Cirilo Domine

Philippine-born American artist Cirilo Domine's art practice is encyclopedic rather than serial. As a bridge builder, his work points to exchange, reciprocation, and return to the Philippines, Japan, and the United States. Domine negotiates, acknowledges, and reveals history's hurts. By recognizing patterns of absences and gaps, he consciously translates and mistranslates systematic virtues and perspectives to create new forms.

Domine's work is informed by the Urasenke School of Tea, where he has been a student for fifteen years. His ongoing study of tea culture has led him to a flow of overlapping genres and encouraged him to examine multiple areas of interest within tea. His art practice reflects this exploration, moving from one medium to another and linking overarching narratives.

Domine earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine, in 1996 and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1993. Both degrees emphasized conceptual artwork heavily influenced by race and gender theory, which imbues his art. But working with one's hands is integral to his practice.

As a child in the Philippines, Domine was absorbed in learning to sew, weave, crochet, and shape singular forms. Domine sees craft as his generational inheritance, and this remarkable gift of childhood training has influenced his technique and vision for over twenty-five years.