June 7, 2013

Pinto Art Gallery.

Some weeks ago, on a beautiful summer day and all inspired by Monica's artwork, my friend E suggested we go to Pinto Art Gallery. Monica is my 8-year-old friend who has amazing artistic talents.

It has been awhile since I last visited an art gallery or a museum. So I was quite excited about this mini trip to Antipolo. And here's a confession: I wanted to pursue art in college. But I was encouraged to make art as a hobby and take a practical course that would guarantee me a job. Photography was then introduced to me years later and as they say, the rest is history.

Oh yes, I still draw and paint once in awhile and any form of art still makes my heart flutter. Every visit to an art gallery or museum and every concert or play I go to is always a spiritual experience for me.

Pinto Art Gallery is a contemporary art space in Antipolo City, Rizal. Its name comes from the tagalog word for doors, and as such it considers itself a threshold open to all forms of contemporary art practice.

Its main structure was original built in 2001 as a storage space for art works, but it was eventually developed by its designer, artist Antonio Leano, as a venue for exchanging exhibitions for modern and contemporary art.

{from Pinto Art Gallery's official website}

A guide accompanied us around, telling us stories of artists and their work currently on display in the galleries. I will not share those stories now because that will be part of your tour when you visit. Spare at least two hours of your time when you go so you could stare at your favorite artwork, ask more questions, take more photos, breathe in more inspiration. This place really is a must-visit.

While I love all the art pieces exhibited in the galleries, I also adore the lush gardens, the interesting pieces of art thoughtfully placed around, the wide open spaces, and the architecture that reminds me of mexican homes or mediterranean villas. I could live here.

Here's sharing some photos I took that day. 

After immersing ourselves with all that art, we dropped by Pinto Cafe for dessert.
There's not much to choose in the cafe's menu (and they're a bit pricey),
so you might want to bring something to munch on after your tour.

And these are my favorite weekend barkada. We truly had a grand time.
We told Monica that one day, she could also exhibit her paintings here.

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Entrance Fee

Php100 : Adults
Php 50 : Children

Business Hours

Wednesdays to Sundays
9am - 6pm

How to Get There
From Manila, QC, and Makati --
take Ortigas Avenue from Edsa and proceed to Ortigas Extension
passing through Cainta Junction and to Tikling.
Proceed to the hills until you reach Ynares Center.
Turn on the first street on your right, to a hill
then follow this to the Grand Heights gate.
{from Pinto Art Gallery's official website}

Pinto Art Gallery
#1 Sierra Madre Street
Grand Heights
Antipolo City, Rizal

Phone: +632 6971015
Email: info@pintoartgallery.com

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    1. It is! : ) I think though that the best time to visit is during the cold months (January and February) so the tour around the galleries would be comfortable. : )

  2. Great shots, Aileen! I especially liked that sculpture of the woman with the open chest. I wish we have art galleries like this in Cebu. I'd love to visit if it weren't so far.

    1. Thank you, Jo-Ann! I love that sculpture, too. When you ever come to Manila, swing by Pinto. On a Sunday, it will take you only about 30 minutes from Makati. Have you been to Museo Sugbo? I loved it there. : )


  3. I always keep coming back to this museum. This is such a great place to relax and appreciate art. :)


  4. Great snaps! Well-written article too! Thank you!




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