Olie Olivete’s mixed media works are curious explorations on the interplay of objects as medium and their translation into objects that transcend the conception of an ornament. His works, made of found objects and wood and tile mosaic, are graphic figurative forms that reveal his work as an illustrator, creating the character that gives his artwork its story.
The making of these objects come from a “Bathala na” psychology, roughly translated as an amalgamation of hard work, intent, accident, and circumstance. It complements an on-going interest on “play” and “youth” in his recent pieces that include interactive juvenalia. His last solo exhibition, Pagkabilang ng 3… nakatago na kayo: “Laro Tayo”, was presented at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery in Manila in 2020.