Pastel aka Francisco Diaz, an artist from Buenos Aires, recently completed a mural in Manila, Philippines entitled “Calamansi and Sampaguita”. The mural was completed as part of 2016’s ArtBGC Mural Festival that included thirteen international and local artists. The ten day festival in the Bonifacio Global City district of the Manila brings together public artists to create works for the city in hopes of raising awareness for the burgeoning arts community. Works include an installation by Hot Tea, murals by Andrew Schoultz, Bunnie Reiss, Kris Abrigo, alongside eight other muralists.
"The Bonifacio Arts Foundation (BAFI) along with LeBasse Projects & HoneycombArts, launches ArtBGC Festival 2016 – a 10-day mural festival featuring a mix of international and local artists painting across the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) district. Building on last year’s successful arts and culture initiative, the organizers hope that the size and scope of this project in BGC and will continue to be a transformative event in the development."
“Based on ancient local traditions, these plants have a native symbolism that switched during the last times. Since 1565, Philippines has been invaded by different countries and regions, being always in a large social and political transition trying to preserve the native spirit. Calamansi is a plant used during filipino´s funerals as way of purify the body, while the Sampaguita (national flower) use to represent humility and reverence, actually is the flower that young kids use to sell on the streets just to survive.” Pastel, Francisco Diaz.
Stay tuned as Pastel will be joining us at Athen B. Gallery September of 2017 for his debut US solo exhibition.