KRIS ABRIGO

Kris Abrigo is a painter, designer and a muralist. He studied in Fine Arts and majored in Visual Communication in University of the Philippines Diliman. He has won a national sculpture competition, participated on art fairs and an international mural festival, and had a handful of group shows and 3 solo shows under his belt. His work has gained much visibility over the years from creating murals for commercial and residential spaces, and crafting design sculptures as collaborations with furniture and lifestyle shops.

In his paintings, Abrigo hopes to foster an inviting environment with his bubbly forms that sparks younger generations’ curiosity about art. Through Abrigo’s distinct color palette and eye for geometric designs, his paintings become alluring art objects with many possibilities to explore. Abrigo’s technique of superimposing angular abstract shapes onto his own versions of the local characters and urban landscapes comes in as a natural approach to composition of painting. Upon close inspection, you will find the artist’s touch and strokes throughout the painting despite the closed color scheme, technique that serves as a nod to abstract expressionists. Exploring new formal territory, this resistance from flatness to fat strokes that establish volume and texture, implies the evolution to his style. Rendered in both pastel and bright colors and with acute precision on canvas or on walls, his works suggest a core sample of the new wave of urban artists around the world. His artworks are meant to be taken in as a whole, described as a “landscape” that represents the issues at hand. Underlying all of his work is a deep contradiction around culturally held notions of poverty, religion, corruption and social order.

 

Abrigo畢業於菲律賓大學Diliman分校的藝術系,主修視覺傳達設計,是一位畫家、設計師及壁畫藝術家。他曾贏得國家雕塑比賽,參與藝術展覽會及國際壁畫創作活動,亦曾舉辦多次聯展及3次個人展。多年來,從商業及住宅空間內的壁畫創作,到與時尚家居商店合作推出的手工雕塑設計,他的作品獲得眾多關注。

在Abrigo的畫作之中,他期望營造一種吸引力,以活潑的形式激發年輕人對藝術的好奇心。他的畫作擁有獨特的色彩配搭及幾何風格設計,充滿探索的可能性,引人入勝。在他獨創的本土人物及都市風景之上,他疊加了抽象的角形,兩者在畫作中自然融合。若仔細觀察,除了色調配搭及繪畫技巧之外,你會發覺他通幅畫作的筆觸,都在強調藝術的抽象表現形式。在探索創作形式的過程中,他的風格不斷演進,平滑及厚重的筆劃互相抗衡,形成了豐富的質感及紋理。無論是鮮亮的色彩或是淡雅的色調,他都能精準地描繪在帆布或牆身上,因此,他的作品可謂是全球新派都市藝術的核心代表。宏觀他的作品,更被形容為代表貼身社會議題的「景象」。透過他的所有作品,我們可以看出潛藏的衝突感,體現著不同文化在面對貧窮、信仰、貪腐及社會秩序等的觀念上,有著深遠的矛盾。

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