Gilbert Alberto and his winning entry at the Symposium International de Sculpture in Morges,Switzerland
Filipino sculptor wins two international awards in Switzerland
(Left- EWALD BRIGGER, the Founder ; Right- DIDIER VAUCHER, the President)
Igorot sculptor Gilbert
“Gano” Alberto bagged the two (2) major prizes at the 2013 Symposium
International de Sculpture held last month in Morges, Switzerland. He
bested thirty-one (31) other participants from sixteen (16) countries
from around the world.
Alberto’s winning piece, “Swiss wind”, a wooden version of the Swiss
traditional musical instrument, alphorn, was chosen from among the
works of fellow sculptors from Europe, the US, Latin America, Africa,
and the Middle East.
Alberto with Ambassador Leslie Baja
His entry got the “Prix
du Public 2013-Bois”, an award voted upon by the public through a
ballot box, and the “Prix des Artistes 2013”, voted upon by the
participating artists through secret balloting.
The other two awards, “Prix du Public-2013-Pierre” and “Prix des
Artistes” went to Swiss artist Harriet Daniel and Spanish artist Patout
Alberto and the other participating sculptors were each given the same
size of stone and/or oak wood (depending on the participants’ choice of
medium) with no particular theme. Each sculptor was given the liberty
to work on the subject of his choice. Alberto chose the alphorn for its
similarity in sound with the traditional instrument of the mountain
people in northern Philippines.
In 2011, Alberto also won two awards in the same competition, using stone as his medium of work.
Alberto is a self-taught artist and believes in the spiritual world as
a means to effect social change. He prefers to use environment-friendly
materials such as driftwoods for his sculptures. END