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Text and photos by Dexter R. Matilla
Philippine Daily Inquirer
DateFirst Posted 22:05:00 01/25/2010

RENOWNED ARTISTS, FRIENDS and well-wishers graced the eighth anniversary of Galerie Joaquin recently at the SM Megamall Art Center.

The original gallery in San Juan, borne out of Jack Teotico’s passion for the arts, came to be with the help of friends. In 2004 and 2005, it was here where Sotheby’s held their international preview for the Philippine art section in their Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art auction.

In such short time, Teotico was able to put up a Galerie Joaquin branch at The Podium, as well as Galerie Stephanie in Libis, Galerie Raphael in Serendra, Gallerie Nicolas in Glorietta 4 at the Ayala Center, and Galerie Stephanie in Alabang.

In 2006, Galerie Joaquin Singapore was opened at the Regent of Singapore on Cuscaden Road. Teotico’s partnership with a British national has made sure that the gallery exists solely to promote Philippine art.

The gallery does this by making sure that big auction houses such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Borobudur, Masterpiece, 33 Auction and Larasati give Filipino artists fair exposure by including their works regularly in art auctions.

Alcuaz, Sanso

Locally, the gallery has hosted major shows of artists such as National Artists Arturo Luz and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, and Presidential Medal of Merit awardee Juvenal Sanso.

It has also held regular shows of major artists such as Lydia Velasco, Mario Parial, Dominic Rubio and Carlo Magno, while providing a stage for many of the country’s young contemporary artists such as Eufemio Rasco, Aileen Lanuza, Edwin Tres Reyes, Jaspher Penuliar, Jerry Morada, Vincent de Pio.

Asked what his forecast for 2010 is, Teotico says he finds it exciting that there are a lot of galleries coming out and discovering new artists.

But what of modern artists?

“Early last year, and maybe the year before, people were beginning to write off the modern artists. Some are saying that the new thing are the contemporary artists. But I think that the recession and maybe the natural calamities that happened made people really think hard and assess. How can you go wrong with a blue-chip artist like Sanso? He has a track record of 60 years. He has made a name and I don’t think you can just write that off.”

Teotico believes that what probably sets Galerie Joaquin apart from the rest is that it has a good base of modern art and a bit of contemporary art that appeal to a wide spectrum of collectors.

Visit or call (02)723-9253 or (02)723-9418.

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The exhibition floor at the SM Art Center

Edwin Tres Reyes, Dominic Rubio, Jack Teotico, Jingjing Romero, Vincent de Pio, Aileen Lanuza, 
Gig de Pio, and Dr. Reuben Canete

The PGH Medical Foundation, Inc. President Gregorio Alvior, Jr., M.D. 
and PGHMFI Corporate Secretary Lolita Escobar-Mirpuri

A young boy stares at Phil de Guzman's A Progressive Development

Eufemio Rasco's Ecstasy

Michael Cacnio's Munting Pangarap

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