PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
Jigger  Cruz

Jigger Cruz

born in 1984 in Manila (Philippines)

Jigger’s art practice is characterized by his idea to play with defacement and vandalization, making use of oil colour, spray paint and rough interventions directly on the canvases, which is sometimes burned and, in some cases, even to cut.

Each artwork is created by the artist from a canvas previously painted, where he copied the Flemish and Post-Renaissance masters. Apparently without a logical scheme, Cruz applies layer by layer the dense oil colour, not only hiding, rather mystifying the classical backdrop. 

In this way the artist explores, through his artworks, the deep relationship between the canvas and its meaning, past and present, figuration and abstraction. 

The figures of the classical paintings that transpire below, remind the viewer of the painstaking pictorial activity and the artistic historical baggage of the contemporary painter.

Jigger Cruz is a young Philippino artist already quoted in the intenational auction houses in the world. He studied Fine Arts at the Far Eastern University in the Philippines and design at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.

Personal Exhibition (selected)

2016 

Smudging dirty little touch, Albertz Benda, New York, NY

2015 

Subtraction Paradise, ARNDT, Berlino
Deep down into the ecstasy of false modernism, Primo Marella Gallery Milan, Milano
Smudging Dirty Little Touch, Albertz Benda, New York, NY

2013 

Surface Default, Light & Space Contemporary, Quezon City

2012

Glitch Habitation, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano
Spatial Soother, West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines
Birth of the Parti Bantam Paintings, Ronac Art Center, San Juan City, Philippines

2011

Dead End, West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines
Anti Depressants on Paper, Crucible Gallery, Mandaluyong City

2009 

Constructing Deconstruction, Tala Gallery, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines 2008 Swing, Blanc Art
Space, Makati City, Philippines

Group Exhibition (selected)

2015 

A3 Presents: Wasak! Filipino Art Today, ARNDT, Berlino

2014 

Manila: The Night is Restless, The Day is Scornful, ARNDT Singapore, Singapore

2013 

Abstrakt, Contemporary Fine Arts - CFA, Berlino
Abstrakt, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlino

2012 

Ohne Titel, Light & Space Contemporary, Quezon City
Impending Doom Theory, Light & Space Contemporary, Quezon City
Anti-war=anti-orgasm, Light & Space Contemporary, Quezon City
Star Cruiser Sopas Collision, Now Gallery, Makati City
Latitudes. Encounters With The Philippines Part 2, Primo Marella Gallery Milan, Milano

2011 

Munnyfestation, Blanc, Quezon City

2010 

Happy Unhappy, Blanc, Quezon City

2009 

Figuration Now, Paseo Gallery, Mandaluyong City
A Book About Death: An unbound book on the subject of death, Emily Harvey Space, New York, USA
If You Only Walk Long Enough, Studio 83, Singapore
Looking for Juan, Cultural Center of the Philippines

2008 

BOXED, Cubicle Art Space – Pasig City

2004 

Philippine Art Awards, Philippine National Museum, Manila

Jigger  Cruz - Untitled
Untitled
2018
Oil on canvas
128 x 159 x 5 cm
Jigger Cruz - Untitled
2018 - Oil on canvas - 128 x 159 x 5 cm
Jigger  Cruz - Untitled
Untitled
2018
Oil on canvas
60 x 49 x 7 cm
Jigger Cruz - Untitled
2018 - Oil on canvas - 60 x 49 x 7 cm
Jigger  Cruz - Fear of a Female Planet
Fear of a Female Planet
2014
Oil on framed canvas
78,7 x 63,5
Jigger Cruz - Fear of a Female Planet
2014 - Oil on framed canvas - 78,7 x 63,5
Jigger  Cruz - Silver Sleepy Sunset
Silver Sleepy Sunset
2014
Oil on framed canvas
78.74 x 63.5 x Cm
Jigger Cruz - Silver Sleepy Sunset
2014 - Oil on framed canvas - 78.74 x 63.5 x Cm
Jigger  Cruz - From Coast to Coast
From Coast to Coast
2011
Oil on framed canvas
170 x 140 Cm
Jigger Cruz - From Coast to Coast
2011 - Oil on framed canvas - 170 x 140 Cm
Jigger  Cruz - In the Landscape of Contradictions
In the Landscape of Contradictions
2011
Oil on framed canvas
140 x 110 Cm
Jigger Cruz - In the Landscape of Contradictions
2011 - Oil on framed canvas - 140 x 110 Cm