John Alexis Balaguer

John Alexis Balaguer

Instructor in Fine Arts


John Alexis B. Balaguer, MA Cand. is an Instructor of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines – Baguio. He is an independent curator, critic, and artist. He is the founder of Curare Art Space, and received the Loyola Schools Award for the Arts in 2012, the Purita Kalaw Ledesma Award for Art Criticism in 2019, and was the researcher of the heritage project which was awarded the Philippine Heritage Award for Adaptive Reuse in 2021. He currently contributes art writing and criticism to Art Asia Pacific magazine, and

AB Communication (Film and Media Studies), Ateneo de Manila University
Minor in Creative Writing (Poetry), Ateneo de Manila University

ARTS 1 (Critical Perspectives in the Arts)

Museums and Institutions
Art Writing & Criticism
Contemporary Curation
Modern to Contemporary Philippine Art


Books and Book Chapters

  • Fernando Zobel Catalogue Raisonne (2019), Researcher
  • Arturo Luz: First Light (2018), Researcher & Writer
  • Fujian Ware Found in the Philippines (2018), Researcher & Writer
  • Alfonso Ossorio: A Survey (2017), Researcher & Writer
  • Art & Family: The Asuncion Legacy (2016), Researcher & Writer
  • Ayala Museum Magazine: Sensorium (2019), Managing Editor
  • Ayala Museum Magazine: Those Who Dare (2018), Managing Editor
  • Ayala Museum Magazine: Object / Subject (2017), Managing Editor
  • Ayala Museum Magazine: Dialogues (2017), Managing Editor
  • Ayala Museum Magazine: Views (2017), Writer
  • Ayala Museum Magazine: Storytellers (2016), Writer
  • Ayala Museum Magazine: Roots (2016), Writer
  • Ayala Museum Magazine: No.2 (2016), Writer
  • Ayala Museum Magazine: The First Issue (2015), Writer

Short Communications

  • Review: More Light Than Heat, Lesley Anne Cao and Lao Lianben, Calle Wright | Online, Art Asia Pacific, (Oct 2019)
  • Review: Normal Scheduling will Resume Shortly, Poklong Anading, CCP | Issue 116, Art Asia Pacific, (November-December 2019)
  • 2020 Almanac, Philippines Entry, Art Asia Pacific, (January 2020)
  • Review: Equation of State, Martha Atienza, Silverlens | Issue 117, Art Asia Pacific, (March-April 2020)
  • Profiles: Joven Cuanang | Issue 119, Art Asia Pacific, (July-August 2020)
  • Review: Unusual Tranquility, Archie Oclos, et al., Vinyl on Vinyl | Issue 120, Art Asia Pacific, (September-October 2020)
  • Where I Work: Norberto Roldan | Issue 120, Art Asia Pacific, (September-October 2020)
  • 2021 Almanac, Philippines entry, Art Asia Pacific, (January 2021)
  • Review: Striking Affinities, Santiago Bose, Silverlens, Art Asia Pacific, (April 2021)
  • Review: Throw, Hide, & Twist, Joe “JoeBau” Bautista, Art Asia Pacific, (August 2021)
  • Art Market Report: Art Fair Philippines 2022, Art Asia Pacific, (April 2022)
  • Interview: The Philippine Pavilion at Venice Biennale, Gerry Tan, Fe Prudente, and Yael Buencamino,, 2022
  • Review: Thirteen Artists Awards Exhibit, Cultural Center of the Philippines,, 2022
  • Annual Report: 2021 Arts and Culture Review (Philippines),, 2021
  • Profile: Mayumi Hirano of Load na Dito,, 2021
  • Review: To put, to gather, and to put together, Shanna Orencio, Pinto Museum,, 2021
  • Interview: Jo Tanierla, Pagburo-Pag-alsa, Vargas Museum,, 2021
  • Review: Nature is Never Spent, Jason Dy SJ, Vargas Museum,, 2021
  • Review: Repetitio, Celeste Lecaroz, 1335 Mabini,, 2021
  • Review: The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga, Jake Verzosa, Silverlens,, 2021
  • Interview: Tenten Mina, Doers,, 2021
  • Featured: John Alexis Balaguer, Heirlooms,, 2021
  • Featured: Curare Art Space, Changemakers, No. 1,, 2020
  • Featured: John Alexis Balaguer, No. 1, Vol. 2,, 2017

Conference Presentations

  • Roundtable: Visualizing Histories, The Museum Collective (2021)
  • Art Talks: Art and Abodes, The Manila Bang Show (2021)
  • ArtSpeak: Doktor Karayom & Archie Oclos in Conversation with John Alexis Balaguer, Ateneo Art Gallery (2019)
  • Agora: A Roundtable Discussion with Arts Professionals and their Practice, Benilde Arts Management (2019)
  • Promoting the Value of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the Attention Economy, Monday Studies, Ayala Museum (2019)
  • ALAM: Information for All, UP Library Science Alumni Association (2019)


  • Fellow, Curatorial Development Workshop, Issued by Japan Foundation, Vargas Museum · Jan 2022
  • National Heritage Awards – Built Heritage (Head of Research) Issued by Office of the President of the Philippines, National Commission of Culture and the Arts · Sep 2021
  • Winner, Purita Kalaw Ledesma Award for Art Criticism, Issued by Ateneo Art Gallery · Jan 2019
  • Fellow, Curatorial Development Workshop, Vargas Museum, Issued by Japan Foundation · Jan 2018
  • Fellow, Curatorial Mentorship Program with Agustín Pérez Rubio, Bellas Artes Projects, Issued by Bellas Artes Projects · Jan 2018
  • Awardee, Loyola Schools Award for the Arts Award for Illustration, Issued by Ateneo de Manila University · Jan 2012


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