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b. 1984, Malabon City, Manila, Philippines


Jigger Cruz graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Far Eastern University, Manila and also trained at the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde before pursuing a full-time career as a painter. The artist has been listed in international auction houses around the world, and has exhibited in both solo and group shows locally and internationally, from the Philippines to Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, and the United States.  His work can be found in multiple public collections, including The Dikeou Collection, Denver, CO, USA; Guggenheim Museum, NY, USA; Saatchi Collection, London, UK; and Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK.


Cruz’s art practice is characterized by his idea to play with defacement and vandalization, making use of oil colour, spray paint and rough interventions directly on the canvases, which are sometimes burned and, in some cases, even cut. Each artwork is created by the artist from a canvas previously painted, where he copied the Flemish and Post-Renaissance masters. Apparently, without a logical scheme, Cruz applies layer by layer the dense oil colour, not only hiding, but rather mystifying the classical backdrop. In this way, the artist explores, through his artworks, the deep relationship between the canvas and its meaning, past and present, figuration and abstraction. The figures of the classical paintings that transpire below, remind the viewer of the painstaking pictorial activity and the art historical baggage of the contemporary painter.


Resembling Utopia: Jigger Cruz Solo Exhibition

Curated by Michela Sena

3.20 - 4.30, 2023

​Hong Kong

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A New Sense of Identity

Heri Dono, Jigger Cruz, Luis Lorenzana, Manuel Ocampo, Niam Mawornkanong, Oky Rey Montha, Yunizar

Curated by Michela Sena

9.22 - 10.31, 2022

​Hong Kong

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Group show: Falling

Andres Barrioquinto / Marla Bendini / Jigger Cruz / Ayka Go / Gongkan / Faris Heizer / Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit / Geraldine Javier / Sakarin Krue- On / Dinh Q Lê / Mit Jai Inn / Raffy Napay / Kitti Narod / Eko Nugroho / Kim Oliveros / Wedhar Riayadi / Wedhar Riyadi / Luis Antonio Santos / Rodel Tapaya / Khairulddin Wahab /  Entang Wiharso / Shen Jiaqi / Pannaphan Yodmanee / Yunizar

12.18, 2021 - 1.15, 2022

Beijing 2nd Space

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Paradigmal Traps: Jigger Cruz Solo Exhibition

Curated by Michela Sena

7.1 - 7.25, 2021


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Selected Works
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