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This Online Art Marketplace Lets You Discover Emerging Filipino Artists

Buying and selling local art just got easier.
IMAGE COURTESY OF FILIPINOART.PH
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These days, we rely on the Internet for almost everything. Hungry? Tap GrabFood or Food Panda on your phone. Don't want to hail a cab? Log on to Grab or Owto. Booking a movie or theater ticket? You can do that with GMovies or Ticketworld. You can now do the same when buying Filipino-made art pieces through FilipinoArt.ph, which was launched on October 25.

Photo by COURTESY OF FILIPINOART.PH.
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"FilipinoArt.ph takes away those boundaries by showcasing a whole lot more artists and offer prices for every Juan. And if an original piece of art is still inaccessible because of the price, we also offer prints via our partner, No Blank Walls; it’s a less expensive way of getting beautiful art into your home, office, or personal space,” said CEO and founder Yuri Stegeman in a statement.

Six exhibiting artists are rallying behind him in support of this new digital platform. Jose Ehric Egualada, who hails from Boracay Island, explained: "Art in my region is extremely popular. Even though I live by the beaches of Boracay, I’ve been hoping that my art will be able to reach even the outskirts of Manila." The online avenue helps artists like him do that.

"Jose Rizal and the Gang" by Armenius Aralar
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"Pounding Rice" by Jose Ehric Egualada
Photo by FilipinoArt.ph.

You can browse through the works by artists or by form: either painting or drawing. The Paintings category has additional filters, which you can use to narrow down the pieces based on price range, subject, medium, and material. Each entry includes the work's dimensions, artist name and location, and a short description. There's even a button where you can view how it looks in a digitally rendered room. After clicking "Add to cart," which we're all familiar with, the page asks for your delivery address and payment method. It's really like shopping for your favorite things, only this time it's a work of art.

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The launch of FilipinoArt.ph coincides with the opening of Sariling Sining: A Showcase of Contemporary Filipino Art at Art Circle Gallery, Ayala Malls Circuit in Makati City. The exhibit runs until October 27.

For more information, visit FilipinoArt.ph's website.

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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