A unique art exhibition that will showcase the work of four multi-awarded Filipino artists combining their passion and varying artistic styles.
Four Filipino artists based in Australia for over three decades have banded together to give homage to both Australia (the country that has graciously hosted them) and the Philippines (their homeland). “Four Songs From Oz”, is their way of expressing their affection and gratitude to both homes.
This exhibit opens at the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney on 12 June 2016 in commemoration of the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence and of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Philippines-Australia Diplomatic Relations. The exhibit will be open to the public from 14 to 17 June 2016 at 9:00am to 3:00pm daily. The artists are most grateful to the officers and staff of the Consulate led by Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis for their ardent support.
In July, “Four Songs From Oz” will travel to the Yuchengco Museum in Manila as part of the commemorative activities for the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Philippines-Australia Diplomatic Relations. The artists are grateful for the support of Ambassador Minda Calaguian-Cruz of the Philippine Embassy in Canberra and of Ambassador Amanda Gorely of the Australian Embassy in Manila. The artists also thank Jeannie Javelosa and Elma Abrina of the Yuchengco Museum, and Mariel Eduarte, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Australian Embassy, for their assistance.
About the Artists
Ramon Coloma is based in Sydney, Australia and is the Founder of International Artists League. He is a recipient of the 2011 Visual Arts Awardee from the Filipino-Australian Artistic and Cultural Endeavour Society, and a Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists. Coloma has been commissioned to paint portraits by clients from the Philippines, Australia, USA, Japan, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland. He held his first solo exhibition in 1979 at the Heritage Art Center, Philippines (under the auspices of Odette Alcantara) and almost all his works sold out. He has held several one-man exhibitions in the Philippines, Australia and Singapore. He is the author of the coffee-table art book "Portraits of Success" and other books that are soon to be released.
Alberto Estanislao graduated from the Far Eastern University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Advertising degree. He subsequently worked as an all-rounder artist designer at leading design studios in Manila. In 1988, he resettled in Sydney, Australia. His works have been exhibited in different countries. Estanislao is a multi-awardee who has been recognised for his works and is among artists featured in “Who’s Who in Australian Visual Arts”.
Alfredo Roces’ credentials include finishing Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA in 1954 and an extra year of drawing under the German Dada artist George Grosz at the Art Students’ League of New York in 1955-56. A prolific artist, Roces had held over 40 One-Man-Shows in the Philippines, including at the National Library, Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Ayala Museum. In Australia, he held a one-man-show at the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney in 1982. Roces’ various awards and citations include the Grand Prize in the 25th Annual Show of the Art Association of the Philippines and being named “Artist of the Year” by the AAP in 1975. His paintings are in the collection of The National Museum, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Central Bank of the Philippines, Convention Center of the Philippines, and the Metropolitan Museum. Recently, he received the Presidential "Pamana Awards" for the arts from President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Francisco Rovero completed Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Advertising at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. . Rovero has received numerous awards in the Philippines and in Australia. He is also well known for his metal sculptures which have been exhibited in the U.S.A., Singapore and Japan. He is a former President of the Filipino-Australian Art Society and is highly respected in the field of art in Australia.