Frederick Epistola is a painter, mixed-media artist, sculptor, and documentary film producer. The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction in Texas, United States, acquired two of his pieces in 2006. In 2017, Epistola is the only Filipino featured in the commemorative book Dada Centennial: Day of the Dead, which commemorates 100 years of the DADAISM Movement. His sculpture “Kulintang” was part of the permanent collection in Katara, Qatar’s Cultural Village (Unveiling June 2022). He was the only Filipino artist to participate in NASA’s FluxFace in Space Art Program.
In 2019 and 2022, the National Commission on Cultures and the Arts awarded Epistola the Cultural Diplomacy Grant of Sentro Rizal and the Competitive Travel Grant. He spearheaded the Philippine delegation to exhibit contemporary Philippine art at the 4th Armenia Art Fair and was accepted into the Art Commune International Art Residency Program under the Art Cultural Studies Laboratory (ACSL) in Yerevan, Armenia.
Epistola obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the University of the Philippines in 1996. He is the founder and head curator of Art Show Philippines, the leading online platform for Filipino artists. He is also a founding member and incoming president of the Rotary Club of Hearts, a socio- civic group that promotes art as a means of healing and cultural transformation.
This October, Epistola will represent the country at the 14th Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy, with his video art, and he has also been accepted into an art residency program at Panicale Studio in Perugia, Italy.