In behalf of my good friend Mimosa who works at the Galleria Duemila, here’s the following press release. I’ll be attending the exhibit opening at 6 p.m. if only to taste the muy delicioso brewed coffee of Madam Silvana Diaz that Mimosa is raving about. Do drop by if you’re artistically inclined and let’s savor the pastries and the coffee 😛 Galleria Duemila is located at 210 Loring St. Pasay City. For location and exhibition inquiries, please call 831-9990 and 833-9815, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“On August 3, 2007, Roberto Robles opens another solo show in Galleria Duemila, where he has showcased his works since 1995. â€œIt is a summary of more than ten years with Silvana Diaz and Galleria Duemila,â€ the artist says with a smile.
It was his correspondence with a poet he met abroad that inspired the title of this exhibit. He would write her at the end of a letter, â€œI must get back and attend to my stones.â€
â€œIt began that I was attending to my stones and I had lain down to rest, but my sleep was interrupted by the sound of ripe mangoes falling on my roof.â€
Robles is known for his works in stone as well as his paintings. He studied sculpting stone in Japan and Korea, working with marble and granite, respectively. As of late, though he feels that he has been interrupted in his work with stone. Perhaps titling his exhibition â€œAttending to My Stoneâ€ will return him to that.
His basic outline for this exhibition is a summary indeed, of fleeting moments, with life being difficult but always beautiful and meaningful, of feeling delight with the simple joys and learning to appreciate each day. The exhibit will feature more of Roblesâ€™ paintings, and some installations. As with his previous works, there is a Zen-like quality to his paintings, as always finding solace in nature, which the ancestral home where he lives and works in Batangas affords him. The artist is always contemplative, a continuity of past works, an ongoing narrative of his story, which is the story we all haveâ€¦for he believes we all want the same thing: Harmony with life.
His paintings are that of early mornings, watching the sun come up through the foliage of the mango trees. You can feel the peacefulness of the mornings, warmth and light breaking through the darkness. It makes us ask, we are here, but now what? Like a poet, he poses this question to the universe, at the same time celebrating fundamental and simple joys, remembering, touching base with homeâ€¦â€œlayering of memories that is put into canvas with strokes of paint or into the stoneâ€
This exhibit will surely garner Roberto Robles further critical acclaim.”