Ex-solon turned painter Sal Ponce Enrile returns to Art Basel Miami ‘19

/ 10:10 AM December 03, 2019

Painter Sal Ponce Enrile. CONTRIBUTED

MIAMI — Former Philippine legislator turned painter Sal Ponce Enrile will represent Filipino artistry once again in the international stage at the 2019 Art Basel Miami Beach Fair in Miami, Florida on December 4–8.

Art Basel Miami Beach is North America’s most comprehensive international contemporary art fair with over 268 galleries from 35 countries showcasing works by more than 4,000 artists.


Known by her pseudonym as an artist, “Sal,” three of her works will be displayed under the Red Dot Miami exhibition, one of Art Basel Miami’s leading satellite shows. The event attracts over 38,000 visitors, a majority of whom are high-net-worth collectors.

Sal’s paintings namely “Village,” “Dreamers,” and “Redemption,” will be displayed at booth number 315, Art Basel (Red Dot) in Miami.


“Redemption” is the result of purging all negativity that I initially experienced as an emerging artist,” Sal said. “As I was planning my first solo exhibit, I approached several galleries and realized it was difficult to penetrate the local art scene. I was rejected by several galleries, so I decided to try my luck abroad, which worked out for me.”

She added, “I painted ‘Redemption’ while encouraging myself not to give up, hoping that this artwork would someday be my redeeming piece. ‘Redemption’ turned out to be the favorite of my audience in my first solo show, and it was selected as one of the pieces for Art Basel Miami show. I have been keeping “Redemption” for myself since it holds so much meaning and personal value to me. I poured out all my frustrations and disappointments on this piece of work.”

Since its inception in 2006, Red Dot Miami has become one of the leading satellite shows during The Art Basel Miami Beach fair and Miami Art Week.

Last April 2019, Agora Gallery New York selected Sal to exhibit her works in the highly prestigious Artexpo New York, the art event that shapes trends in art galleries worldwide.

Her paintings have been displayed in private collections in Manila, Germany, New York, Dubai, Rome, Milano, California, Tokyo, Zurich and Marbella. Sal is an artist-in-residence at Rossocinabro Gallery, Rome, and is represented by Dragon Art (dragonart.io). Proceeds of her works go to charities she’s supporting.


To view more of Sal’s work, you can visit her website at salponceenrile.com or follow her on Social Media via Instagram @salponceenrile, and Facebook at www.fb.com/SalPonceEnrile/.

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