Last November 21, 2018, The Rustan’shosted a visual arts exhibition for a cause featuring the works of three “Kwadrado” artists from Butuan on the third floor of Rustan’s Home Department.

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The Butuanon co-visual artists, Chito Alegre, Ronald Rudinas and Restituto Sala, Jr., featured their more than 20 canvases including Sala’s “Sa Pula, Sa Puti”, an oil painting that portrays cockfighting, a popular Filipino activity; Rudinas’ “Reaping for Providence 2” portraying fishermen carrying their day’s catch; and Alegre’s “Tinuy-an Falls” portraying the multi-tiered waterfall in Surigao del Sur. Part of the proceeds from the exhibit will benefit Tabor Hill Collage – OAD.

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The Kwadrado artists are experts in various forms of traditional art technique, styles, medium and strength. Alegre depicts the region’s sceneries through impressionism, a 19th-century art movement characterized by brush strokes (relatively small, thin, and visible brush strokes) and an emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities. Sala depicts social realism, a term used for work produced by artists that aim to draw attention to the real socio-political conditions of the working class. And Rudinas depicts an artist’s perspective on things through cubism, a visual art styles of the early twentieth century and created by Pablo Picasso.

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The Kwadrado has been using art to help communities in need through art exhibits in Butuan and Cebu since 2016. Through art, they can change many lives and grow their community.

The exhibit is part of Rustan’s for the Arts Campaign, a movement to patronize Philippine masterpieces and celebrate local art scene and artists. It will run until December 31, 2018, at the 3rd Floor of Rustan’s Ayala Center Cebu.

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