Private Collections is a significant step towards putting back art where it belongs: the everyday life of the common people. This book is a unique resource in presenting a dazzling visual feast of artistic schools of thoughts, ideologies, styles and creative directions in Philippine art from the turn of the century to the contemporary period. Christiane de la Paz systematically and comprehensively makes pleasantly intelligible to the lay reader the nature of collecting: what it is, why collectors collect and the various ways that collecting is done. She skillfully probes into the underlying passions for art that moved each collector toward particular aesthetic preferences and the personal backgrounds that helped shape them.
The greatest value of this book is the way the author weaves together the narratives of the individual collectors search for the artistic "holy grail"-- works of art that they would truly enjoy living with and the stories of the living Filipino artists unending quest for perfection and discovery. Many of the collectors in this book have seriously studied Philippine art history and aesthetics to be able to make wise choices, put order in their collections and understand them better. Ultimately, this book presents a distinctive perspective that private collections have a public destiny. After all, is not human life for a noble rather than an ignoble purpose? What could be more noble than sharing with others what only a privileged few can afford? Private Collections is a first of its kind and a collector s item that readers should find compelling, memorable and rewarding.
Felipe M. de Leon, Jr.
Chairman, Committee on Intangible Heritage, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Professor of Arts Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman --Felipe M. de Leon, Jr. University of the Philippines, Diliman
In many ways, Private Collections is a collection of private collectors. Christiane de la Paz diligently gathers together her interviews of thirty art collectors, most of whom are prominent in their chosen professions and tells thirty stories of passions and visions in collecting paintings and sculptures of contemporary Filipino artists. Not all of them were born rich but their personal decisions to indulge in art collecting are as exciting as their struggles to overcome their economic handicaps or succeed in their business endeavors. This is what marks the significance of the book of Christiane de la Paz in Philippine art studies.
In the process of telling her stories, our assiduous art studies scholar, transforms her biographies into a kind of map that reveals the tastes and interests of art collectors in the Philippines which can guide artists and students of visual arts about artistic standards in the national art scene and help improve the creation and marketing of Philippine contemporary visual arts.
Virgilio S. Almario, Ph. D., National Artist for Literature
Professor of Filipino and Philippine Literature
University of the Philippines, Diliman --Virgilio S. Almario, Ph.D, University of the Philippines, Diliman
The book, Private Collections by Christiane de la Paz is a veritable museum that introduces the reader to the infinite variety of styles and subject matter of Philippine paintings. Her unique contribution to the literature on Philippine visual arts enriches the awareness of readers of the vitality of the work of the painters, sculptors and collectors active in the Philippine art scene. Of course, the book cannot be a substitute for actual contact with artworks but it does educate, in its own way, the knowledge and taste of the readers which is the paramount reason of the book.
Bienvenido L. Lumbera, Ph. D., National Artist for Literature
Professor Emeritus of Filipino and Philippine Literature
University of the Philippines, Diliman --Bienvenido L. Lumbera, Ph.D., University of the Philippines, Diliman
Christiane de la Paz is the director of marketing and communications of EACOMM Corporation and also sits as a director for Elisha Telecoms of the United Kingdom. She has over five years of experience in marketing research and content writing prior to joining EACOMM Corporation in 2001.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Research from the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication and a minor in Educational Psychology from the UP College of Education.
Christiane de la Paz is also the managing director of artesdelasfilipinas.com