Hadrian Mendoza

ceramic artist

Hadrian Mendoza, a stoneware Potter, works with a fearless and audacious search for unusual and indigenous forms, including expressionistic and abstract shapes. Mendoza was a graduate at Mary Washington College in Virginia and a former student at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC, where he was awarded the prestigious Anne and Arnold Abramson award for Excellence in Ceramics in 1996-1997.  He also organized the 1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival under the 2007-2009 Toyota Foundation Japan Grant. He curated the 2nd Southeast Asian Ceramics Conference and Exhibition in Fuping Pottery Art Village’s FLICAM International Ceramics Museum in China. 

In 1997 he searched for his roots and moved back to the Philippines, where he slowly metamorphosed into an individualistic and nationalistic artist with a keen and hungry eye for Southeast Asia’s indigenous forms. He has made deliberate attempts at achieving heavy cultural undertones for his works. A humble craftsman, Mendoza serves at the feet of his own cultural dilemmas as an artist.

His works are permanent collections in museums in Cambodia,  China, Korea, Japan, and 3 of the main museums in the Philippines, which are The Metropolitan Museum Manila, The Ayala Museum, and BenCab Museum.

Kohler Bold. Art. Asia. exhibition hits the Philippine shores

Kohler Bold. Art. Asia to hit Philippine shores on May 18-24

Six artists from Asia create exquisitely crafted pieces for Kohler’s Bold. Art. Asia Exhibition to be showcased in The Gallery, Greenbelt 5

Manila, Philippines – After successful exhibitions in Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, and Singapore, the Kohler Bold. Art. Asia Exhibition finally makes its way to the Philippines. Running from May 18 to 24 at The Gallery in Greenbelt 5, Kohler brings 12 art pieces by artists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines, and Vietnam.

Kohler has been involved in the Arts and has been supporting art for more than 40 years since the launch of its Arts/Industry program in the US. More than 500 emerging and established artists have finished their residency program in the headquarters. In recent years, Kohler has brought this to Asia, first introducing the said program last 2012 in China. Since then, different programs and projects to promote the arts in Asia have been organized by Kohler, and this year, Kohler continues to put emphasis on their commitment to the arts and support of Asian artists through the Kohler Bold.Art Exhibition.

“Through organizing this program, we aim at promoting art and supporting the local artists from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, The Philippines and Vietnam by giving them international exposure,” said Benjamin Chang, Kohler Marketing Communication Manager for South East Asia.

The featured artists include Ahadiat Joedawinata from Indonesia, James Seet from Malaysia, Thomas Cheong from Singapore, Sudsiri Pui-Ock from Thailand, Nguyen Ngoc Lam from Vietnam, and Hadrian Mendoza from The Philippines. The six explored the theme “Asian Contemporary Art: Rooted in the Past; Looking into the Future” from their own cultural and personal point of view.

“In the future, we will continue to proactively promote art in Asia. We hope to collaborate with different parties, like developers, local artists, art associations to organize art exhibitions in different cities in Asia,” ends Chang.

For more information on the Kohler Bold. Art. Exhibition, please visit http://blog.kohlerboldart.com/about.php.