The 11th edition of Philippine Art Trek co-organized by the Philippine Embassy and selected art galleries in Singapore, will be held from August to October this year. With the objective of promoting deeper cultural understanding through the arts, this year’s opening show is in partnership with Goshen Art Gallery with the launching of solo exhibition “Life and Visionaries – a solo exhibition by Benjamin Cruz”.

Philippine artist Mr. Benjamin “Ben” Cruz was a recipient of the 2015 UOB Painting of the Year (Established Artist Category) award. Born in 1954, Mr. Cruz is a multi-award winning visual artist both in the Philippines and Singapore. He has a degree in advertising and pursued painting alongside a career in graphic design. His achievements include five commendations in previous UOB POY competitions. Now retired from the advertising world, he is painting full-time and is currently focused on creating realistic-abstract art.

In Cruz’s paintings, familiar landscapes morph into surreal worlds on canvas. The realistic-abstract painting techniques convey the distorted images of real-life objects and actual locations, which are layered with depictions from a different realm. Mr. Cruz’s play on dimensionality and layering invites the viewers to familiar yet strange surroundings. Swirled up in a mix of colors, shapes and lines, we see common landmarks and objects, and human forms.