Marina Cruz

b. 1982, Bulacan Province, Philippines
Lives and works in Bulacan Province, Philippines

Marina Cruz graduated with honors (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in 2003. In 2008, she received the Ateneo Art Awards in the Philippines for her work “Embroidered Landscape of My Mother’s life: A Biography,” and was granted a research visit to the Visual Arts Center at La Trobe University in Australia, which brought her into the international spotlight. In the same year, she also received the Grand Prize in the Philippines Art Awards and the Morris Awards. In 2012, Marina Cruz was honored with the prestigious Thirteen Artist Awards (TAA). Her works have been exhibited in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, and France. Her artworks are held in collections at institutions including the Taoyuan Museum of Fine Art, Antho-Life Art Foundation, the Menarco Vertical Museum Art Collection and the Pinto Art Museum.

The astute presentational tactics; the devices of display and the source of her imagery; the recollection of events in her family history and the history of her depicted objects, pile the many layers in Marina Cruz that are waiting to be surfaced and understood. For this reason, notwithstanding her intentionally nostalgic use of old things and old lives, we suitably recognize Cruz’s practice as a meticulously contemporary one, primarily concerned with the conflicting nature of the painted object and the actual event behind it: the visibility and invisibility of its subject; the simultaneously physical and yet ethereal nature of the painted image.


Country: Philippines
Social Media: @iammarinacruz