04 May 2011

Charlie Co: Dummies

7 May 2011 - 5 June 2011
Galleria Duemila

"I have always associated the subject matter of most of my works with everyday scenarios. I can not help but put these situations on canvas, not in literal level but more as a satire" - Charlie

Charlie Co (b. 1960; Negros), has produced a staggering 38 solo exhibitions since 1983, presented internationally in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. Additionally, his works have been included in near 70 group exhibitions extending this profile to Brazil, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It is a mature and prolific career. Co was a founding member of the 1980’s group Black Artists of Asia (BAA), what esteemed writer/curator Emmanuel Torres described as, “the most vital [group] to emerge outside Metro Manila since 1986, when it was formed”. Co was also pivotal in establishing VIVA EX-CON with its first edition held in 1990. Co established his own distinctive style early on, an individuality that has awarded him many accolades among them the 13 Artists Award (1990), Juror’s Choice of the 6th Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards (1999), an Artist in Residence at the University of Newcastle (Australia 2001), Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan (Pintura) (2003), and the Dr. Jose Rizal Award for Excellence (2007). Furthermore, Co has represented the Philippines in important regional survey’s including Brazil’s 23rd Sao Paulo Biennale (1996), 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial (Australia 1996), “Asian Modernism” at the Japan Foundation ASEAN Cultural Center, Tokyo (1995, traveling to Bangkok and Jakarta).