Filipino artists are gaining momentum on the international art market as the Manila Standard Today points out:
Ventura, 37, is the current leader of the pack, producing pieces that amaze with the furious bidding they attract and the prices they draw. His Grayhound (5ft by 15ft), the star of Sotheby’s auction of Southeast Asian art in Hong Kong on April 4, fetched HK$8.4 million (P46.2 million), eclipsing the HK$2.5 million that his entry had attracted in Sotheby’s October 2010 auction. It set a world record for any contemporary Southeast Asian painting at auction and for Ventura, and beat the works of such established masters as Fernando Amorsolo and Vicente Manansala that sold for less than HK$1 million.
Barrioquinto, 35, also set a new record for himself when his piece Arms Around Your Love (5ft by 7 ft) sold for HK$550,000, topping the HK$500,000 that his entry in the October auction had attracted. Jaylo’s A Song for Alice (5ft by 7ft), his first entry in any Sotheby’s auction, sold for HK$275,000.
Young Filipinos Top Guns at Sotheby’s (Manila Standard Today)