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Artist Gabriel Barredo Passes Away

He was known for pioneering kinetic art in the country.
IMAGE Isa Lorenzo/Yvette Fernandez
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Contemporary sculptor Gabriel "Gabby" Barredo passed away today, January 6. He was 62 years old. 

Photo by Isa Lorenzo.

Known as the pioneer of "kinetic" art in the Philippines, Barredo was one of the artists featured in the first Art Fair Philippines in 2013. He created a 30-foot long sculpture, "Asphalt," that comprised smaller installations, elements, and kinetic objects. He is known for employing found objects and marrying various elements into his artwork: pop culture, metal, toys, electronics influences from English and Catholic culture. "Asphalt" was later acquired by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy and is currently displayed at the LVHM Museum in Berlin.

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Photo by YVETTE FERNANDEZ.
Photo by YVETTE FERNANDEZ.
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Born in 1957, Barredo studied at the University of Santo Tomas in 1991. His works have been exhibited at ARNDT Berlin and the Soka Art Center in Taipei. 

Silverlens Galleries Founder Isa Lorenzo described Barredo as an "incomparable artist, a generous collaborator, a loving friend. A friend who was more family than most. An artist who pushed the limits of what art and its magical experiences can be. We raise our hearts to Gabby who embraced us with his brilliance."

His cousin, Lea Salonga, posted a loving tribute to him on Facebook.

"Gabby the brilliant... reclusive... incredible. I have memories of him as a younger man, using art to help rehabilitate troubled teenagers in Stockton, CA... as an older man not attending his own exhibition at a gallery... playing mahjong with aunts and cousins (I can still hear the shuffling of the tiles)...

"I’ll always remember him as handsome and funny. Creating treasure out of trash. Bustiers, purses, paintings, sculptures. Pieces I couldn’t always define, but could definitely feel," said Salonga.

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In a message to Esquire, Salonga added, "He was one of a kind. But beyond that, he was a good human. Good artist and good human don’t always go hand in hand, but in him they did."

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