Mariano Ching (b. 1971, Philippines) studied Printmaking at the Kyoto City University of Fine Arts, Japan from 2002-2004 and graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting. Known for his elaborate, surreal and meticulously executed paintings, drawings and illustrations Ching has had numerous solo exhibitions including: Even Bad Days Are Good, Silverlens (SLAB), Manila, Philippines, 2011; Strange Days, Voice Gallery, Kyoto, Japan, 2010; Dead Ends and False Starts, Silverlens (SLAB), Manila, Philippines, 2009; We Are Not Afraid of You and We Will Beat Your Ass, West Gallery, Manila, Philippines, 2008; Between the Stars and the Sea, Magnet Gallery, Makati City, Philippines, 2006; Dance This Mess Around, UFO Mandaluyong, Philippines, 2004 and Choke, Finale Gallery, Manila, Philippines, 2004. Since 1996 he has participated extensively in group exhibitions and most recently in the Aichi Triennale, Aichi, Japan 2010; Here Be Dragons, Manila Contemporary, Philippines, 2009; Futuramanila, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong and Singapore, 2008; Panorama 3, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, USA, 2008; Scab on My Brain, Space 1026, Philadelphia, USA, 2007 and Postmodernism is so Last Season, Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippines, 2006.
Ching was a member of Surrounded by Water (1999-2002) a Manila based artist run space and his works have been collected by the Singapore Art Museum. In 2006 he received the prestigious Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP) 13 Artists Award.
Yasmin Sison (b.1972, Philippines) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting (1997) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (1992) from the University of the Philippines. She has established a career as a respected painter whose work interrogates the theatre of human emotion through dramatic use of space, composition and expressive gestural brushstroke. She has had numerous solo exhibitions including Spaces in Between, Artesan Gallery, Singapore, 2010; Into the Woods, Finale Art Gallery, Manila, Philippines, 2009; Turning Tides, Finale Art File, Makati City, Philippines, 2008; The Weight of Waiting, Valentine Willie Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2008; Gingerbread Girls, Finale Art File, Manila,Philippines, 2007; Unmade, Mag:net Gallery, Makati City, Philippines, 2006 and Reading For Beginners, UFO Gallery, Mandaluyong, Philippines, 2005. Exhibiting since the mid 1990’s, recently she has participated in the following group exhibitions: Love Letters, Manila Contemporary, Manila, Philippines, 2010; Latitudes. Encounters with the Philippines, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2010; Prague Biennale 4, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009; Things Said Amongst Us, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2009; Spinning Sugar, Mag:net Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines, 2008 and Postmodernism is So Last Season, Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippines, 2006.
Sison was one of the founding members of Surrounded by Water (1999-2002), a Manila based artist run space and in 2006 she received the prestigious Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP) 13 Artists Award.