Allegories and Realities Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect

Presented at the CCP as part of its ongoing 50th anniversary program is a major retro ...

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Presented at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as part of its ongoing 50th anniversary program is a major retrospective exhibition by Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi titled ALLEGORIES AND REALITIES Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect.

Gelvezon-Tequi earned two degrees in Fine Arts and English from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Influenced by literature, art history and visual arts, her works emanate her deep understanding of these various disciplines. Her series of prints from the 1980s are juxtapositions of sacred images vis a vis the mundane. Her works are also grounded on the real and personal — family life and losses, greed and corruption, the turbulent political climate, or simply a row of trees, a lush garden or a still life. She has been highly acclaimed for her use of allegory to express her take on social issues. This retrospective show is composed of prints and paintings made by Gelvezon-Tequi from the 1970s to the present. It explores the thematic contexts as well as modes of art practice Gelvezon-Tequi has pursued for more than five decades.

Aside from the artist’s collection, other featured artworks will be borrowed from private and institutional collections. Ma. Victoria Herrera, Director and Chief Curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery, has been invited to curate the exhibition.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is located at the CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Pasay City. The exhibit may be viewed from 22 February to 24 May 2020 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery). Exhibit viewing hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. For more information, please contact the Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department at (632) 8832-1125 loc. 1504/1505 and (632) 8832-3702, mobile (0917) 6033809, or send an email to or visit