For his solo exhibition “Mazescapes”, multi-disciplinary artist Sam Penaso took inspiration from the skyways and scaffoldings being developed near his residence in Araneta Avenue. The result is a frenzied entanglement of lines, shapes, and colors made out of photographic silkscreen, which serves as a tribute to the ordered chaos of the urban landscape.
Sam Penaso is a multi-disciplinary artist who dabbles in painting, sculpture and performance art. Penaso is also one of the core members of Tupada Action and Media Art (TAMA), a group of performance artists. He has held several solo exhibitions both locally and internationally, notably in Japan, Thailand, Austria, Germany, Singapore, New York, Abu Dhabi, and Berlin. He also represented the Philippines in the 8th Beijing Intl. Art Biennale in 2019.
Penaso is the recipient of several art grants; including the Don Papa Rum residency in London in 2019, the Art Hub Artresidency in Abu Dhabi in 2014, and the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2013.
Penaso was a finalist at the 2013 Winter Grand Salon Show in New York. In 2018, he was awarded the Metrobank Awards for Continuing Excellence and Service (Metrobank ACES). Most recently, he won the Excellence Award at 6th Geoje Intl. Art Festival, South Korea (2020).