Pinto International is a non profit institution born as an extension of the non-profit Pinto Art Museum in the Philippines. Director Luca Parolari, and a number of artists who've worked on a variety of international exhibitions with the organization will be at Untitled Miami Beach, December 4 to 8, 2019.
Their HQ and gallery in the USA is in NY.
"The aim is to promote contemporary art from the Philippines and Southeast Asia around the world. We also work as cultural ambassadors," says Parolari. "We have exhibitions in Milan, Tokyo and New York. We often work with diplomatic representatives."
They have curated shows around the globe, four times a year with their first show happening in 2017. This is the organization's first participation in an art fair.
"We really believe in the curation and quality of Untitled. Untitled was the perfect fit." he says.
"The knowledge of Filipino art is poor but that is good and bad. Mostly bad, we have work to do.” he says.
The lack of knowledge is, however, both an obstacle and a benefit. Pinto has a clean slate to work with and can tell the story in many ways, building from the ground up.
“If were weren’t doing it no one would be. People are starting to know about Philippines' art" says Parolari. We are at the forefront, we are opening a window, or , as we prefer to think, a door; pinto means ‘door’ in Tagalog.”
is about the Fillipino Diaspora and exile. A significant part of the country's economy relies on remittances from abroad. People work far from their families and homeland to provide.
The second exhibition was took on the Philippines' colonial history.
"There is a saying in the Philippines, ‘300 years in the convent, 50 years in Hollywood”. It describes the country’s colonial rule."
The 300 years refers to Spanish rule and the 50 years refers to the period of U.S. Colonialism.
"The exhibit was titled “Fifty Years in Hollywood” and it delved into the lingering effects oa American rule. The exhibit also included communication with other nations with experience in America’s colonialist era." he says.
Pinto also did an exhibition on pre-colonial religion and indigenous art. The exhibit delved into not just indigenous art but the influence of nearby areas, Indonesia, China , Southeast Asia and even South Asia . He notes we tend to think of the Phillipine’s history as beginning with Spanish colonial era, this is a
At Untitled the work will be a mix.
"Some of the work comes from previous shows, Three artists from the sow on mysticism and religion, other artists from the colonial show and 'fear of the different' he says..
Artists at Untitled include; Cian Dayrit, Kawayan de Guia, Nona Garcia, Pow Martinez, Raffy
All these themes are , obviously, connected. Find out more about Pinto at www.pintoart.com.