Buen Calubayan (b.1980, Philippines)

Born 1980 in Lucena City, Philippines
Lives and works in Manila, Philippines

Buen Claubayan graduated from the Bachelor Program of Fine Arts, Major in Advertising and from the Master Program in Cultural Heritage Studies Philippines at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Since 2007 he has participated in both solo and group exhibition in Philippines and Netherlands, Republic of Korea and Germany. Among his recent exhibitions feature Biowork, Ateneo Art Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines (2015) and Wasak! Filipino Art Today, Arndt Gallery, Berlin (2015/6).

Buen Calubayan examines the contradictions found within the notion of Filipino identity through his own endeavors as an artist seeking self-validation. In his painting as well as in performances, sculptures, and conceptual pieces, he combines autobiographical material with canonical works, blurring the distinctions between personal and cultural histories. He believes that personal conflicts can be seen as microcosms of the continuous struggle for autonomy that plagues his country, and that his search for the appropriate form to embody these ideas through art can also reflect a whole nation’s search for an inherent aesthetic taste.

Essentially, for Calubayan, thoughts should amount to actions, actions constitute objects, and objects be organized into new histories, thus eventually offering new opportunities for re-establishing the Filipino identity. He poses questions about his own in certain ways contradictory identity as an artist, who must do a mundane day job to earn his living and continue making art.

Calubayan, Buen b.1980

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