Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian artist and organizer working between Vancouver, Toronto and Manila, Philippines. Cruz studied painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman and received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an MFA at the University of Guelph.
Driven by folk sentiment, his multi-disciplinary practise is informed by his interest in cultural hybridity, bio-politics and the paradoxical effects of globalization. Through his exuberant maximalist oeuvre, Cruz construes the notion of ornament and excess as a strategy of re-enchantment and destabilization.
Cruz is the founder of the Kamias Triennial in Quezon City, Philippines; an educational weeklong event that serves as a platform for cross-cultural exchange. In 2015, Cruz won the national title for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.
Solo exhibitions include Low class minimalism and the gentrified amateur (2016), Projet Pangeé,
Montreal, Canada; Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of paradise) (2016), Centre A, Vancouver, Canada;
Goose Egg Sanctuary (2015), Pablo, Taguig, Philippines; Electronic Birthstone (2014), Dynamo Arts
Association, Vancouver, Canada; Fresh off the boat (2014), Mulitplex, Portland, USA; West coast
Maximalist (2013), Sunset Terrace, Vancouver, Canada; Yin Yang Temple (2011), Unit/Pitt, Vancouver, Canada.
Group exhibitions include Survival Guide (2016), Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; and, something like fire dancing (2016), Susan Hobbs, Toronto, Canada; Auto Feeling (2015), Katzman
Contemporary, Toronto, Canada; Material Art Fair (2016), Mexico City, Mexico; Dark Side of the Sun
(2013), Art Informal, Mandaluyong, Philippines; Radiation (2014), The Art Center of Chulangkorn
University, Bangkok, Thailand; Welcome to Sax Island (2012), Or Gallery Berlin, Berlin, Germany and
Collage Drop Outs (2011), Finale Art File, Makati, Philippines.