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Spontaneous Realism painter Ces Lecaroz holds her first solo exhibit at the Gateway Gallery from May 12 to 26, 2018. Entitled “Spontanrealismus Lecaroz,” the opening reception takes place on May 12, Saturday, at 6 pm.

Lecaroz, a former anchor of ABS-CBN News Channel, has participated in major group exhibits since 2016. These include shows mounted by the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC; Grupo Sining Batangueño in Batangas City; Miriam College alumnae; Ateneo Alumni Art Fair; University of Santo Tomas Museum; SM Stationery Art Fest; and the Philippine Pastel Artists, Inc.

One of her most significant works is set of Jones Memorial Bridge paintings that she personally turned over to the Richmond County Museum in Washington DC, as a gift of the Philippine government in celebration of the 100th year of the Jones Act for Philippine Independence. Ambassador John D. Negroponte described the painting as a “stunning, modern rendition of Jones Bridge...a reflection of bonds that connected our countries in common purpose over a hundred years.”

Lecaroz’ career in art was sparked by an adult coloring book, a gift from her sister-in-law. She turned out to be an excellent colorist and was, in fact, energized by it. Within two years, her art career took eventful twists and turns. Currently, her style favors the modern realist figuration, done spontaneously. Art history tells us that this style “borrows its features” from art movements such as Fauvism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art.

Her first show in Gateway Gallery shows her dexterity in combining these art styles, and capturing the features and techniques upcoming artist here and abroad have grown fond of. Lecaroz is expected to become one of the strong proponents of this style in the coming years.

For “Spontanrealismus Lecaroz,” she showcases mostly large acrylic gestural portraits of public personalities she admires: Nick Joaquin, NVM Gonzalez, Milan Kundera, Ernest Hemingway, the Dalai Lama, Manuel L. Quezon, and many others. With strong, colourful stroke, her subjects have come alive and are shown in a new light.

Gateway Gallery is the art museum of the Araneta Center managed by the J. Amado Araneta Foundation. It is located at the 5F Gateway Tower, Araneta Center, Quezon City, and is open from Monday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm. For inquiries, you may call 588-4000 local 8300; email them at [email protected]; or follow them on Facebook (@gatewaygalleryph).