Thursday, October 6, 2011


Romulo Olazo’s newest exhibition “Untitled
XX” at Paseo Gallery marks the artist’s first solo outing after his 40-year
retrospective at the Ayala Museum in 2009.“Untitled” is a series of paintings Olazo
initiated in 1983 and are variations on his signature abstraction series
DIAPHANOUS. First shown at the Luz Gallery, also in
1983, and worked on at
periodic moments throughout the artist’s long and illustrious career, the
series counterpoints in its use of opaque layers of paint applications instead
of the transparent layers that have given definition to the artist’s renowned
work. In its recent evolution, “Untitled” takes on combining both
transparent and opaque forms and, thus, producing a series of paintings that is
energetic in its opalescence, and evokes a beautiful tension in sight of the
various paint applications of luminosity. Dubbed “XX”, Olazo’s penchant
for titling his works in the parlance of abstract painting resurfaces, as the
artist unveils an approximate twenty (XX) works on the 10th of
October, 2011 (X/X).

Known for his adeptness in many of the known
artist’s techniques and mediums, Olazo started his professional career as a
neophyte printmaker in 1969, and in 1972, joined the Saturday Group of Artists,
at the time steered by National Artist H.R. Ocampo, and then by National Artist
Cesar Legaspi. He met National Artist Vicente Manansala, and along with close
artists-friends Lino Severino, Ephraim Samson, Agustin Goy and National Artist Ang
Kiukok, enjoyed drawing and watercolour sessions with the Master painter. Olazo
is critically known for his abstract paintings which fuse and draw inspiration
from his numerous art activities such as printmaking and drawing. The
Diaphanous works is considered as the definitive expression for Olazo, and
holds a viable position in the line and legacy of modern abstract painting in
Philippine Art. Olazo was recently given a 40-year Retrospective survey of his
body of work at the Ayala Museum in 2009.

Opening reception at 6:00 pm on Monday, October 10,
2011 and the exhibition runs through October 31, 2011.

For further inquiries call Paseo Gallery 4th Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City Tel. No. 706-5514, 3rd Floor Art Space, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City Tel. No. 728-0168,
Mobile No. 0917-526-8082 / 0922-887-2736, Email: Website:

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