Di Legno Gallery is pleased to present Online show "Bahala Na". Akin to the Spanish Que Sera, Sera and the English whatever happens, happens, the Tagalog Bahala Na is, at first glance, a simple, albeit fatalistic, phrase.
Akin to the Spanish Que Sera, Sera and the English whatever happens, happens, the Tagalog Bahala Na is, at first glance, a simple, albeit fatalistic, phrase. However, the term bahala na encompasses much more meaning beyond that. With the phrase deriving its roots from the word bathala, meaning “God”, this linguistic expression signifies leaving something, or someone, in the care of God. No longer is bahala na a hallmark of pessimism; rather, bahala na shows an optimism in life as people entrust their fates to God. Over time, this attitude has become a philosophy of life deeply grounded in the Filipino psyche.
Through his art, Wipo depicts the bahala na of action. The semifinalist of the 2017 Metrobank Art and Design Competition and a participant of multiple exhibitions across Asia, Wipo fuses the bahala na attitude with contemporary visual art techniques to produce art that sifts between reality and surrealism. If one observes closely, there is almost an irony in each piece, with Wipo’s bold and dramatic strokes contradicting with the portrayal of leaving one’s fate to God. Yet, Wipo masterfully reconciles this conflict by displaying how his serendipitous and dynamic style of expression all fall into a perfect mix of chaos and cohesion. Truly, Wipo displays how our actions can be entrusted to God.