Toym Leon Imao
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Artist Statement

Toym Imao is a distinguished trailblazer in the field of Philippine art. A scupltor and painter, Toym, as he is known to friends, has a huge, ever growing sculptural portfolio. Recognized for his provocative sense of aesthetics, Toym has received many awards, among them the top prize of the Instituto Cervantes’ letras y figuras competition and the Remy Martin National Mural competition. Toym's workscan be found in numerous locations in the Philippines, in many Philippine embassies abroad and in localities such as Los Angeles, California and Vietnam. Evident in Toym's historical renditions is the depth of the research that goes in his creations. A voracious reader and an avid researcher, Toym takes particular delight in ferreting out little known facts and incorporating them in his sculptural reliefs like The Andres Bonifacio National Shrine, The Dagohoy Rebellion, The Moro Wars, The Battle of Quingua, Battle of Mabitac, to name a few. Toym was recently chosen as a Fulbright Nominee for 2010.

Artist Web Site
http://toymimao.com
Exhibition History at Gallery 456
2012Indiosyncracies
Works & History
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Abdulmari Asia Imao’s Visual Journey, Eid’l Fitr Festival 2016, SM The Block,
Quezon City
Casa Fuego. Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco, Cultural Center of the Philippines
The Fright to Fight or Flight with Freights of Plights (San Daimos). University of
the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
2015 Carriage of Couple’s Copious Conjugal Cupboard of Curios, Cops, Cuffs
and Corpses (Mazinger Z), OpenSpace, Ayala Museum, Makati City
Desparecidos: Memorializing Absence, Remembering the Disappeared.
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
AlterNOTION + AlterNATION: Alternative Imagi(ni)ng of History. Bulwagang
Carlos V. Francisco, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
2015 Last, Lost, Lust for Four Forgotten Episodes (Voltes V), improved and expanded,
OpenSpace, Ayala Museum, Makati City
Coping with a Couple’s Copious Conjugal Cupboard of Curios, Cops, Cuffs
and Corpses (Mazinger Z), University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
Abdulmari Asia Imao’s Visual Journey, Museo Pambata, Manila City
2014 Last, Lost, Lust for Four Episodes (Voltes V), in commemoration of the 42nd
anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
2013 Head of State in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Andres
Bonifacio, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 My City, My SM, My Art, SM City Cagayan de Oro
Sansó: Setting the Stage, Ayala Museum, Makati City
Department of Foreign Affairs Diplomats Reception and Exhibition, SM Aura,
Taguig City
Eid’l Fitr, Galerie Joaquin, The Podium, Quezon City
Creative Alliance Resident Reunion Exhibition. The Creative Alliance,
Baltimore, MD.
Desaprecidos: Memorializing Absence, Remembering the Disappeared.
EDSA 30 Experiential Museum
"Curiosities" by Galerie Stephanie featuring the "Pop A-Peel" series. Art Fair
Philippines, Makati City
2015 Open Ends, The Lopez Museum, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines
Tres Hombres y Tres Mujeres, Alveo Corporate Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
A National Artist’s Visual Journey, Museo Pambata, Manila
Colors of Peace, featuring National Artist Abdumari A. Imao with tribute works by
Toym Imao, GSIS Museum, Pasay City
Art in Rockwell, Galerie Joaquin, Power Plant Mall, Makati City
Lent, Galerie Raphael, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Chinese New Year, Galerie Joaquin, Power Plant Mall, Makati City
2014 Eid’l Fitr, Galerie Joaquin, The Podium, Quezon City
ManilArt, Art Underground, SM Aura, Taguig
2013 Art Filipino: Works by Master Artists. Asian Arts and Culture Center, Towson
University, Towson, MD
Galaxy Cream. The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
Grounded, The Lopez Museum, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines
Into the Woods, The Manila Contemporary, White Space, Makati City, Philippines
New Acquisitions, Donations to the UP Art Collection, Bulwagan ng Dangal,
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Pop Effects, The John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Arundel Community
College, Arnold, MD
Eid’l Fitr 2013, Galerie Joaquin, SM North, Quezon City
ManilArt 2013, Galerie Nicolas, SM Aura, Taguig
2012 Let’s Do That Again, The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
Beyond the Frame, The Contemporary Wing, Washington DC
Imao 3, Galeria Roces, Casa Roces, Manila City, Philippines
2012 Body as Monument, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
Academy 2012 Invitational, Connersmith, Washington DC
Off the Rails, Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Indiosyncracies, Gallery 456, Chinese Chamber of Commerce Gallery, Soho, NY
2011 Rhinocuts, Fox Gallery 3, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1st Year Spring Show, Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art,
Baltimore, MD
Rizal or Bust, Celestina Showroom, Glorietta, Makati City, Philippines
2010 Sum Condiments, Fox Gallery 3, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD