Lives and Works: Philippines
Geraldine Javier was born in Manila, Philippines in 1970, and soon discovered and distinguished her artistic potential in an art school. Although her talent quickly made itself evident, Javier has held many solo and group exhibitions in her home country since 1995. She was selected one of 13 top artists by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and she is recognized as one of the most celebrated Southeast Asian artist both in the academic world and in the art field. The artist’s interest lies on the universal world of spirituality rather than on a specific religion. Javier’s interests root from the artist’s personal history of having lived her whole life struggling with the catholic culture in the Philippines, and are manifested through the unique region-specificity of Southeast Asia, in which the influx of Western culture has been naturalized. In other words, Javier goes beyond the logic behind religion, to pursue fundamental values that can be collectively embraced.
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