Pinoy art pieces showcased in Art Basel fair HK

Filipinos have always been at the forefront, showcasing their expertise and masterpieces across the world.

Proving this, Filipina Isa Lorenzo of Silverlens has showcased her seductive artworks at the annual Art Basel fair held recently in Hong Kong.

Aside from Lorenzo, artworks from Pinoy artists like Manuel Ocampo, Gabriel Barredo, Wawi Navarroza, Norberto Roldan, Pow Martinez, Gregory Halili, and Chati Coronel, have been presented to the collectors from the Asian region.

Amanda Hon, managing director of Ben Brown Fine Arts, expressed optimism that this fair could further drive growth to the artists and the industry.

This was a good avenue for Filipino artists given a wide range of collectors from South Korea, Japan, as well as other nations from the Southeast Asia.

Currently, the Asian market accounts for 15 percent global art sales.

“Usually the people we sell to are people we know and trust. It’s rare that we’ll sell to someone new that we just heard of that day … So we do have a clear understanding with our clients and sometimes we’ll ask them to put down a deposit and we have a credit card machine ready. It’s always a little bit touch and go,” Hon explained.

“We only have 100 galleries in Hong Kong … definitely below 120. Any established city like New York or London will have over 1,000 or 2,000. There is definitely a lot of wealth in Hong Kong as well. We have a lot of room for growth,” she said.