Ballad of the Streets

Born and raised in Tondo, Manila, Cruz draws on pride of place and his community in his new series of works. In neon pinks and acid oranges, vibrant teals, and touches of purple, Cruz evokes the feeling of the 1980s, replete with padded blazers and pastel topsiders, but overlays these bright, process colors to an assortment of structures he became aware of at a young age.