn to American art anytime soon, Filipinascan find inspiration in the works of Filipino creators in American art galleries and museums.
“The art world here is always looking for something new and different, so it makes sense for Filipino artists to be there,” says Zalewksi.
In the past year, there has been an influx of Filipino art in the galleries of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) in Chicago.
The gallery opened its first gallery exhibit on June 7, featuring Filipino artists, including the work by Pina and her friend Maria.
The exhibition is now in its second year.
“A lot of Filipino-Americans are doing work in America, and it is interesting to see Filipino-based artists in American galleries,” says artist Michelle Gomes.
“It’s really interesting that the American gallery industry is looking for Filipino-inspired work.
They are looking for the Filipino artist in America to create something that reflects their culture.”
Pina says that the artists are also inspired by Filipino culture, like the idea of giving gifts to children.
“They have a different sense of appreciation for Filipino culture.
The gift of the children is something that I think is really important in Filipino culture,” she says.
In her paintings, she shows how Filipinos give gifts to the children, with flowers and stuffed animals.
The art gallery also has a program that focuses on Filipino-Canadian artists and writers, including artist Nino Rangel, who also has an exhibition scheduled for June.
“We were surprised to see that Filipino-Canadians and Filipinas are really in demand,” says Rangel.
“Many artists from different cultures and backgrounds are coming together to create their work.
We see that the work is very authentic, and that it is beautiful and it makes a difference.”
The artists have also created new and interesting paintings and illustrations for the AIC’s art exhibit.
“Filipinos are so diverse in the way they live their lives, and they have a rich history in the Philippines.
So, to have Filipino artists creating art for the American public, I think it’s important,” says Gomes, the artist who has also been involved in art exhibitions in Manila.
But what about the American audience?
“There’s still so much to learn about