Mirror (painting)

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Mirror (190 x 157 cm) is a painting in acrylic by Nestor Vinluan. The shape of the canvas recalls an oval dresser mirror with a wide horizontal base. Painted in 1975, it belongs to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Collection.[1]


The painting, which resembles a mirror with a base, represents a seascape with elaborate corals and sea foam.[1] In the mirror, the heart of the sea at night in all its unconsciousness, mystery, and vastness is reflected. With its ragged border, the top of its frame marks the division between the image of the sea and the real world.

History and context

Mirror was one of the early Filipino artworks to be painted on a shaped canvas. It was a style that was beginning to used by local artists around that time.[1]

It was first shown in the exhibition ‘Paintings by Nestor Vinluan" at the CCP Small Gallery in 1975. It was also included in the exhibit “A Decade of Developmental Art” curated by Ray Albano at the CCP in 1979.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Guillermo, A.G. "Mirror." In CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed., Vol. 4, 261-262. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
  2. Mirror I. Asia Art Archive. Accessed on 20 May 2021.



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