Driven by folk sentiment, Patrick Cruz' multi-disciplinary practice is informed by his interest in cultural hybridity, bio-politics, and the paradoxical effects of globalization. Through his exuberant maximalist oeuvre, Cruz construes the notion of ornament and excess as a strategy of re-enchantment and destabilization.
Cruz founded the Kamias Triennial in 2014 in Kamias, Quezon City, Philippines. The first iteration gathered Filipino artists whose works responded to ephemerality, impermanence, and temporality as a means of inquiry into the prevalent model of artistic production and consumption in the Philippines. The 2017 event, with the underlying strategy of exchange, culminated in an exhibition, exchange market, and event series that invited artists new to the context of the Philippines. The project continues with the goal of opening a durable pathway for sharing of the strate- gies, processes, and styles of artists in the region of Manila with counterparts from across Canada.
Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian artist and organizer working between Vancouver, Toronto and Manila, Philippines. Cruz studied painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman and received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an MFA at the University of Guelph. In 2015, Cruz won the national title for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.