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Contemporary Realism: Works from The Art Renewal Center

Randalf Dilla


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March 16, 07:40 PM GMT


6,000 - 8,000 USD

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Contemporary Realism: Works from The Art Renewal Center

Randalf Dilla

b. 1986


signed Randalf Dilla and dated 2018 (lower left)

oil on canvas

24 by 36 in.

61 by 91 cm.

Executed in 2018.

Rehs Contemporary Galleries, New York

Private Collection, United States (acquired from the above in 2018)

Art Renewal Center

Bella Harris, “The Modern Muse @ Rehs Contemporary Galleries”, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, October 19, 2018, illustrated

Various authors, “International Realism: 14th International ARC Salon”, ACC Art Books, Woodbridge, 2020, illustrated, p. 228

New York, Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., The Modern Muse, 2018

Barcelona, Spain, European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), 14th International ARC Salon Exhibition, 2019 - 2020

New York, Sotheby’s, 14th International Virtual ARC Salon Exhibition” (Online Exhibition), 2020

Born in the Philippines in 1986, painter Randalf Dilla is a well-known artist in his home country and abroad. Dilla has received critical recognition for his evocative figurative paintings and unique aesthetic vision. His work probes a multiplicity of themes, from history and culture, to politics and the quest for life. His complex compositions and ability to capture movement are hallmarks of his work.

Following completion of his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from FEATI University in 2008, Dilla was awarded artist residencies in the United States, Belgium, and Germany. Since then, he has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including at venues such as Rehs Contemporary Galleries in New York City, Sotheby’s Los Angeles, the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, the “Biwako Biennale International Art Festival Omihachiman” in Japan, the “Asia Contemporary Art Show” in Hong Kong, the “Qingdao International Art Show“ in China, and the “Seoul International Art Festival” in South Korea. Dilla’s paintings appear in prominent collections both nationally and internationally, and he is recognized as one of the most distinguished and awarded artists in the history of the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon Competition. Additionally, Dilla has been featured in several art publications in the Philippines and abroad, including PoetsArtists Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, and Hi-Fructose Magazine, among others.

The Art Renewal Center (ARC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational foundation, founded in 1999, and dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of representational art and training techniques. ARC is the foremost and only vetting service for atelier and academy schools that focus on skill-based art methods, like those practiced by the Old Masters, while also incorporating modern day necessities, ensuring that the curriculum and quality of teacher and student’s work meet its strict standards to become ARC Approved™. The Art Renewal Center also holds the largest competition in the world dedicated to representational art, with its last competition receiving 5,000 entries from 83 countries and spanning six continents, with over 40 jurors, 11 categories, and over 180 awards and honorable mentions. Through partnerships with prestigious magazines, museums, and galleries, with live exhibitions and a strong online presence, the competition offers unique opportunities to representational artists around the globe. This past July, the 15th International ARC Salon Exhibition, which encompassed close to 100 works, debuted at Sotheby’s New York. A selection of 28 works from the show were auctioned in “Contemporary Realism: Important 21st Century Works,” hosted on The show was extended through the holidays due to its popularity and high attendance rates. After the successful exhibition and sale at Sotheby’s New York, Sotheby’s is pleased to offer a selection of new works executed in a similar style in cooperation with the Art Renewal Center. 

Leading the revival of realism in the visual arts, the Art Renewal Center also hosts the largest online museum dedicated to representational art and includes works by Old Masters, 19th-century artists, 21st-century artists, as well as articles, letters, and other online resources. The ARC works with other like-minded organizations, artist groups, museums, schools, and publications, to provide a central news hub for the 21st Century Representational Art Movement.