JUSTINIANI (born 1966, Bacolod City) studied painting at the University
of the Philippines in 1982 but left a few years later to join various
protest art movements that broadened his socio-political awareness.
Since 1988, he has participated in several group exhibitions most notably
those that involved large-scale works and murals.
had his first solo exhibition in 1993; a show widely acclaimed as both
a critical and financial success. A multi-awarded artist in almost all-national
art competitions, he was granted the much-coveted Thirteen Artists Award
by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1994. Justiniani is a well-traveled
artist and has represented the Philippines in various international
conferences, workshops and exhibitions in Japan, Denmark, Australia
and the USA. Last summer Justiniani's work was included in the Asian
Art Museum of San Francisco's exhibition "At Home & Abroad, 20 Contemporary
Filipino Artists." Early in his career Justiniani began making socially
relevant art where he focused on the lives of ordinary people who live
precariously in a society filled with hypocrisy, contradiction and seeming
hopelessness. His works in the exhibit typify imageries influenced by
Philippine jeepneys, the most popular mode of transportation in the
country. The jeepney has been one of his favorite subjects since 1988,
and in these works, he uses familiar symbols as medium for socio-political
satire. Artists’ biographical information written by Bobi Valenzuela
an independent curator and art consultant based in Manila. During the
past 18 years he has curated numerous shows in the Philippines and abroad,
and has been a consultant to several annual and bi-annual international
exhibitions. He gives talks on cultural awareness and art. One of his
more important projects to date was mounting a conceptual and collaborative
installation exhibition "Ang de Latang Pinoy (Yes the Filipino Can)"
– a tribute to the centennial celebration of the Philippine Revolution
with more than 100 Filipino artists participating.
30" X 36" mixed media