Alief Art House, featuring exhibitions curated by Artist Antonius-Tín Bui, is a transformed shipping container that highlights the cultural richness of Alief communities through curated exhibitions, murals, and happenings. Located on the grounds of the Alief Community Garden at the Alief SPARK Park and Nature Center, Alief Art House was founded by Artist Matt Manalo through the DiverseWorks Project Freeway Fellowship.
Bui’s curatorial programming for Alief Art House features a diverse range of artists and media, including: Thomas Tran’s Crocodile Garden mural and exhibition entitled Glorified Doodles 2020 (May 2020); performance of Picturesque Terrors and exhibition entitled Kumquat Gallery by Kumquat (June 2020); Intimate Restlessness featuring work by Artist Micaela Cadungog (July 2020); In the Placeless by Anh Hà Bùi (August 2020); The Black Out by Kentra Gilbert (October 2020); a group exhibition entitled Tanya Scott, Janine Pastran, Stefa Witt, and Moe Penders: A Softness Not Yet Felt (December 2020); Metamorfosis featuring work by Tania Breton (February/March 2021); and most recently Dark Nights to Brighter Days by Sam Night (April/May 2021).
Bui will continue to organize programs with Manalo at Alief Art House through 2021. Their collaboration underscores the many revolutionary shapes public art can take – featuring performances, murals, installations, and exhibitions in nontraditional locales.
Antonius-Tín Bui (they/them pronouns) is a polydisciplinary artist. They are the child of Paul and Van Bui, two Vietnamese refugees who sacrificed everything to provide a future for their four kids and extended family. Born and raised in Bronx, NY, Antonius eventually moved to Houston before pursuing a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MIC/A).
Since graduating in 2016, Antonius has been fortunate to receive fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, Tulsa Artists Fellowship, Halcyon Arts Lab, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Yaddo, Anderson Center at Tower View, The Growlery, and Fine Arts Work Center.
Antonius has exhibited at various institutional, private, public, and underground venues, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, IA&A at Hillyer, Lawndale Art Center, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Artscape, Satellite Art Fair Austin, Blaffer Art Museum, Laband Art Gallery, and Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building.
Matt Manalo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 2004. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History from the University of Houston. His work was recently seen in the exhibition, There Is Enough for Everyone, curated by Michael Stevenson and Josh Anderson, and he was included in the 2018 and 2017 The Big Show exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center. In 2017 he had a solo show at Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery (Dallas) and he has been included in group exhibitions at venues such as The Center for Reconciliation (Providence, RI), Box 13 (Houston), Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin), and Human Resources LA (Los Angeles), among others. Manalo is the founder of Filipinix Artists of Houston, a collective of visual, performing, literary, culinary, and multidisciplinary artists. A frequent topic of his work is how the colonization of the Philippines by Spain, Japan, and the United States resulted in erasure, colorism, and a colonial mentality.