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Home, 99½ % Sweet Home

Exhibiting Artists: Virgillio 'Pandy' Aviado

Venue: Utterly Art 208 South Bridge > venue details

Dates: 20 Sep 2007 - 30 Sep 2007

“I have heard an artist say that exposure to art makes people better persons.”

Virgillio ‘Pandy’ Aviado had a chance to study this transformative effect when his large xylographs (woodcut prints) were prominently displayed in the entrance of the house of the TV reality show Pinoy Big Brother, Celebrity Edition. And he was pleased to see the participants become more at home with each other by the end of the series.

This xylographic set, Archetypal Pinoy, is now presented in Pandy’s first solo exhibition in Singapore. Beginning with the Adam and Eve of Pinoy mythology who sprang from a bamboo, we also observe the Pintado (painted man) and Native Woman, the Pinoy godparents (ninong and ninang), the overseas foreign workers, the rebel nun and fighter, and the contemporary pinoy and pinay.

The etchings that will be shown are mostly hand colored, so that there is a more painterly approach towards printmaking. They come from the artist’s personal collection of artist's proofs. The etchings were done over a period of 20 years and the artist is quite proud, if not quite amused of his subject matter.

Home, 99½ % Sweet Home is a homage to Filipino expatriates the world over.


  • Virgillio 'Pandy' Aviado


    Virgillio ‘Pandy’ Aviado (b. 1944, Manila) is a much-celebrated Philippine printmaker and senior artist. He graduated from the Philippine College of Music and Fine Arts in 1967, and in 1969, he was awarded a fine arts scholarship in Spain under the auspices of Relaciones Culturales de España. He studied at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, obtaining certificates in Pintura Libre (painting) and Grabado (engraving) in 1970. He has trained with the best print work

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