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M Gallery MNL: Where Magic Meets Meaning

M Gallery MNL: Where Magic Meets Meaning

Home & Design | October 19, 2021
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Home to curated artworks and paintings, M Gallery showcases works by promising talents and Filipino artists in its online art gallery.

Along the charming M. Paterno Street in Pasadena, San Juan City, a well-lit gallery with an eye-catching “M” logo will draw you in. Don’t be surprised to find yourself slowing down to peek at the artworks displayed inside—because yes, each piece was carefully and thoughtfully selected to capture your curiosity.

A Meeting of Great Minds

Mykee Martinez, the creative force behind M Atelier (and the tastemaker at Muchos Kitchen), has always had an eye for beauty. “When I find an artwork that makes me feel alive—I just have to have it,” he enthuses.

In a matter of months, his personal collection grew, which was a delight to his family and close friends. But it was during this pandemic that he found more time to browse through online galleries and scout promising talents. Very timely too, as he realized how Filipino artists are looking for more exposure and support

Mykee immediately reached out to his closest friend Inna David: businesswoman, art collector, and mother to a young artist. For years, Mykee and Inna have always had a special bond. In fact, they fondly call each other “kapsy” (short for kapatid) and both immediately agreed on the mission and vision for M Gallery. “It was going to be a special place that bridges artists and collectors,” says Inna.

Mykee adds, “It’s where Filipino creators will find buyers to invest in their passions, and where enthusiasts will find that elusive missing piece that will complete their collection.” 

Mykee and Inna combined resources, networks, talents, and skills to pull it off. They started with an online gallery on Instagram (@MGallery.MNL) in early 2020. And last October 10, 2021, they even had the grand opening—with former PBA player JC “The King Eagle” Intal, A Design Group President and Managing Partner Tessa Alindogan, and Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte joining the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Masterpieces That Will Move You 

Now, walk-ins are more than welcome to browse through the gallery. “We want more people to appreciate Filipino art and value Filipino artists, “ Inna declares. “And one visit to M Gallery is all it takes for you to realize na, grabe. Ang galing natin.”

Mykee wholeheartedly agrees. “Each stroke tells a story. Each color, each line, reflects and captures what that artist is feeling or envisioning at that time. It’s so personal and intimate and meaningful. It will make you feel something. And you just know that when you bring home a piece of art, it’s a sulit investment talaga.” 

Magical and Meaningful 

Whether you’re looking for a piece that’s whimsical or contemporary, or if you’re into abstract, realism, or expressionism, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for at M Gallery. “We don’t want to limit what we can offer,” said Inna. “We also welcome requests for  commissions and consignments.”

Mykee agrees, adding, “We’re also very proud to say that we take extra good care of our clients. Maalaga kami and laging may personal touch. We want to help our clients find what they’re missing. Yung art na may magic, may meaning.” 

For a magical, meaningful moment, go ahead and look for the big M logo along M. Paterno Street in Pasadena, San Juan City. Lose yourself in the art that M Gallery MNL offers, and find a piece you never knew you were looking for.

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M Gallery MNL is located at Unit D, DPL Building, M. Paterno Street, Pasadena, San Juan City. It’s open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. For news and updates, you may visit them on Instagram and Facebook.

Tessa Alindogan studied architectural interior design in Inchbald School of Design in London, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Education in Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Aside from being the principal designer of her company, A Design Group and working on several residential and commercial projects since the early 90s, Tessa is also an accomplished artist who does modern abstract paintings—her medium is acrylic on canvas.
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