A dreamy exhibit by Mav

When I first heard about it, Conrad Manila’s long-running series entitled “Of Art and Wine” sounded right up my alley. It brought two of my favorite things together — now even more so, as it featured the art of the oh-so-talented Maria Victoria “Mav” Rufino. For this collection, her works made with watercolor and mixed media were the stuff of dreams. This was her 19th solo exhibit, and it had a befitting title — “Scintilla: Dreamscapes.”

Artist Marivic Rufino with the beneficiaries Child Protection Network, Katrina Legarda and Dr. Bernadette Madrid
Mia Borromeo with Daily Tribune columnists, Edu Jarque and Jojo Silvestre
Angola Consul, Helen Ong and Ching Cruz
Austria Ambassador, Johann Brieger and Roswitha Brieger
Charisse Chuidian and Consul General of Monaco, Fortune Ledesma
Dr. Ruby and Panchito Lopez Puckett, Bettina Lopez Osmeña
Elizabeth Sy and Consul Amelia Ablaza
Gina Roxas, Pedro Roxas, Lizzie Zobel and Marilu Batchelor
Irene Wicklein and Ambassador Of Malaysia, Abdul Castellino
Kourtney Camcam and KitKat Zobel
Mica Arroyo and Former President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
National Artist, Alice Reyes
Nedy Tantoco and Patrick Jacinto
Thailand Ambassador, Tull Traisorrat and Senator Cynthia Villar
USA Ambassador, MaryKay Carlson and Tessie Coson Sy
Chito Vijandre, the columnist and Ricky Toledo.

Her nature-filled depictions and soothing strokes were like therapy for the eyes and soul. During the exhibit launch, she talked about how nature inspired her. 

She said, “I hope that my paintings will bring peace, love and compassion to the hearts of the viewers.” 

I’m no art critic, but as a patron of the arts, I can say that she expressed her intentions well with this collection. Every piece felt calming, inviting and familiar, but there was also something surreal about them at the same time. Like it takes you someplace far off. Or am I just thinking about the places this collection has been to? They’ve been a part of exhibits in the beautiful cities of San Francisco, Madrid and Paris. Impressive, either way.

As she’s always done, Mav shares part of the proceeds from her exhibits with foundations aligned with her personal advocacies: environmental care and the support of abused women and children. This particular one goes to the Child Protection Network and to the Marian Missionaries of the Philippines. Bravo, dear Mav! What a beautiful body of work for an equally beautiful purpose. Cheers to you!