Your Manifest Destiny • Liv Vinluan

Jul 4 to Jul 28, 2018 • Upstairs Gallery

In the middle of the 19th century, a term
was coined to express the United States’ ‘inevitable’,
God-ordained destiny to pacify, civilize and
expand dominion unto North America and beyond.

This term was called Manifest Destiny.

Liv Vinluan was born in the year 1987 into a family of academicians and artists. She is great-granddaughter of NorbertoRomualdez, Filipino statesman, Supreme Court Justice, writer and champion of the Tagalog language. Her paternal grandparents, Numeriano and Lelis were school teachers in the town of Pozzorubio in Pangasinan. Her father is Filipino abstractionist and Professor Emeritus Nestor Olarte Vinluan, former Dean of the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines.

She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines, where her monumental undergraduate thesis triptych, Sin Vergüenzas, won her the Dominador Castañeda Award for Best Thesis. She was later on selected as one of the nominees of the Fulbright-PAEF Scholarship in 2014, but ultimately decided to defer the scholarship to concentrate her efforts closer to home.

In 2015, she completed the watercolour piece, Cariño Brutal, another monumental work which was Shortlisted for the 2016 Ateneo Art Awards-Fernando Zobel Prize for Visual Art. In early 2016 she was invited and commissioned by the López Museum & Library for the exhibition EXPOSITIÓN. The following year, her work for EXPOSITIÓN, Ang Cabilogan ng Isang Cuadranggulo (The Roundness of a Square), was nominated for the 4th Edition of the prestigious Asia Pacific Breweries- Signature Art Prize.

She lives and works in Antipolo, where she shares a home with her husband Ian, and three adopted cats.