BERLONGAN (born 1967, Manila) studied painting at the University in
Diliman, Quezon City in 1987. Even as a student, he joined a number
of important group exhibitions. He had his first solo exhibition in
has won numerous awards in prestigious national art competitions. In
1994, Borlongan was granted the prestigious Thirteen Artists Awards
by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He has represented the Philippines
in various international exhibitions and workshops. He was artist-in-residence
at ARCUS Interactive Intercultural Residence in the Arts, Ibaraki Prefec-ture,
Japan in 1996. In 1997, his work was in the exhibit Glimpses Into the
Future, Art in Southeast Asia shown at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary
Art and the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan. Last summer
he was one of the twenty Filipino Artists represented in the exhibit
titled "At Home & Abroad" held at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Borlongan's art deals with the harsh realities of the Filipino peoples'
day-to-day existence, their conflicts and the overall bitter drama of
human experience. His subjects are awesome commentaries of how society
deals with the urban poor and other marginalized people of Metro Manila.
His work is characterized by a consistent painterly approach marked
by intentional distortions of human figures and their environment.
24" X 24" acrylic on canvas