Charles Buenconsejo


Why do you take and create images?

I did not create these images. They’re already there, and I just capture and highlight particular fragments of time to present an idea.

How do you define your photographic/artistic body of work? What subjects do you often explore in your work?

My works are mostly questions about contemporary culture and my journey as an artist. The common themes in my works are just representations of what are in front of us everyday, which are complexity, repetition, process, illusion, paradox and space and time.

What motivates your work?

The search for the truth and the desire to reveal something motivate me.

What relationship does your work have with reality?

It’s a copy of reality. It’s just a representation and not the original. For me, reality is something that cannot be seen.

For you, what is the purpose of art?

My personal purpose for art is to question the reality and reveal the mystic truths, but it could be everything or nothing, depending on how you view art.

How do you want the public to respond to your work? Do you have a particular audience in mind?

I don’t have a particular audience because I have no control over them. They’re free to react, distort or interpret my work.

What is your training? Were you trained as a photographer?

I studied Fine Arts when I was in college, but I did not receive any formal training in photography. My father, who was a commercial photographer, taught me how to use the camera and helped me understand the principles of photography.

How do you define your actual professional situation? What are your expectations?

As an artist, I just want to live, experience the moments in my life, express my feelings, share my thoughts and master my craft.

It’s hard to live off art. Does this affect you and your work?

It’s true that it’s hard to live off art. It affects me in a way because I still need to do commercial works on top of my art practice for practical reasons. Because of this, my time is divided instead of spending my time doing what I love the most, which is to make art.

Have you worked with gallerists, curators, institutions and other art professionals? Can you discuss more about this particular relationship?

Yes, I have already worked with these types of art professionals and am happy and grateful with the various types of support that they have extended to me—whether financially, logistically, etc.

In your opinion, what is the current state of contemporary photography in the Philippines?

I think the current state of photography in the Philippines is the same with the rest of the world. In such a way that photography is already part of our everyday lives since the camera is already accessible to all. Anyone can already be a photographer nowadays.

How do you want contemporary photography to develop in the Philippines?

I just want photography in the Philippines to develop on its own. I don’t feel the need to do anything because developments are already rapidly happening right now due to technology. It just evolves on its own even if we do nothing.



Name: Charles Buenconsejo

Location: Lives and works in Pasig City, Philippines and Auckland, New Zealand.




2002-2005 (Fine Arts), (Painting), (University of the Philippines), (Cebu, Philippines)

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2015 (Shortlisted) (Ateneo Art Awards), Philippines
  • 2014 (Winner) (Ateneo Art Awards), Philippines
  • 2013 (Winner) (Ateneo Art Awards), Philippines
  • 2005 (2 Grand Prizes, First Prize) (Art Petron), Philippines
  • 2004 (Grand Prize, First Prize) (Art Petron), Philippines



Solo shows:

  • 2016 (Name, Kind, Application, Date Last Opened, Date Added, Date Modified, Date Created, Size, Tags), (Art Informal), location (San Juan City, Philippines)
  • 2015 (Relative Nothing), (Ateneo Art Gallery, location (Quezon Ciy, Philippines)
  • 2015 (Relative Nothing), (La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, location (Bendigo, Australia)
  • 2014 (The Way Up and The Way Down), (Blanc Gallery, location (Quezon City, Philippines)
  • 2014 (Unending Void), (Art Informal, location (San Juan City, Philippines)
  • 2013 (Destination Unknown), (West Gallery, location (Quezon City, Philippines)
  • 2012 (Reality is a Hologram), (Art Informal, location (San Juan City, Philippines)


Group shows:

  • 2016 (The Philippine Contemporary: To Scale the Past and the Possible), (The Metropolitan Museum of Manila), location (Manila City, Philippines)
  • 2016 (Art Fair Philippines), (The Link), location (Makati City, Philippines)
  • 2015 (Ateneo Art Awards), (Ateneo Art Gallery), location (Quezon City, Philippines)
  • 2015 (Art Fair Philippines), (The Link), location (Makati City, Philippines)
  • 2014 (Bookends), (Blanc Gallery), location (Quezon City, Philippines)
  • 2014 (Before and After), (West Gallery), location (Quezon City, Philippines)
  • 2014 (Ateneo Art Awards), (Ateneo Art Gallery), location (Quezon City, Philippines)
  • 2014 (Table Top), (Altro Mondo), location (Makati City, Philippines)
  • 2013 (Ateneo Art Awards), (Ateneo Art Gallery), location (Quezon City, Philippines)
  • 2013 (Stills), (Blanc Gallery), location (Quezon City, Philippines)
  • 2012 (Sea, Sun and Sky), (Heima), location (Makati City, Philippines)
  • 2011 (Untitled Photographs), (Bliss on Bliss Studio), location (New York, USA)
  • 2011 (20th Sosabeol International Art Expo), (Flame Show 2011), location (South Korea)
  • 2011 (It Doesn’t Snow in Manila), (Art Informal), location (San Juan City, Philippines)
  • 2011 (Good Night, Sleepless Night), (Descry Gallery), location (San Francisco, USA)
  • 2011 (FFFF Exhibit), (Blanc Gallery), location (Mandaluyong City, Philippines)
  • 2011 (Hats On, Bottoms Off), (Blanc Gallery), location (Mandaluyong City, Philippines)
  • 2010 (Polaroid Pogo Exhibit), (SM Megamall), location (Mandaluyong City, Philippines)
  • 2009 (Spoils of Love: Imagine the Silence), (Greenbelt 5), location (Makati City, Philippines)