|“FEMME SERIES II | PINTADOS” a posthumous solo exhibition by Eros Basilio is exhibited from November 06 – 30, 2021 at the NCCAGallery.
Eros Basilio first launched Femme Series back in 2011. It was his first one-man exhibit after 33 years. It was held at Ayala Museums’ ArtistSpace. The exhibit featured different facets of women, mostly with their eyes closed, accompanied by a significant element or a scenery, leaving to the audience’s imagination the mystery behind each piece.
After graduating from UST College of Fine Arts with the 1976 Benavides Civic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Art, Eros was forced to pursue a different path due to the untimely death of his father. Still related to graphics and design, he entered the world of advertising and later on became a Creative Director at McCann Erickson, an award winning, multinational advertising agency. He stayed in this field for decades and earned the title “Logo Master”, having known for designing logos for brands such as Ayala Center, Adobo Magazine, Isuzu Crosswind, SMX Convention Center, One E-Com Center, Ballet Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Globe Handyphone, San Mig Light Beer and many more.
In 2010, he decided to go back to his passion, his first love, —painting. His style is a mix of cubism and figurative realism, using the wash technique to achieve colour transparency in brushstrokes. Renaissance and Gothic architecture are also prominently depicted in some of his works. Later on, he tried integrating female figures as his subjects. Primarily executed in acrylic, Eros’ paintings are distinguished by his trademark colors of ‘Burnt Umber’ and ‘Hooker’s Green.’ He drew inspiration from artists Michael Cheval, Claudio Bravo, Cesar Legaspi, and Vicente Manansala.
In early 2017, Eros passed on. His only daughter, Camille, continues to make known the few works of his father that were left, to be appreciated, remembered and hopefully inspire others.
This November 2021, Eros’ paintings can be viewed at the NCCA Gallery. There will be 2 themes, Pintados and Femme Series II. The latter is a re-exhibit of selected pieces from Femme Series back in 2011. Pintados on the other hand, features the recent works of Eros. Here, Eros began working on bigger canvases, which produced limited pieces given his new impression and technique. It features mostly women wrapped in more intricate patterns, similar to that of tribal tattoos. In contrast to these strong patterns, is a woman’s serene facial expression, leaving each piece more mystifying for the audience to expound.
Femme Series II and Pintados will be held from November 6 to 30, 2021 at NCCA Gallery at 633 General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila. Call 8257 2205 or email email@example.com for more details. You may also visit his website www.erosbasilio.com.