Exhibiting Artists: Michael Cacnio
Dates: 13 Jul 2005 - 24 Jul 2005
Encountering a creation by Filipino sculptor Michael Cacnio is to be drawn into a miniature diorama of Philippine life. Irresistibly engaging, his sculptures evoke emotions of love and nostalgia drawn from Michael’s childhood memories. There are children at play, the bonding between mother or father and child, itinerant vendors, and a celebration of the rich bounty that nature has to offer in the Philippines.
Each figurine is a tiny marvel, wrought from brass using the oxyacetylene blowtorch. The finished products are miracles of poise and interactivity between the figures and their supporting backdrops. In the adventures of his intrepid alter-ego, the boy child, Michael’s flair for the theatrical is self-evident. We cannot help but imagine the twinkle in the sculptor’s eye as he recreates, with Disney-esque magic, his life in brass.
Nearly twenty years in the art scene, TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men) Philippines 2006 awardee Michael Cacnio is considered to be one of the country’s finest brass sculptors today. Since his graduation from Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in 1991, he has made himself much beloved as a sculptor of the everyday Filipino, depicting children playing traditional games, workers engaged in cheerful and industrious labour, tender scenes between parent and child or people facing the dil