Monday, April 30, 2018

Journey: Art: 50: Part IV: Baybayin (Alibata) by Ivi Avellana-Cosio

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Galleria Duemila is proud to present Ivi Avellana-Cosio’s fourth part of her retrospective wherein she will present her in-depth research on the baybayin writing system, coinciding with the new law that has been passed by the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture employing the Baybayin system for the general public’s utilization. The artist’s deep-set interest for culture has manifested its way to her art since the 1970’s.

Named by the International Biographical Society in Cambridge, England as one of the Top 100 artists in 2017 and one of the top professionals in 2012, a resident name in the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards and ASEAN Art Awards since 1994-1997 and the founding member and the past president of the Philippine Association of Printmakers, Ivi Avellana-Cosio stages her fourth exhibit at Galleria Duemila on May 5 – 29, 2018 in a series of retrospectives to mark her 50 years in creative making.

Her abstractions are compositions of vivid colors and formal elements, reminiscent of the rich culture representative of the various tribes such as the T’boli, Bagobo, Yakan, Talaandig, and B’laan and others. The paintings, a ‘neo-ethnic’ series are a combination of tribal patterns, ornaments and the baybayin, the syllabary commonly, but erroneously known as the ‘alibata’ by which the artist tells the history of common ordinary usage and eventually a genesis of creativity for the indigenous Filipinos, still unmarred by the Hispanic and Christian influences back then. It as a medium of memories, a testament of the past composed in a contemporaneous way.

Images Info:
1.Ivi  Avellana-Cosio
Maranaw Moon
91.50 cm x 91.50 cm / 36.05 in x 36.05 in
mixed media on canvas and handmade paper

2.Ivi  Avellana-Cosio
60.5 cm x 61 cm / 23.84 in x 24.03 in
mixed media on canvas and handmade paper

3. Ivi  Avellana-Cosio
Ukit Tagbanwa II
94.50 cm x 94.50 cm / 37.23 in x 37.23 in
mixed media on canvas and handmade paper


Born in Manila, Philippines 

Educated at University of Sto.Tomas, Manila, Fine Arts, Major in Advertising (undergraduate) 1959-1960; Philippine Women’s University College of Music and Fine Arts (painting classes); Contemporary Graphic Arts Workshop, Manila (printmaking) 

Has exhibited professionally since 1967 to the present in over 250 group shows of Philippine and international art (paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, installations) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Museum of Philippine Art; Metropolitan Museum; Philippine International Convention Center; National Commission for Culture and the Arts; Alliance Fran├žaise de Manille; de la Salle Museum; Ayala Museum; Lopez Museum; Vargas Museum; Yuchengco Museum; Maryknoll/Miriam College; Ateneo de Manila; University of the Philippines; PhilAmerican Life Insurance Corporation; Luz Gallery; Sining Kamalig; Finale Artfile; Arts and Associates Gallery; Avellana Art Gallery; Galleria Duemila; West Gallery; Heritage Art Gallery; Galerie Bleue; Cosmopolitan Gallery; Galerie Astra; Capitana Gallery; Tin-Aw Gallery; Panublion Museum; Archivo 1984 Gallery; Yuchengco Museum; other private galleries and venues in Manila. 

Has shown in exhibitions of Philippine and international art in Brunei; Bangkok; Kuala Lumpur; Jakarta; Singapore; San Francisco; Fukuoka; Beijing; Toronto; Melbourne; Munich; Valparaiso; Valencia; Madrid; Athens; United Arab Emirates. Has had joint exhibits with husband Allan locally and in Cividale, Italy; Vientiane, Laos; Budapest; Melbourne. Represented in over 500 local private collections; private collections in Udine, Brescia and Palmanova, Italy; Lausanne; Valencia and Zaragoza; the Netherlands; Israel; Vientiane; Dammam, KSA; and institutional collections in Nauru; Hong Kong; Singapore; Taipei. 

Has had 36 solo exhibitions of paintings, prints, photographs and installations since 1987. 


1999- Araw ng Maynila Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award for Painting given by the City of Manila; 
1997- Finalist, Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards 
1997- Top Five, Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards (first woman winner) 
1996- Honorable Mention, Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards 
1995- Juror’s Choice, Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards 
1994- Juror’s Choice, Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards 
1991- Project Grant awarded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines for a large-scale installation (48ft. x 12ft.) exhibited 
1992-93 at the Pasilyo Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) of the CCP 
1975- 2nd Prize, Sculpture Division, 28th Annual Art Association of the Philippines Competition (first sculpture) 
1971- Grand Prize, 4th Annual Philippine Association of Printmakers Competition 
1968- 1st Honorable Mention, Mixed Me
dia Division, 1st Annual Philippine Association of Printmakers Competition 
1967- 2nd Prize, Graphic Arts Division, 1st Philippine Air Lines Art Competition 
2005- 1st Runnerup Prize for “Portrait: Rediscovering a Filipino Film Classic”, 19th Gawad CCP Film and Video Competition (co-written with award-winning filmmaker Butch Nolasco, narrated by Ivi Avellana-Cosio); named among top 20 documentaries in festival history 
2017- Top 100 Artists; 2012- Top 100 Professionals; 1992- World Who’s Who of Women 1992-93; as named by the International Biographical Society, Cambridge, England 

Has had short stories, columns and articles published in local periodicals. Awarded scholarship in 1962 by the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School for a seminar on Creative Writing conducted in Manila by Prof. Leonard Casper of the University of Boston. Has acted since childhood on radio, stage and television. Has appeared with the Barangay Theatre Guild, Arena Theater, Repertory Philippines, Family Theater, Ateneo Playhouse. Has done stage management, costume design and production work for the Barangay Theatre Guild, Repertory Philippines, Zarzuela Foundation of the Philippines, Diadem Productions (filming of Nick Joaquin’s “Portrait of the Artist as Filipino”). 

Founding member and past president, Philippine Association of Printmakers

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