Ronson Culibrina’s (b. 1991, Philippines) works explore the trajectory of the clash between tradition and modernisation, drawing from observations and experiences in his formative environment of the Philippines. His previous works are known for its playful take on themes such as history, cultural influences, and diaspora, through appropriation of works by old masters and injecting elements from contemporary popular culture. The visual language used crosses a wide gamut of icons and images that open up reflections and discussions on a multitude of themes including the exchange of culture and trade; the phenomenon of globalisation and subsequent diaspora; the dynamic between art and economy, to name a few.
In 2018, Culibrina won the prestigious Fernando Zobel Prize for the Visual Arts in the Ateneo Art Awards, Philippines, resulting in a residency at Liverpool Hope University, UK. In 2016, he was nominated in Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” artists of Asia. Culibrina has exhibited extensively locally and overseas, presenting shows across Singapore, Germany and the Philippines.