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Alternative Imagi(ni)ng of History

July 4 - 26, 2015
Bulwagang Carlos P. Francisco
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Pasay City

Photo by Tom Esguerra

TOYM IMAO is a storyteller and multi-media artist. He is a sculptor and painter in both classical and contemporary styles, a writer and a filmmaker. He first trained in the arts under Philippine National Artists for the Visual Arts Napoleon V. Abueva and Abdulmari Asia Imao (his father). His formal training came from the University of the Philippines (B.S. Architecture, Masters in Fine Arts) and Maryland Institute College of Arts (M.A. Sculpture) under a Fulbright Scholarship. He studied film and apprenticed under premier Philippine director Marilou Diaz-Abaya. He credits his mentor National Artist for Literature for his passion for Philippine history and culture.

He is the recipient of Most Outstanding Capampangan Award for Achievement in the Field of Sculpture, given by the Provincial Government of Pampanga in 2003; the Gawad Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan (Sculpture) given by the City of Manila in 2010; and the Gawad Parangal para sa Sining sa Larangan ng Eskultura by Quezon City in 2012. He has recently been cited for Best Production Design (New Breed Category) in the 10th Cinemalaya Film Festival (2014) for "K'na the Dreamweaver".

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