Primae Noctis Art Gallery is pleased to present the second solo show of Jigger Cruz, one of the most interesting young artist of the Asian art scene.
Jigger Cruz has been selected by Stelva to participate at Artist in Residence’s Program in Desenzano del Garda. The project aims to allow foreign artists to work in a new context, increasing their international relations and benefiting from artistic influences.
Primae Noctis Art Gallery in Lugano will exhibit the works created during these months in Desenzano’s Residence, in an exhibition which reflect his artistic career, often irreverent and unpredictable.
Jigger’s art practice is characterized by his idea to play with defacement and vandalization, making use of the oil colour, the spray paint and the rough interventions on the canvases, which he uses to burn and, in some cases, even to cut.
Each artwork was born from a painted canvas, where the artist 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.
The artworks made for this exhibition explore the concept of failure in the visual dialogue between utter surface and inner content, between past and present, between figuration and abstraction.
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.