Bicol-based artist heads PH ‘entry’ in Malaysia art expo


A Bicol-based artist’s work is one of the highlights of the Philippines’ participation in an art expo in Malaysia, the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur said.

Visual artist Pancho Piano’s work is exhibited at the Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) Plus 2016 at MATRADE Exhibition and Exhibit Center in Kuala Lumpur.

The embassy said visitors were impressed over Piano’s “vibrant abstracts and stained glass creations, reminiscent of the mysticism and traditions of his Bicolano roots and the devotion to the Our Lady of Peñafrancia.”
“As a Bicolano, it is an honor to showcase the works of multi-awarded artist Pancho Piano for the Embassy’s fourth year participation at the AEM. We are pleased that he has agreed to be our representative for this year, as we aspire to bring the best of the Philippine art scene in Malaysia,” Ambassador Jose Eduardo Malaya said.

Other countries represented in the expo were Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, France, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, Romania and Russia.

Piano is the first Filipino artist to exhibit leather art in the Philippines, and has made murals and stained glass designs for civic and religious patrons.

“He has mounted more than 40 solo exhibitions and participated in over 150 group exhibitions in the Philippines, Japan, Saipan, the United States, France, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Brunei Darussalam, Georgia, Australia, and Slovakia,” the embassy said.

The exhibit was held last Oct. 10 to 22.