Known for his vulgar depictions of social life, Robert Langenegger's paintings are loaded with a kind of psychological violence reflective of the social deformities he perceives of his home city, Manila. The crass, the lewd, the gross and other harsh aspects find a home on his canvases - the artist' scomic-style treatment, dark humour and fearless honesty establishing a temperament hospitable to their existence where otherwise they would be concealed. Langenegger's work reveals a profound detachment to, and even contempt for, acceptable appearances and conventional codes of conduct. Its gaze is equalizing in nature and cuts across man-made hierarchies to expose hypocrisies. Not simply proselytizing about morality's end, its pursuit is to visually encompass the often brutal, horrific and unspeakable truths about ourselves, within which may still enfold a mangled beauty or redemptive intensity.Read more
Langenegger started exhibiting at the alternative art spaces Big Sky Mind (2003) and Future Prospects (2005) and studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Diliman from 2004-5. He has had numerous solo shows in Manila since 2006, and also in Paris (2009) and Graz, Austria (2011). He has participated in group shows in Freies Museum, Berlinand Queens Museum of Art, New York, as well as in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Sydney, and was a finalist in the 2008 Sovereign Asian Art Prize.