JA Balaguer Chimes In

  • by The Cartellino Team

JA Balaguer (1991, Manila) is a digital artist, curator, critic, art writer, and art manager. His works have been exhibited in Pineapple Lab and Ateneo de Manila University (Ateneo Heights Artists Workshop Exhibit) and published in Heights, Stache, and Kanto Magazine. He received the Loyola Schools Art Award for Illustration in 2012 and the Ateneo Art Awards for Art Criticism in 2019.

He is also behind the online space for collaboration for emerging art: CURARE.


What music did you have growing up?

Secondhand Serenade, Nightwish

What work of art last caught your eye?

@amorsolo.bot by Marlon Hacla.

Can you let us in on a current or upcoming project that excites you?

I am doing some art writing for the rest of 2020—a year in art review for Art Asia Pacific, and a heritage feature for Kanto.

We’re playing charades. What is the hardest thing you could have someone guess?

Existential nihilism.

What do you think deserves more attention?

Random acts of kindness.

What would be your last meal?

Wine and yosi!

Anchor photo: The Empress (Major Arcana III). 2020. Pigment ink on 300 gsm matte archival paper (100% cotton). Edition of 10. 

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