Established in 2002, Galerie Joaquin challenges the contemporary art setting in the Philippines by offering a wide spectrum of notable, interesting, and quality art pieces from the finest artists in the region, masters such as H.R. Ocampo, Jose Joya, Arturo Luz, Onib Olmedo, Juvenal Sanso, Tam Austria, Mario Parial, and Lydia Velasco among others, as well as young and upcoming artists who, through exceptional talent, have successfully evolved as mainstream artists of the gallery.

Set up in the rustic and historical setting of San Juan, Galerie Joaquin blends perfectly with the city’s deep sense of history and cultural heritage, with its boundless array of contemporary style and art themes thoughtfully conceived and selected to cater to the different needs of the market. The gallery takes its viewers, the art connoisseurs, enthusiasts, and new collectors, to experience the expanse of artistry and creative synergy reflected in its two-storey structure - a place where buyers can sit down, relax, view artworks, and carefully mull over their selected art pieces.

Galerie Joaquin also takes a step further in its vision as it identifies its art direction in the global arena by tapping into international opportunities and markets for its artists, exhibitions, and other art-related events. It takes pride in delivering the artistic flair of Filipino painters and sculptors - works from the Guevarra Group of Artists which include the foremost portraitist in the Philippines, Gig de Pio; most popular abstract artist of the gallery today, Carlo Magno; visual artist and cubist, Bernard Vista; Filipiniana surrealist, Jerry Morada; romantic realists, Andy Cubi and Bayani Ray Acala; abstract artists Edwin Tres Reyes and Karina Baluyut; and upcoming artists, Vincent de Pio and Tupac Rasco among others.

To date, the gallery has put up three establishments in Metro Manila: Galerie Joaquin in San Juan, Galerie Joaquin Podium, in Ortigas, and Galerie Francesca located at the Festival Mall in Alabang. It continues to serve its clientele as well as attract more viewers through an exciting lineup of events and activities that include lectures, discussions, painting sessions and art workshops. Galerie Joaquin continues to be the ideal venue for a unique art experience.

Inspired by the vision of doing its share in helping make Philippine art international, its latest project is the opening of Galerie Joaquin Singapore in December 2006 at the ground floor of the Regent of Singapore.


Dominic Rubio was born in Paete, Laguna, a lakeshore town long famous for its woodcarving tradition. He studied at the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts, major in commercial arts. He first worked briefly as artist in one of the largest multi-national advertising agencies in the country, Puris Lintas of Manila. Later, he was invited to live and work in the Pearl Farm, an upscale resort located Davao del Sur. It was in the course of his part-time job as in-house artist that he found time to travel around the Caraga Region in Northern Mindanao, learning about the various cultural groups in these places such as the Mandaya and the Tiboli tribes. He also lived, in this stint, with the Bilaans and the Badjaos, who live farther down south of Mindanao.

Rubio first exhibited his works at the Ad Infinitum, delving on the subject of women, the mother and child, the ethnic Filipina as depicted in her day-to-day chores amid the surrounding landscape. A major show in 2003 at the Galerie Joaquin explored the artist’s favored subject of Filipino women in the context of an evolving sensibility as shown in the figures and faces from an earlier period at the turn of the century as well as a suite of updated portraits replete with glamour from the distaff side. The artist likewise had portraits of young girls, disturbing faces and figures from the same period and milieu, the quintessential symbol of innocence and naivete at a time of sociopolitical upheaval.

Challenged by the possibilities of the subject he has pursued, Rubio has in the process captured the essence of womanhood and the gentility of a race whose identity has been usurped by the ill effects of colonization. Rubio, not unlike his subject, is constantly evolving and in time will have come into his own, his transformation as finely articulated as those figures in the adjoining landscape.

PHILIPPINES In celebration of its 5th anniversary, Galerie Joaquin Main presents Old Manila, an exhibition of works by Dominic Rubio inspired by the Philippines during the latter part of the Spanish colonial era (1850-1896) and the early American colonial period (1900 –1930).

In the show, which opens November 13 and runs till November 26, 2007, Rubio’s concern is to capture the nostalgia and romanticism of these periods while giving them a modern sensibility and whimsical appeal.



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For Old Manila, Rubio, who turns 37 this year will be presenting 37 oil on canvas works. These include Malacañang by the River, Progreso, Bagumbayan (Luneta Park ), Binondo Arcade (Promenade in Chinatown), Ginoo (Gentleman), Ginang (Lady), Man and woman in Old Chinatown (diptych), To the Market, Plaza Sto. Tomas and Noong Unang Panahon V (Early Times V).

A founding member of the Guevarra Group and a graduate of the University of Sto. Tomas’ College of Fine Arts , Rubio has been painting for almost two decades. It was Rubio who was featured in Balik Alaala (Remembering the Past) the inaugural exhibit when Galerie Joaquin Main first opened its doors in 2003. It was also Rubio’s show Early Times (Noong Unang Panahon) that became the inaugural exhibit when Galerie Joaquin Singapore opened at The Regent of Singapore.

Rubio has been inspired to paint the men and women at the turn-of the century depicting faces and figures from the same period and milieu, the quintessential symbol of innocence and naivete at a time of great socio-political change.

Challenged by the possibilities of these subjects, Rubio has developed a new and highly contemporary style. Galerie Joaquin Main is located at 371 P. Guevarra St. cor Montessori Lane, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines (Phone +63 (2) 723-9253 or +63 (2) 723-9418). For more information, please visit

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