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Ryan Villamael

Ryan Villamael (b. 1987, Laguna; lives and works in Quezon City) is one of the few artists of his generation to have abstained from the more liberal modes of art expression to ultimately resort to the more deliberate handiwork found
in cut paper. While his method follows the decorative nature innate to his medium of choice, from the intricately latticed constructions emerge images that defy the ornamental patchwork found in the tradition of paper cutting, and instead becomes a treatise of a unique vision that encompasses both the inner and outer conditions that occupy the psyche—which range from the oblique complexity of imagined organisms to the outright effects of living in a convoluted city.
Villamael was included in several group shows while still pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the University of the Philippines up to the time of his graduation in 2009. His works have been shown in Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK, Australia, and Paris. Although his persistence in sustaining a discipline more often subjected to handicraft has been evident from his works, Villamael maintains that his primary interest lies rather on the conceptual significance of craft in the process of creating contemporary art, and continues to recognize the possibility of how his works can still evolve under this light.
He is a recipient of the Ateneo Art Award in 2015 and the three international residency grants funded by the Ateneo Art Gallery and its partner institutions: La Trobe University Visual Arts Center in Bendigo, Australia; Artesan Gallery
in Singapore and Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, UK. He participated in the 2016 Singapore Biennale.

AWARDS
2015 Ateneo Art Awards, Winner 2013 Ateneo Art Awards, Shortlisted
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Epilogue, Silverlens, Manila
2016 Unknown Land, La Trobe University, Victoria
2015 Behold A City, Silverlens, Manila 2014 Isles, Silverlens, Manila
2013 Territory, Silverlens, Manila
Kosmik, West Gallery, Manila 2012 Flatland, Silverlens, Manila
Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2011 New Specimens, West Gallery, Manila
Cut Felt, SIlverlens, Manila
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 (upcoming October) Biwako Biennale, Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture (upcoming, 7 June), West Gallery, Manila
(upcoming, 26 May), Arete, Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila Art Fair Philippines, Silverlens, Manila
EXit/ EXile/ EXodus: Voicing the Diaspora in Southeast Asian Contemporary Art, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2017 Curated by Federico de Vera, Ayala Museum, Manila
Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Australia
Seascapes: Tranquility and Agitation, Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Art Basel, Silverlens, Hong Kong
Shared Coordinates, in collaboration with Edouard Malingue Gallery & ROH Projects, The Arts House, Singapore
Translación, Inaugural Exhibition, Curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana, Silverlens, Manila
2016 Singapore Biennale: An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Art Stage Jakarta, ROH Projects, Jakarta
Art Basel, Silverlens, Hong Kong
Art Fair Philippines, Silverlens, Manila
2015 In Transit, CCP, Manila
Secret Archipelago, Palais De Tokyo, France
Art Fair Philippines, Silverlens, Manila
Art Basel, Silverlens, Hong Kong 2014 Bookends, Blanc Gallery, Manila Art Taipei 2014, Silverlens, Taipei
Makiling X, Corredor Gallery, Manila Tabletop, Altro Mondo Manila
Art Fair Philippines, Silverlens, Manila
2013 Still, Blanc, Manila
Art Taipei 2013, Silverlens, Taipei
Fundacion Broke, Art Informal, Manila
Ateneo Art Awards 2004 – 2013: A Restrospective, Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila Relikt, Silverlens, Singapore
2012 Ley Hunting, Silverlens, Singapore Silverlens Gallery, Art HK 12, Hong Kong Incidental Pleasures, MO Space, Makati City
2011 X-Mas Show, Manila Contemporary, White Space, Manila
Working in Progress, curated by Adeline Ooi,
A Three-Man Show, Silverlens, Manila
On the Radar: 6 New Symptoms, Curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana, Silverlens, Manila
2010 12 x 9, West Gallery, Manila 2009 Atat, Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Manila
Degree Exhibition 2009, Corredor Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, Manila
2008 Pre Thesis Deliberation: Symposium Series 2008 Curated by Virginia B. Dandan, Corredor Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Manila
2004 Ingress / Egress (Philippine High School for the Arts Senior Exhibition) GSIS Gallery, Manila
2004-2009 2001-2004
University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Painting
Philippine High School for the Arts, Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna
Major in Visual Arts Program

PUBLICATIONS
Calasan, Pierre A., “The Everlasting Gaze.” Town and Country Magazine. November 2016. p. 24.
Jaucian, Don. “Filipino Artists Triumph at the Singapore Biennale.” CNN Life Philippines. Accessed 4 November 2016. http://cnnphilippines.com/life/culture/arts/2016/11/04/singapore-biennale-2016.html
Jaucian, Don. “Studio Visit: Ryan Villamael.” CNN Life Philippines. Accessed 2 November 2016. http://cnnphilippines.com/life/culture/arts/2016/11/02/studio-visit-ryan-villamael.html
Othman, Syahida. “Philippine Artists Draw Inspiration From Nature and Fishermen for the Singapore Biennale.” Channel News Asia. Accessed 12 October 2016. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/philippines-artists-draw-inspiration-from-nature-and-fishermen-f-7771822
Basa, Eva Mcgovern. No Chaos No Party. 2016.
Ateneo Art Awards. Catalogue. 2015
Art Taipei Catalogue. Taiwan Art Gallery Association. 2013.