August 19, 2022

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Sisters Cory and Connie Quirino with cousin Lito Gruet

The second solo exhibit of New York trained artist Connie Quirino July 8-30, 2022, (9am-6pm), Fashion Interiors 2307 Chino Roces Avenue

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The artist, Connie Quirino

“Life has taught me many lessons, and one of them is perseverance. I realized that no matter what happens, art will survive and endure. And as an artist I will continue to pursue my own definition of life through my works”. – Connie Quirino

How does one stand out from a lineup of seven siblings? Or pave their own path out of an illustrious lineage filled with politicians and artists? What if your older sister is a former pageant titleholder, current pageant director, and your grandfather served as the 6th President of the Philippines for five and a half years?

Well, if you are Connie Quirino, you do so not in painting by numbers – but by coloring outside the lines. Connie Quirino is the granddaughter of Philippine President Elpidio Quirino. She is one of seven children to Tomas Quirino and Nena Rastrollo – and is arguably the most artistically-blessed of the bunch.

This is not said lightly given her Ate Cory Quirino is an accomplished author and television host. With a penchant for drawing ever since the age of seven, it was under the apprenticeship of famous impressionist artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz (named a “National Artist” following the 2009 National Artist of the Philippines controversy) that her craft was honed and her own personal style began to emerge.

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Some of Connie’s masterpieces
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Lito Gruet with 2 of his mobile phone images turned into masterpieces by Connie Quirino

In her youth, the Apo Pidiong would draw portraits of prominent Ilocanos in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, as a means of earning while attending high school.

Later in life, even while putting her artist career on hold in order to raise her four sons, her passion for painting never waned. After all, when one has inherited what can be attributed to a genetic talent, one does not simply give up on their dreams.

Eventually, Connie was able to realize her artistic dreams after joining art workshops both in the Philippines and abroad, ultimately finding a home at L’Arc en Ciel Atelier and Gallery, owned by curator Elaine Herb Indulge in her masterpieces at the Fashion Interiors Philippines ongoing from July 8-30, 2022.

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Ribbon cutting with guests of honor

Information Credit: Manila Up! International Magazine