Divulging into self-histories

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    Ciane Xavier, Change of Heart
    Ciane Xavier, Change of Heart

    GALERIE Stephanie presents “To See For Oneself” as curatorial and thematic anchor that will feature three contemporary visual artists: Ciane Xavier of Brazil, Filipino Dexter Sy, and Roby Dwi Antono from Indonesia.

    The three artists are attuned in their chose disciplines and styles which all rely on the creation of figures as a way to anecdote experiences, imagine atmospheres, or define identities.

    Roby Dwi Antono, Autopsy of Mystery
    Roby Dwi Antono, Autopsy of Mystery

    The artists hail from emergent communities (whether by migrant, descendant, or cosmopolitan stature) and were brought up in domestic histories that acknowledge those webs of identity and yet are complicit of them.

    Xavier hails from Brazil and has been a globe-trotter. Professionally she has been a commercial model and was self-taught as a visual artist.

    Her paintings and sculptures depict multiculturality and nuances of migration as they “explore the boundaries of today’s society, touching upon globalization and the distractions of the millennial era.” In Manila, she had three solo exhibitions and was part of several group shows. Her pieces were also part of exhibitions at the Art Fair Philippines since 2017.

    Sy similarly hails from a diverse cultural background, being of Filipino and Chinese ethnicities, which translates in his philosophies as a visual artist and a college professor. In 2017, through the Philippine Artist Residency Program of Alliance Française de Manille, he was able to have a residency and a solo exhibition at Centre Intermondes in La Rochelle, France.

    He won the grand prize in the 2016 Philippine Art Awards, and was a consistent finalist in the competition since 2005. His works have been part of group exhibitions in cities in the Philippines and in Seoul, Tokyo, Manhattan, Singapore, Selangor, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Los Angeles.

    Indonesian pop surrealist Roby Dwi Antono also has been making waves in the Southeast Asian art scene for his rich, smooth, color-infused brushstrokes depicting a myriad of symbolic icons from rabbits and little girls to sentai superheroes and marine species.

    Inspired by the famous surrealist couple Ryden and Peck, Roby’s works evoke a pulsating emotional depth that recontextualize his ‘cute’ creatures. Roby has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Yogyakarta, Jakarta, the Philippines, Singapore, and Japan; and has participated in numerous art fairs, including Art Fair Philippines, Art Jakarta, Art Fair Tokyo, and Art Stage Singapore.

    “To See For Oneself” will be in line with Galerie Stephanie’s participation in Discovery Art Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The fair will be held at Forum Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, starting November 1 to 3.