sARTori: The art of Bong Panganiban PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:28

In his first solo art exhibit entitled sARTori, Bong Panganiban displays his abstract expressionist works at Kape Zambo, Canelar St., Zamboanga City. The exhibit opened last Monday, June 30,  and will run thru July 30, 2014.

Satori is a Japanese Buddhist term for "awakening", the first step towards enlightenment. It is the thunderclap that shakes and sharpens our senses, and sends us on our way towards nirvana.

For Panganiban, his awakening into art about ten years ago has the same quickened quality. After being a soldier in the Philippine Air Force for almost a decade and working in various places including Saudi Arabia and the UK, at exacting jobs that demanded manual dexterity and craftsmanship, Panganiban suddenly fell into the company of artists and began to paint. sARTori is a testament and a celebration of his passionate commitment to the art that he has finally found after five decades of journeying.

Pleasure is at the epicenter of Panganiban’s explosive entry into the art scene. His paintings unite a raw logic of pure color and a tranquil sense of composition. There are impressions of a pastoral aesthetic – Panganiban references some of his abstract works as landscapes with titles like “Lovers in the Woods”, “Country Roads”, “The Road Less Travelled”, etc. All paintings are grounded in the artist’s trust in his instincts and a genuine love for his creations.

In sARTori, Panganiban invites all of us to share his discoveries: to bask in the blank slate of Zen introspection; be witnesses to the many happy accidents along the way; sit with him as he re-composes the effects into its intuitive, inevitable state; and bask in the undiluted pleasure of a concluded expedition in art.

Kape Zambo in Canelar is now becoming  a haven for artists. They can display their work of arts or showcase their talents here.


By Dante Corteza

James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (NASB)