The Philippine Center is hosting the two-man art show by artists Emilio "Emil" I. Sano, Jr. and his daughter Kalayaan Fe "Kai" Sano, dubbed as "Doon Po Sa Amin" from June 18 to 29, 2012, an art exhibit of paintings and sculptures reminiscent of the artists' memories of home. The show will open with a cocktail reception on June 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM, with special guest Sheila Coronel, Director of Columbia University's Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting.
"Doon Po Sa Amin," literally translated as "Way back home," is a timely component of this year's celebration of 114th Anniversary of Proclamation of the Philippine Independence.
Emil will feature his sculptures and paintings, which reflect memories of characters he encountered while growing up in the Philippines. Emil's sculptures used wood, ceramics, limestone and fiberglass. As in his previous artworks, he uses the principle of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to create his unique form of sculptures. This will be Emil's second exhibit at the Philippine Center; the first being "Sano's Latest Works" in December 2000.
Kai's paintings revolve around a collection of flowers she associated with home and family. From her sampaguita series, to her orchids and gumamela series, Kai rendered her memorable flowers in acrylic in tempered wood and paper. Kai has previously exhibited her paintings at the Elmhurst Hospital as a resident artist and as a student at Columbia University. This is her first time exhibiting at the Philippine Center.
Kalayaan Fe Sano
| School of General Studies class of 2008
Kalayaan Fe Sano is the firstborn of Rowena Chona Sano, a chemical engineer and registered nurse, and Emilio Sano Jr., an artist. As the daughter of an artist, Kai had an early exposure to the art scene while growing up in the Philippines. She was both the assistant and a model in some of her father's artworks. Kai learned to draw and paint from her exposure to her father and grandmother, Fe Isaac-Sano, who was an artist/writer, a nurse and a pioneer Occupational Therapist in the Philippines.
Kai completed her primary and secondary studies at Saint Theresa's College, Quezon City. She started her undergraduate studies at the University of the Philippines in Manila before her family migrated to the United States. They settled in Texas where she achieved her Degree in Nursing with the highest honors. She then moved to New York City to work and advance her studies. While attending Columbia University, she exhibited her works through the Postcrypt Art Gallery. She is currently affiliated with Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, New York where she continues to exhibit her works. Several of her works have been permanently installed in the halls of the institution.