Miguel Beltran and Martina Manalo’s Ecstatic Motion Art Exhibit, like the exhibit title implies, explores the ecstasy and motion of an assortment of subjects such as dance, busy streets, and dreams—both light and dark.
Artists Miguel Beltran and Martina Manalo
This is Beltran’s first art exhibit, which showcases his photography—fashion and travel—and the superimposition of different images to create dynamic and dramatic illusions.
While Beltran works primarily with mixed media photography, ballet dancer Martina Manalo likes to work with paint and tissue paper to create different textures on her canvas. She said that her paintings are “mostly about dreams,” and laughs at the fact that most of her paintings are dark, but she defends that she isn’t a gloomy kind of person. “It just comes out that way.”
Miguel Beltran and Martina Manalo’s Ecstatic Motion Art Exhibit: The Works
Giant and Twins by Miguel Beltran. Mixed Media Photography
Martina Manalo’s painting on a plank of wood
Martina Manalo’s mixed media painting on canvas
From left to right: Motionless, Can you see me?, and Reflexion by Miguel Beltran. Mixed Media Photography.
The works evoke a feeling of daydreaming and even nostalgia because of the local scenery. All in all, the exhibit is a perfect combination of modern and traditional, photography and paint, digital and canvas that gives new depth to everyday images.
Miguel Beltran studied photography at the College of Saint Benilde and has evolved from an editorial, fashion, and travel photographer to more artistic forms of photography. Martina Manalo currently works for Ballet Manila. She has had no formal training in painting. She started painting using a plank of wood, and said that she fell in love with the textures she saw on it. The rest, as they say, is history.
Miguel Beltran and Martina Manalo’s Ecstatic Motion Art Exhibit is in the Kulay-Diwa Gallery of Contemporary Philippines Art.
Kulay-Diwa Gallery of Contemporary Philippine Art
25 Lopez Avenue, Lopez Village, Sucat Parañaque
The exhibit will run from February 7 to March 7, 2014
Kulay-Diwa is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by appointment