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Monday, December 21, 2009

UE ALUMNUS WINS 2ND PRIZE IN ITALY’S BIENNIAL ART FESTIVAL


UE alumnus wins 2nd prize in Italy’s Biennial Art Festival

UE Alumnus-Achiever in Fine Arts, Maximino Mark "Maxbal" O. Balatbat, won the "Lorenzo il Magnifico" award for garnering the 2nd prize for his entry, “Avenida Manila”, at the 7th Florence Biennale (Biennale Internazionale dell’ Arte Contemporonea Florence) held at the historic Fortezza da Basso, Italy on December 5-13. Sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Culture and the United Nations, the Florence Biennale is a prestigious international art event where selected artists from 80 countries converge every two years to exhibit more than 2,500 masterpieces for an extraordinary encounter between different cultures, styles and languages in the “Dialogue among Civilization” program.

The “Lorenzo il Magnifico” award is named after a patron of the Renaissance Arts, Lorenzo de’ Medici (the “Magnificent”) of Florence.

Maxbal is the first Filipino visual artist invited to exhibit his masterpiece in this biennial art event. His “Avenida Manila” painted in a huge canvas, depicts the distressing life in the “red district” in Manila. (Poet-writer Chati Coronel - literature, was the first Filipino to have joined in the said event in 2007.)

The "Lorenzo il Magnifico" award has been awarded to many important names: Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Alfredo Zalce and David Hockney for Art; the Restoration Laboratories of the Vatican Museums for Recovery of Historical Heritage; Ferrari, Pininfarina and Harley-Davidson for Design; Carla Fracci, Ferruccio Soleri and Mario Luzi for Culture.

Maxbal won early this year in the following art competitions: the Grand Prize in the GSIS Art Competition’s Non-Representational Category and in the 2009 Art Association of the Philippines – AAP-ECCA Abstract Painting Competition. His art pieces could be seen in the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the GSIS Museum galleries and other visual art venues.

Maxbal is a pillar of the art group Siningang Art Collective comprised of UE College of Fine Arts alumni.



http://www.ue.edu.ph/manila/news/?news=2009103.html

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