Conceived in 1943, a Fine Arts graduate of the University of the Philippines, Pablo Baen Santos is one of the beneficiaries of the 13 Artists Awards given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1990. His works have been displayed in solo and gathering shows locally and abroad. His works are in the accumulations of Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Central Bank of the Philippine, Philippine National Museum and at Singapore Art Museum where he was welcome to take an interest in Singapore Biennale in 2006.
Pablo Bean Santos is among the original social pragmatists, who, through expressions has energetically uncover the condition of the country’s social ills, political misuse, and imbalances. His first solo display in 1975 concurs with his establishing of KAISAHAN, the primarily composed gathering of youthful patriot Filipino painters that went into the thick of the ‘dissent craftsmanship’ development amid the mid-1970s of Marcos administration. The ‘challenge craftsmanship’ or ‘committed workmanship’ urged the craftsmen to understand that they were as much as a major aspect of history-really taking shape as lawmakers, and what they painted was a method for influencing social change.
Despite the fact that he has mellowed throughout the years, his ongoing displays: ‘SMS’ (2009) Crucible Gallery, SM Megamall and ‘Kapital: Tribute to Labor ‘(2010) Jorge B.Vargas Museum, in U.P., a trace of incitement will dependably be a piece of his subject. Pablo Baen Santos is considered as one of the ‘provocateurs’, leader of Philippine social authenticity.
His works feature the predicament of the country and urban poor and his worries about the Filipino social conditions with images, for example, banners. Having a place with the primary rush of social pragmatist specialists, Santos’ works advocate change and address an extensive variety of issues that tormented the urban laborers at that point. All through the 1980s, his works frequently include the ruined regular workers and their battle. In ‘Manipesto (Manifesto)’, the craftsman endeavors to keep running towards his nation and individuals, however, was kept down by powers of the market. While talking up for those battling, Santos is additionally reflecting upon his own particular concerns, the part of a craftsman in the public arena and the relationship of workmanship with the market.
In 2009, Pablo Baen Santos resolutely uncovered the condition of this country — social ills, political misuse, warts and all — while different painters produce blossoms and nudes and still lifes, setting off the orchestra of money registers. Weave Dylan once said that you needn’t bother with a meteorologist to reveal to you which way the breeze blows. Better believe it, yet we do require somebody with conviction to make pictures that will usurp the accommodation of our day by day lives. Render issues like defilement, destitution, additional legal killings, support governmental issues, the frightening conditions in the processing plants, or absence of an honest to goodness arrive change for the toilers of the land. To reword Picasso, craftsmanship isn’t only something to embellish homes however it is a weapon to be utilized against the adversary.
Baen has tried to do Picasso said others should do as far back as the military law days when he worked in underground distributions. While others charmed themselves with the First Lady and her support of specialists in her idealistic City of Man, craftsmen like Baen and accomplices Ato Habulan and Antipas Delotavo (they had their first show together in 1979), among other reason situated specialists, battled and starved for their specialty. Baen was the establishing seat of Kaisahan, the principal formal gathering of patriot painters in the Philippines, shaped amid the Marcos administration.
Baen has ventured to every part of the entire of the range. As an understudy in UP, he explored different avenues regarding scene artistic creations, unbelievable structures, and even active workmanship. After graduation, he worked in publicizing organizations and in The Sunday Times. Amid military law he composed and did representations for Ang Masa at Ang Taliba ng Bayan, congregating with scholars, for example, radical masterminds like Satur Ocampo.
He’s as yet provocative after so long, still straddles risky zones right up ’til the present time. Be that as it may, there’s a momentous change in his creative approach.
Baen is accustomed to painting under coercion or weight, yet one specific painting turned out to be all the more difficult to paint — physically. He harmed his correct hand in the wake of being jumped upon by his Dalmatian, so he utilized his left.
Discuss unconventionality, Baen confesses to being all the more smooth currently, having turned into a Christian in the 1990s. The craftsman understood, “There’s a burden in pushing change so much, you tend to take easy routes bringing about the inversion to the old ways. Nakita ko ‘yan sa fall of Communism in Western models. Presently as a Christian, I tend to hold up in God’s opportunity — ‘yan ang pinakamatibay na change.”
For Pablo Baen Santos, even Marxist or Leninist frameworks come up short, with things unavoidably diving into entropy. Be that as it may, a few frameworks are ethical.
In the present year, he teamed up with Delovato and Habulan to force bystanders to tune in: There are uproar and static, demise and calm.
Baen Santos’ piece would reveal to you the most recent stories he got from media interviews with legislators. Decades after he filled in as a picture taker and artist covering mass exhibits for a neighborhood every day, he is still checked out current undertakings — what was dependably the focal wellspring of substance for social pragmatists.
Baen Santos paints what he hears: the foul words and obscenities originating from government authorities. “It is turning into another semantic type of articulation in our political life,” says Baen Santos. “On the off chance that the government official can cover up in a talk, semantic and overstatement, to escape with an assault, regardless of whether purposefully or slip-of-the-tongue — simply more can I, with my paint and brush.”
In legislative issues where the dialect is execution, words — anyway offensive — are likewise stylistic theme and aroma, serving to dress the strongman persona that policemen and government officials appear to develop. Baen Santos’ solid punches of shading render words like spray painting or words as spray painting: the ordinary scene covering and smothering the truth underneath it.