Restriction in Abstraction
Cebu-born artist Liao was molded from the existing art masters from his hometown, the likes of Galicano, Sym, and Abellana, but he sought to break the classical form and employ expression through abstract art. His journey brought him to the Manila art scene, where he was exposed to contemporaries and new art movements. But his turning point would come in the artisitc inspiration from Lao Lian Ben’s works. The discipline in abstract comes from restraint, and Liao takes the craft to greater heights. The distillation of the subject rendered deliberately, sparingly, has ultimately become Liao’s signature expression.