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india ink on canvas paper
3 x 4 ft • 36 x 48 in • 91.4 x 122 cm
Body / Narrator


Victor Balanon started to study Dental Medicine at the University of the East in 1989. He left school however, a year short of finishing his studies, choosing to pursue and develop his interest in art. A self-taught artist, he has worked as an illustrator creating artworks for film, independent comics and underground music labels. He later studied film and animation at the Mowelfund Film Institute producing two animated short films as a result. During this time he has also created a self-published comic-book anthology and started working on his serialized pen and ink drawings. He was invited to be a part of the seminal late-90’s art space/collective Surrounded By Water, where some of the more prominent, current artists of today have started their practice. He has participated in various groups shows ever since, both locally and abroad, handling his time between his day job as a (hand-drawn) key animator
and in producing his own art.

He lives and works in Quezon City, Philippines.


2013 Losing The Plot On The Grand Scheme Of Things, Finale Artfile Videoroom, Manila

Mirror, West Gallery, Manila

A Somnambulist Manifesto, Artesan Gallery + Studio, Singapore

2012 The Last Utopian, Blanc Compound, Manila

2011 Ante Bellum, Artesan Gallery + Studio, Singapore

Through A Glass Darkly, Blanc Gallery, Makati City


2012 Versus (with Ernest Concepcion), Secret Fresh Gallery, Manila

2010 The Crocogator (collaboration with Ferdz Valencia), GreenPapayaArtsProject, Manila

New Drawings (with Romeo Lee), N.O.V.A. Gallery, Manila

2009 Gore Bore And The Gestapo Effect (with Argie Bandoy),GreenPapayaArtsProject, Manila

2008 Freak Magnet (with Ferdz Valencia), Conspiracy


2013 Dinner Party, Blanc Gallery

The Head Of The Matter, Galerie Anna, The Art Walk, Manila

Life Of Perish, Bureau of Artistic Rehab, 1335 Mabini, Manila

Old Wive’s Lies, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Fundacion, Art Informal, Manila

Tones Of Home, Blanc Inaugural Show, Blanc Gallery, Manila

Perdido Eden, Ode to Art, Singapore

2012 Ghost Chasing Ghost, Finale Art File, Manila

Drawing A Distance,House of Matahati, Malaysia

The Great Ghastly, Art Informal, Manila

Melted City, Blanc Compound, Manila

2011 It Doesn’t Snow In Manila, Art Informal, Manila

14th Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia

Our Viewpoints, Akibatamabi21, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Japan

Survivalism, Light and Space Contemporary, Manila

Secret Fresh Inaugural Show, Secret Fresh Gallery, Manila

Absolutely-No-Liability, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010 Immemorial, University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, Manila

Siren’s Hall, MOSpace Art Gallery, Manila

Happily Unhappy, Blanc Compound, Manila

2009 Saturday Fun Machine, Finale Art File, Manila

Sticker Show, MoSpace, Manila

In The Ocean Without A Boat Or A Paddle, Blanc Compound, Manila

2008 Futuramanila, Osage Gallery, Singapore

Futuramanila, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong

Killing Things,  Cubicle Artspace

Room 307- Inkling, Gutfeel And Hunch, National Art Gallery, Manila


1995-1997 Fine Arts, Major in Advertising, University of the East

1989-1994 Dental Medicine, University of the East



There's A Story Here Somewhere, It Got Lost Along The Way, 2015
Body / Narrator, 2014

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