Ronson Culibrina’s (b. 1991, Philippines) practice bridges the gap between contemporary life with classical painting traditions, through interventions that tackle socio-political issues and reference old masters in Filipino art history. The language employed in his work runs a wide gamut of icons and images that reflect on a multitude of themes including the exchange of culture and trade; the phenomenon of globalization and subsequent diaspora; the dynamic between art and economy, amongst others.
An advertising graduate from the Technological University of the Philippines in Manila, Culibrina has received distinctions from prestigious art competitions in the Philippines, most notably the Grand Prize of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) Painting Competition in 2009, and Special Citation from the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) in 2014. He was chosen by Forbes as one of its 30 Under 30 Asia: The Arts in 2016, and is the winner of the 2018 Fernando Zobel Prize for the Visual Arts in the Ateneo Art Awards. Culibrina has exhibited extensively locally and overseas, presenting seven solo shows across Singapore, Germany and the Philippines.