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EXEUNT II by Heraclio Basilio | SUBJECTIVE ART

LADY IN WAITING by Eros Basilio
Acrylic on etival paper
14 x 19 in

On February 23, 2018 ArtistSpace presented EXEUNT II, the 4th solo exhibition of visual artist, Heraclio “Eros” Basilio. Eros was preparing for this exhibition when he passed away in January 2017. He was only 60. A memorial exhibition entitled, “Eros Exeunt” was held for him by his friends from advertising in July 2017 at Nova Gallery, Makati City.

The word “exeunt” refers to a stage direction in a play to specify that all or certain names characters leave the stage. As Eros Basilio exits this stage play which we call “life”, he takes with him all the characters and muses he created. This exhibition took us to appreciate the images he painted in his signature technique.

Now, his only daughter Camille, gave the public a chance to meet these characters once again. She finally made her father’s dream of having another solo exhibition happen. She will continue to showcase the works of her late father to be appreciated, remembered, and inspire others.

Acrylic on fabriano paper
15.7 x 19.7 in

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Major in Painting at the University of Santo Tomas where his talent did not go unnoticed. He won 32 awards including a Certificate of Merit from the Art of Association of the Philippines in 1975. He was also a recipient of the university’s prestigious Benavides Outstanding Achievement Award in 1976, and the Alumni Art Achievement Award in 1981.

After graduating from college, he intended to pursue the arts, but the untimely death of his father led him to a more pragmatic decision, eventually landing him a job in advertising. In the industry, he was fondly called the “logo master”, having designed the logos for well-known brands such as Ayala Center, Adobo Magazine, Isuzu Crosswind, SMX Convention Center, One E-Com Center, Ballet Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Globe Handyphone, San Miguel Light Beer, Ramon Magsaysay Transformative Leadership Institute, and many more. He became the Creative Director for Design at McCann Erickson Philippines, the leading multinational ad agency in the country, but remained a warm and generous individual, always willing to help for a good cause.

Eros also designed coffee table books for publisher Muse Books, which reaped awards: The Philippine Arena: A Monument to an Enduring Faith, 150: The Ateneo Way, and a Gold Anvil Award winner—The PNB (Philippine National Bank) Centennial Book.

In 2010, Eros decided to leave advertising and return to his first love, painting. His style is a mix of cubism and figurative realism, using the wash technique to achieve color transparency in brushstrokes. Renaissance and Gothic architecture are also prominently depicted in some of this works. Later on, he tried integrating female figures as his subjects. Primarily executed in acrylic, Eros’ paintings are distinguished by his trademark colors of ‘Burnt Umber’ and ‘Hooker’s Green.’ He drew inspiration from artists Michael Cheval, Claudio Bravo, Cesar Legaspi, and Vicente Manansala.

Eros mounted three consecutive solo exhibitions at the ArtistSpace of Ayala Museum from 2011 to 2013. Then a two-man show in 2014 with his fellow artist and college friend Jose Tence Ruiz at Kaida Gallery. – PRESS RELEASE

MESETA by Eros Basilio
Acrylic on paper
11.75 x 15.63 in

Michael Cheval is an absurdist painter.

A philosophical movement or attitude associated with Albert Camus that posits that humanity’s search for meaning is futile in a chaotic, senseless universe.

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On the other hand, Claudio Bravo is his complete opposite. He is a hyperrealist painter.

Refers to the movement or style evolving from Photorealism in the United States and Europe. Historically the term has often been used interchangeably with Photorealism. Hyperrealism may now be considered a separate idiom, particularly since the early 2000s. Hyperrealist works use photographic images as sources to make even more exacting renderings of subject matter. Hyperrealist painting and sculpture often incorporates narrative, emotive, or political content, unlike Photorealist works, which attempted to eschew subjectivity through precise rendering of the photographs themselves.

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Acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 in

Cesar Legaspi, a pioneer “Neo-Realist” of the country, is remembered for his singular achievement of refining cubism in the Philippine context.

Refers to a contemporary fine art trend in the Philippines beginning from the postwar period. It is first used to refer to a group of artists associated with the Philippine Art Gallery (1951-1969) who began to call themselves Neo-Realists in 1949. Realism in this case refers to how these artists used their subjective, internal vision of reality to create works of art. Neo-Realism was formed as a reaction to the perceived academic and sentimental status of art in the previous generation. In a sense it was a seminally representational style that was more open to various degrees of abstraction opened up through increasing familiarity with western modern art movements. Although initially facing disapproval from the public and the established art world, the ideologies and styles of the Neo-Realists soon became accepted and affected the development of Filipino art in the following decades.

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While Vicente Manansala‘s paintings are described as visions of reality teetering on the edge of abstraction and cubism.

Refers to the international art movement with origins attributed to Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso ca. 1908. It developed in phases and lasted until the early 1920s. The style is characterized by an emphasis on the flat, two-dimensional surface of the picture plane, the rejection of traditional methods of representation, and the dissolution of objects by making several sides visible simultaneously.

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MANILA CARNIVAL 3 by Eros Basilio
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 24 in

I am not a fan of his works with human subjects. I’m not a fan of human subjects in paintings in general. However, I find his abstract paintings relaxing because of their forest hues. My mom would definitely appreciate his works just because of the colors he uses. If I could buy them, I’d buy more than one because they will look better if displayed side by side.

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