Renowned Filipino-Spanish visual artist Maria Mari Murga (center) with Consul General Senen Mangalile (right) and Philippine Ambassador to the UK Antonio Manuel Lagdameo (left)
LONDON, United Kingdom – Renowned Filipino-Spanish visual artist Maria Mari Murga is making waves in Europe as she recently held her second solo exhibit at the Philippine Embassy in London.
Her exhibit entitled “Liwanag” showcases her masterpieces inspired by the rich Filipino culture and traditions.
An artwork by visual artist Maria Mari Murga
Her works of art highlight the day-to-day lives of Filipinos in the countryside.
Most notable was her painting of three Mindanaoan girls inspired from her recent trip back in the Philippines.
She recalled how she discovered her roots and was able to learn being a Filipino with the help of her fellow Zamboangueños.
“It’s not hard at all to study ways of living in the Philippines because Filipinos are so welcoming and charming and willing to collaborate and help,” she said.
“I believe the Filipino theme is quite powerful and authentic and has many things to be said,” she said speaking proudly about the Filipino values.
Filipino and British art enthusiasts appreciated the works of Murga and commended her as among the brilliant Filipino artists.
“I think the pictures are amazing,” said John Stern from East Malling Kent County.
The President of the Royal Society of British Artists James Horton, meanwhile, described Murga’s skills at “superb” and her exhibition as exceptionally “beautiful.”
“She just has a wonderful technique and skill of bringing life of the portraits of people. It’s a wonderful skill,” attested Dr. Geoffrey Purves of the group Chartered Architect London UK.
Philippine Ambassador to London Antonio Lagdameo couldn’t be prouder to feature Maria Mari Murga at the Philippine Embassy.
“Of course, we want to showcase our Filipino artist and Maria is one of the finer examples of our Filipino artist especially living here in the UK,” he said.
Murga’s exhibition will run until October 30 at the main hall of the Philippine Embassy, London, United Kingdom. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dennis Damasco)