One of the most exciting artists of his generation from the Philippines, Max Balatbat’s (b. 1978) unparalleled approach and his unique visual language is inspired by the slums of Manila, and those who populate it.
Balatbat hails from Caloocan, a city in the sprawling Metro Manila. Part of his childhood was spent in Caloocan’s red light district, and his works take inspiration from the brothels, prostitutes and rug rats that he grew up with. The brutishness, subtle contradictions and bitter ironies of Caloocan City, and the search for essential goodness in the derelict and chaos, are prevailing concerns in his practice.