July 7, 2013
This small glass sculpture by Ramon Orlina has always been one of my favorite pieces in the collection of the Ateneo Art Gallery. Orlina shapes his sculptures from blocks of industrial glass, hence the green coloration of most of his work. An architect by training, Orlina began exploring sculpture during the turbulent 1970s when his clients started moving to the U.S. because of the Marcos dictatorship. Completely self-taught in glass sculpture, Orlina has since won numerous international awards for his work, and was declared The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awardee for the Arts in 2006.