Lyra Garcellano

Manila based artist, Lyra Garcellano’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration to project her hopes and dreams while traversing environments conditioned by social conventions, nationality and gender. Garcellano’s intimate, ethereal portraits embellished with motifs of antique frames or topographical maps, create contemplative moments evoked by the abstract self in space, emphasising the manifestation of memories in our projected selves.

Garcellano was one of three artists featured in the third installation of the BMW Young Artists Series. At STPI, the artists were given the opportunity to explore the print medium and further expand their creative boundaries and produce works that none otherwise could had been achieved alone.“This series has become a springboard for young artists who are going to shape and prescribe the future of contemporary art in Asia,” said Emi Eu, Director, STPI. Chief Curator, Heman Chong adds, “This project steered by co-curators Joselina Cruz and Agung Jennong spanned different geographies and nationalities expanding the creative merits of BMW YAAS.”

BMW Asia has been an active partner in the Singapore government’s efforts to build and nurture a design industry here. Its generous sponsorship and support gave STPI full confidence to forge ahead with this project and help young artists achieve the breakthrough they are looking for. Artists were given free reign to exercise their imagination and explore printmaking as a powerful means of projecting their ideas and visions – as encapsulated in this exhibition.

“Over the past 40 years, BMW has always been supportive towards the sponsorship of cultural programs ranging from architecture and design, classical music and jazz, and most of all, contemporary art. We are pleased to have been able to support Asian artists over the past six years through the BMW Young Asian Artists Series, which has uncovered countless talented artists during this time,” said Mr Sethipong Anutarasoti, Corporate Affairs Director, BMW Group Asia.