Tuesday, June 7, 2011

FILCOLS Member Jun Cruz Reyes Launches a Book and A Number of Art Works

Jun Cruz Reyes is back in the art scene. He is mounting his fifth one-man exhibit called “Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Autobiography na Mali” on June 14, 2011, 6pm at the Crucible Art Gallery, 4th floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. He is exhibiting his latest works in pen and ink featuring the Dalagang Bukid series, inspired his childhood in his hometown, Hagunoy.

Another highlight of the event is the launching of his book of the same title published by Anvil Publishing. It has the same theme with his artworks and more, written in his trademark use of street language in expressing his characteristic wit and humor.

Reyes, mainly known as a fictionist through his prose works “Utos ng Hari” and “Tutubi, Tutubi…,” is a versatile writer and has been awarded by different literary institutions such as the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the National Book Awards, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino among others for his poetry, non-fiction, short stories, and novels. To date, Reyes has authored ten literary books, nine of which are either award-winning or recipient of literary grants.

He has also shown his versatility in other fields like painting, drawing, and film making, where he won in the 1986 Catholic Mass Media Awards for his film documentary. The multi-talented artist had his last one-man show last 2000 where he featured his painting and sculptured chairs together with the launch of the novel “Etsa-Pwera,” which won first prize for the novel in Filipino at the Philippine National Centennial Literary Awards in 1998.

Reyes is currently teaching creative writing courses at the University of the Philippines. He is also a fellow of the prestigious UP Institute of Creative Writing.

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