Chan Lim Family of Artists Exhibit at SM City Iloilo

In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, SM City Iloilo holds a Chinese and Western painting exhibit of the works of Chan Lim Family of Artists and their students. The exhibit was opened to the public last Saturday and the Ilonggos were treated to more than 200 remarkable artworks done in Chinese scroll painting, lantern painting and oil painting. The exhibit will run until October 11 at the SM City Iloilo Event Center. 

Chan Lim Oil Paintings

Lantern Paintings

Scroll Paintings

Prior to the opening of the exhibit, a press conference was held at the upper ground floor of the mall. Much to the delight of the media, bloggers and select guests, we were treated to a special, albeit brief, painting workshop in which the Chan Lim siblings, Alex, Felix and Rolex themselves supervised. The artists and their students provided a one-on-one tutorial, teaching us the basics of Chinese watercolor painting and encouraged us to do simple subjects such as bamboo, flowers, animals and landscape.

Felix and Alex Lim explain the basics of Chinese watercolor painting to the media.

Blogger Kathy Villalon (left) and Mayin de los Santos of the Daily Guardian (center).

Raymart Escopel of Panay News (seated) tries his hand at painting.

The Chan Lim family is one of the remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country. Chan Lim, the family patriarch, has dabbled in Western art, specializing in Oil and Watercolor. His sons, Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are successful engineers, but are still actively involved in the art scene. The Chan Lim family, which includes their wives and children, continue to share their passion for the arts by conducting art classes, workshops and on-the-spot painting demonstrations at their family studio in Pasig City. Their various artworks can be viewed online at If you are interested to join their classes, they may be contacted at

Staff of SM City Iloilo work on their paintings.