ArtSpeak with Ryan Villamael
Wed, 4 Nov 2015
Ryan Villamael, one of the three winners of the 2015 Ateneo Art Awards, blurs the boundaries of art and craft through his sculptural paper cut outs. The menial task of paper-cutting is elevated into critically acclaimed artwork that is the manifestation of Villamael’s views on global politics. In Isles, his 2014 solo exhibition that earned him the award, he brings to life maps, designing and cutting them into elegant patterns and then molding them into sculptures encased in vitrines.
Although Villamael graduated in 2009 from the College of Fine Arts, UP Diliman with a major in Painting, his exhibitions since then have mostly featured his cut out works such as his two exhibitions, Flatland and Kosmik, that were shortlisted for the 2013 Ateneo Art Awards. His exploration of current issues through a traditional craft based medium resonated with the Ateneo Art Gallery’s institutional partners La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Australia, Artesan Gallery + Studio in Singapore and The Creative Campus Liverpool Hope University, UK, all of which selected him for their artist in residence program.
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The 2015 Ateneo Art Awards exhibition runs till 5 December 2015.
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