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March 04, 2023

“Above the Desolation” is the Eighth Solo Exhibition of Yao Sampana.
Rommel “Yao” Sampana was born in Bulacan, Philippines in 1988. His interest in visual arts grew even more when he was still a student of Fine Arts major in Advertising at the Bulacan State University and joined the prestigious Shell National Art Competition in 2007 – giving the young man his first recognition as an artist when he bagged 2nd place in the watercolor category. From then on, various national art competitions came like waterfalls that ignited his passion for painting, landing in the top three of various competitions before he graduated in 2009. He then joined the Philippine Art Awards (sponsored by Philip Morris), where he made it among the Top 10 finalists in the Luzon region. He joined the Metrobank (MADE) painting competition also in 2009, and became a consistent semifinalist until the next succeeding years of participating (2010-2011).


As a collection of open themes to express various forms of art freely, the collaboration includes a diversity of original artwork and artistic practices. Each artist created a wall-bound work and personalized house sculpture. With that, they’ll be able to highlight what their identity is, and what trajectory they’re going to do. The tendency is that, once the size and a specific theme are provided, there is a possibility that the artist will be limited.

The primary objective is to highlight Bulacan’s young artist community and introduce the younger ones. A way to map the upcoming young artists here in Bulacan and highlight how diverse and evolving it is. The Group of seniors has merged a group to guide a Filipino Young Artist through collaboration and to grow continuous projects with Filipino Young Artists.

“Locale” is a Group Exhibition serving as a diverse collection of originals regarding modern Filipino artists. The Group artist depicted different approaches to convey original art techniques and interpretations to present in the exhibition.

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