Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents a solo exhibition of sculptures by Ryan Rubio entitled Instinctual Creation from July 28 to September 11, 2016 at the CCP’s Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery).

Though known primarily for his paintings, Ryan Rubio’s first foray at sculpture is not entirely new. In his 2006 paintings, figures could be seen making their way out of the frame, threads spiraling out of the canvas to find a new frontier. With Instinctual Creation, he shed all embellishments and focused, instead, on the seamlessness of his process. The outcome is triumphant — his sculptures have transformed the sparseness of his materials and the often ignored human condition into pieces that resonate with vigor and life.

For the past year, Rubio has been going back and forth between Bicol and Manila, collecting and carrying with him rocks that are the main materials of his works. “It is like bringing home a sack of rice,” he recalls as he describes the toil of the numerous trips he made. The artist sources rocks such as green quartz, granite, and silica from the seas and rivers of his hometown Paracale. There are materials he uses as is — without any alteration as he sees these resources as already perfect in the way nature formed them. They are left untouched except for a coat of gloss to let their natural color come out.

But their weight is not a burden. He doesn’t mind the physicality and the discipline. There is ease in how his pieces came to be. Ryan Rubio has gone back to the primal need to create without hesitation or unwanted influences.

Instinctual Creation will have its opening reception on July 28, 2016, Thursday, 6:00 pm at the CCP’s Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery). Ryan Rubio will be giving an Artist Talk on September 1, 2016, 4:00 pm at the CCP’s 4th floor MKP Hall.

Instinctual Creation will be on view until September 11, 2016. Exhibit viewing hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department, at (632) 832-1125 local 1504 / 1505 or (632) 832-3702, mobile (0917) 6033809, or email

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