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“Beauty, with its multiple hooks and titillating bait,

                                                           plucks me out of the mud like a ripe catfish.”

                                                                                                            EDUARDO OLBÉS

EDUARDO OLBÉS IS A SCULPTOR and designer born in the Philippines who lives and works in Tepoztlán, Morelos, México.

Olbés’ work is informed by the aesthetic traditions of his native Asia, but his study of the expressions of other cultures, from the ancient Venus figures to the masks of Mesoamérica, nurtures a dialogue with the past in which there is often an element of humor.

Materials are of the utmost importance: as opposed to the case where the medium has been superseded by the concept, his creative process places materials at the inception of the idea: Olbés fetishizes his materials, exploits them not only for their physical properties but also their cultural and historical implications.

Dilao, a sculpture park, is a recent experimental project for large sculpture in a sylvan setting.

shows

SOLO SHOWS

Bululs and other oddities SilverLens Gallery, Manila, 2016
Sabor a Ming Ayala Museum, Manila, 2015
Sticks & Stones El Leñero, Atlixco, Puebla, 2014
Cuerpos celestes Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México, 2013
Evocación Ming Museo de Artes Decoorativas Franz Mayer, Ciudad de México, 2012
A farwell to arms (invited by Alianza Cívica/WOLA) Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, Ciudad de México, 2011
Narco y las ecuaciones económicas perversas Museo del Chopo, Ciudad de México, 2010
Ángeles y diablos Jardin Borda Instituto de Cultura De Morelos, Cuernavaca 2009 Obra reciente Galería BAJO EL BALCÓN –Tepoztlán, Morelos, 2008
Anitos Arturo Luz Gallery Manila, Filipinas, 1996
Esculturas de piedra y agua Galería KIN Ciudad de México, 1994
Tallar una emoción, pulir un placer Exconvento de Tepoztlán through Galería de Arte Sandra Azcarraga, 1993
Obsidian pieces Eye International Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca, 1992
Beached turtles Raleigh Film Studios, Los Angeles, Ca, 1991
Jewelry Galería OMR, México 1984 (Jewelry)
Jewelry and small sculpture in stone Centro Teotihuacan, México, 1981
8 figurative wood sculptures Galería Argentum, México, 1979

COLLECTIVE SHOWS

Zona MACO, CDMX 2018
100 Sillas Mexicanast Museo Franz Mayer, Ciudad de México, 2016
Fog Design & Art San Francisco Galería ADN, 2016
Miami Art Basel Design Curio Galería ADN, 2015
Collective Design Galería ADN, New York, 2015
Manila Art Fair SilverLens Gallery, 2015
Anahuacalli Ciudad de México, 2011
Bienal Arte/Artesano Museo De Arte Popular Ciudad de México, 2011
Galería Kin Ciudad de México, 1995
Festival Cultural de Tepoztlán 1995
Jannsen Perez Gallery Los Angeles, Ca, 1992
Galería La Casona Ciudad de México, 1991
Eye International Gallery Los Angeles, Ca, 1991
Francine Ellman Gallery Los Angeles, Ca, 1991
Daniel Saxon Gallery Los Angeles, Ca, 1991
Centro México-Japón Ciudad de México, 1989
Galería OMR Ciudad de México, 1987
Gallery Of Primitive Art New York City, 1985
Trienal De Escultura Ciudad de México, 1980
Torres Joyeros – Barcelona Spain, 1978

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