Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian artist born in Manila, Philippines. Cruz is currently living and working in Guelph, Ontario where he is pursuing his Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. He studied painting at the University of the Philippines and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2010. Cruz’s work adopts aesthetic strategies from folk sensibilities such as ornamentation, decoration and patterning as a means of decolonizing the destabilizing force of modernity and its effects on marginalized cultures.
Solo exhibitions include Goose Egg Sanctuary (2015), Pablo, Taguig, Philippines Electronic Birthstone (2014), Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, Canada; Fresh off the boat (2014), Mulitplex, Portland, USA; West coast Maximalist (2013), Sunset Terrace, Vancouver, Canada; Yin Yang Temple (2011), Unit/Pitt, Vancouver, Canada; group exhibitions include Auto Feeling (2015), Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada; Dark Side of the Sun (2013), Art Informal, Mandaluyong, Philippines; Radiation (2014), The Art Center of Chulangkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; Welcome to Sax Island (2012), Or Gallery
Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
Curated by Jenn Jackson