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SOLER SANTOS

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Derelict #1
painted photograph on Arches paper
22 x 30 in • 56 x 76 cm
2014
Gathered Narratives





Biography

Soler Santos (b. 1960), who signs his work as “Soler,” held his first one-man show in 1981 at the Luz Gallery when he was 21 years old. He has had over 40 solo exhibitions since. In over three decades of his career in art, Soler has represented the Philippines abroad—at the Young Art in Asia (Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong, 1980), 25 Young Artists (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 1983), 2nd Asian Show (Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan, 1985), Seoul Contemporary Art Show (The National Museum of Art, Korea, 1986), 14th Asian Show (Fukuoka Art Museum,  Japan, 1999), 11th International Biennal Print and Drawing Exhibition (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2004). He is also the recipient of several art awards including First Prize at the ASEAN Painting Competition in 1983 and the CCP Thirteen Artists Award in 1992. He was also a Finalist for the Philippine Art Awards in 1994, 1997, 2001, 2003, and 2005. Soler studied at the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines from 1978 to 1981. He founded West Gallery with his artist wife, Mona Santos, in 1989.

 

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

2004 11th International Biennal Print and Drawing Exhibition, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Philippine Representative

1999 14th Asian International Art Exhibition, Philippine Representative

1996 XIII Watercolor Competition, Gallery Genesis, Top Five Watercolorist

1994 Philippine Art Awards, Philip Morris, Finalist

1992 7th International Asian Show, Bandung, Indonesia, Philippine Representative

1992 Thirteen Artist Awards, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Awardee

1986 Seoul Contemporary Art Show, The National Museum of Modern Art, South Korea, Philippine Representative

1985 2nd Asian Art Show, Fukuoka, Japan, Philippine Representative

1983 1st ASEAN Youth Painting and Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, Philippine Representative

1983 ASEAN Youth On-The-Spot Painting Competition, First Prize

1980 Young Art in Asia Now, Hong Kong Art Centre, Philippine Representative

1979 2nd Semester, UP College of Fine Arts, University Scholar

1979 Outstanding Painting Student, UPCFA, Second Place

1978 Art and Photography, JASMS, citation

1977 PWU Inter – High School Competition, first prize 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Remnants, Blanc Gallery, Manila

2015 Abandoned, ArInformal Gallery, Manila 

2015 Abandoned, West Gallery, Quezon City

2012 Static Nature curated by Nilo Ilarde, Upstairs Gallery, Finale Art File, Manila 

2012 Square Paintings, West Gallery, Quezon City

2011 Flat, West Gallery, Quezon City

2010 Photo-graphs curated by Roberto Chabet, Mo_Space, Taguig City

2009 Streams_works on paper, Alliance Total Gallery, Manila

2008 Stratus curated by Roberto Chabet, by Finale Art File, Manila

2006 Reflections Series II curated by Roberto Chabet, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila

2005 Reflections Series I, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila 

2003 Recent Works, Crucible Workshop, SM Megamall, Manila

2003 Recent Works, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila 

2002 New Paintings, Finale Art File, Manila

2001 Recent Works, Finale Art File, Manila

2001 Waterfall Series II, Finale Art File, Manila

2000 Stone Garden Series, Finale Art File, Manila

2000 Waterfall Series I curated by Roberto Chabet, Art Center, SM Megamall, Manila

1999 Recent Work, Art Space, Glorietta 4, Manila

1999 Four Works, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila

1996 Recent Watercolors, Finale Art File, Manila

1996 Rainforest II curated by Roberto Chabet, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila 

1994 Watercolors, Finale Art File, Manila

1994 Rainforest I curated by Roberto Chabet, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila 

1993 New Paintings, Luz Gallery, Manila

1993 Works on Paper, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila

1993 Recent Works, by Finale Art File, Gallery Hall, Victoria Plaza, Davao City 1992 Black Paintings, Lopez Museum, Pasig City

1992 Twelve Year Survey, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila

1991 Big Painting, Little Theatre Lobby, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila 

1991 Recent Watercolors by Finale Art File, Museo Iloilo, Iloilo City

1990 Recent Paintings, Luz Gallery, Manila1990 Recent Paintings, Finale Art File, Manila

1988 Drawings, Finale Art File, Manila

1986 Recent Paintings, Small Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila 1985 Roots Series, Luz Gallery, Manila

1984 Drawings, Dirty Room, UP College of Fine Arts, Quezon City

1983 Leaves Series II curated by Roberto Chabet, Luz Gallery, Manila

1981 Leaves Series I curated by Arturo Luz, Luz Gallery, Manila

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2016 Survey with Isa Lorenzo, Mawen Ong and Rachel Rillo, Silverlens, Manila

2015 Bangkal Paintings, Underground Gallery, Manila

2015 Re:View 2015, BenCab Museum, Baguio City

2015 Group Show, Finale Art File, Manila

2015 Group Show curated by Nilo Ilarde, Taksu, Singapore

2014 Gathered Narratives with Mona Santos, Luis Santos, Carina Santos and Isable Santos, Silverlens, Manila

2014 Imaging Philippine Flora (1877 to the Present), Metropolitan Museum, Manila

2014 Art Fair Philippines, West Gallery and Mo_Space booths, The Link, Manila

2014 Mid-Life Rises with Romeo Lee, Manuel Ocampo and Gerardo Tan
West Gallery, Quezon City

2013 Inaugural Show, Blanc Katipunan, Quezon City

2013 Art Fair Philippines, West Gallery booth, The Link, Manila

2013 Re:View 2013, Bencab Museum, Baguio City

2012 Before the Rain, Manila Contemporary, Manila

2012 Imagining Identity: 100 Filipino Self, City Portraits Collection, Paulino Que Collection, Finale Art File, Manila Volume 1 , Erewon Art Center, Quezon City

2012 Re:View 2012, BenCab Museum, Baguio City

2011 Complete and Unabridged, ICA, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

2011 Manilart Fair, NBC Tent, Taguig City

2011 Re:View 2011, BenCab Museum, Baguio City

2010 Manilart Fair, Hall 4, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

2009 12” x 9”, West Gallery, SM Megamall, Manila 

2009 Amorsolo Response, Manila Contemporary, VWFA, Manila

2008 Inaugural Show, Warehouse 17, Finale Art File, Manila

2008 Inaugural Show, Manila Contemporary, VWFA, Manila

2007 I Have Nothing to Paint and I’m Painting It curated by Roberto Chabet and Nilo Ilarde, Mo_Space, Taguig City

2006 Macau Magic by Bencab, Soler, Claude, Tayag and Phyllis Zaballero curated by Nilo Ilarde, The Podium, Organized by Finale Art File, Manila

2006 1 + 55: Perspective on Corporate Art, Metropolitan Museum Manila Collection

2005 20th Asian International Art Exhibition, Ayala Museum, Manila

2005 Recent Works with Mona Santos, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila

2005 The Wahaha Project, The Edge Gallery, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

2004 11th International Biennal Print and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Drawing Exhibition

2004 Cancelled Metaphors part 2 curated by Roberto Chabet, Finale Art File, SM Megamall, Manila

2003 Cut/ Collage, +Magnet, Quezon City

2003 Specific Gravities with Ronald Achacoso, Jonathan Olazo, Nilo Ilarde and RM De Leon, Art Center, SM Megamall, Manila

2002 Homage to the Masters 2, Metropolitan Museum of Manila

2001 White on White: 100 Artists = 200, Odd Manila, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

2001 Tapestry of the Filipino Soul, Gallerie E, Hong Kong

2001 Guilty Pleasures curated by Roberto Chabet, Art Center, SM Megamall, Manila

2000 Collage, Art Space, Glorietta 4, Manila

1999 14th Asian International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

1997 Breaking Boundaries, The First Philippine Stock Exchange Art Exhibit, Philippine Stock Exchange Bldg., Manila

1997 Forest and Blooms with Mona Santos, Philippine Center Gallery, New York

1996 The CCP at the MET, Metropolitan Museum, Manila

1995 Hardin with Malang, Mona Santos and Steve Santos, Art Center, SM Megamall, Manila

1994 Filipino Artists, Furuma Hotel, Hong Kong

1993 Facts and Figures curated by Roberto Chabet, Main Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

1992 Kulay sa Tubig IX, Gallery Genesis, Mandaluyong City

1992 13 Artist Exhibition, Main Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

1992 Malang, Stevesantos and Soler, Finale Art File, Manila

1992 7th Asian Show, Bandung, Indonesia

1991 Seven Years of Philippine Art, Finale Art File, Manila

1991 2nd Anniversary Show, West Gallery, Quezon City

1991 Malang, Steve Santos and Soler, Silay City

1990  Group Show, Luz Gallery, Manila

1990 Homage to Van Gogh, Alliance Francaise, Manila

1989 14 Artists, West Gallery, Quezon City 

1986 Seoul Contemporary Art Show, The National Museum of Art, South Korea

1988 Nature of Influence, Main Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

1988 The Annual Group Show, Luz Gallery, Manila

1985 6 Manila Artists with Fernando Modesto, Pardo De Leon,Popo San Pascual, RM De Leon, Subic Naval Base, Olongapo City

1985  Malang, Steve Santos and Soler, Finale Art File, Manila

1985  2nd Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan

1985  The Annual Group Show, Luz Gallery, Manila

1985  Tribute to Ray Albano, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

1984 Group Show, Pinaglabanan Galleries, San Juan

1983 Five and Other Faces, Manila Peninsula Gallery

1983  The F.A.R.T. Show, Dirty Room, UP College of Fine Arts, Quezon City

1983  Language of Watercolor, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

1983  6 Artists with Agnes Arellano, Bert Antonio, Nila Illarde, Raul Rodriguez and Gerardo Tan, Museum of Philippine Art, Manila

1983  25 Young ASEAN Artists, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

1982 Black and White, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

1982  Museum Artists, Museum of Philippine Art

1982  Four Artists with Bert Antonio, Nilo Ilarde and Bong Mata, Sining Kamalig, Regent of Manila

1981 UP College of Fine Arts Annual, 3rd Level Gallery

1981  Museum Artists, Museum of Philippine Art

1980 Quiapo by 15, Sinning Kamalig

1980 Young Art in Asia Now, Hong Kong Art Centre

1979 AAP Annual, Philamlife Auditorium, Manila

1978 AAP Semi-Annual, Ayala Museum, Manila

1977 Likha, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila 


EDUCATION

University of the Philippines

Bachelor of Fine Arts 

 



Shows

Survey, 2016
Gathered Narratives, 2014


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