I can’t remember when I first heard about the artist Claudio Bravo however when I first saw it I knew I had to know more. It was in one of those early fashion magazines in the early 80′s. We did not have the glossies then. It was a feature on Imelda Cojuangco and behind her was her portrait. It was nothing like anything I have ever seen in my life. I was enthralled. Later in my career I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to design gowns for Mrs. Cojuangco and I boldly asked her if I could see that portrait I had seen when I was 14 years old.
She was kind enough to arrange a lunch at her home for me to view the portrait. After lunch I was led to the painting and I was in awe! It was the most beautiful painting I have ever seen in my entire life! I was immediately inspired! Ever since that moment I was always looking out for more information about Claudio Bravo and finding more pieces of his work while he was in Manila.
Fast forward to 2012 and Claudio Bravo’s work is on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum! My excitement could not be contained. I failed to attend the opening however since it has opened I have been back twice and made another visit to take my friend from NYC Izzy Tuason who is the mind behind one of my favourite blog sites http://www.thedandyproject.
It was a really lovely experience seeing all his works all to ourselves. It felt so luxurious. A huge heaps of thanks to Ms. Sandra Palomar who was so kind enough to take me around and share more information about the paintings and Claudio Bravo. The Exhibit ends on Oct 17 and I am not sure if this collection will be ever viewed again as I am sure it took a lot of time, energy and work to get all the paintings from all over their private owners homes. I just wanted to share the experience with all of you as this is really one of the most talented artist’s I have ever seen. Take a look and be inspired.