Hometown: Malabon City, Manila
Based in: Manila, Philippines
Jigger Cruz explores the primitive memory of the figurative in contemporary painting. His paintings rework many of the stylistic quirks and formal concerns of classical painting, employing their basic composition and approximating their processes. The artist's pursuit of the idea that a painting is also an installation results in his exposing of the canvas stretcher bars, and revealing all aspects and surfaces in the final artworks. The figures from classical paintings that appear beneath serve as a reminder of the laborious painting process, as well the art historical baggage of the contemporary painter.
Jigger’s artistic approach plays with ideas of defacement and vandalism. The traditionally painted landscapes visible underneath Cruz’s layers of pastos oil and spray paint give the impression of an Old Master painting having been destroyed, of which this destruction becomes integral in forming our aesthetic understanding of his pieces. Hence, his paintings come to resemble assemblage of recognizable objects and obscure shapes which interlace, envelope and unfurl within one another.
Jigger Cruz studied Fine Arts at the Far Eastern University in the Philippines and Design at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. Selected exhibitions and fair venues include "Art Stage Singapore" (2015) "Depth Circus" at the West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines (2013), "Glitch Habitation" at the Primae Noctis Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland (2012), "Dead End" at the West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines (2011), "Watching the Wheels" at the Ayala Museum, Philippines (2010), "Tabi Tabi Po, a charity art event" at the 1:AM Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA (2010), "Constructing Deconstruction" at the Tala Gallery, Tomas Morato, Philippines (2009), "Swing" at the Blanc Art Space, Makati City, Philippines (2008) and "Pink Fumes" at the Pablo Gallery, Cubao, Araneta Center, Quezon City, Philippnes (2007).
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