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b. 1937 - d. 1996

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        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - The Tipster
          Jun. 08, 2024

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - The Tipster

          Est: ₱700,000 - ₱910,000

          The Tipster signed and dated 1971 (lower right) oil on canvas 30" x 32" (76cmx81cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE Private collection, Manila 1971is a momentous year for Onib Olmedo. He formally opened his artistic career with his first solo exhibition Singkong Suka at La Solidaridad Gallery. Even then, his works already bear the markings of his future works – his signature distortion is present, although miniature in scale, and the perspective moderately skewed. “Shocked and repulsed” were how Domini M. Torrevillas described Onib’s first gallery viewers, so used were they to the idyllic rural scenes that Onib’s emaciated figures shocked the viewers to their core. It would take a while for them to warm up to Onib’s works, adds Torrevillas, but once they did, his works have rightfully gone down the annals of Philippine art history. Onib’s penchant for the grotesque and the uncomfortable stems from his intimate knowledge of the masses. Prior to devoting his time to his art full-time, he worked at the San Lazaro race track, first as a racing steward and later as a judge. Here, he came face to face with hope and despair intermingling as winners rejoiced alongside losers. Humanity is found in the masses, he discovered, palpable as the hopeful and the desperate bet on their favorite racehorses. Even outside his work, Onib finds himself drawn towards the common folk. Aside from his neighborhood in Sampaloc, Onib roams the streets of Ermita and Malate, the intermingling of tourists and locals proving a never ending source of inspiration for the expressionist artist. The sprawl of Manila becomes his muse and her citizens immortalized in Onib’s canvases. This enduring interest for the masses is evident in his 1971 The Tipster. Depicting a crowd watching a race, the artist focuses on four figures with the foremost man holding a binocular with a lit cigarette in his mouth. Onib has enlarged the figures' faces, a taste of his later distortions notable even at the start. The large face draws attention to the figures' expressions with their disinterest, desperation, and hope notable and palpable. There is a proletarian sensibility in the worlds created by Onib. The 1970s Philippines is rife with political instability and The Tipster encapsulates the uncertainty the masses surely have felt. His contorted figures echo the unjust system with which the poor continue to get poorer. However, hope is not lost for Onib; amidst the suffering is a sense of resilience that continues to push his subjects forward. They trudge on, eyes pinned on the future when they are finally liberated from an oppressive status quo. (Hannah Valiente)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Apr. 20, 2024

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱70,000 - ₱91,000

          Female Profile signed and dated 1988 (lower right) pastel on paper 27 1/2" x 21 1/2" (70 cm x 55 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Apr. 20, 2024

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱70,000 - ₱91,000

          Nude Series signed and dated 1989 (lower right) pastel on paper 21” x 27” (53 cm x 69 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937-1996) - Mother and Child
          Mar. 09, 2024

          Onib Olmedo (1937-1996) - Mother and Child

          Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

          PROPERTY FROM THE DON EUGENIO “GENY” LOPEZ JR. COLLECTION Mother and Child signed and dated 1995 (lower right) pastel on felt paper 27 1/2" x 22" (70 cm x 56 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE: Finale Art File WRITE UP: Onib Olmeda takes the classic Mother and Child image and distorts it to portray the depths of human anguish – instead of the typical warm loving image of a parent and her child, Onib’s 1995 Mother and Child probes the tortured psyche emphasized by the Onib-typical diamondshaped face, asymmetrical eyes, and bulbous noses. It is their expressions, however, that captivate the audience. Art critic Alice Guillermo writes in Onib Olmedo: Dimensions of Depth that the figures “gaze through and beyond [the viewer] as though following a vision.” The artist gave no marker for the social background of the mother and child and therefore, the viewer is free to interpret the work as they wish. The mother’s haunting, piercing gaze and the protective way she holds her child becomes a mirror for whatever incipient horror lies within the onlooker’s mind, and thus lies Onib’s charm – his ability to reflect upon the viewer their own fear. Onib’s figures are no mere abstractions – through his distortions, they transform into a flesh-and-blood person facing their own struggles. His works are “quiet, intense, and profound” and Mother and Child, created later in Onib’s career, profess his art at his maturity and his sharpest. (Hannah Valiente)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937-1996) - Ang Tanong
          Mar. 09, 2024

          Onib Olmedo (1937-1996) - Ang Tanong

          Est: ₱800,000 - ₱1,040,000

          PROPERTY FROM THE DON EUGENIO “GENY” LOPEZ JR. COLLECTION Ang Tanong signed and dated 1988 (lower right) oil on canvas 36" x 24" (91 cm x 61 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE: Finale Art File WRITE UP: Adistinct sort of distortion marks the works of expressionist Onib Olmedo. His body of works feature dramatic contortions, extreme angles, and flat figures paired with a muted color scheme that immediately grabs its viewer’s attention. Drawn to the denizens of Sampaloc and Ermita, his canvases reflect the triumph of the human spirit in face of the anguish human frequently faces. His 1998 Ang Tanong features the Onib-typical distortion – the lone figure on the canvas is depicted with gigantic hands and a disfigured face with mismatched eyes and asymmetrical features. Most interestingly, there is not one face but two, with the second one cradled on the figure's lap as if a child. One is pressed to look into the painting to find the answers to its titular tanong: why is the figure depicted with two heads? The background suggests a slum of some sort – does this have something to do with the twoheaded figure? Ang Tanong, as the title suggests, poses more questions than answers and therein lies Onib’s charm. He paints with an almost fervent abandon, pushing distortions to its extreme to probe the depths of humanity. The viewer cannot help but press into the work to make sense of the distorted, to iron out the discrepancies and understand the incomprehensible. While there may be no clear-cut answers, Onib’s works contain a subjective depth that captures the private psyche. They are a conversation between the viewer and the artist, each exchange as different as the next. (Hannah Valiente)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937-1996)
          Jan. 20, 2024

          Onib Olmedo (1937-1996)

          Est: ₱30,000 - ₱39,000

          Untitled (Native Kitchen) ca.1990s ink wash on paper board 30" x 22" (76 cm x 54 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937-1996)
          Jan. 20, 2024

          Onib Olmedo (1937-1996)

          Est: ₱30,000 - ₱39,000

          Guava with Seven Holes signed (lower right) dated 1993 pen and ink on paper 8 1/2" x 7" (22 cm x 18 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • ONIB OLMEDO : Woman with Basket, 1984
          Nov. 26, 2023

          ONIB OLMEDO : Woman with Basket, 1984

          Est: RM1,500 - RM2,000

          Onib Olmedo was a Filipino painter acclaimed by critics as one of the major Filipino artists of the 20th century. Olmedo created a body of works that utilizes the expressionist technique of distortion to portray the inner torment experienced by modern man, evident in this work. His paintings are characterized by an implosive impact but have an uplifting and ennobling quality, celebrating the triumph of the human spirit in the face of pain and anguish. At the same time, they are social commentaries with touches of wit and irony – reflections of the artist’s quintessential, down-toearth humor. The subjects of his paintings were the denizens of Sampaloc and Ermita, including musicians, prostitutes, vendors and waiters, as well as people from the upper strata like society matrons, corporate executives and ballerinas.

          KLAS Art Auction
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

          Pakiramdam signed (lower right) pen and ink on paper 15” x 11” (38 cm x 28 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot LITERATURE Arriola, Fe Maria C., ed. The Body Book. Manila: GCF Books, 1993. Illustrated on page 187.

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱30,000 - ₱39,000

          Untitled signed and dated 1982 (lower right) pastel on paper 23” x 18” (58 cm x 46 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

          a.) Untitled (Front) signed and dated 1982 (lower right) charcoal on paper 18” x 12” (46 cm x 30 cm) b.) Nude (Back) charcoal on paper 18” x 12” (46 cm x 30 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

          a) Untitled (Front) signed and dated 1981 (lower right) pastel on paper 17” x 12” (43 cm x 30 cm) a) Untitled (Back) pastel on paper 17” x 12” (43 cm x 30 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

          Untitled signed and dated 1981 (lower right) pastel on paper 25” x 19” (64 cm x 48 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

          Portrait signed and dated 1982 (lower right) pastel on paper 17” x 12” (43 cm x 28 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

          Untitled signed and dated 1982 (lower left) pen and watercolor on paper 11 1/2” x 8 1/2” (29 cm x 22 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

          a.) Untitled (Front) signed and dated 1981 (lower right) pastel on paper 17” x 12” (43 cm x 28 cm) b.) Untitled (Back) pastel on paper 17” x 12” (43 cm x 28 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱250,000 - ₱325,000

          Woman signed and dated 1982 (lower left) oil on canvas 29 1/2” x 21 1/2” (75 cm x 55 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by Bettina Olmedo confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937-1996)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937-1996)

          Est: ₱5,000 - ₱6,500

          Ang Tanong 1990 print reproduction 25” x 18” (64 cm x 46 cm) This is a limited edition print in the retrospective show Three Filipino Figurative Expressionists (Onib Olmedo, Ang Kiukok and Solomon Saprid) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1990 where the actual "Ang Tanong" painting was exhibited.

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Aling Metring
          Sep. 09, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Aling Metring

          Est: ₱400,000 - ₱520,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Aling Metring signed and dated 1979 (lower right) oil on canvas 30" x 30" (76 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by Ms. Bettina Rodriguez-Olmedo confirming the authenticity of this lot Onib Olmedo's artistic vision ventures into the realm of human experience, a realm that transcends conventional boundaries and delves into the ineffable. With a deft hand, Olmedo orchestrates a transformation of the human form, casting it into an abstract realm that defies the confines of our reality. Through this distortion, he unearths the profound truths that course through the veins of human existence, laying bare the intricate tapestry of trials, dreams, and questions that define our journey. Olmedo's approach to art is a deliberate dance with the enigmatic facets of the human psyche. His creations are not mere compositions; they emerge as portals to the depths of our collective consciousness. Employing the figurative expressionist technique, he masterfully disrupts the conventional contours of the human figure. In this distortion, he finds a voice to encapsulate the visceral struggles that underpin human existence. The figures he conjures, obtuse and ethereal, embody the very essence of challenges faced and dreams tormented. Within the intense glare of their gaze, a magnetic tension resides—a tension that draws us into the narrative of their existence. These figures, seemingly aloof, become vessels through which we explore the labyrinthine corridors of the human soul. Through their veiled wounds, Olmedo beckons us to confront the complexities of our own experiences, bridging the gap between the canvas and the realm of introspection. Yet, amid the labyrinth of struggles, a resolute spirit emerges from the shadows. The very same figures that stand marked by life's harsh realities, rise defiantly to face the battles that life presents. Their unwavering determination is a beacon of hope that navigates the treacherous waters of despair. Olmedo paints a tableau of resilience, reminding us that within the depths of torment, the human spirit remains unbroken, undeterred by the forces that seek to confine it. (Jed Daya)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Father and Son
          Sep. 09, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Father and Son

          Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Father and Son signed and dated 1982 (lower right) pastel on paper 29" x 21" (74 cm x 53 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot This pastel on paper piece reveals the artistic approach of Onib Olmedo that goes beyond external appearances to explore the human spirit. The distortion and exaggeration of their features intend to evoke emotions, complexities, and the mental states of the human condition. Olmedo‘s abiding interest in people and the world matured in the streets of Manila, particularly in Malate and Ermita. He developed a deep sympathy for the masses, it did not matter to him if they were old and blind street performers or destitute women hustling foreigners. Although the artist’s oeuvres portray the inner torment experienced by mankind in modern times, his art has struck the hearts of many and his works remain to be popular among collectors.In 1990, Olmedo mounted his first and only show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. (Isabella Romarate)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jul. 29, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱120,000 - ₱156,000

          Orgasm signed and dated 1990 (lower right) oil pastel on felt paper 22” x 28” (56 cm x 71 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Gisella Olmedo Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jul. 29, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱80,000 - ₱104,000

          Untitled ca. 1990s oil pastel on felt paper 28” x 22” (71 cm x 56 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Gisella Olmedo Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jul. 29, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱120,000 - ₱156,000

          Baguio Cottages signed and dated 1989 (lower right) oil pastel on felt paper 28” x 22” (71 cm x 56 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Gisella Olmedo Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jun. 17, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱300,000 - ₱390,000

          Girl in the Mirror signed and dated 1990 (lower right) acrylic on canvas 36" x 24" (91 cm x 61 cm) PROVENANCE Finale Art File, Makati City EXHIBITED Cultural Center of the Philippines Bulwagang Juan Luna, Ang Kiukok. Solomon Saprid. Onib Olmedo. Three Filipino Figurative Expressionists, Manila, June 1 - July 22, 1990 Amanecer Building, Intramuros, Ang Kiukok. Solomon Saprid. Onib Olmedo. Three Filipino Figurative Expressionists, Manila, June 3 - July 14, 1990 LITERATURE Limbo, Ma. Salva R. Ang Kiukok. Solomon Saprid. Onib Olmedo. Three Filipino Figurative Expressionists. Manila: Galleria Bernice L and Galeria de las Islas, 1990. Published on the occasion of the 1990 exhibition of the same name at the CCP Bulwagang Juan Luna and the Amanecer Building, Intramuros.Full-color photograph and painting description on page 39. Girl in the Mirror reveals all the notable attributes of an Onib Olmedo portrait. The woman on the canvas exudes an intense aura as she stares directly at the audience. Her eyes are disproportionate, her upper lip is slightly askew, and her nose is long and bulbous. This acrylic painting was rendered with the artist’s iconic figurative expressionist approach, employing vigorous brushstrokes and a dark neutral palette. Olmedo made a name for himself owing to his unique works that go beyond external appearances to explore the human spirit. His abiding interest in people and the world as subjects of his art matured in the streets of Manila, particularly in Malate and Ermita. He developed a deep sympathy for the masses, it did not matter to him if they were old and blind street musicians or destitute women hustling foreigners. Although the artist’s oeuvres portray the inner torment experienced by mankind in modern times, his art has struck the hearts of many and his works were and remain to be popular among collectors. In 1990, Olmedo mounted his first and only show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. (P.I.R.)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Nude series
          Apr. 22, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Nude series

          Est: ₱80,000 - ₱104,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Nude series signed and dated 1989 (lower right) pastel on paper 21” x 27” (53 cm x 69 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Bettina Olmedo Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled
          Apr. 22, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled

          Est: ₱120,000 - ₱156,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled ca. 1990s oil pastel on felt paper 28” x 22” (71 cm x 56 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled
          Apr. 22, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled

          Est: ₱120,000 - ₱156,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled signed and dated 1990 (lower right) pastel on paper 22” x 28” (56 cm x 72 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled
          Apr. 22, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled

          Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled signed and dated 1996 (lower right) watercolor and pen and ink on paper 11” x 8” (28 cm x 20 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Gisella Olmedo Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot LITERATURE: Olmedo, Onib. In My Life: Soul Portraits by Onib Olmedo. Makati: Ayala Foundation, Inc., 2010. Full color illustration on page 81. This portrait of a young man bears all the hallmarks of an Onib Olmedo figurative expressionist painting. The ears are exaggeratedly large. The upper lip is slightly askew. The nose has an abnormally bulbous lower portion and is also lopsided. But the most arresting feature is the look of intensity in his eyes. It impacts the viewer the impression that this young man is out to take on the world. He does not know what the future may bring. But he is determined to overcome whatever obstacles may come his way. To his mind, there are really no problems— only challenges that present opportunities for personal growth and development. There are no adversities — only situations that could strengthen his character. This portrait exudes the intense aura of a young man looking into the future which holds the promise of his most cherished dreams being fulfilled.

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Feb. 18, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱140,000 - ₱182,000

          PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A DISTINGUISHED COUPLE Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled signed and dated 1994 (lower right) pastel on paper 22" x 27 1/2" (56 cm x 70 cm) León Gallery wishes to thank Mrs. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta for confirming the authenticity of this lot Onib Olmedo, a leading expressionist artist in the country, made a name for himself for his highly original works which go beyond external appearances to explore the human spirit. His intense and abiding interest in people and the world as subjects of his art matured in the streets of Manila, particularly in Malate and Ermita. From the destitute women hustling foreigners to the old and blind street musicians, he developed a deep sympathy for the masses. The expressionist mood in Olmedo’s oeuvres is fused with an absorbing interest in form, since he was not primarily concerned with the plane of external appearances. He composed his figures not only on the surface but also in-depth, interpenetrating one another and creating the effect of a wraithlike apparition. The ‘90s was a memorable decade for Olmedo. In 1990, he mounted his first and only show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Two years later, in 1992, he received the Thirteen Artists Award and also became a recipient of awards from the Internationale Exposition des Peintures at the Château Musée de Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. Then, in 1994, this pastel piece was made. After two years, Olmedo passed away in 1996. (P.I.R.)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Feb. 18, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Portrait of a Woman ca. 1990s acrylic on canvas 36" x 24" (91 cm x 61 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot There is a sense of unease and familiarity that makes this particular piece by the renowned modernist Onib Olmedo so captivating and profound. Olmedo was a pioneer of the figurative expressionist movement that defined the Filipino visual arts landscape of the 60s and 70s. His style defied the conventions of the genre through his exaggerated forms, distorted dimensions, and amplified symmetry. His portraits captured the spirit of the age, reflecting not only his style’s core principles, but the burgeoning energy that defined the country’s sociopolitical and cultural atmosphere. Thus his works were not created in an attempt to beautify or romanticize the world around him, but rather to unearth the realities hidden within our collective experiences. (J.D.)

          Leon Gallery
        • Attribution to Onib Olmedo
          Jan. 22, 2023

          Attribution to Onib Olmedo

          Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

          The Apartment 2016 edition of 40 fiberglass reinforced resin, acrylic and oil 23” x 16” x 12” (58 cm x 40 cm x 30cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Secret Fresh and Ms. Gisella O. Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jan. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱75,000 - ₱97,500

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled oil pastel on felt paper 27 1/2” x 21” (70 cm x 53 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jan. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱75,000 - ₱97,500

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled oil pastel on felt paper 27 1/4” x 21” (70 cm x 53 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jan. 21, 2023

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled signed and dated 1978 (lower right) pen and ink on paper 16” x 11 1/2” (41 cm x 29 cm)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Portrait of Barbara Gonzalez
          Dec. 03, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Portrait of Barbara Gonzalez

          Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

          Portrait of Barbara Gonzalez signed and dated 1980 (lower right) pastel on paper 22 1/2" x 17 1/2" (57 cm x 44 cm) Onib Olmedo’s figurative, surrealist-expressionist portraits depict humans as imbued with torment and anguish. When Olmedo created this piece of Gonzalez, the latter had just become the chairman and president of Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. Holding such a high position meant greater responsibilities in handling various engagements for Gonzalez. “Onib Olmedo was a very good friend of mine. He was one of the judges for the Guhit Bulilit contest of Coca- Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., of which, at some point in my career, I was chairman and president. He painted this portrait of me looking crabby because of the hassles of running the contest,” recalls Gonzalez. (A.M.)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Pair of Nudes
          Dec. 03, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Pair of Nudes

          Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

          Pair of Nudes signed and dated 1986 (lower right) each charcoal on paper 19 1/4"x121/4"(49cmx31cm)each Each piece is accompanied by a certificate confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE Estate of the artist There is a sense of unease and familiarity that make these pieces by the renowned modernist Onib Olmedo so captivating and profound. Olmedo was a pioneer of the figurative expressionist movement that defined the Filipino visual arts landscape of the 60s and 70s. His style defied the conventions of the genre through his exaggerated forms, distorted dimensions, and amplified symmetry. His portraits captured the spirit of the age, reflecting not only his style’s core principles, but the burgeoning energy that defined the country’s sociopolitical and cultural atmosphere. Thus his works were not created in an attempt to beautify or romanticise the world around him, but rather to unearth the realities hidden within our collective experiences. This untitled pastel on paper piece seemingly showcases Olmedo understanding of human nature. An understanding that welcomes and accepts complexity that often comes with relating to other beings. Despite this complexity, Olmedo’s piece accepts the situation in a similar way that Albert Camus’ Sisyphus remains steadfast in his unending turmoil, through a state of bliss built upon the acceptance of human nature. (J.D.)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Bionic Syndrome (Sepia)
          Oct. 23, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Bionic Syndrome (Sepia)

          Est: ₱30,000 - ₱39,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Bionic Syndrome (Sepia) 2016 fiberglass, reinforced resin, acrylic and oil 17” x 17” x 8” (43 cm x 43 cm x 20 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Secret Fresh and Ms. Gisella O. Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • M. C. Cacho and Onib Olmedo
          Oct. 22, 2022

          M. C. Cacho and Onib Olmedo

          Est: ₱10,000 - ₱13,000

          M. C. Cacho and Onib Olmedo Untitled signed and dated 1994 (lower right) pastel on paper 15 1/2” x 11” (39 cm x 28 cm)

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        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 22, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱40,000 - ₱52,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled (Nude Lady) ca. 1990s oil pastel on felt paper 28” x 22” (71 cm x 56 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Oct. 22, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱18,000 - ₱23,400

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Copenhagen signed and dated 1979 (lower right) pen and ink on paper 17” x 13” (43 cm x 33 cm) PROPERTY FROM THE JOSE ZAIDE COLLECTION

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        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Untitled (The Happening)
          Sep. 10, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Untitled (The Happening)

          Est: ₱140,000 - ₱182,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled (The Happening) ca. 1990 oil pastel on felt paper 28" x 22" (71 cm x 56 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot Faces with piercing gazes that appear anxious and afflicted abound the oeuvres of Onib Olmedo, an artist who was ahead of his time with his unique figurative expressionist approach. His pieces evoke emotions, complexities, and the states of mind of the human condition through distortion and exaggeration of features. A keen observer of people and a habitué of the bars and cafés along Mabini, Olmedo had much to say in his paintings about Manila, its people, and its changing social climate. Thus. his interest in his subjects goes far more profound than the superficial appearance of their facial characteristics. He is heralded by many for his own genius style and rendered subjects often drawn from his immediate surroundings. The popularity of Olmedo continues to grow through the years — his aesthetics serve as an influence on other Filipino artists, and his artistic legacy lives on among art enthusiasts and collectors. (P.I.R.)

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Musicians
          Sep. 10, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) - Musicians

          Est: ₱1,600,000 - ₱2,080,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Musicians signed and dated 1990 (lower right) acrylic on canvas 29 3/4" x 41 1/2" (76 cm x 105 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot Onib Olmedo's propensity for subject matters related to music can be attributed to his daughter, Bambi, who took up ballet classes. While Olmedo's works from the 1990s are lighter in ambiance than his earlier works that explicitly depicted human anguish, alienation, and desolation, they are nonetheless still imbued with powerful distortions that give credence to his stature as Philippine art's most prominent figurative expressionist painter. Olmedo's style of figurative expressionism has influenced several contemporary artists, notably Elmer Borlongan. Of Olmedo's influence on his art, Borlongan praises his luminary: "I admire his spontaneity and closeness to his subject matter. I love the freedom in his brushstrokes, without hewing to the correct proportion of human anatomy but capturing the soul of every figure." The 2000 book Kayumanggi: Biographies of Philippine Visual Artists writes: "While most of his works consist of faces of people, these are not portraits in the sense of physical likeness, but rather haunting soul pictures of humans warped and distorted by anguish and suffering, victims of social injustice, as well as of their own tortured psyches. [Olmedo] has described his art as imploding into an inner universe, where bodies glow from within, like phosphorescent creatures. [His] figures convey a sense of dehumanization and alienation." The subjects of Olmedo's works are usually inspired by the ordinary peoples of Sampaloc and Ermita, which includes musicians, workers, vendors, servers, and even prostitutes. This work titled Musicians belongs to a distinguished collector. The collector revealed that this was one of Olmedo's favorite paintings. In this piece, the artist depicts an ensemble of cello players in what seems like a symphony orchestra. Their faces are highly distorted and connote distress. Here, Olmedo captures the numerous struggles that a musician must endure. Personal and professional setbacks and existential crises have pervaded a musician's pursuits. These are issues that Olmedo compellingly captures in this painting. However, Olmedo's approach to figurative expressionism also imbibes a humanizing quality to his subjects, paying homage to the triumph of the human spirit in the midst of their misery, anguish, and hopelessness. The soothing and harmonious sound of an orchestra that is evoked in this piece is Olmedo's subtle reminder to the viewer that things will all eventually fall into their rightful place. (A.M.)

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        • Onib Olmedo - Portrait of a Girl (Bambina Olivares)
          Sep. 10, 2022

          Onib Olmedo - Portrait of a Girl (Bambina Olivares)

          Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

          Onib Olmedo Portrait of a Girl (Bambina Olivares) signed and dated 1984 (lower right) pastel on paper 25 1/4" x 19 1/2" (64 cm x 50 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot Onib Olmedo has come to be known for his figurative, surrealistexpressionist portraits. Such is the case with this portrait depicting Bambina Olivares, current communications consultant for the new Metropolitan Museum of Manila and Director of the Arts, Culture, and Education Programme of the Manila House Private Members Club, Inc. Olivares says that she had forgotten about the work and just recently rediscovered the pastel piece upon emptying their mother’s house. “It’s supposed to be a portrait of me rendered in Onib’s signature style that I like to think of as neo-Expressionist-GothicSurrealist,” says Olivares. “I don’t think one can sit for Onib and expect to find a cheery likeness of oneself! “But I think he managed to create a portrait that is mesmerizing in the way the use of red draws one in, contrasted against the black lines that make up the hair and other features. The brown and orange tones in the background evoke a kind of surreal smoldering flame, giving the painting an otherworldly feel,” adds Olivares. Olmedo created this portrait in 1984 when Olivares was still an intern at the Ayala Museum before she left for Paris to study Art History at the Institut Catholique de Paris. Olivares recalls the day that Olmedo created this portrait. She reveals that the artist “was full of cheer as he picked up his pastels and began drawing on paper.” “It was quite bewildering to reconcile the artist and the art, but one could not help but be impressed with the briskness with which Onib worked—his confident strokes, his use of color, and his ability to imbue emotion. I thought that he had looked at me and captured the ambivalence in me. “It wasn’t the most flattering of portraits, but it had a compelling quality that somehow always haunted me,” Olivares concludes. (A.M.)

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        • ONIB OLMEDO : Woman with Basket, 1984
          Aug. 28, 2022

          ONIB OLMEDO : Woman with Basket, 1984

          Est: RM12,000 - RM30,000

          Onib Olmedo was a Filipino painter acclaimed by critics as one of the major Filipino artists of the 20th century. Olmedo created a body of works that utilizes the expressionist technique of distortion to portray the inner torment experienced by modern man, evident in this work. His paintings are characterized by an implosive impact but have an uplifting and ennobling quality, celebrating the triumph of the human spirit in the face of pain and anguish. At the same time, they are social commentaries with touches of wit and irony – reflections of the artist's quintessential, down-to-earth humor. The subjects of his paintings were the denizens of Sampaloc and Ermita, including musicians, prostitutes, vendors and waiters, as well as people from the upper strata like society matrons, corporate executives and ballerinas.

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        • Attribution to Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jul. 30, 2022

          Attribution to Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱80,000 - ₱104,000

          Attribution to Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Bionic Syndrome (Sepia) 2016 fiberglass, reinforced resin, acrylic and oil 17” x 17” x 8” (43 cm x 43 cm x 20 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Secret Fresh and Ms. Gisella O. Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot

          Leon Gallery
        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jun. 11, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱300,000 - ₱390,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled (Plants on Top of the Wall) signed and dated 1974 (lower right) oil on canvas 30" x 30" (76 cm x 76 cm) PROPERTY FORMERLY FROM THE CESAR HERNANDEZ COLLECTION Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot LITERATURE: Duldulao, Manuel D. The Philippine Art Scene. Maber Books, Inc. Manila. 1977. Photographed at Cesar Hernandez's Card Room (page 277). Onib Olmedo is known for his distinctive expressionistic and figurative paintings. With his works receiving acclaim from critics reaching from the Philippines and abroad, it cemented the title of being a major Filipino artist of the 20th century. He is also known to have established the Filipino Expressionism movement alongside artists Solomon Saprid and Ang Kiukok. Implementing the techniques of Cubism and Expressionism, Olmedo displays the triumph of the human spirit despite facing torment and suffering, while also making a compelling work of art that disturbs the audience. Often Olmedo’s subject is his surroundings, ranging from dark figures, denizens of Sampaloc and Ermita including musicians, prostitutes and vendors to the elites like musicians and ballerinas.

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        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jun. 11, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱140,000 - ₱182,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) Untitled (Palayok and Bottles) ca. 1990s ink wash on paper board 30" x 21" (76 cm x 53 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot EXHIBITED The Link Ayala Center, Art Fair Philippines 2020: ArtFairPH/Projects, Makati City, February 21 - 23, 2020 One of the leading figurative expressionists of his time, Onib Olmedo had always given his subjects a distraught nature. His characters, often dehumanized or distorted to some degree, possess an eerie nature and populate a world that Olmedo has created for his audience to peer into. In this still life piece, we see a neglected morsel of Olmedo’s dark world. We now focus on what appears to be pots and bottles rather than the usual people that populate this world. The delineated figures are unshorn of disarray. The shoddy strokes invoke a feeling of nostalgia and longing, conforming to the woeful milieu that is ever-present in Olmedo’s world. In the strange world born from the dark recesses of Olmedo’s mind is the perpetual anguish that pervades nearly every scene. The gloom has come to be, in a way, his trademark— the setting’s populace continually sharing the burden of their pains. However, every so often, Olmedo gives us a glimpse into the brighter side of his realm. As in this still life, we bask in the perturbed air of his disfigured world, left to enjoy the simple scenery in all its twisted beauty

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        • Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)
          Jun. 11, 2022

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996)

          Est: ₱400,000 - ₱520,000

          Onib Olmedo (1937 - 1996) A Neighbor of the Artist in Sampaloc signed and dated 1975 (lower right) oil on canvas 30" x 30" (76 cm x 76 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Ms. Gisella Olmedo-Araneta confirming the authenticity of this lot Onib Olmedo’s oils and pastels have been characterized by somber and brooding colors. This chromatic choice heightens and reinforces his perception and a consequential visual characterization of people and their bodies, at a certain moment. He portrayed individuals with features distorted into grotesque grimaces or sardonic glower. Olmedo used distortion, wrote critic Alice G. Guillermo, “as a tool to probe the depths of the human character. Because of this, he is often considered as expressionist, and rightly so.” It would have taken a while for the public to appreciate the painter’s creative production for their cathartic value but Olmedo’s distortion of figurative expressionism became a tool for him to expose the repressed psyches of his subjects. Olmedo was a master at creating portraits. These were usually quick studies, and always he picked up what was distinctive about a person’s face or appearance, then coupled that with a characteristic expression, or if he knew the person, a trait or a quirk or a preoccupation. His friends, whom he sometimes sketched across the table, would beg him “not to try to make us pretty” as his sense of pulchritude on sketchpad was different. In this portrait of a gentleman — with a startling resemblance to the barkeep Taboy of ‘Taboy’s Cinco Litros on Onib’s home turf of M. H. del Pilar Street in Malate — Olmedo probed the point where physical appearance with its social conventions gave way to the spirit within, which he allowed to take over the natural physical attributes. His uncommonly unconventional portraits of everyday people put on display essential qualities of the person amazingly and economically -- with the stroke of a pen, a dab of india ink, a smudging of charcoal. This work is once again an interesting result of Olmedo’s pursuit of the human essence and his contemplation of what the other person could be. With oil, he would favor sooty greys, dark greens and blues, and black. It’s a record of a very particular time and place in the seamy side of Manila, a favorite hunting ground for this astute chronicler of characters that included “waifs, street urchins, vendors, bookies and bettors, nightclub hostesses, destitute gamblers and the folk ground down by life in the big city.” In truth, Luis Veloso Olmedo, aka Onib, was an architect by profession. A graduate of the Mapua Institute of Technology, he actually placed 7th in the government licensure exams for the profession. Olmedo would have his first one-man show at the iconic Solidaridad Galleries in 1971 at the ripe old age of 34 and would only decide to press on as a full-time artist a few years later. That first solo exhibit, acerbically titled “Singkong Suka” would give rise to two more instalments : “Kisneng Suka” in 1975, where this painting may have belonged; and then “Benteng Suka” the following year in 1976. He would go on, however, to have an eventful and stellar career, reaping many awards and recognitions. In 1992, he would be named one of the CCP’s Thirteen Artists and receive various prizes in an international exposition in France.

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