(February 16)— An exhibit on new and recent works of renowned Filipino painter and printmaker, Ofelia Gelvezon-Téqui, formally opened on February 13 at the Atelyer, Bulwagan ng Dangal’s small gallery.
The exhibit featured Téqui’s works from the 1980s to early 2000. Titles of some of her masterpieces are: Tropical Baroque (1983, engraving on copper), Sudarium (1984, etching/viscosity colour printing), St. Ofelia (1984, etching/viscosity colour printing), Detail from the Sta. Ofelia Cycle (1985, etching/viscosity colour printing), Where Why How (1995, acrylic on rag paper), Ode (1996, acrylic on linen), Visions of a Bodhisattva (1999, acrylic on canvass), Visions of a Bodhisattva (2000, etching/viscosity colour printing), and Talk to Me (2004, collage).
The artist said her paintings and prints “deal with allegories of bad and good governments, their repercussions on the common people and related themes relevant today, Biblical scenes transposed in the Philippine setting, as well as my Estampita prints.”
At the opening, guests included National Artist for the Visual Arts Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab), Dr. Grace J. Alfonso, UP Open University chancellor; Professor Florentina P. Colayco, College of Fine Arts dean; Lito Carating, a renowned visual artist; College of Music Professor Ryan Cayabyab, an award-winning composer; and some of Téqui’s family, friends and colleagues.
Téqui led the ribbon-cutting ceremony together with Virgilio “Pandy” Aviado, former president of the Philippine Association of Printmakers; Marc Téqui, the artist’s husband; visual artist Phyllis Zaballero, Cabrera and exhibit curator Prof. Rubén D.F. Defeo, Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts director.
A UP alumna, Téqui earned her BA Fine Arts in 1964 and BA English in 1966. She went to Italy for further studies and earned a diploma in painting from Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma in 1967.
She was awarded with The Lucien and Suzanne Jonas Prize in 2003 and The Michiko Takamatsu Prize in 2002 from the Salon des Artistes Français, Espace Auteuil, Paris. In 1990, her name was included in Who’s Who in International Art of the International Biographical Art Dictionary published in Luasanne, Switzerland.
The exhibit runs until March 9. The Atelyer is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.—Haidee C. Pineda