Vongarde offers art for the public north of Metro Manila, bringing in both the visions of fresh raconteurs and renowned masters of Philippine Art to enthusiasts and connoisseurs from all walks of life. Initially established along Katipunan Avenue in 2016, the gallery reopened its doors in October 2019 at SM North EDSA as a reinvigorated space for exhibits, discussion, and learning.
Vongarde’s vision embraces the thriving community of art lovers through interaction and dialogue with insights and context of the works in the local and international scene. By enriching the visitor’s literacy on the art, the gallery encourages a deeper appreciation within the general audience and informed acquisitions for its clientele. To discerning collectors, Vongarde offers consultancy services for their buying and selling needs.
The gallery is also dedicated to fuelling the growth of local contemporary artists whose visions embody diverse perspectives of the generation’s zeitgeist. Through representation and promotions within and outside the country, Vongarde assists in the artists’ development and seeks to bolster the standing of Filipino artists in the international market. Among its activities will be its participation in the 2020 Tokyo International Art Fair, with plans to foster budding talents through atelier workshops in the near future.
Behind Vongarde is Dan Villacruel, among the youngest gallerists in the country. Born and raised within the art-steeped enclave of Angono, Rizal, he trained as an artist under the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts. The dearth of art managers and opportunities for young but unknown talents compelled him to eventually create an accessible art space that primarily catered to that necessity.
In bridging the gap between artists and art enthusiasts, Vongarde works holistically in reinforcing art for the everyman and in strengthening Philippine art’s unique and dynamic position in the current scene.