Sunday, January 27, 2013

Antipolo: Pinto Art Gallery & Museum

Pinto Art Museum

The Pinto Art Gallery & Museum is one of the most serene and art filled places you can visit in Antipolo, Rizal. Check out my blog post about the inspiring halls, and tranquil scenery of this hidden art sanctuary below. 

(Updated on June 16, 2014)

What makes a place a sanctuary? What gives a person peace? Is it the serene feeling that flows off the land? Is it the sense of security that resounds off the walls? Or is it the fact that time seems to stop as you let your mind wander within its inner workings?

The Pinto Art Gallery & Museum stays true to its name by serving as a doorway into an art sanctuary you wouldn't believe exists in the Philippines. Nestled deep (well not that deep) within the moutains of Antipolo lies a sprawling compound home to numerous white-washed, Mexican-inspired buildings all housing objects from the countries leading contemporary artists of the Philippines.

This sanctuary for the arts was first constructed by Dr. Joven Cuanang and a core group of his artist friends as the mecca for Philippine contemporary art. The location houses around 3 to 4 buildings filled with a vast assortment of paintings, installations, sculptures and many more.

I was honestly amazed by the sheer immensity of it all. I didn't know that a private museum could be this big and be as beautiful as it was large. What's more is that these buildings are enshrouded within a lush and rolling landscape known as the Silangan Gardens.

One afternoon was not enough to explore and appreciate even half of the artworks that Pinto held within its walls. To show you a glimpse of what to expect at the Pinto Art Gallery, I'll let my pictures do the talking.

Ginormous wall paintings collaborated on by numerous artists as well as interesting rock formation installments within one of the main buildings.

Colorful and well maintained gardens hold pathways that lead you to different parts of the museum. The way that the compound was designed was excellent. Even though the interiors were lightly ventilated, the air flow was managed superbly. It was breezy and cool during our entire visit.

I think one of the reasons why the structures around Pinto don't have such humid insides are because of its really high ceilings. This means that as the hot air moves up, it dissipates and allows for a cooler interior environment. Hey, I'm no architect though, so I could be wrong.

One of my favorite pieces was a take on the iconic "Kariton" of the Philippines (above) and some sort of undead, glass skinned lynx pictured below.

You really have to keep an eye open when exploring the place as it's filled with all sorts of hidden rooms with different themes altogether.

Very interesting painting above. Kinda reminds me of Magic: The Gathering.

A more haunting piece called "The Apparition" below.


The structure of Pinto is one of both push and pull. Upon walking the large grounds, the halls filled with art pull you into their welcome shade and then push you out once again into the sunshine in order to show you more of the vast number of art installations scattered around the property.

One such interesting installation was the 'Bamboo Forest' (pictured below). It was one huge and dark room filled with swaying bamboo trees and dotted with crystal clear pools. The entire experience was calming, yet eerie at the same time. Yes, you could hear the calming sounds of nature in the background, but at the same time, the dark corners of the enclosed room felt stifling and dangerously mysterious. (Or that just might be my claustrophobia talking).

There's also a Bizu Cafe (below) on the museum grounds which is only open on weekends. They serve a bunch of snacks like sandwiches and pasta to hungry museum-goers. Pricing is pretty steep since it's a museum though. Food wasn't anything spectacular either.

A very interesting sculpture of a man covered with snails below.

By far, one of the best parts of the museum is the roofdeck. We made it up there just as the sun set over Antipolo's mountains and we were rewarded with a sun-drenched silhouette of the city framed by the rolling landscape of Antipolo.

As I said, one afternoon wasn't even enough to scratch the surface of the gallery. We'll definitely pay a visit to this sanctuary in the days to come.

Update: We visited again sometime in March 2014 and we enjoyed our trip even more. 

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Pinto Art Gallery & Museum Contact Details:

Address: 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Subdivision, 1870, Antipolo Rizal

Address Notes: Pinto can be a little hard to find since it is located INSIDE a subdivision. Check the map below for references. But basically once you get to a subdivision entry gate, you will be asked to pay a entrance fee of Php 20.00 if you are in a private vehicle. Once this happens to you, you are only a street away from Pinto Art Gallery & Museum.

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday. CLOSED ON MONDAYS.

Entrance Fee: PHP 150.00 Regular Ticket // PHP 75.00 Students and Children

Phone Number: (02) 697 1015



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1. Pinto Art Gallery & Museum allows the taking of photographs BUT BUT BUT does not allow flash photography. They also have a separate rate for those who are taking photos at the venue for commercial purposes such as pre-nuptial, engagement shoots and the like. They will accost you at the registration area if they see you bringing in a lot of gear like tripods and lights. (In my experience, I used a tripod but I was getting a lot of funny looks from the guards.)

2. A guided tour can be arranged. Just talk to the people at the registration desk.

3. Parking is on the side of the street where the museum is located. 

4. There is a private area reserved for the owner of the museum on the property. Please be mindful in case you trespass there.