Four artists, fine art and a luxury store

The inception of Galerie Bleue in 1984 marked a new era in which Filipino luxury department store Rustan’s earned a key role in raising awareness for Filipino talent all over the metro.

In the course of their mission of elevating Filipino lifestyles, they noticed that local artists at that time did not have proper venues and environments where they could master their craft; hence they established Galerie Bleue initially as a workshop.

It eventually transitioned to be a prominent gallery, strategically located inside Rustan’s. Since then, the group furthered its legacy by putting Filipino artistry at the forefront of its business, thereby cultivating a renewed passion and appreciation for the arts.

IAN Sapang

As it marks its 70th anniversary this year, the store established by Gliceria Rustia-Tantoco, with the full support of her husband Bienvenido R. Tantoco, Sr., continues to expand the concept of fine taste and luxury within the local.

This time, the finest artistic displays of Filipino talent are showcased at the Rustan’s for the Arts exhibit on the 2nd Level, Gallerie, at Rustan’s Makati. Take home masterpieces from local artists, Markus Jentes, Thea Quiachon, Ian Sapang, and Pauline Luz Sotto.

Markus Jentes is a Manila-based contemporary artist known for his use of vibrant lines and shapes in subtle yet mesmerizing paintings. He initially developed a district style that blends sharp geometric minimalism with bold colors during his Fine Arts studies in Pepperdine University, California.
In recent years, Markus’s approach to art slightly shifted towards abstract expressionism, wherein he uses a blend of acrylics, spray paints and other mediums to create nature-inspired paintings.


Thea Quiachon is known for her figurative art. The Cavite-based talent focuses on stories about people’s intricate connections with one another.
Through her work, she creates seemingly indistinct illustrations that hold meaning to her yet open for the interpretation of the observer.


‘Big Trees’ (36×48) by Ian Sapang.

Ian Sapang is a self-taught artist whose works are abstract in nature. He combines smoky strokes and defined textures to bring viewers to a place of trance and rediscovery. His inspiration draws from perceived emotions within an environment, thus creating masterpieces that would hopefully evoke the same passion and interest among his audience.



Paulina Luz Sotto is an abstract artist whose works follow the concept, “the beauty in simplicity,” as evidenced by her use of clean lines and bold colors. The Ateneo de Manila University alumni — who graduated Cum Laude in 2015 — is the granddaughter of the late Philippine National Artist Arturo Luz. Today, she continues his legacy as a visionary of the arts.

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