Pope Bacay

b. 1994, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Lives and works in Metro Manila, Philippines

Pope Bacay is an artist who graduated cum laude, studio arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman. He articulates understandings of place in his oil and acrylic paintings of architectural structures and landscape views, his fascination for places firmly rooted in his childhood home. He fragments representations of this house in Roxas town by painting its various elements, paying keen attention to architectural details, all minutiae that make the firmaments of home. Once fragmented, he gathers them once more into painted replicas cloaked in stillness, against a backdrop that seems nowhere.

Bacay expands his quest for belonging by grounding reality in architectural form – balconies, pierced walls, shuttered windows, roof decks, the dull surface of concrete or the tedium of grill work. He chronicles his search for places by assembling a visual geography in the form of shaped canvases. His 2015 piece ‘My Third Home’ is a striking example, taking on the semblance of a map yet is also understood as records of places the artist has seen, passed through or lived in. In this piece, as well as his abstract landscapes in oil, he searches for locations where the self could belong, albeit temporarily.

BIOGRAPHY INFORMATION FROM THE ARTIST’S WEBSITE, APRIL 2024.

Country: Philippines
Instagram: popebacay