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Remembering Eros Basilio

ArtistSpace presents “Exeunt II,” the fourth solo exhibition of visual artist Eros Basilio.
Eros was preparing for this exhibition when he passed away in January 2017. He was only 60. A memorial exhibition entitled, “Eros Exeunt,” was held for him by his friends from advertising in July 2017 at the Nova Gallery, Makati City.
The word exeunt refers to a stage direction in a play to specify that all or certain names characters leave the stage. As Basilio exits this stage play which we call “life,” he takes with him all the characters and muses he created. This exhibition takes us once again to appreciate the images he painted in his signature technique.
Now, her only daughter, Camille, is giving us a chance to meet these characters once again. She finally makes her father’s dream of having another solo exhibition happen. She will continue to showcase the works of her late father to be appreciated, remembered, and inspire others.
Heraclio Basilio, known as “Eros” to many, was a Filipino visual artist known for his distinct intricate painting technique. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Major in Painting at the University of Santo Tomas where his talent did not go unnoticed. He won 32 awards including a Certificate of Merit from the Art of Association of the Philippines in 1975. He was also a recipient of the university’s prestigious Benavides Outstanding Achievement Award in 1976, and the Alumni Art Achievement Award in 1981.
After graduating from college, he intended to pursue the arts, but the untimely death of his father led him to a more pragmatic decision, eventually landing him a job in advertising. In the industry, he was fondly called the “logo master,” having designed the logos for well-known brands such as Ayala Center, Adobo Magazine, Isuzu Crosswind, SMX Convention Center, One E-Com Center, Ballet Philippines, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Globe Handyphone, San Mig Light Beer, Ramon Magsaysay Transformative Leadership Institute, and many more. He became the creative director for Design at McCann Erickson Philippines, the leading multinational ad agency in the country, but remained a warm and generous individual, always willing to help for a good cause.
Basilio also designed coffee-table books for publisher Muse Books, which reaped awards: The Philippine Arena: A Monument to an Enduring Faith, 150: The Ateneo Way, and a Gold Anvil Award winner, The PNB (Philippine National Bank) Centennial Book.
In 2010, Eros decided to leave advertising and return to his first love, painting. His style is a mix of cubism and figurative realism, using the wash technique to achieve colour transparency in brushstrokes. Renaissance and Gothic architecture are also prominently depicted in some of this works. Later on, he tried integrating female figures as his subjects. Primarily executed in acrylic, Eros’ paintings are distinguished by his trademark colors of ‘Burnt Umber’ and ‘Hooker’s Green.’ He drew inspiration from artists Michael Cheval, Claudio Bravo, Cesar Legaspi, and Vicente Manansala.
Eros mounted three consecutive solo exhibitions at the ArtistSpace of Ayala Museum from 2011 to 2013. Then a two-man show in 2014 with his fellow artist and college friend Jose Tence Ruiz at Kaida Gallery.

“Exeunt II” is on view at the ArtistSpace from February 23 to March 8. ArtistSpace is located at the Ayala Museum Annex, ground level, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Makati City. It is open from Mondays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call or e-mail Camille Basilio at (02) 942-4394, 0908-8850492 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Jane Salvador at (02) 759-8288 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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