Acrylic on canvas
101.6 x 76.2cm
Mist defines a lone medical figure carrying an umbrella and a case, trekking through a storm, wearing a face mask, as he moves round and round, again and again, in circles. If one were to dwell more specifically, we note the artist’s continuous reference to Manila as a city below him, as he overlooks it from his vantage point in Antipolo, his hometown and a city that sits 156 meters above Metropolitan Manila.
Born in Tarlac, the artist has nevertheless spent his entire life in Antipolo, a hillside pilgrimage town in the east that overlooks the sprawl of metropolitan Manila. The fact of his location and environment has been part and parcel of the artist's life and consequently his art. A founder of the Antipolo-based artist group Salingpusa, Montemayor has been active in the local community of artists, first as a collaborator for projects and works among local painters and peers and later as mentor to a younger ...