Paulo   Vinluan


Flatness Vastness III, 2004
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96 inches (183 x 244 cm)


This series is a poke at the strip mall culture that is quite popular in the Philippines. Weekends, birthdays or family get togethers (only among others) are spent in malls. These super structures house fastfood chains, restaurants, clothing stores and activity centers. Strip malls can be found all over, most of them even built right next to each other. This mall-rat culture is echoed in the work's take on Gulliver's Travels. These monolithic structures act as Gulliver, who appears to be exploring, when in truth it is some what exploiting its surrounding's people and resources.

Paulo Romualdez Vinluan graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in painting at the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2003. he is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Born 1980, Philippines

Lives and works in New York, USA


Art Studies

2003   Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude), Major in Painting, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines


2003   20th Metrobank Young Painter's Annual, finalist (watercolor category)
2003   Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards, finalist