Stanford Art Spaces
April 22, 2005 to June 23, 2005, Stanford Art Spaces features a Philippine exhibit with 14 different artists:

This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or

Alfredo P. Alcala is an internationally known painter, illustrator, and comic book artist whose art was influenced by Frank Brangwyn, J.C. Leyendecker, Dean Cornwell, Lou Fine, and Hal Foster.

Christian Voltar Alcala’s artistic influences are inspired from the 19th century or Victorian period. He worships Franklin Booth, Gustave Dore, Alphonse Mucha, and has vowed to continue his father's legacy.

Melissa Nolledo-Christoffels is a columnist for Manila Bulletin – USA Kababayan Edition and writes Stories Beyond the Bay. She is also a photographer and digital artist. She came to the U.S. in 1989 and now lives in Oregon. She grew up in Manila during the turbulent Marcos era. While at the U. of the Philippines in Diliman QC, she learned the essence of political activism amidst clouds of tear gas and flying batons. Her strong desire “to make a difference” has carried on through various community involvements.

Terry Acebo Davis works “serially, collectively, and in multiples to create work both intimate and grand in scale. Ideas are spawned by layers of history, family life, and revelations” that provoke her when she least expects it. Personal iconography exists in drawn symbols, and metaphors exist in color choices. “My images recall cultural pulls from an American Philipina upbringing that persuades the form and content of my aesthetic.”

Ben Lagasca periodically reaches back to his ancestral heritage, the mixing of the Malay and Asian influences, to establish a state of mind to begin his work. His new work is like maquettes for larger pieces, whose dimensions, support, or base materials will change the nature and reaction to the work. “I envision a sculptural form of a single color relying more upon the shape and confrontation with the physical form.”

Anthony Cruz Legarda uses the word “Arkiteknik” to refer to visionaries, designers, and builders who embody a Pacific Rim “fusion culture”. It is a 21st century lifestyle movement that highlights and honors Filipino American artistry in textile, fashion design, photography, graphic design, and creative writing.

Norma Nuyles Robinson was born and raised in Manila but worked as a computer programmer at Subic Bay where she began to enjoy the simple life and the rustic scenery of the countryside that inspired her to draw and paint. Her works mirror the scenes and objects that have given more meaning to her life, including special moments and faces that left an indelible mark.

Manuel Rodriguez’s early experimentation with new materials, such as sticks and textiles, led to a Rockefeller Grant. Ultimately, his innovative works, especially prints, made him a mentor for a new generation of art students. “It is important for the community and the individual … to develop an understanding and appreciation of art … [and] to experiment with the creative process, for these enrich the quality of life and make a more meaningful experience”.

Lizanne Uychaco paints auspicious art following the feng shui belief that art contributes its chi to its surroundings and brings good fortune to its collectors. Her style is distinct, minimalist but rich in texture, modern but rooted in ancient heritage and often a fusion of cultures. The blending of charms, amulets, antique finds, feng shui elements, and her signature yin yang coin make her paintings unique.

Mel Vera Cruz was born in Manila and grew up in a barrio south of Manila. After studying art, Mel came to the U.S. in 1995. “Art is my way of life. It makes me sane, feeds me, nurtures my soul. It makes me proud and humble at the same time. Art makes me think and read. It makes me stand out from anybody else, like a rock star. It can make me be outside of society and be part of the community.”

There are also sculptures by Angelo Baldemor, and paintings by Manuel Baldemor, by Norma Belleza, and by A. Celis.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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