Manila’s Silverlens Art Gallery opens in New York

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NEW YORK — After establishing Silverlens in Manila and growing the business for 18 years, former New Yorker Isa Lorenzo and her partner Rachel Rillo are now making the Big Apple their second art gallery.


Located in the heart of Chelsea’s arts district, the new 2,500 square foot Silverlens Gallery has opened with an exhibition of artists from Southeast Asia, including a Filipino.

“Our goal is to shine a light on underrepresented communities or minorities [that are] artists, especially since so much of the population here in America is a migrant population,” Lorenzo said.


“We realized that a lot of our audience was starting to come from here, from America,” Rillo added.


Silverlens is also a provider of digital video art that explores stories of migration, labor and the environment.

Lorenzo quoted one of his star artists, Martha Atienza, who hails from Bantayan Island north of Cebu.

“His work is really about the community and how to help Filipino fishermen express themselves,” she said.

With its hard-earned recognition as one of Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary art galleries, the opening of Silverlens has attracted the who’s who of the Fil-Am community to New York, bringing them one step closer to their goal to bring their artists to the world stage.

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