Who’s Who at ART SG

By Ces Oreña-Drilon

Art SG kicked off today with art world legends and collectors showing up with extra vigor after a two-year delay due to the pandemic.

Asia’s most hotly anticipated art fair for the year kicked off on Thursday, January 12, bringing together over 160 leading galleries and 700 artists at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Thousands of art lovers attended last night’s VIP preview with Filipino collectors and artists well-represented.

Drawing Room featured artist Pam Yan Santos with Sheila Ramos, art collector, Cebu-based Tropical Futures featured artist Dumaguete-born Kristoffer Ardeña with gallery founder Chris Fussner. Tina Fernandez, Art Informal founder with the works of Brisa Amir behind her featuring cut paper shaped in the form of flowers.
Singapore-based former Finance Secretary Lito Camacho, managing director, Asia Pacific Division of Credit Suisse, his wife Kim in a fetching Issey Miyake inflatable skirt with their artist daughter Bea join the other VIPS in an advance preview of ART SG 

Yayoi Kusama fan Kim Camacho in her artistic garb
Art collector Tim Tan admiring Ronald Ventura’s works featured by Whitestone Gallery with branches in Hongkong, Taipei and Tokyo
 Drawing Room founder Jun Villalon, Sheila Ramos, Artist Pam Yan-Santos and Ces Drilon. Her biggest work was snapped up even before ART SG opened for over P2M.  
 Elaine Navas and her painting inspired by vegetables at Art Informal. 
Chris Fussner explains the “basahan” inspired work by Kristoffer Ardeña with tarpaulin as his canvas.

Three local galleries are participating: Art Informal of Tina Fernandez, Drawing Room of Jun Villalon and Cebu-based Tropical Futures of Chris Fussner.

Even before the doors opened to the public at noon today, Drawing Room had sold out its exhibition featuring artist Pam Yan Santos.

Art Informal, a respected contemporary art gallery with two spaces in Manila, is showcasing Nice Buenaventura, Elaine Navas and Brisa Amir in an arboretum-themed exhibition.

Tropical Futures, a design strategy studio, has several artists on display, including works by Dumaguete born artist Kristoffer Ardeña.

 Art collector Louie Bate, Managing Director, LMN Advisors

Art galleries from China, Malaysia and other parts of Asia are also featuring other artists – among them Rodel Tapaya, Kawayan de Guia, Akya Go, Luis Lorenzana and Ronald Ventura.

National Artist Ben Cab, Singapore-based collector par excellence Kim Camacho and Annie Sarthou. 

Art Cube Gallery owner Lori Juvida at Pearl Lam Galleries featuring Mr Doodle who says: “‘My intention has always been to create a universal doodle language that can relate to and attract people from all over the world.” 
Singapore and Sydney based gallery Yavuz showcases a work by Kawayan de Guia.
Art Installation called ‘Kapok’ by Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich who spent seven months in the Philippines as a refugee.
Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich first tasted freedom after fleeing the Khmer Rouge at a refugee camp in the Philippines when he was 9 years old.

The fair has taken up more than 30,000 square meters of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in a magnificent sensory explosion.

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