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Nino Quartana

“There is nothing without the past,” says Sicilian born artist Nino Quartana,”Everywhere I have been before influences me. When you are painting, everything you saw in your life can inspire you. If you like or you don’t like, everything you see you can find in what you do. With his recent exhibit at Intramuros entitled, “ Landings and Takeoff,” opening last June 14, the fascinating collection brought about by the marriage of his skillful hands and brilliant imagination proved once again that Nino Quartana is indeed a master of memory.

As a master of memory, he not only captures a time and place far removed, but also rather harnesses the emotion, the beauty and the feeling of such memories and renders them into striking works of art that stand as a testament to its personal significance. It is therefore in looking at this past, that paves the way for his future vision, as it is in his contemplation and honoring of the past that became a foundation that he has used and built upon. “Any exhibit is different from the exhibit before. An exhibit has an experience from the exhibit before.”

His latest show features 19 landscape paintings as well as a photo installation, resonant of Philippine cities and landscapes in its aerial perspective. The works mimic the view from an airplane; the moment of entry or perhaps departure from a place that holds within so many memories of a life lived within its streets, admiring the same outlooks that are left behind.

A proud resident of the Philippines for the past 6 years, Nino has had multiple exhibit since entering the local art scene, gracing Filipino audiences with his introspective and captivating works that cover his expertise in all fields of visual arts, from paintings to installations, and everything in between. A seasoned artist, his work does not only display his reflections, and exhibit his unique and colorful vision of the world; it is also a product of his many travels, and inspirations from his home, Palermo.

“When I was very young, more than 30 years ago. I was the first artist in Sicily to make an installation”, he recounts, reminiscing his early beginnings as an artist. After attending Arts High School and Fine Arts at University in Palermo, what followed was a steady stream of group and solo exhibitions that featured his ever-evolving journey both in his creative expression as well as geographically. “The artist for me is a very sensitive person who feels the time and usually the artist, is the mirror of the time.” Since 1979 his works have been showcased in prestigious galleries all over the world, each piece a fresh product of his constant push to create something new. “I’m not a serial artist, I like to change, because if I don’t change in time I am bored.”

It is this restless, his constant need to explore new mediums and new subjects that has created such a vastly diverse body of work, all of which contains radically different medium and new inspirations from the multi-faceted and multi-talented artist.

A man of wide interests, his hunger for art extends beyond visual arts, it also carries over to his fascination for literature as well as, music, cinema and poetry.

“Any artist for all your life, you are painting yourself. It’s a self-portrait of yourself. A personal view of the world. You see the world with your eyes, you feel the world with your heart, with your sensation and you try to translate in your work.” Perhaps that is what makes Nino a fascinating artist, because as he paints himself, he leaves bits and pieces of his fascinating soul and a fascinating mind with each brushstroke and each line. This openness, this constant need to create, express and live exhibits a truly artistic soul that is open, ready and hungry for all the aesthetic beauty that the universe has to offer. To see the world through his eyes is intoxicating because it is to see a world that is more colorful, more diverse and bursting with possibilities than we could never have imagined. And it is in seeing this intoxicating view of a world we never thought possible that makes Nino an artist truly worth following.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:11
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Philippine visual arts collective management group holds first annual meet

City of Makati – The Filipino Visual Arts and Design Rights Organization or FILVADRO will hold the first annual general assembly for its members on July 28, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at the Pearl Room of Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast in Quezon City. FILVADRO, the Philippines' collective management society for the visual arts created by national laws and international treaties where the country is a member state, administers the intellectual property rights of its members.

The FILVADRO members' general assembly is themed “Miting Pang-Abanse.” It takes inspiration from the election phrase “Miting de Avance,” the final gathering in a campaign trail of political candidates before voters take to the polls.

Unlike Miting de Avance however, FILVADRO's Miting Pang-Abanse includes the election of the new Board of Trustees, the casting of votes to amend the organization's Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, a report on the previous year's accomplishments, and a discussion of future plans.

“On one hand, we recognize that the organization's leadership has to be responsive to the needs of the members which the election and the amendments would address. The members, on the other hand, likewise need to actively participate in ushering FILVADRO into its next vital chapter,” Karen Ocampo Flores, FILVADRO president, said.

Ocampo Flores was the head of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Visual Arts and Museo Division. She is a co-founder of TutoK, an artists' initiative for art and advocacy in 2005 and an educator in universities in Metro Manila.

Apart from Ocampo Flores, the other members who comprise the Board of Trustees are Rita Badilla-Gudiño who is the vice president; Grace Dimaranan, corporate secretary; Tina Colayco, treasurer; Yael Buencamino-Borromeo, vice treasurer; Josephine Turalba; Egai Talusan Fernandez; Emmanuel Garibay and; Noel Soler Cuizon.

A board member of the PUTIK Association of Philippine Potters, Badilla-Gudiño likewise founded the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Fine Arts Ceramic Studio and serves as its faculty coordinator. Dimaranan is the president of the Animation Council of the Philippines and owner of Top Peg Animation Studio Inc. Colayco is the dean of the UP College of Fine Arts. Buencamino-Borromeo is the managing curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery.

Interdisciplinary artist Turalba is the dean of Philippine Women's University (PWU) School of Fine Arts and Design. Talusan Fernandez is the head of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Committee on Visual Arts. Garibay is likewise one of the founders of TutoK and president of the Asian Christian Art Association, Inc. Soler Cuizon is a core member of TutoK and teaches at the PWU School of Fine Arts and Design.

Other FILVADRO members include Ambie Abaño, Susan Abrera, Ana Rhea Adonis, Nunelucio Alvarado, Eric Ambata, Maria Eugene Aniar, John Paul Antido, Cruzaldo Arbozo, Adjani Arumpac, Cynthia Atud, Virgilio Aviado, Jose Badelles, Rogger Basco, Christopher Bayani, Bernard Bertumen, Jenica April Cahayom, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Jeffrey Carnay, Delfin Castro Jr., Jason Christopher Castro, Clarissa Chikiamco, Salvador Ching, Joey Cobcobo, Salvador Concovar, Marika Constantino, Olivia D’Aboville, Camille Dagal, Maria Venus Dante, Nadya Melina David, Don Reich De Dios, Iris Joy Deganos, Fil Delacruz, Jan Olympus Delacruz, Sheila Rose dela Paz, Jocelyn Diaz, Jemimah Grace Dumawal, Daniel Enriquez, Noell El Farol, Arvi Fetalvero, Jemima Keren Flaminiano, Noel Flores, Jade Ellaine Gadin, Genaro Gomez Sr., Maria Lourdes Inosanto, Raul Isidro, David Justimbaste, Jerry Jimenez, Marisa Laudinez, Alfredo Liongoren, Manuel Lumbao, Angelo Magno, Raymund Malicay, Frances Nicole Manzanero, Dalisay Mendez, Ma. Rowena Monsale, Maria Francesca Nacionales, Marcus Nada, Gerry Navilon, Othoniel Neri, Eden Ocampo, J Pacena II, Darryl Pagulong, Dantes Palmes, Noel Pama, Lala Pavilando, Josefina Pineda, Al Perez, Stacey Kate Posion, Azenith Elaine Ramirez, Jocelyn Ramos, Dan Antonio Recalde, Ma. Rhoda Recto, Mitzi Marie Reyes, Kirby Roxas, Mutya Sambile, Rogelio Santos, Fidel Sarmiento, Bru Sim, Judy Talan, Daniel Tayona, AJ Tolentino, Lia Torralba, Nikki Tucay, Josephine Turalba, Wesley Valenzuela, Andrei Venal, and Rhener Griego Vive.

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines), the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), the NCCA and the CCP recognize FILVADRO as the Philippine collective management organization for visual arts and design. The Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE) has provided financial support to the organization since March 2011, and in September 2011 the organization was formally launched.

For more information on this story, please contact Betty Uy-Regala at 0906.2604175 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 July 2012 09:00
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Casa Asia Prize

The 2012 Casa Asia Prize is now open for nominations.

The Award is granted annually in order to distinguish individuals, institutions and organizations that have excelled in promoting awareness, dialogue and harmony among societies of Spain and the Asia Pacific region and/or have made outstanding work for the dignity and human rights in the region.

Nominations can be presented by individuals, institutions or entities from Spain or the Asia-Pacific Region. Candidates can be either individuals or institutions from these areas too.

Proposals must properly document the natural or legal personality of the applicant and the merits of the candidate. They must be submitted in duplicate, specifying the destination to "Casa Asia Award 2012" by May 31, 2012 to the address listed below (the material delivered to submit nominations will not bereturned):

CASA ASIA
Av. Diagonal, 373
08008 Barcelona
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The Award can be granted ex aequo. It can also be declared void, in which case, its endowment will not accumulate. It can be granted posthumously. The decision will be unappealable. The Award will consist of 6.000 euros in cash. The Award will be given in an event organized by Casa Asia.

Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, also a lawyer and former President of the University of the Philippines, was named one of two international recipients during the 7th “Casa Asia Award,” and is the first Filipino to receive the said award.

The Casa Asia Award is bestowed by the institution of the same name and was set up in November 2001 as an integral part of Spain’s foreign policy, aimed at strengthening Spanish presence in the Asia-Pacific region in the 21st century.

For more details, and to download forms, please go to this link: http://www.casaasia.eu/noticia/detalle?id=205671

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Art Major Faculty ' Explore K-Arts'

Korea National University of Arts

As an affiliated organization of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea(hereafter MCST), the Korea National University of Arts runs the short-term fellowship program for Art educators and professionals called Art Major Faculty ‘Explore K-Arts’(hereafter, AMFEK). AMFEK is sponsored by the MCST and invites professionals and academic researcher in various art fields from abroad each year for 6 months for the purpose to promote artistic cooperation and cultural understanding and introduce Korean traditional and contemporary culture.

? Program Objectives

? To promote the artistic and cultural network and cooperation by inviting art educators, researchers, or professional artists from institutions specialized in arts around the world

? To allow students to experience cultural diversity through exchange with invited art professionals and to strengthen the artistic creativity

? Program Outline

? Invitation Eligibility

-          Professionals working actively as faculty member, artist, or art administrator of an artistic/cultural institution (Ages 25~45)

-          Field of Program:  6 schools* of Korea National University of Arts

* Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Drama, Film/TV/ Multimedia, Korean Traditional Arts

-          Region : Asia, Africa, East Europe

-          Period :   Jun. 18 ~ Dec. 14, 2012 (Apprx. 6 months)

-          Requirement: Fluent in English OR in Korean language

-          Number of Participant:  5

 

? Support to Participant

-          1 round-trip airfare(economy class)

-          Accommodation : On-campus Dormitory(1 room per person, fully furnished)

-          Living expenses: KRW 800,000

( apprx. USD 700, subject to change according to currency rate)

-          Korean language lessons(200 hours)

-          Insurance, Cultural field trips, etc.

-          Partial or full support on proposed projects such as workshop, symposium, exhibition, performance, etc. according to its feasibility and importance

 

? Activity and Obligation

-          Final report (Memoire, Performance, Exhibition, Film or Documentary production, etc.)

-          200 hours of Korean language lesson

-          Participation in cultural events for the reciprocal cultural understanding; Festival, Seminar, Special Lecture, etc.

-          Participation on the research/creation project

1 K-Arts faculty member will be paired with the AMFeK participant as a mentor

?Examples of research/artistic projects?

-          A study on art education methodology or on the art administration

-          A study on building regional network on Art education between Asia and America

-          Joint-production of film/documentary

-          Joint workshop, performance or exhibition

For initial submission, please forward (1) the applicant's curriculum vitae; (2) accomplished AMFEK application form, and (3) research/project proposal to Ms. Seora Woo, Office of External Affairs, Korean National University of Arts (mailing address and contact details indicated in the guidelines) on or before April 20, 2012. The rest of the requirements may be forwarded beyond the application deadline BUT not later than April 30.

For recommendation purposes, please furnish us a copy of the submission via post (mailing address: Korean Cultural Center, 2/F Mancor Corporate Center, 32nd Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1634), email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax 555-1707 on or before April 19, 2012.

For any inquiry, please contact Ms. Wena Sadorra at tel. nos. 555-1711 / 1709.

Download application form in this link.

 

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ASEAN Graphic Arts Competition and Exhibition

On the occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of ASEAN
Ha Noi, Viet Nam

GENERAL INFORMATION

I. Background:

On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN (1967-2012), the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam organizes the ASEAN Graphic Arts Competition and Exhibition in Ha Noi, Viet Nam in 2012.

The ASEAN Graphic Arts Competition and Exhibition 2012 is expected to create a forum for graphic artists in ASEAN Member States to exchange and introduce their graphic artworks to the ASEAN community. The Competition starts its artwork selection from 20th May 2012. The Opening and Awarding Ceremony will be held in early August 2012 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.


II. Regulation:

1. Applicant requirements:

Applicants must be ASEAN Member States’ citizens.

2. Theme:

It is acceptable for free topics on life, people, natural landscape, appraising peace, solidarity, friendship cooperation.

3. Artworks requirements:

- Graphic arts created as in wood-carving, metal-carving, plaster-carving, rubber-carving, stone-print… and other graphic forms will be accepted for participation.
- Artworks shall be created during the period of 2007 – 2012.
- Maximum dimension for each artwork should not exceed 200cm. Frames will be provided by the Organizing Committee.
- Each participant can send maximum of 03 artworks for the competition.

4. Submission:

- Participants are required to send photos of their artworks (one photo for each artwork) to the Organizing Committee for primary examination from 20th to 30th May 2012.
- After primary examination, selected artworks will be judged for the final with prizes. Deadline for original artworks submission will be informed by the Organizing Committee after the primary selection.
- Artworks shall be rejected if original artworks are not as captured in the photos.
- Applicants can directly send photos to the Organizing Committee or through concerned arts agencies of their countries.

5. Photo requirements:

- One photo for each artwork. Photo size: 18cm x 24cm with high resolution.
- Photos will not be returned to authors after the competition.
- Photos of artworks can be used by the Organizing Committee for printing in brochures, materials promoting for the Competition and Exhibition (for non-profit purposes) without getting permission from the authors.
- Each photo should be attached with an Artwork Form, which is provided by the Organiging Committee.
- It is requested that photos of artworks are sent by postal mail to the above address.

6. Prizes:

There are 17 different types of Prize including:

- 01 First Prize with Certificate and 30.000.000 VND (~1.500 USD)
- 02 Second Prizes with Certificate and 20.000.000 VND each (~1.000 USD)
- 04 Third Prizes with Certificate and 15.000.000VND each (~750U SD)
- 10 Consolation Prizes with Certificate and 5.000.000VND each (~250 USD)

7. Contact Points:

Department of Fine Art, Photography and Exhibition
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Address: 38 Cao Ba Quat Str., Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel: +84-4-37347460 / 84-1234284847
Fax: +84-4-37347459
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Website: http://ape.gov.vn

*It is requested that photos of artworks are sent by postal mail to the above address.

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FORM:

ASEAN GRAPHIC ARTS COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION 2012

On the occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of ASEAN
Ha Noi, Viet Nam

ARTWORK FORM
ASEAN GRAPHIC ARTS COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION 2012

Artwork’s Code

(for Organizing Committee only)

ARTWORK INFORMATION:

Name: ……………………………………………………………….

Created Year: ………………………
Number of artworks: ...…………………………...


Material used: ………………………
Size/Dimension: …………………………………


ARTIST INFORMATION:

Name (in BLOCK LETTER): ……………………………………………………………

Date of Birth: …………………………………………………………………………….

Nationality: ……………………………………………………………………………….

Profession: ………………………………………………………………………………..

Please list your experiences at national and international competitions and exhibitions:

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

*I hereby confirm that this artwork is created by me and I am responsible for artwork’s copyright. I agree to comply with the regulations of the ASEAN Graphic Arts Competition and Exhibition 2012 organized in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.


Date: …………………………………

Artist’s signature: ...…………………………….

 

For further information, kindly contact

Mr. Tran Quoc Hung, Diplomatic Officer, Department of Fine Art, Photography and Exhibition
Mobile no.: 84-1234284847; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ms. Tran Hai Van, Deputy Head of the Asia Division, International Cooperation Department at:
Office: 84-4-39439975; Fax: 84-4-39437101
Mobile no.: 84-915125878; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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