I came to know Sir Eros Basilio as the brother of one of my favorite professors in DLSU, Sir Anlex. Sir Eros, while he was still in advertising, was an institution in himself; he is a master of design and often credited as a local “logo master“. So when I found out that he has a solo exhibition at Ayala Museum Artist Space (first time there, check!), I had to see his art beyond typography and logos.
As the exhibit’s title suggests, Basilio tackles the woman as his subject and muse. Looking through his pieces in the exhibit, I kept noticing the many dualities — comparisons or contrasts — that exist in his works:
The woman’s vulnerability and fragility are echoed by the delicate creases and crumples of what she lies down on
This woman shows strength and purpose but at the same time poise and femininity (And she looks like Cherie Gil. Hehe.)
This woman not only tries to hide her face, but she also tries to blend in her environment. She fails to do so because despite her face being covered, we still see the beauty and grace that emanates from her
It’s quite hard to describe — more so paint — women, what with her many facets and seemingly unfathomable depths. But Eros Basilio is able to visualize the many dualities a woman can have. His works remind us that there really is more to a woman, that she is not just one-dimensional. And no, I’m not just saying that because he’s my professor’s brother. 😉