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b. 1970, Philippines

Geraldine Javier Biography

Geraldine Javier belongs to a new generation of young Filipino artists whose interests are variegated and extensive, and who, unlike their social-realist predecessors, are engaged in pursuing the personal and the idiosyncratic.

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Javiers’s works are charged with tension and provocation, combining cool, calculated sophistication with raw urban grit. 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, the specific work on show carries strong reference to a sacred altar-piece. While Javier‘s interest in religious iconography is connected to her own biography, having lived and struggled with the catholic culture in the Philippines, her work is devoid of any affiliation with a particular religion. It rather aims at communicating universal, collective values.

“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). Since 2004, Geraldine has been exhibiting her work internationally. 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.

Geraldine Javier Featured Artworks

Everyone Leaves a Mark by Geraldine Javier contemporary artwork
Geraldine JavierEveryone Leaves a Mark, 2017Liquid graphite, fluid acrylics on canvas
214 x 165 cm
Arario Gallery Enquire about this work
Four Ages (First Cycle): Winter by Geraldine Javier contemporary artwork
Geraldine JavierFour Ages (First Cycle): Winter, 2012Woodblock, lithography, acrylic coated leaves, flocking on thread embedded coloured STPI handmade paper
166.5 x 131.5 x 5.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Enquire about this work
Ella Amo’ Apasionadamente y Fue Correspondida (For She Loved Fiercely, and She is Well-Loved) by Geraldine Javier contemporary artwork
Geraldine JavierElla Amo’ Apasionadamente y Fue Correspondida (For She Loved Fiercely, and She is Well-Loved), 2010Oil on canvas, with framed insets of embroidery with preserved butterflies
229 x 160 cm
Not for sale
Singapore Art Museum

Geraldine Javier Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Shaping Geographies: Art | Woman | Southeast Asia at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
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23 November–31 December 2019 Group Exhibition Shaping Geographies: Art | Woman | Southeast Asia Gajah Gallery, Singapore

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Geraldine Javier In Ocula Magazine

Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible By Federica Bueti, Havana

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Geraldine Javier In Related Press

Highlights from Art Stage Singapore 2017 Related Press Highlights from Art Stage Singapore 2017 17 January 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

It was a festive occasion on January 11, the preview day of the 7th edition of Art Stage Singapore; regional art lovers rubbed shoulders and champagne flowed freely as the city anticipated another annual round of Singapore Art Week (1/11-22) events. While artists and collectors milled around the booths, the 132 participating galleries were busy...

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