By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City – Cubist artist Celso Pepito did a successful come-back exhibit, this time solo and his 42nd, at the Philippine Center showcasing 27 of his works depicting Filipino values. Aptly titled “Filipino Values: A Glimpse,” it opened on August 24, 2017 with special guests Vice Consul Khrys Corpuz representing Consul General Tess de Vega, UN Permanent Mission Representative Amb. Teodoro Locsin Jr. and wife Maria Lourdes, and Ms. Renee Berliner who flew all the way from LA.
A native of Cebu, Pepito chose modern cubism as his artistic signature, making him distinct from all other modern Philippine artists who were under the tutelage of artist Martino Abellana.
Abellana had mastered realism and impressionism in his works, and Pepito evolved to become an impressionist cubist for the 35 years of his visual artistry.
He said that as an artist, the message supersedes style. “What the artist tries to convey is more important than his style, because he is a mover for change.”
Pepito first had his exhibit in New York in 1993, then in 2012 and 2015. He and his wife Fe have had exhibits in Paris, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.
Filipino Values: A Glimpse will be at the Philippine Center until September 8, 2017.