Abi Dionisio Promotes Healing in Her Latest Series, ‘Noah in Us’


(L-R) Veronica Howe, Abi Dionisio, Tracey Cortez in One East Asia.

Securing innumerable accolades under her belt, Abi Dionisio was one of 5 National winners at the Philippine Art Awards in 2016. Drawing inspiration from a multitude of sources, including from catholicism, Dionisio developed great interest in painting at a young age. With a natural curiosity for the world and the imagery which surrounded her throughout childhood, Abi Dionisio has undoubtedly grown to be one of the finest painters that the Philippines has ever seen.

Debuting her first solo show in London, Abi Dionisio is showcasing a series of ten new works commissioned by Singapore gallery, One East Asia in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The exhibition will take place at the Saatchi Gallery, START art fair, from 21 – 25 October 2020.

Abi Dionisio Promotes Healing in Her Latest Series, ‘Noah in Us’

Abi Dionisio – “The Wings”, 152.4 cm x 121.92 cm, oil on canvas, 2020

You were born in 1987 in the Philippines, you grew up in the city of Malolos in Bulacan, and you majored in Advertising. Tell us about your first steps as an artist?

My first education was in a catholic school run by nuns. I remember that we visited the church often. Inside the St. James de Apostle Parish Paombong, there was a vast mural painting behind the altar near the ceiling of the Ascension of Jesus, with human figures and angels floating in clouds. There were images of disciples and the 14 stations of the cross. I would find myself gazing at those when I got a chance—not realizing that I was fascinated with paintings as a kid. I just loved looking at them and wondering how the painter did it. And there was a time that a nun gave us students an exercise to imagine and sketch the face of our guardian angel. I did, and from then on, my fascination with drawing and painting continued.

Abi Dionisio – “Rainbow Connection”, 152.4 cm x 121.92 cm, oil on canvas, 2020

You have been one of the five National winners at the Philippines Art Awards in 2016. How important has been this highly sought-after award for you?

I have been aspiring to be in this competition since my college days. Colleagues speak so positively about it and how hard it is to get in even during the regional screening. I was fortunate to be one of the National winners. It propelled my career in the right direction.

Abi Dionisio – “The Wings”, 25.4 cm in diameter, Thread on Linen, Hand Embroidery, 2020

Your art has been described as belonging to the”Neo-Realism” movement with a strong inflow of questions related to feminism and modern societies’ issues. How would you describe your style?

I don’t consider myself part of any specific movement, I just develop my art organically.

Abi Dionisio – “Reflection”, 152.4 cm x 121.92 cm, oil on canvas, 2020

The Philippines is a Catholic country where religion is a central pillar of society. How important is religion in your art? What religious references do you like to refer to, or do you question?

My religion has influenced my values and philosophy. Although I was born and raised as a Catholic, my art is not always religious. However, in this particular show, I used a Biblical character to convey my message.

Abi Dionisio – “Bloom Where You Are Planted”, 152.4 cm x 121.92 cm, oil on canvas, 2020

Women are at the very core of your art. Do you feel that women are not represented enough in modern art?

Not really. Maybe in the past, female artists were outnumbered by male practitioners. I believe that there is equal opportunity for both genders to make and show art now.

Abi Dionisio – “The Lighthouse”, 25.4 cm in diameter, Thread on Linen, Hand Embroidery, 2020

What is the role the artist plays in society? How do you view the current art scene in the Philippines?

The artist plays a significant role in expressing society’s current emotions and struggles, thus helping to inspire humanity to be brave and heal. The current art scene in the Philippines is alive even in times of a global pandemic.

Abi Dionisio – “Reflection”, 25.4 cm in diameter, Thread on Linen, Hand Embroidery, 2020

Any current or past Filipino artist who has influenced you? 

Welbart Bartolome and Bencab.

Abi Dionisio – “The Lighthouse”, 152.4 cm x 121.92 cm, oil on canvas, 2020

Any current or past female artist who you feel has had a strong impact on the art scene?

I suppose I am influenced by many artists domestically and internationally. I can’t really single out any particular names in this case.

Abi Dionisio – “Rainbow Connection”, 25.4 cm in diameter, Thread on Linen, Hand Embroidery, 2020

The five words that best describe your art? 

Heal, Love, Hope, Light, War.

In which city can we expect to see your next solo exhibition?

Baguio.

Can you let our readers know about your favourite Art Museum in the Philippines? 

Bencab Museum and National Museum of the Philippines.

If you were to name one mentor who has inspired you in your life and path as an artist, who would that be? 

Joel Welbart Bartolome.

For further information, One East Asia is contactable through Instagram and via info@oneeastasia.org.

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