Hail to the queens!

‘Reyna Himari,’ mixed media (acrylic, spray paint, ink and marker) on canvas, 31.5 by 23.6 inches. | PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF ALTROMONDO

In his very first solo exhibition, Reyna! die koniginnen, Harold Khan pays homage to the formidable essence of femininity. Drawing from a wealth of experiences spanning cultures and continents, Khan’s canvases pulse with the vibrant energy of women from diverse backgrounds.

Each painting in the series is a testament to Khan’s encounters with women of various nationalities, echoing his Singaporean heritage, Philippine roots and fascination with cultures from Thailand to Japan.

‘Reyna Hirang,’ mixed media (acrylic, spray paint, ink and marker) on canvas, 31.5 by 23.6 inches, 2024.

Among the exhibit’s pieces stand warrior queens exuding strength, honor and pride, symbolizing the inherent patriotism and valor within every woman. The crowning jewel of the exhibition is Khan’s interpretation of the Diwata, a majestic figure deeply rooted in Filipino mythology and folklore.

Through bold strokes and a kaleidoscope of hues and textures, Khan invites viewers into a realm where femininity transcends boundaries, celebrating the multifaceted nature of womanhood.

Reyna! die koniginnen runs from 24 February to 16 March at Altro Mondo Creative Space, located at 1159 Chino Roces Avenue, San Antonio, Makati City. It is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 632-7501-3270 or visit altromondo.ph.