NUMBER 1, STENCIL ON CANVAS, 153 X 122 CM. 2011
Vermont Coronel Jr. (b. 1985, Laguna, Philippines) studied Advertising under the Philippine Women’s University Bachelor of Fine Arts program. His practice has been widely attributed as street-based, informed by urban imagery and working in guerilla fashion independently and together with the collective Pilipinas Street Plan. Coronel’s works in the commercial venue are stencil-based paintings, and sometimes he makes use of the stencil matrices themselves by framing these layers together to achieve the images. The images in his work comes from his daily immersion in cities, primarily Manila and Laguna. His first solo exhibition “Spirit of a Place” in The Drawing Room (Manila) shortlisted him in the 2012 Ateneo Art Awards – a prestigious contemporary art distinction in the Philippines. Yet again was his first solo show in Singapore garnered 2014 Ateneo Art Awards shortlist. His monumental piece was presented in Project Stage in Art Stage Singapore 2013.