Parola, the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (CFA) Gallery, opened a new exhibition on March 1, honoring CFA Professor Emeritus Benjamin Cabangis as part of its Fine Arts Legacy Series.
The exhibition, titled “Reelin’ in the Years,” showcases Cabangis’ works in various mediums such as acrylic on canvas, oil on board, and ink.
“There is an opportunity to slow down when I draw, and to immerse myself in the process,” the professor emeritus explained.
“My art making is a way to discover, reflect on, and express myself. It’s like writing a journal or keeping a diary, but with lines and marks instead of words,” he added.
Cabangis is regarded as one of the most celebrated abstract painters in the Philippines and has received numerous major art awards throughout his career, as well as being a highly decorated educator, according to Parola curator and UP CFA Department of Theory Associate Professor Dayang Yraola.
The Fine Arts Legacy Series is an exhibition series that highlights the works of retired and former professors of the College, as well as marking their lasting relationship as mentors to generations of artists as lifelong learners, according to the Parola.
Previous exhibitions in the series have featured Leonilo Doloricon (Visual Communication Professor and former Dean), Johnny Reynoso (Visual Communication Professor), and Yasmin Almonte (Studio Arts Professor).
“Reelin’ in the Years” will run until March 31, and is open to the public at the Parola.