YOD Gallery, Osaka
Andres Barrioquinto was born in Manila and spent his teenage years in Hong Kong. He returned to the Philippines in the late 1990s and entered the University of the Philippines for a painting course. He then studied painting at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) College of Fine Arts and Design. He has held solo exhibitions and several group shows in the Philippines and in Singapore, Japan, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, and has received various awards and recognitions, such as the MetroBank Foundation’s Aces Award for Continuing Excellence (2009). PeopleAsia Magazine has chosen Barrioquinto as one the people of the year 2019.
Barrioquinto’s expression builds upon the canon of portraiture in the Philippines, wherein romanticized likenesses of Saints, political and ecclesiastical authorities, successful businessmen and -women are immortalized for posterity. Early in his career, Barrioquinto started working with iconoclastically disfigured portraits, sometimes bordering macabre. His recent work has shifted to surreal hyperrealism. His exquisite image overlays, patterning, and image appropriations from various Asian cultures create dynamic juxtapositions which open interpretation and meaning making, and has earned him both critical and commercial attention, both locally and abroad.
“My work is perhaps more sharply individualized than the realist, therefore more dramatically my own, sometimes to the point of eccentricity. My works’ individuality becomes more natural when I'm interested in probing my own soul rather than reflecting the world of ideas, and in expressing my inner world than revealing a basic harmony around us. I paint images so exaggerated or distorted that they take us away from the familiar world into one of emotion and feeling. In their most extreme, these expressions may even become hysterical or nightmarish. I also try new means of expression, seeking new direction, exploring new mediums and methods of working.”