Norberto Roldan

Bio

Norberto Roldan’s (b. 1953, Roxas City, Philippines; lives and works in Manila, Philippines) practice is rooted in social and political issues. His installations, assemblages and paintings of found objects, text fragments and found images address issues surrounding everyday life, history and collective memory. His artistic process engages with ways in which material objects are re-appropriated in another context. He graduated with a degree in BA Philosophy from St. Pius X Seminary and took his BFA in Visual Communication from the University of Santo Tomas. He is represented in several landmark surverys like No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (2013); Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia Since the 19th Century, National Gallery Singapore (2015); SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, National Art Centre Tokyo (2017); and Passion and Procession: Art of the Philippines, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2017).

Roldan founded Black Artists in Asia in 1986, a group with a socially and politically progressive practice. In 1990 he initiated VIVA EXCON (Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference), the longest running biennale in the Philippines. He co-founded Green Papaya Art Projects in 2000 which remains to be the longest-running independent and multi-disciplinary platform in the country.

Norberto Roldan’s (b. 1953, Roxas City, Philippines; lives and works in Manila, Philippines) practice is rooted in social and political issues. His installations, assemblages and paintings of found objects, text fragments and found images address issues surrounding everyday life, history and collective memory. His artistic process engages with ways in which material objects are re-appropriated in another context. He graduated with a degree in BA Philosophy from St. Pius X Seminary and took his BFA in Visual Communication from the University of Santo Tomas. He is represented in several landmark surverys like No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (2013); Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia Since the 19th Century, National Gallery Singapore (2015); SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, National Art Centre Tokyo (2017); and Passion and Procession: Art of the Philippines, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2017).

Roldan founded Black Artists in Asia in 1986, a group with a socially and politically progressive practice. In 1990 he initiated VIVA EXCON (Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference), the longest running biennale in the Philippines. He co-founded Green Papaya Art Projects in 2000 which remains to be the longest-running independent and multi-disciplinary platform in the country.

Salvahe
2015
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wall installation with Catholic liturgical cape, fabric, beeswax and T5 lighting
77h x 117.50w in • 195.58h x 298.45w cm
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F-16
2012
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oil and acrylic on canvas
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Vanity Fair X
2016
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assemblage with beauty compacts, old photographs and bottles
63.50h x 34w in 161.29h x 86.36w cm
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Between Salvation and Damnation
2014-2017
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installation with various components
102.36h x 144.09w x 144.09d in • 259.99h x 365.99w x 365.99d cm
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Maynila (Hilda Koronel-Bembol Roco)
2018
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oil and acrylic on canvas with lighting fixture
48h x 192w in • 121.92h x 487.68w cm
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Litany XX
2018
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assemblage with old estampitas, collage and nail polish
73h x 44w in • 185.42h x 111.76w cm
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Installation view of Passion and Procession: Art of the Philippines exhibit
2017
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There are no ideas but in things: 100 perfumes
2005
installation with cabinet, mirror with collage, found bottles and lighting fixture

There are no ideas but in things: first communion
2005
installation with cabinet altar, picture frame, found objects and lighting fixture

There are no ideas but in things: 10 hail Mary’s
2005
installation with box altar, plastic dayglo figurines, found objects and lighting fixture

Installation view of 'Passion and Procession: Art of the Philippines' at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
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There Are No Ideas But in Things (Two Aliens)
2018
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installation with old medicine cabinet, old lipstick holders and framed photo
16h x 19w x 16.50d in • 40.64h x 48.26w x 41.91d cm
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First Aid Made in China XX
2018
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assemblage with plastic first aid box and found objects
11h x 11w in • 27.94h x 27.94w cm
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Demokrasya
2018
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textile installation with embroidered fabric, re-purposed old Catholic vestment (humeral), and dangling metal amulets and metal chains
78.58h x 106.69w in • 199.60h x 271w cm
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How Can You Jump Over Your Shadow When You Don't Have One Anymore? XXXX
2018
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assemblage with baroque frame and assorted found objects
48h x 36w in • 121.92h x 91.44w cm
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Incantations in the land of virgins, monsters, sorcerers and angry gods
1999 - 2018
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Un-used patadyong wraparound skirt, fabric lining, embroidery, flattened soft drink crowns and wooden poles
62.20h x 33.86w in • 158h x 86w cm
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Installation view at Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, Hong Kong
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Selected Exhibitions

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