Arts & Culture

Three Days To Rhythm at ManilART 2019!

ArtFarm is proud to present Rhythm, a three-man exhibition featuring the works of Raul Lebajo, Nikulas Lebajo, and Ivan Co at ManilART 2019.

In Rhythm, our eyes and other senses will be treated to the varying melodious tempos that art offers. Raul Lebajo’s paintings of forest growths, fantastic creatures, and dynamic scumblings seem set at a frantic speed. Nikulas Lebajo’s repeated renderings of objects give a more stable, calm cadence gently bouncing off each element. Ivan Co’s semi-precious stone and gold-plated bejeweled sculptural pieces swing intricate pendulums like metronomes that keep a steady, almost trance-like, pace. Combined, the artworks in Rhythm play off each other in a harmonious display of viscerality, artistry, and exquisiteness.

Raul Lebajo, September rain, acrylic on canvas, 48×36, 2019

Raul H. Lebajo was born in 1941 and studied at the University of the East in 1965, but finished his BFA at the Philippine Women’s University in 1969. After winning the first prize in the 1968 Shell National Student Art Competition, the artist has had a full-time visual arts career now spanning more than five decades. Awarded a grant by The Illinois Art Council Agency with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1989 and representing the Philippines in the Beaux Arts – Art In The World 1998 Paris exhibit, he has shown his works extensively in Asia, Europe and the United States, with his paintings presented in the National Gallery of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Art Center of Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and various commercial galleries in Hong Kong and Germany. He has also held solo exhibitions at the Le Plaza Hotel in Basel, Switzerland, and the Chicago Cultural Center, USA, among others.

Nikulas Lebajo graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. In 1989, his work was awarded First Prize at the XXII Shell National Art Competition. He has also been a Finalist at the Metrobank Art Competition and Philippine Art Awards. He has exhibited extensively both locally and abroad, participating in group shows in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Daejeon, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Nikulas Lebajo, front bottles, oil on canvas, 48×36, 2019

Ivan Co is a third-generation jeweler who employs his talents in creating bejeweled kinetic art pieces. After completing his Multimedia Arts in De La Salle University College of Saint Benilde, he enrolled at the

Gemological Institute of America (GIA) for his in Jewelry Design. He also dabbles in video editing, graphic design, cinematography and motion graphics. He has exhibited his works in Manila and Singapore.

Ivan Co, proelium: regnum caelorum, 24k gold plated brass, 2019

ManilART is celebrating 11 years of showcasing the global Filipino artist on October 9-13 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City. For more information contact +63 977 807 3369, or email For more details about Rhythm, please email or send your queries through the ArtFarm Messenger account.

By: Kaye O’yek

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