Biography

Geraldine Javier's works are based on complex context of historical, political ground of Philippines and further convey fresh point of view with its distinct style. Unlike her social-realist predecessors, she is engaged in pursuing the personal and the idiosyncratic way of expressing. Javier's works are full of tension and provocation, combining cool, calculated sophistication with raw mix-match of nature and human. Images of death, misery, dysfunctional relationships, and emotional violence are recurrent themes. Her world thrives on complex, viscous thoughts and intimations, silent tensions and implosions. At first sight, her works carry strong reference to a sacred altarpiece. Javier's interest in religious iconography is connected to her own biography. Despite of struggling with Filipino catholic culture, her work still is devoid of any affiliation with a particular religion yet knitted with symbolic allegories and contexts, and aims at communicating universal collective values such as faith and hope, which line up with religious belief.

 

"I had a primary and secondary Catholic education. The nuns taught us of the sacrifices of Jesus and the other martyrs and from this I can deduce that the Catholic religion's foundation was built on blood and guilt as a consequence. The same guilt that the church exploits as it continues to exert an almost authoritarian influence on Philippine society and our government to the point of paralysis in terms of decision and policy-making". (Geraldine Javier, 2011).

 

Geraldine JAVIER was born in 1970, received her B.F.A. from University of the Philippines, Dilman, Philippines, in 1997, and B.S. in Nursing at University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines in 1991. JAVIER has been exhibiting her works internationally. Her solo exhibitions include Fearing, Doubting, Wondering, Hoping, Dreaming, ARARIO GALLERY SHANGHAI, Shanghai, China, 2018; Dear Earthlings, PSP (Project Space Philippines) Lucban, Quezon, Philippines, 2017; Landscape as a State of Mind is a Landscape, Finale Art File, Makati, Philippines, 2015; Beyond the veil, ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul, Korea, 2013; Chapel of Many Saints and Sinners, Equator Projects Gallery, Project Room 1, Gillman Barracks, Singapore, 2012. Her group exhibitions include +63 / +62, Silverlens Galleries, Makati, Philippines, 2019; Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba, 2019; Voice of Asia, ARARIO GALLERY SHANGHAI, Shanghai, China, 2017; Passion and Procession, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2017; Between The Street and The Mountain, ARARIO GALLERY SHANGHAI, Shanghai, China, 2016; Migration Melbourne Edition, Ormond Hall Melbourne, Australia, 2012; Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009. In 2003, she was awarded with the "Thirteen Artists Award", issued by the Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP), Manila. Today, she is recognized as a leading figure in contemporary Filipino art both on a local and international level. Her works have been permanently collected by NCCA (National Center for Culture and Arts), Philippines; Central Bank of the Philippines, Philippines; Escuela de Bellas Artes, Philippines; Las Casas De Filipinas De Acuzar, Philippines; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, and ARARIO MUSEUM, Korea.

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