Slice of Life: Larry Alcala's Musings by Way of Comics and Illustrations are Honored in this Exhibit - Arts & Culture

The show was done in tandem with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

The public had a glimpse of the life and works of National Artist Larry Alcala in an exhibit at the SMX Convention Center at SM Aura Premier.

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The exhibit, called Larry Alcala: Slices of Life, Wit, and Humor, features a collection of archival reproduction of the artist’s works. Alongside these are works in drawing, print, and digital media of selected artists influenced by Alcala, including members of the organization Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan (INK).  

Slice of Life Tricycle Territory by Larry Alcala

The event is a partnership of The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (M) and the Filipino Heritage Festival Inc. (FHFI), with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and SM.

It explores Filipino comics and illustrations as popular and enduring art forms that channel humor alongside hard-hitting commentary about Philippine society. This is a testament to the endurance and timeliness of Alcala’s observations, candor, and wit through visual form. 

Untitled by Robert Alejandro

At the height of his career, Alcala was part of every Filipino’s life. Picture a day in the life in the Philippines: the bright pops of color brought on by passing jeeps and tricycles on Manila’s busy streets, the chitter-chatter of neighborhood gossips outside their houses, children climbing trees and playing wherever they can, and the warmth of the tropical sun shining down on all of this.

Of all the Filipino artists who worked with these subjects, perhaps none was more prodigious or influential for generations to come than Alcala. 

National Artist for Music Dr. Ramon Santos

The exhibition received curatorial guidance from visual communications educator and award-winning illustrator Professor Ruben “Totet” de Jesus of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts.

This show is complemented by the M’s education and public programs from June to July: including an M Collab participatory project, inviting 18 to 25 year old participants to share “à la Alcala” digital art contributions online.

Untitled by Marcus Nada

For more information, e-mail [email protected].

Banner: Masskara Festival ’92 from Slice of Life by Larry Alcala

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