Dynamic variety but of the same roots and authenticity summed up Butuan’s top trail-blazing visual artists exhibition, “Into the Roots” slated to open at 6 p.m. at Robinsons Place Butuan 3rd floor, (near the cinema lobby) on December 1 to 16.
The long-cherished year-ending cultural event can be likened to an art tornado to the creative sector and art enthusiasts and supporters.
When I learned of it, my reaction was, “finally, the dream team coming true.” I have long known and shared their journey to the muse leading to excellence and recognition. Rooted and loyal to the indigenous consciousness and homegrown pride made them a cut above the rest.
Anoy Catague, Bada Torralba and Kit Gresos are Butuan’s creative minds springing from the fertile soil of Agusan River, original, proud yet humble and had conquered the world.
Catague is hailed as a pioneer of Mindanaoan art, equal to Balinese and Australia’s aboriginal arts.
Torralba is celebrated for her eye-opening discoveries and daring explorations and Gresos, the baby of the three, for his vibrant and charming life-like sculptural obras.
The past years, Catague received numerous invitations to exhibit in Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. Torralba was a former regional visual arts commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Gresos is a favorite of public and private institutions for their array of official souvenirs and gift items.
This exhibition as a whole is a happy artistic convergence like the restless current of the river. Time to swim and witness the tide of homegrown bravado.