Lucas Artists Fellow

Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan
Photo: Robert Charles
  • RESIDENCY DATES : Mar 28th 2013 to Jun 5th 2013
  • PRACTICE : Visual and Performing Arts
  • FROM : Australia / Philippines

Maria Isabel Gaudinez-Aquilizan and Alfredo Juan Aquilizan, a husband and wife artistic team, were born in the Philippines, in 1965 and 1962 respectively.  They currently reside along with their five children and work in Brisbane, Australia.

Alfredo Aquilizan is an artist of broad sympathies. He draws, paints, sculpts, mixes media, creates assemblages, and initiates installation projects. His work heavily draws on memory of home and country. In undertaking this kind of artistic process, he collaborates with the people around him and forges connections among them. In gathering letters, domestic items, mementoes, baby sweaters, toothbrushes, blankets, and photographs of young people for identification cards, he restores the ecology of art as a system of interaction, mutual critique of differences, and the possibilities of the convergence of communities.

Alfredo Aquilizan earned his fine arts degree from the Philippine Women’s University in 1986 and his master’s from the Polytechnic University, Norwich College of Art in England. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Together with wife Isabel, he has exhibited at biennales/triennials like Venice, Sydney, Gwanju and Singapore among others and has been commissioned by the Tate Liverpool. He taught at the Philippine High School for the Arts and the University of the Philippines at Los Baños.

Isabel Aquilizan is a teacher and artist of the performing arts.  She is a director and actress.  Her engagement with the process of performance and its inherent collaborative possibilities led her to her collaborative partnership with her husband in installations that cross gaps between media and distances. Her role as a mother of five children enables her to intervene in recreating the art of installation as home or habitat that is sustained by housekeeping, child rearing, nurturing, and the collecting of memories.  She completed her degree in Communication Arts at the Assumption in 1986 and taught at the Philippine High School for the Arts.

The Aquilizans’ exhibitions have included solo shows at the Logan Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, in 2008, and the Drawing Room, Manila, the Philippines, in 2006. Group exhibitions include: the Singapore Biennale, Singapore, in 2008; Adelaide Biennial, Australia, in 2008; Biennale of Sydney, Australia, in 2006; and the 50th Biennale of Venice, Italy, in 2003.  The Aquilizans were in residence at Montalvo Arts Center in 2010, at which time they created Dwellings: Project Another Country (Saratoga Hills).