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FREDERICK EPISTOLA

Visual Artist

 
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PEEL AN ORANGE MIND

2019

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POLITICAL METAMORPHOSIS

2019

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FALSE WITNESS

2019

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KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD

2019

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HABITUAL BLAMER

2019

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COMFORTING THE AFFLICTED POLITICIAN

2019

Mixed Media on Board

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THE RISE OF A FEUDAL LORD

2019

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ESPRIT HUMAIN

2019

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MILAGRO

2019

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OFW

2019

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CHAINED OBEDIENCE 

2019

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THE WAITING GAME

2019

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HUMAN STRUGGLE

2019

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Frederick Epistola

Frederick Epistola is a Filipino abstract expressionist painter, collagist, sculptor and a photography enthusiast. He has produced and collaborated on projects ranging from mixed media art and clay and metal sculpture. His works can be found in the collection of the Painters for Human Rights in Florida (USA), the Union of Young Peace builders (Switzerland), and Accademia dello Scarabocchio (Matera, Italy).


In 2006, two of his works were included in the permanent collection of the prestigious International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction based in Texas, USA.  In 2008, his mixed media work, entitled “Master without a disciple”, has been featured in the Limited-Edition Art Calendar of the Painters for Human Rights which was distributed internationally. Epistola is also a recipient of the 2019 Cultural Diplomacy Grant by the Philippines’ National Commission on the Cultures and the Arts-Sentro Rizal. 


In 2017, Epistola was featured on CNN Profiles, wherein he shared his life as a visual artist and the advocacies he promotes through his artworks.


He is the only Filipino artist, among 127 artists from 26 nations, whose artwork was included in the "Fluxface in Space" under National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Face In Space Program. The Fluxface in Space Project, Phase One, on board the Discovery Space Shuttle STS-133 completed 202 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,304,140 miles. From launch to landing the mission elapsed time was 12 days, 19 hours, four minutes and 50 seconds.


Other than this feat, Epistola has held numerous exhibitions. His works had been shown at galleries, art centers and museums internationally such as “Global Compact: Helping Improve Lives through a Fusion of Art and Technology” (sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, 2008), Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Malaysia; “Fluxus Amusements, Diversions, Games, Tricks and Puzzles” (October 2010),  Flux Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA; “No Commercial Potential” (2010), Venezia , Italy; “Mail Art Exhibition (2010), Gallery [KG52], Stockholm, Sweden; “Projekt d'Art Postal: World without Water” (2010), ARTOTEM, Ouistreham, France; Over 160 works all over the world celebrating 100 years of DADA (November 2016 -January 2017), Fort Worth, Texas; and “Kabaebaya: An art auction for war victims of Marawi” (August 2017), Philippines.


He recently staged a one-man show entitled “Shapes and Hues” in the KATARA Art Center in DOHA Qatar. He is the first Filipino to exhibit in said cultural institution.


Epistola's works have been published and can be seen on: “Captured Culture: An Interpretative Portrait of Parañaque City”, “Living with Art”, “Fluxface in Space”, “Collage/Assemblage Centennial 1912-2012”, Climate MAP Exhibit  at Archivo 1984 Gallery sponsored by the French Embassy in Manila (2015), and in DADA Centennial: Day of the Dead at the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction Archives.


Epistola earned his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Major in Visual Communications in 1996 at the University of the Philippines. He is a member of the Global Collage Movement and the International Union of Mail Artist (IUOMA), both based in the United States.

 
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“A good piece of art is inspired by your inner self and guided by the unknown”

- FREDERICK EPISTOLA

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Frederick Epistola

I explore my own identity and core values through my artworks using colors, strokes, and evocative images. I meant for each artwork to be a non-narrative celebration of my culture, while at the same time a documentation of my society’s enrichment through time.


Drawing inspiration from the political, artistic, and social milieu of my time, and grounded by my experience, my artworks hold mirror to the continuously evolving culture of my surroundings that is formed through relationships, associations, and metaphor.


Each mixed media artwork features different layers of pure hues in the background that represent my cultural and societal memory and the creative juxtaposition of my real-world observations through time. The multiple layers of strokes and colors are integrated with cut-out images to add depth, mystery, and memory to the central theme of each piece.


My artworks explore the themes of identity, ethnicity, colonialism, and the affirmation of my native race, language, and culture; with each of the piece representing a celebration of culture and my beginnings.


Always interested in the interplay of art and life, my works maintain their open-endedness to allow the viewers to engage with my art through their free and uninhibited interpretation.

 

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