September 13-15, 2024

Manila Illustration Fair had its inaugural event in July 2023 at Comuna, Makati!

First organized by Plus63 Design Co., Manila Illustration Fair is focused on celebrating and bringing together the growing community of Filipino illustrators based in the Philippines.

✏️ Kanto: The Main Draw: A Briefer on the Manila Illustration Fair 2023
✏️ Esquire PH: The Manila Illustration Fair 2023 Will Showcase the Very Best of Homegrown Illustrator Talent
✏️ adobo magazine:  Unless someone else take up the cudgels, this inspired trade fair may be a one-and-done affair

PhotoS courtesy of adobo magazine
Held at Comuna, a space for creative community-building (home to creative retailer Manila Middle Ground,  RiseSpace Art Gallery, incubator space _63, and various independent F&B concepts like Palm Tree Abbey, Ani Cafe, and Scratch), the vision for MIF was to be a space where illustrators could showcase their original art in an intimate setting and connect with their peers. A total of 20 Filipino artists were selected.

Photos courtesy of adobo magazine

Is illustration fine art? @ Art Fair Philippines

In 2024, MIF 2023 artists were invited by Dan Matutina to mount an exhibit in Art Fair Philippines 2024’s Incubator Space (creative spaces outside the mainstream gallery format) at The Link Makati.

Thinking about the different ways fine art has evolved from being a luxury only to be appreciated and made accessible to nobility, to how it has been made ubiquitous through methods of production and reproduction (thanks to the printing press, and later on, the internet/social media), we wanted to challenge the notion that “illustration”, as its own distinct practice, is somehow separate or unwelcome in fine art spaces, namely the gallery setting.

Photo courtesy of RENZO NAVARRO
Each artist used everyday objects– matchboxes, trash cans, calendars– as their canvas, reimagining them as art-ified objects created with an illustrators’ sensiblities, humor, and playfulness.

✏️ Rappler: Art Fair Philippines 2024 evokes a myriad of unique experiences through modern, contemporary art
✏️ Art+ Magazine: Must-see Artworks at Art Fair Philippines 2024
✏️ The Artling: Highlights from Art Fair Philippines 2024!
✏️ The Benildean: Unveiling the best of modern and contemporary art in Art Fair Philippines 2024

As a pre-event leading up the the Art Fair exhibit, we also hosted a free talk series at Comuna’s _63, discussing illustration and its place in branding, fine art, commercial markets, and more.


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