Philippine Art Galleries

One of the toughest things about being a millennial is the burnout. It’s when you just feel uninspired no matter what you do. It’s those lazy weekday mornings where you’re just staring at your computer, willing yourself to do something… or anything. There are many things that can contribute to burnout: the influx of information on social media, the political climate in the Philippines, or even events in one’s own personal life.

While burnouts aren’t unavoidable, it is curable. And one of the best ways is to use art. Several studies have proven that looking at art makes people feel good and reduces anxiety. What many people do not know is that there are many galleries in Makati to cure your burnout and inspire you to be more creative.

Here are some our favorites:

1. Tin-Aw Art Gallery

Location: Upper Ground Floor of Somerset Olympia Bldg., Makati Avenue, Makati City

Tin-Aw Art Gallery shows art that “surprises, engages and provokes” from Filipino and Asian artists. Most of the pieces they feature are rooted in history and experience, and are influenced by local and global events. Tin-Aw in the vernacular means “clear, lucid waters.”

2. Finale Art File

Location: Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1), 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City

Finale Art File is one of the oldest galleries in the Philippines, having been around since the ’80s. Because of their history, they have set up hundreds of exhibits from emerging and established visual artists. Finale is known for its Tall Gallery, which is the largest of its kind in the country, and can hold huge paintings, installations and sculptures. In 2012, it held the breathtaking Imagining Identity exhibit, which was a collection of 100 self-portraits from 1826 to 2011. The artworks exhibited were from artists as varied as Juan Luna and David Medalla.

3. Leon Gallery

Location: G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City

Leon Gallery specializes in historically important and museum-quality Philippine art and antiques. Their collection includes pieces from masters such as Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fabian de la Rosa, Fernando Zobel, and Fernando Amorsolo. It has recently been included in the world’s top 250 auction houses.

4. Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea

Location: 3rd Level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City / 4th Floor Art Gallery, The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City

Altro Mondo promotes young, emerging Filipino artists as much as they do established names in the art scene. They’re also known for bringing international names to the Philippines and exhibiting their works here. Apart from their main gallery in Greenbelt, they expanded their reach by partnering with The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, where they also hold events in other creative pursuits.

5. Vinyl on Vinyl

Location: 2135 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City

Vinyl on Vinyl focuses on much younger material, working with artists who create art, toys, and music. Most of the exhibits have modern-day pop culture leanings, with touches of contemporary art, pop surrealism, underground, street art, and other emerging genres.