Amiel Gerald Roldan is a printmaker, painter and independent curator. Roldan took up BA Fine Arts Studio Painting. He has been practicing printmaking for ten years. He was a grant awardee of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), New York and the Starr Foundation Fund. He was also the first Filipino artist at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City in 2003.
He also received an artist in residence subsidized studio from Chashama in 2004 located at the 40 Worth Bldg. in Tribeca NYC for four months. ( The Chashama Organization awards subsidized artist studios in some prime locations around Manhattan, New York City.)
He was curator of Kulay Diwa Art Galleries : A Contemporary Art Space located in the Philippines and has been organizing exhibitions and promoting young Filipino artists and their works.
Roldan has been invited to represent the Philippines and sent works to the 1996 Japan-Asia Print Art Exhibition at the Fukuoka Prefectural Museum in Japan and at the 4th Triennial Mondiale D' Estampes Petit Format in Chamaliares France in 1998. He has also coordinated with artists and printmakers abroad like the resident artists of Studio One in Canberra, Australia.
Being also part of a curious lot of young artists has even given him a chance to collaborate on ARS (Surrounded By Water Ortigas Chapter -- Artist-Run-Space) exhibitions and group related projects. The group has since altered its original concepts, allowing more to transform and move on in their individual techniques, ideologies and beliefs.
Artistic Experiences I Have Had On My Travels
I met a lot of artist peers in my travel around residencies and open studios and I value where we all start and the passion we bring to fort.
Places I Would Like To Visit
I would like to travel to Europe next, meet different artists and visit the contemporary galleries there. I would love to see contemporary prints and paintings from Berlin and France. I hope that through some residencies and exhibitions it might be possible. I hope that I could travel this coming months and visit perhaps some of these great places. I had made some residency plans to see Belgium and France and just working on some details.
Art Forms And Cultures I Would Like To Engage With
Roldan's body of works represents an inward look at how one could be an idealist in an ever besieged population. He mainly explores around mediums like acrylics, oil, drawings, prints, photographs and installations. He also continues to write poetry and articles about the arts. He invites young artists from abroad to come to the Philippines to have artists talks or to organized collaborations with local artists. He would like to encourage exchanges that would help fellow young artists in the Philippines parallel themselves with their counterparts abroad.
Some of the recurring themes in his past works revolve around politics, religion and the plight of individuals - regression, denial, faith/faithlessness, courage and wit. He constantly practices his hand on different disciplines that hone his skills.
" I work largely on cultural issues in my paintings, installations, photographs and mass prints. I gain insight to create from popular convictions, way-of-life and in most Filipino practices."
My Creative Influences & Favorite Artists
I have few artists names and more artist works. I admire contemporary works and contemporary artists in different countries. I would rather converse and talk about art and see artist's studios than visit museums, have my picture taken with them and gawk.
My Artistic Affiliations
Asian Cultural Council Grantee, Chashama alumni and ISCP alumni.