The past decade has seen visual art explode in the Philippines. Artistic practices encompassing a wide variety of temperaments were gaining increased recognition within and beyond the local art community, resulting in an influx of gallery spaces to accommodate their rise. But as visual arts developed, it became apparent that simple space wasn’t enough. Indeed, while certain geographical locations were still underrepresented with an insufficient number of galleries to suit the expanding interest in art (in particular, southern Metro Manila, which includes Alabang), there was also the longer-term concern of honing and developing artists and their practices.
Always at the forefront of discovering new talent, Galerie Francesca helped launched the careers of recognized artists Migs Villanueva and Jef Cablog and Jinggoy Salcedo by hosting their first one-man shows. It is also home to a wide selection of distinguished artists such as Carlo Magno, Karina Baluyut, Roel Obemio and Anna de Leon. The gallery also sees itself as a conduit to presenting the best of Philippine Art, having participated in art fairs and events in and around the region. As testament to its growing profile, Galerie Francesca opened a second branch in SM Megamall in 2010.
For the past nine years, artists have and collectors have trusted Galerie Francesca as a gateway to the best the art world has to offer. Hosting some of the more critically-lauded exhibitions in the country, some of the gallery’s notable recent shows include Carlo Magno’s “Forest Allure,” Roel Obemio’s “Homage,” and Anna de Leon’s “Strings Attached.” By being an important and reliable outlet between artist and collector, Galerie Francesca takes its place as one of the premier art galleries in the country today.