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The Spirit that Dwells Within

The United States

Victoria Alba

SANTIAGO BOSE, Handsome Tamer, 1999, mixed media, 193 × 201 cm.

Artists Santiago Bose and Carlos Villa were born and raised, and currently live, on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean: Bose is a Filipino from Baguio City in the Philippine highlands, and Villa is a Filipino-American from San Francisco. Yet in 'The Spirit that Dwells Within', an exhibition at the aptly named Pacific Bridge gallery in Oakland, California, in 2000, they demonstrated surprisingly complementary sensibilities.

While the two artists only recently…

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