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College / University
Far Eastern University
Program / Degree
BFA Fine Arts
March 29, 1998
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Digital, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video
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Artist Background

Contemporary Art Neo-Expressionist Artist

Marcial Pontillas is a Multi-award-winning artist Born in Bicol at the Jose Panganiban Camarines Norte Philippines, from the Far Eastern University. He won a consecutive awards, Grand Prize 1995 in 28th Shell National Student Art Competition, 1996 TSPI Tulay Sa Pag-unlad Inc. Development Corporation Painting Contest, 1997 CBCP/UST 5th National Eucharistic Congress Painting Competition, 1997 PLDT-DPC Telephone Directory Cover 11th Visual Art National Competition, he got the Best Entry in AAP (1998 Art Association of the Philippines National Painting Competition) and one of the 28 finalist of 1998 Winsor & Newton World Wide Millennium Painting Competition, and selected as one 50 finalists in Philip Morris Group of Companies Philippine Art Award year 1998, 1999 and 2003, he also (5) Juror’s choice in the 1st GSIS Painting Competition Professional Category, Marcial is a former College Fine Arts Professor in Far Eastern University from 2000 to 2010.
Pontillas work’s has started conceptualize his idea by on creating of an
pontifical concept, CROWDED, has a Pontillas trademark, a bravura
handling of pigment: thick, rich impastos slathered with an almost childlike
joy, This configuration of crowd scenes and lush impastos constitute the
highly spirited art of Pontillas. at this point and time we can see and feel in
our hearts that many things had happened in our environment. We can see
progress in the industrial development such as, there is the skyway, the
uprising skyscrapers and boom of condos, the flyover, the LRT and MRT,
the Malls, Food house, and Department stores. Wherein the Filipinos are
benefactors of this progress and success. its tells how busy life and the
truck is, from different walks of life you must seen crowds, rich and poor
people are victim of monstrous traffic jam in metro manila. No matter how
hard and the longer it tries for our government leaders to solve this
problem, it becomes attached to what purports to be a symbols of
About my artwork
Marcial Pontillas continues to explore the human spirit with the claustrophobic humanscapes as its metaphor. Aside from paintings, Marcial makes sculptures, installation, and video. His works reflect his sensitivity towards the urban life's seemingly suffocating existence. In the traffic congestion of human bodies and machines, the "Worst" of our species seems to manifest and fester. However, is this chaos a part of the cycles of transcendence, our search for "Worth"?

More than that, he also sees this dog-eat-dog world with faceless masses in need of a greater change, where he wants the audience to feel this "Worst" of the daily grind and propel us to seek a truly better life, not just for our individual selves, but to the "Worth" of all.
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Painting, Sculpture, Prin making, Installation, Video art, Public Art, Graphic art and Digital art
Collecting rare drawing works and art books
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
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• Unang Hayag Sining Emerging Atists 2009
Hayag Sining literally "to present art," that is to say to provide a venue for art from relatively upcoming and emerging but promising young artists to be recognized. This is premised on the idea that art is both an enriching as well as a liberating experience that moves audiences to redefine themselves as citizens of a nation, and members of a global community.

To celebrate the National Arts Month of February, Galerie Anna, a world-class service provider of Philippine and Global Art in the national and international market, proudly presents the exhibition: “Unang Hayag Sining: Emerging Artists 2009,” from February 12 to March 12, 2009. “Unang Hayag Sining” showcases the works of thirty emerging and upcoming young Filipino artists who have proven their worth in the highly competitive national and international market of art. They provide a fascination cross-section of talent and stylistic diversity which characterizes the strength of contemporary Philippine Art.

Included in the exhibition are the following: Benedict Abigan, Nemo Aguilla, Max Balatbat, Arnel Brilliantes, Froilan Calayag, Jigger Cruz, Nill Cruz, Cesar Delgado, Randalf Dilla, Dexter Fernandez, Billy Francisco, Fitz Herrera, Joselito Jandayan, Joseph Laureano, Egai Lising, Dave Lock, Derrick Macutay, Alrashdi Mohammad, Neil Pasilan, Marcial Pontillas, Joel Quinonez, Henry Royales, Arthur Sanchez, Dick Jose Santos, Katrina Anna Tan, Eman Servito, Albert Sy, Mitch Valera, Valerie Valen Valero, and Mark Villanueva. The exhibition opening of “Unang Hayag Sining: Emerging Artists 2009” will be on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 6PM. Galerie Anna is located at the 7th Floor, Ramon Magsaysay Center, 1680 Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila.
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New York, London, LA, Berlin, Beijing, my studio, online, nowhere and everywhere, another city

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NK Nuclear Core High Explosive"

Marcial Pontillas “NK Nuclear Core High Explosive" 4’x8’Ft Oil on canvas 2013 GAX Art Show The Plaza Tumon GUAM

My work is a conceptual post-modern approach based on historical war stories. The centerpiece inside the of nuclear diagram is an american hamburger which in meant to invoke the memory of the famous battle at hamburger hill.

In this painting i wished…


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At 19:03 on February 25, 2013, Lee Allane said…

Hi Marcial

I'm delighted to accept your invitation and see work driven by passion and emotion, rather than intellect and formula. Regards Lee Allane

At 6:10 on September 9, 2010, N.S.VALLUVAN said…
At 13:19 on December 11, 2009, Stephen Latosa Taneo said…
At 14:04 on July 2, 2009, Gene Paul Martin said…
nice works sir! hehe
At 13:44 on March 30, 2009, MgA Vladimir Kiseljov said…
Well done ! I like your works, thanks ! :)


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