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Edwin Wilwayco Book Launch at Leon Gallery


Fatima University Gallery Foundation is launching a coffee table book that features one of the country's leading visual and abstract artists, Edwin Wilwayco. The book highlights his works for four decades as a Master Abstractionist.


The book, simply entitled “Edwin Wilwayco”, brings to the fore the struggles of a young artist, early deciding that abstraction was the idiom in which he could best express himself, despite his graphic facility and fluency in representational art. 



Absorbing the inevitable influences of his college mentors, and enlightened by the entire history of abstraction, from Wassily Kandinsky down to Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Wilwayco synthesized, distilled and drew, from his own experimental alchemy, his own trademark characteristics of brushstrokes, gestural marks, formal motifs, and vibrant chromatics.






The book also traces the progression of his many thematic series, each one a rich exploration of expressions reflective of local culture, nationalism, spirituality, the varying seasons, music, geometric symbolisms, and the mysterious gifts of nature. 



These are all manifested in harmonious but inexplicable array of designs and patterns. Down to his years of maturity and seniority, Wilwayco has never wavered from the restless enrichment of his vocabulary of form and color.



Lavishly illustrated with numerous color photographs culled from nearly a thousand works in different media, the book is distinct evidence of Wilwayco’s prolific production, proving that inspiration comes not from thin air, but from passion, determination, and commitment to the vocation which Edwin Wilwayco has dedicated his life to: painting.



It will be held at Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City from April 24 – 29, 2017. See you there! :)