2021 Exhibitions

June 2021

By Eleazar “Abe” Orobia, Solo Exhibition
June 07 – 30, 2021

In the midst of the pandemic, Abe Orobia, the artist, developed “hope muscles” and learned to find opportunities from these painful experiences. He now shares them with the public in this exhibition titled “Images of Our Nation” at the NCCA Gallery. His presentation of works of felt tip on watercolor paper and white ink on black paper are accompanied by his narratives written in prose. His documentation and archival videos are also showcased as part of the exhibit.

This pandemic has caused art and culture to be shunted to the sidelines – totally neglecting the pressing issue that art, deemed non-essential, was actually someone else’s means of livelihood.

With the onslaught of fear and helplessness brought about by COVID-19 came the unimaginable for Abe: the halting of his creation process. For one who believes that to create is to exist, to create is to survive, and to create is to heal, art is the ultimate form of critical care – and to lose its making is to lose life’s meaning.

Art as a Form of Critical Care
By Delan Lopez Robillos


By Hangtay Artists, Group Exhibition
June 04 – 30, 2021

Deploying the idea of the changing seasons as a central motif, “Raywen kan Hamyan” is an exhibition that frames the poignancy of Batanes’ shifting seasons, seasonally altered states of its environment and the charms of a culture that is constantly affected by such predictable sequences and order in nature.  

Ivatans and their way of life is perhaps one of the most environmentally sensitive cultures in the country. The show is a celebration of that coexistence and ecology between man and nature.   

Hangtay Artists, the group behind this exhibition is a group of Ivatan artists which celebrates rootedness and empowerment as means and end to growth of Ivatan communities and an extent, the safeguarding and preservation of their unique cultural identity.

Of changing seasons, sense of place and shaped communities 


July 2021

Conscious & Sub-conscious
By Block Y, Group Exhibition
July 06 – 31, 2021

The NCCA Gallery presents Borderline, an exhibit by Block Y of the University of the Philippines Diliman’s College of Fine Arts. 

Formed in 2018, Block Y is a collective of young artists dedicated to exploring and pushing the boundaries of Philippine contemporary art. Through their works, they aim to generate discussion and awareness of various issues in Filipino culture, such as poverty, mental health, and political oppression— issues at the very heart of Borderline.

Through surrealist explorations of the subconscious, the artists of Borderline engage with the topic of mental health as impacted by the volatile conditions of Philippine society today. The exhibit is comprised of wall-bound paintings, mixed media art, and sculptures that illustrate the emotional experience of living through modern crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread destitution, and sociopolitical turmoil.

The participating artists are Paolo Gonzales, Georgina Pomarejos, Angelica Jacoba, Rexell Orencio, Asaliah Reiiel Reyes, Bianca Fabrigaras, Krister Isip, Ding Royales, Sophia Sotolombo, Cyrah Contreras, Yllang Montenegro, Alexis Matta, and Andree Tiongson.

Borderline: Traversing the mind of the artist
By Camille Aguilar Rosas

The Arte Pintura Group Evolving with the Times
By Arte Pintura, Group Exhibition
July 05 – 31, 2021

The NCCA Gallery is proud to present SINING KATIPUNAN: The Arte Pintura Group Evolving with the Times.  Framed as an anticipated 25th anniversary celebration of the Arte Pintura Group, the exhibition features early works, as well as current works of Addie Cukingnan, Abelardo Pasigado, Antonio Yusi, Azor Pazcoguin, Flor Baradi, Margarita Lim, Rey Arelio, Reynaldo Ademis, Shirley Tan, Ronnie Lim, and Nena Frondoso which showcase their transition from Mabini Art to Contemporary Art as a response to various stimuli over the years. Curated by Ricky Francisco, the painting exhibition is complemented by an archival exhibition which tracks the various landmarks and accomplishments of the group over the years.  As an archival exhibition, it focuses on the groups various strategies in achieving sustainability, group cohesion, and growth.

Arte Pintura Group Evolving with the Times
By Ricky Francisco

August 2021

By Fil Delacruz & Janos Delacruz
August 05 – 31, 2021

Filipino contemporary artists and father-son Fil Delacruz and Janos Delacruz present Bahaysining at the NCCA Gallery in August 2021. As an elaboration on the distinctions and synergy between Filipino contemporary artists, the selection of paintings, on-site mural, and records embolden and belabor the embedded syncopations and orchestration of the tandem as they create art at home as a comfort, challenge, and a lived experience.

Bahaysining: Fil Delacruz and Janos Delacruz
By Randel Urbano 


September 2021

Ilonggo Republic
By Kristoffer Brasileño
September 04 – 30, 2021

Kristoffer Brasileño, Ilonggo artist, stages his second solo exhibition entitled “Ilonggo Republic” at the NCCA Gallery featuring 21 portraits of Ilonggos, mostly people he has interacted with during his art practice. 

His artworks explore identity and celebrate the beauty of his people.

Organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the exhibition brings forth a question of what Ilonggo art is, if there is one. Equal parts autobiographical and observational, the exhibition is the artist’s way of documenting his locality while celebrating its identity

“Ilonggo Republic” is an exhibition of recent works from Ilonggo artist, Kristoffer Brasileño. The paintings featured in this exhibition explore the identity and celebrate the beauty of his subjects.    

Strangers, family, and friends – all lend their faces to the paintings. Ilonggo Republic is observational during the creative process when Brasileño tries to capture the essence of the subject through his own lens, painting the face with a recognizable likeness to its owner. But it turns into an experiment when he subsequently projects the portraits on the canvas and incorporates playful collages as an allusion to both his and the subject’s environment. The results are not just portraits but profiles of the people that inspired his artworks.    

Pharmasika 633@ Calle Heneral Luna
By Alwin Reamillo
September 12 – October 31, 2021

If many of Alwin Reamillo’s installation art pieces function as metaphorical musical compositions, the artist’s present show, Pharmasika 633 @ Calle Heneral Luna at the NCCA Gallery at 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila, could be called an enlargement of that intent. While inhabiting its present space in its present time, the show actually looks further back to his 2013 NCCA Gallery installation art show titled Tinubuang Lupa (about Andres Bonifacio). Reamillo asks us to regard the present show as a sort of sequel to that 2013 exhibit, or as the second panel to a mental diptych. 

Reamillo seeks to parody the musicality around people and things and history. Parody! Thus, in Pharmasika 633@ Calle Heneral Luna, the treatment of Luna both as a pharmacist (pharma) and artist (musika) presents the positive note of Luna’s real presence as a counterpoint to the negative note of the dissonant as well as silent products of noisy mythmaking and lies and quiet history-less-ness (memory-less-ness). Reamillo’s artmaking around our national heroes (who also happen to be artists) also becomes a paean/salute to their choice of a treatment for the Philippine social cancer of their time: not merely science or ilustrado knowledge, of which they were stalwart holders, but cultural art as well, whether through the novel, the poem, or music, or through the musicality of dark satire as tonal medicines to forgetfulness.

OBJECTS. Fragments of objects. Their coming together. The resultant meeting of meanings. The consequent search and filtering of contexts. . . .     

October 2021

IRAYA: Beyond Limits
By RAHMAG Visual Arts Group, Group Exhibition
October 05 – 31, 2021


This October, in celebration of Museums and Galleries Month and National Indigenous Peoples Month, Antique-based RAHMAG group of artists mounts “IRAYA: Beyond Limits.”    

The exhibition is the group’s attempt to present what the province has been and what it is now — the union of the traditional and contemporary Antique, and finding its cultural relevance amid the province’s urbanization and modernization programs.    

Participating artists are Rey Aurelio, Ramon “Monet” De Los Santos, Jr., Christine Marie Delgado, Raz Laude, Morris Alfred Lavega, Bryan Lao, Kwesi Pearl Faith Magdato, Cezar Gregorio “Saru” Ramales, Jr., Ramuel Vego, Evan “Tibong” Veñegas, and Marienell Veñegas.  

Cultural Evolution as Resilience in the Regions
By Delan Lopez Robillos

November 2021

By Eros Basilio, Solo Exhibition (Posthumous)
November 06 – 30, 2021

This November 2021, Eros Basilio’s paintings can be viewed at the NCCA Gallery. There will be 2 themes, Femme Series II and Pintados. The former is a re-exhibit of selected pieces from Femme Series back in 2011. This exhibit featured different facets of women, mostly with their eyes closed, accompanied by a significant element or a scenery, leaving to the audiences imagination the mystery behind each piece. Pintados on the other hand, features the recent works of Eros. It features mostly women wrapped in more intricate patterns, similar to that of tribal tattoos. In contrast to these strong patterns, is a womans serene facial expression, leaving each piece more mystifying for the audience to expound.

By Camille Basilio

December 2021

Consummatum Est: Is it Finished?
Group Exhibition
December 06 – January 31, 2021

HERITAGE AND ART IN FAITH. Visual art has always been part and parcel of church history. The church monopolized the industry of sacred art, and religious paintings thrived all throughout the Christian era until the Renaissance period. The importance of Christian iconography in Philippine culture denotes not only richness in ecclesiastical art but also in historic traditions kept by the faithful.

This December, the NCCA Gallery presents a group exhibition titled “Consummatum Est: Is it Finished?” Consummatum est, a phrase that often appears on inscriptions and in sacred art, were the Savior’s last words as he was dying on the cross. It literally means “it is finished” in Latin. In this exhibition, however, the title which is declarative, takes an interrogative form. 

The artists, through this production, attempt to explore contemporary concepts and assimilate modern ideas and themes into religious art without losing traditional creative expression and artistry.