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Filipino artist wins Embassy of Italy award

Young Filipino artist Jel Suarez has won the “Embassy of Italy award” at the “Ateneo art awards 2018” in Manila, the most prestigious Filipino award for visual arts organised and coordinated by the Ateneo University of Manila. A fourth award, assigned by the Embassy of Italy, was added to the three traditional awards, starting this year. It involves the acquisition of a work of art by a young local artist chosen from 12 finalists. The Embassy acquired a diptych by Jel Suarez which will be permanently on display in its offices. The idea is to create a small, meaningful and permanent collection of artwork by young Filipino artists in the Italian Embassy, a demonstration of the existing dialogue between Italian and Filipino art. Within this framework, the Embassy is planning a Poor Art exhibit in 2019, which will showcase the best Italian artistic expressions of the last few decades.