Bea Alcala (Philippines)

Asteroidea detail
‘Asteroidea’. 2013 – 2016, Acrylic and resin on canvas board, 3 feet diameter.


In pursuit of harmonizing dissonances between internal and external reality, my works are inspired by philosophy, science and mythology that relate with my personal history, depicted through the theme of the imaginative. I create chimaeras and use them as visual language; bearing in mind that one becomes through synthesizing selected parts of one’s experiences. I work with drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, often resulting with works that have an otherworldly character.

' It's Vendetta', 2012
‘ It’s Vendetta’, 2012, Acrylic on polymer resin
8.5 x 4.75 x 3.25 inches each, 60 pieces

I am very much interested in finding patterns; the parallelisms of how a cell lives as to how our biological systems in our bodies work, how animals interact in parallel with human social dynamics, up to how an individual’s consciousness parallels how the earth behaves through the cosmic space and beyond. I am in awe of the poetry of the interactions of both the biotic and abiotic, of the spiritual and the physical, and of the grand mythologies that we are told to be fiction but in moments of contemplation, we realize that at some level, our reality is also just another myth created by our own perception inevitably informed by one’s own field of experience.

I aim to mediate these gaps through finding similarities and differences, and integrate select parts to create works that would exemplify potential and transgress select limitations of social constructs. My works, however alien, show alternative possibilities of understanding facets of the world through the synthesis of different ideas into a whole.

Bea Alcala (b. 1989) is from metro Manila, Philippines. She received her BFA from the University of the Philippines – Diliman last 2011. She works with drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.