Lydia Velasco, Art, Artist, Visual Artist, Painter, Pinay Artist, Filipina Artist, Filipina, Pinay, Women Empowerment, Feminism in Art, Modern Art, Essence of Women in Art, Philippines

Featured Artist: LYDIA VELASCO

Her love for the arts is an innate calling she traces back to her childhood. She took her early influence and encouragement from parents, who also appreciated the arts. Her father was a set designer for LVN studios while her mother was a typical homemaker who took care of the children, performed regular house chores, and occasionally painted still life works. Since her father earned a humble keep, she had to make the effort to contribute to their needs as fish vendor in Malabon.

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Lydia Velasco, The Artist at Work. Image via Facebook.

Jenny’s Serendipity’s featured artist, Lydia Velasco, was a student of the University of Sto. Tomas and pursued Fine Arts Major in Advertising. She worked shortly after as an artist for the advertising agency Philprom, where she stayed for more than a decade. Rising from the ranks, she became Art Director for several multinational advertising companies such as DYR, J.Walter Thompson, Pacifica, Ace Compton, Basic, and McCann-Erickson. It was in 1988, when she left advertising and ventured in entrepreneurship as co-owner of Lightmoves Photo/Design, Inc., where also became the company’s Art Consultant.

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In her art Velasco merges the dichotomy of the Filipino woman conflicted between spirituality and sensuality.

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“I was one of those that the bosses would ask to do the story boards for TV commercials of products such as Palmolive and Camay,” she recalls. “Whatever it is, I would make sure their faces contained certain expression—coy, seductive, smiling, or winsomely trying to attract attention.” Quote source Inquirer.net

When her Lightmoves Design was stable, she returned to painting and became core member of Malang’s Saturday Group. Lydia devoted her time fully in painting and went way to discover her art, medium, and style. She focused her subjects on women, liberating them on her canvases and asserting their glory, identity, and freedom amid a mainly patriarchal society. She describes her depictions of women as elongated, massive, heavily set, and invigorated with almost masculine assertiveness.

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“Lydia Velasco, a once frustrated wannabee movie star who turned to art to help her family survive.”

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Velasco has emerged as the inspiring matriarch of an artistic “dynasty”, with her daughters, sisters, and grandchildren making their own individual reputation in the field of visual arts.

For 30 years, she painted her heart and at the same time her children followed suit of her artistic endeavors, Chi is into sculpture, Chigo is into the contemporary arts, Owen is an art dealer, and Alona is the manager of the family-owned Galerie Artes.

Velasco is now an icon known worldwide for her own style and depiction of women in different settings and angles.To many, her legacy will always put her on the pedestal she well deserves. Lydia Velasco is a woman of courage, she believes the essence of a woman is not measured by the many laurels and accolades received but how one grows from enduring life’s trials and pains. She is indeed a woman of substance.

She also commits her time with other organizations such as Art Association of the Philippines and  United Women Artists Association of the Philippines.

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Even as a card-carrying and canvas-bearing feminist, Lydia Velasco has always celebrated the innate femininity of the Filipina which remains deliberately shrouded in mystery and magical allure.

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Lydia Velasco depicted her women often with massive, even muscular features, and presented them in assertive and aggressive stance.

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Lydia Velasco creates new works of astounding beauty, a world of lush foliage, abundant waterfalls and colorful flowers.

There is a book written about Lydia Velasco by Galerie Joaquin Managing Director Jack Teotico entitled – “Allure.” Velasco’s main interest is to explore the subject of women in her unique and highly personal style depicting them as strong and sensual, exuding inner beauty and confidence. Lydia’s works free the Asian women from age-old societal conventions by her highly contemporary style of rendition.

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A modernist master, Lydia Velasco, navigates the levels of feminity in her own creative and artistic terms.

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Art critic Cid Reyes describes Velasco’s women as strong, resilient yet still overflowing with femininity.

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And it was in advertising that Velasco discovered her passion—depicting the female form.

All images are courtesy of Lydia Velasco.

For bookings, you can contact the artist, “Lydia Velasco” via her Facebook page.

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Featured Artist: RONNA MANANSALA

Jenny’s Serendipity’s featured artist, Ronna Mannansala, is the granddaughter of the Philippines’ National Artist in Visual Arts, Vicente Manansala, a painter and sculptor.   Her years of childhood were spent with fond memories of her family in the Philippines. Weekends and summer vacations were spent in the house of her Lolo (Grandpa) Enteng.

She was never allowed by her Lolo to go to his studio, being his sacred place, she would peek from the attic while she silently watches and observes her Lolo’s masterly strokes and moments of creation.  She remembers these as her moments of curiosity and wonder, to be one, yet at a distance with her Lolo in pure appreciation of every masterpiece.

As the granddaughter, Ronna Manansala naturally paid homage by interpreting her Lolo’s style that departed from the rural idylls of Fernando Amorsolo for the realism of rural and urban life after the Japanese occupation.  She picked female themes of mother and child, grieving Virgin Mary, market vendors, gossiping women, and family meals and stayed close to his style that departed from analytical cubism or the intentional breaking down of subject into near abstract form.

Ronna in action. Image via Facebook.

Ronna in action. Image via Facebook.

In terms of interpreting his themes, Ronna opted for her progenitor’s time-related representation instead of adapting in current terms.  However, Ronna did not choose a direct interpretation of his style but opted to do it in the opposite manner, through bold colors and sure brushstrokes in the broader concept of the original cubism that is unmistakably her own. They are not delicate but brash, preferring to continue his use of decorative linear planes that run counters to her femininity. If Vicente Manansala was almost feminine, Ronna is near masculine.

Vicente Manansala, Ronna's Manansala Grandfather's work

“Ronna Manasala in National Museum with her grandfathers masterpieces, she did the documentation of 2 of the 7 murals by him.” Image via Facebook.

She also pursued a parallel career in the arts, as a ballet dancer.  It was where she was happiest, yet painting was never forgotten.  Her series of Ballerina paintings blends her love of painting and dancing.  As she moves to new styles of painting entirely her own, she remembers her grandfather, as a child sitting on his lap, hearing his stories and kind words, sharing in his love and joy.

Here is what she shared to us:

How does it feel to be the granddaughter of a National Artist? Is there any pressure? You’re now into art as well. Describe your journey.

It is not easy to be a granddaughter of a National Artist. When I was just starting, a lot of people were putting me down kasi daw (because) all I did was copy my grandfather’s work. Of course I did when I was just starting. It was my way of discovering my momentum. But of course later on – I found my own identity. Nobody even wanted to include me in group exhibits, that is why I decided to go back to school to  pursue masteral studies in Fine Arts.

"Alter Ego" Water color on half sheet water ford paper 2014, Art by Ronna Manansala

“Alter Ego” Water color on half sheet water ford paper 2014, Art by Ronna Manansala

Your lolo was into the Visual Arts. Is that your goal as well? Do you dream of becoming a national artist on your own right too, someday?

I am into visual arts though not even thinking of becoming popular, more so of becoming a National Artist. I do what I do because I love doing it.

You are also a ballet dancer. How does that work for you? How does performance art intertwine with your visual art?

I used to dance ballet but not anymore for a long time. It is something that will always be close to my heart. Having that in me is enough to be inspired in doing my art.

Reading your bio, it mentions that you have a penchant to paint into the feminine. Is there a conscious effort? Expound the logic or the vision behind taking on the feminine form in your art.

There is no conscious effort. Maybe, it’s because I was closer to the women of the family.

"Glass Floor" Water color on half sheet water ford paper 2014, Art by Ronna Manansala

“Glass Floor” Water color on half sheet water ford paper 2014, Art by Ronna Manansala

It said in your bio too that you have adaptation versions of your lolo’s works and that of Amorsolo. Why did you do it? Is there a line-up of other artists in the future whom you intend to cover?

No, not of Amorsolo but only of my grandfather. I did it to find my momentum and later on to discover what I really want.

Among your art work, which is your favorite and why?

I guess, it’s my ballerinas because it is also what I used to love doing.

You are taking up masteral studies now in UST. Do you intend to teach in college or is that for promotion in the corporate world?

The only reason why I am back in school is for self-betterment, hoping to learn more. Teaching is something that I might consider but maybe only on a part-time basis. My goal is just to be better and learn.

Ronna Manansala Artwork (6)

“My Toeshoes” Water color on half sheet water ford paper 2014, Art by Ronna Manansala

"My Passion" Water color on half sheet water ford paper 2014, Art by Ronna Manansala

“My Passion” Water color on half sheet water ford paper 2014, Art by Ronna Manansala

How many siblings do you have? Are you the only descendant who inherited your lolo’s love for art?

With my mom, there are only three of us and yes, I am the only one who loves art. I guess because I was the only one who pursued it.

Why do you use bold strokes in your work? Describe your trademark as an artist in contrast to that of your lolo, Amorsolo and others?

I am more comfortable in doing so. Gusto ko kasi yung parang walang limitasyon yung mga (I like it that there seems to be no limitation in the) lines.

Who are the other artists of today that you look up to and why?

Marami (A lot) –  my classmates in school, my co-artists in my various art group kasi (because) I learn a lot from them.

What is the future of your art? Any grandiose plans you want to plug?

I would not know but for sure, I have no plans of giving up for more self-betterment.

"Bandila, Mahal kong Ina" 24 x 36 inches Acrylic on canvas 2014, Art by Ronna Manansala

“Bandila, Mahal kong Ina” 24 x 36 inches Acrylic on canvas 2014, Art by Ronna Manansala

"Makabagong Eva at Adan" 36 x 36 inches Acrylic on canvas 2012, Art by Ronna Manansala

“Makabagong Eva at Adan” 36 x 36 inches Acrylic on canvas 2012, Art by Ronna Manansala

All images are courtesy of Ronna Manansala.

For bookings, you can contact the artist, “Ronna Manansala” via her email ronna_manansala@yahoo.com and in Facebook.

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Filipinas all over gather for love of art at the 1st SBMA ‘Bagong Pinay’ Arts Summit

Menchu VB Arandilla, President of United Women Artists Association of the Philippines (UWAAP), an association of empowered Filipina artists in the Philippines and abroad in cooperation with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SMBA), mounted an art and photo exhibit last – Nov. 9-16 at Harbor Point, Subic Bay Freeport Zone and Nov.26-27 at Subic Bay Exhibition & Convention Center at Efficiency Road Subic Bay Gateway Park, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

“This is a historic event for SBMA in the sense that this is the first gathering to tackle gender and development,” remarked SBMA Chairman and Administrator Roberto Garcia as he welcomed participants. 

“I am sure that from the line-up of speakers you have prepared, you will learn so much on how we can further promote the concept of ‘Ang Bagong Pinay’ and address the issues that confront women in the workplace today,” Garcia added. 

The event was organized by the SBMA thru its Gender and Development Focal Point System and as part of the SBMA’s week-long celebration of its 22nd founding anniversary.

The first SBMA Women’s Summit for art with the theme, “Ang Bagong Pinay,” held interactive or live art and on the spot sketching and art demonstration activities. The gathering sought to promote the welfare and development of womenfolk and update them on the latest socio-economic and political issues that have significant bearing on them.

UWAAP's turn over of their artwork to SBMA's Project Development Office during the 1st SBMA's Women's Summit,Nov (2)

UWAAP's turn over of their artwork to SBMA's Project Development Office during the 1st SBMA's Women's Summit,Nov (3)

UWAAP at Subic Bay Freeport Zone - SBMA, Olongapo City.

United Women Artists Association of the Phils.(UWAAP) @ 1st SBMA Women’s Summit Art Exhibit and “4 x 8 ” feet Interaction Painting Nov.26-27,2014

UWAAP’s VISION and MISSION aims to do the same as the 1st SBMA ‘Bagong Pinay’ Arts Summit:

1.) To highlight the importance of women artists’ role through a remarkable contribution in the social, economic, political, and cultural realm of the Filipino society.

2.) To advance, foster and promote the interests of those who work in the fine arts including the painters, sculptress, graphic artists, photographers and other women artists working in the various fields of art.

3.) To provide an opportunity for every member in establishing herself as an artist thus ensuring her economic viability.

4.) To encourage solidarity among the women artists where mutual talents are polished and shared through various art programs and endeavors.

5.) To provide a strong support system which cultivates dignity and self-esteem and develops fellowship that is built on trust, love and respect.

6.) To link up and enter into agreement for the common good and in consensus with each member of the association, with other individuals, groups or organizations whose cooperation shall be deemed helpful, here and abroad.

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Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was guest of honor in the assembly and imparted her ideas on “Women and their Careers on being a Wife, Mother and Leader.”

Other speakers who fired up the summit with timely discussions were: Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation Inc. Director for External Affairs Varinia Tinga spoke on “Women in the Corporate World”; Subic Bay Colleges Inc. Vice President for Academic Affair Marilou Nicart tackled “Telecommuting for Women”; Sandiganbayan Third Division Executive Clerk of Court Dennis Pulma spoke on “Violence Against Women,” as well as RA 10398, an act declaring November 25 as National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children; and SM elevator girl and YouTube sensation Cheridel Alejandrino urged womenfolk to “Be The Best That You Can Be.” Also, FQ Mom Rose Fausto talked about “Financial Liberation for Women”; and Philippine Commission on Women Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa lectured on “Magna Carta of Women.”

Those who trooped to the Women’s Summit were employees of the SBMA, workers of Subic Bay Freeport companies, employees of the Authority of Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), and residents and students from Olongapo City and parts of Zambales.

UWAAP is a group of women artists from the Philippines having ethical manners, high self-esteem, strong yet feminine qualities, exuding class, self-respect and dignity. They have high regard for inner happiness, trustworthiness and we are also domestic goddesses on our own right. Truly Women of Substance, the United Women Artists Association of the Philippines is dedicated towards honoring the Filipino women artists who are making and will be making remarkable contributions and relevance to our society, but not limited to the local and international art scene. Get to know them one by one through their dedicated page.

UWAAP with active members

Other activities during the celebration of the SBMA anniversary were a jobs fair at the Harbor Point mall, where 10,386 job positions were opened to applicants; the annual recognition of the Ten Most Outstanding Freeport Workers who epitomize the best of what the Subic Bay Freeport has to offer in terms of workers’ performance; and the Milestone Service Awards that recognized around 200 SBMA employees who have been serving the agency for 15 and 20 years. 

For opportunities and news info about women empowerment in the arts, you get in touch with United WAAP’s Founder/President Menchu V.B. Arandilla or any of the following UWAAP Officers 2014-2016: Vice-President- Lydia Velasco, Secretary Ronna Manansala, Treasurer-Marivel Mari-Galang, Auditor Dr.Annabel Cadiz; Board of Directors and members: Zen AP Chan, Yolanda De Castro Cabuco, Raquel Arboleda-Jacob, Jing Banawan, Liz Tarnate, Minerva Dacanay, Luzviminda Horlador-Santillan, Millet Galeos Sacerdoti and Raech Dacanay.

Menchu VB Arandilla who I featured here earlier was a participant at the event.  Exhibits co-sponsored by UWAAP are still ongoing this December.

All images are courtesy of United Women Artists Association of the Philippines.

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Meet the lady behind Art by Ginny, this woman can paint!

Makati PR woman veteran/ extraordinaire cum artist – Ginny Guanco, a.k.a. ArtByGinny (on Facebook), actually still keeps her routine day office job at the PR firm she works for while dabbling in art on the sidelines. She spends her weekends producing new artworks. And her channeling of the female muse and the Filipina are lavishly manifested in all her obras that are usually by request or order from clients if she is not painting just for the sake of recreation and relaxation.

All Ginny’s paintings and artworks have been categorized in specific albums as indicated in her Art by Ginny page. For example: Fashion Sketches, Faces etc. She has an interesting story to tell because although she took up Fine Arts and did use what she studied as a profession for quite a number of years, there was a long period that she totally stopped because she shifted career paths. She became an editor of three different magazine titles so she was in media before becoming a PR practioner. A job she holds up to the present time. So she stopped making Art for 15 long years. It was only in 2012 that her original passion for Art was rekindled. So this is a whole revived thing she is into again which she knows will be her direction for the rest of her life.

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Throwback Photo (as an Art student in college) Artist: Ginny Guanco

Your portraits are so beautiful! How long have you been doing this? How many seminars, conventions, workshops, contests and exhibits have you participated in?

I started drawing when I was a child. I remember having drawing sessions with my older sister in my room every afternoon during summer time or when we were not in school and female faces were always my subject. Female faces or figures that I would dress up differently in each of the drawings. I remember participating in art contests in high school in which I’d won a couple of times, and in college I also joined the Shell National Arts Competition and at one time received a consolation prize for a woodcut lithograph. In the States, where  I took up advanced courses in drawing and painting in Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C., I won “Best in Drawing” and “Best in Watercolor” for their Spring Competition. The subject for the artwork I drew in pencil was a mechanical Iguana! And the one in watercolor was a nude painting. I’ve participated in some exhibits in the 90s but they were always group exhibits. I’ve never had a one-woman show yet. It’s a goal.

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Title: “Karar” (Hebrew word for Dance)
Medium: Watercolor on watercolor paper
Size: 24 X 30 (Done in 1992) Artist: Ginny Guanco

Which do you like doing best – drawing or painting?

Both. To me, basic drawing is the most important foundational key for an artist. Even the late, great Picasso started with realistic paintings in his early years before he evolved into other theories, ideas, concepts and styles like Cubism. I am “old school” when it comes to drawing. It saddens me that many artists of today who depend solely on the computer but who can’t even draw a single straight line by freehand or who can’t even shade properly with a charcoal pencil compare themselves with the league of artists who can draw by hand. Just like digital photography nowadays. Anybody can take a snapshot with a point and shoot cam, or thru one’s own celfone, but not everyone can shoot a real beautiful photo with the right lighting, drama and composition as a true photographer. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against all this new technology. I’m just saying and encouraging young people who want to take art seriously, to not take any short-cuts. They have to know how to draw by hand. It’s a must.  Therefore, the right order of things is, learn how to draw first, then learn how to paint.

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Title: Girl with kaleidoscope tresses
Medium: Watercolor on sketchpad
Size: 12 X 18 (Done in 2012) Artist: Ginny Guanco

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Title: Boho Chic Series 2
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 X 30 (Done in 2014) Artist: Ginny Guanco

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Title: Boho Chic Series 5
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 X 30 (Done in 2014) Artist: Ginny Guanco

What are the most frequent materials you use in your art?

Just plain pencils for sketches, watercolor or acrylic for painting.

Do you prefer face portraits among others?

Female faces in general, yes. And figure painting with a touch of fashion. I mix myFine Arts background and my influence in fashion illustration. 

How do you juggle this with your PR job?

Since I have a full-time job from Mondays thru Fridays, I only get to do my art on weekends. While it is possible to draw or paint in the evenings, I would rather do it under natural light. Thus, this would be on weekends only when I’m free to paint under natural light. This is a personal preference so I’m not saying this should be the case with other artists.

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Title: Girl Thing
Medium: Colored pencils on sketchpad
Size: 12 X 18 (Done in 2012) Artist: Ginny Guanco

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Random sketch by Artist: Ginny Guanco

Who are or what do you look up to that led you to pursue painting? Your influences? Idols? Favorite art that inspired you?

Art has always been my first love. I took up Fine Arts in College, pursued advanced lessons in Painting and Drawing after college in the States. This was in the 70s. I worked as an art teacher in the 80s, learned Fashion Illustration in between, got into writing as well, eventually becoming a part of media in the late 90s when I shifted career paths and took on the job of editor of two magazines and a broadsheet. Then I shifted to PR from 2002 to the present. I had totally stopped drawing for 15 long years from 1997 to early part of 2012. It was only in March of 2012 when my love for art was rekindled. The death of my ginger cat, Simba woke up that part of me which I had set aside for 15 years. But I soon realized the fire and passion never left my heart. I’d just stopped practicing for 15 years. So when it was revived, I felt like I was re-united with a long-lost love. And I never stopped since.

One of my “idols” in the 90s was Edgar Degas, the French Impressionist painter. I’d always been fascinated with his ballet dancer paintings and so I sort of followed thru with this subject in my first group exhibit and did a Ballet Dancers series in watercolor. I was particularly impressed with the fluidity and grace of their movements which added interest to this subject.

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Title: My Wine Collection
Medium: Colored pencils on sketchpad
Size: 12 X 18 (Done in 2012) Artist: Ginny Guanco

Is there anyone else in your family who’s into art? Did you inherit your love for it? Do you have kids who manifest the same passion or interest?

In our family, my older sister was my first influence in drawing. I mentioned earlier that as a kid, I used to have drawing sessions with her most afternoons during summertime.  However, she turned out to be a journalist. In my own family, my son has inherited the talent. Although he is into computer graphics, he can draw very well because of his influence in Comic Art.

What is your best work of art and why?

Female figures in general. It’s what I enjoy doing the most.

Who is your most important client? And your most memorable masterpiece? And why?

Everyone who has ever bought my paintings is important. Most of my Ballet Series in the 90s were memorable works because this was the first time for me to join in a group exhibit.

What are your future plans/ projects in art? Are there other art forms that you intend to venture into in the future like handicrafts or other? 

When the proper time comes, I would like to go back to art in a full-time capacity. I envision a work-from-home setup. I would most likely continue to stick to the same forte and improve all the more in this area. Even now I get offers to do portraits and I just wished I had more time to concentrate on this. I do abstract paintings too on large canvasses so this can be an avenue for people who have new homes and who need new paintings to fill up their empty walls. I’ve tried arts and crafts but it’s not for me. Tried pottery too but felt it wasn’t my thing. So, drawing and painting will always be there. And who knows, I might still pursue my goal in mounting a one-woman show.

What is your favorite among those you have done and why?

 There is not one particular artwork which I count as my favorite. I see to it that each piece I do, I do it with the same passion and intensity. I’ve tried doing several different subjects for the sake of variety but I’ve discovered early enough that I’m more inclined to drawing female faces or female forms. The Ballet series were early favorites because these were my first exhibited paintings. My latest paintings on “Boho Chic” can be considered as new favorites since they are fresh (done only this year), and reflect a great deal of who I am as the artist behind the works. Some still life works done with colored pencils I enjoyed doing as well.

For bookings, you can contact the artist, “Ginny Guanco” via her email ginny_guanco@yahoo.com and Facebook PageAll images are courtesy of  Ginny Guanco.

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Featured Artist: Menchu VB Arandilla

Menchu VB Arandilla is my pick for today’s Featured Artist.

She is the Founder and the current President of United Women Artists Association of the Philippines (UWAAP),

and Founder and Core Lifetime Director of Tuesday Art Group.

Hope you enjoy the way I enjoyed her art!

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Art by Menchu VB Arandilla

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Art by Menchu VB Arandilla

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Art by Menchu VB Arandilla

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The Beauty of Women, 22×29 inches WaterColor, Dated 2005

Her valuable unframed and never been exhibited hidden artworks, Dated 2005, The PROOF that her heart and soul was indeed fascinated by the mystery and power of a women..

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For bookings, you can contact the artist, “Menchu VB Arandilla” via her Facebook Page or at 0916-526 9010. And, don’t forget to mention my name, Jennifer Bichara (My Email: jennifer.bichara@gmail.com) of www.jennysserendipity.comAll images are courtesy of Menchu VB Arandilla.

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Ronna Lara-Bes, The Multi-Faceted Artist

The artist would describe herself as multi-faceted, for she has developed skills of seemingly different disciplines. However, one mutual denominator among them is that they all resolve around artistic pursuits. Her art endeavors have dominated her life for as long as she can remember.

Ronna Lara-Bes is an alumnus of Architecture in University of Santo Tomas, a course that helped combined the technical and the creative side of her artistry. Her professional life is dedicated to creativity and the teaching of it. She is a part-time instructor at Feati University School of Fine Arts. Her early years, she saw herself as a fashion designer, then as an architectural visualizer, product designer, 3D Animator, photographer and visual effects artist—An all-around artist!

In the field of traditional art, her choice mediums are oil, acrylics and watercolour. She switches from one to another to keep her perspective constantly fresh, yet continually retaining her unique artistic identity. This is yet another manifestation of her multifaceted nature. Her work is often been described as possessing cleanliness and shades have and having that three-dimensional effect which oftentimes amuses her given her computer graphics background.

Cyclic Beauties

Image via ART Elements Asian Gallery

 

Her latest solo exhibit “CYCLIC BEAUTIES” opened last November 13 at ART Elements Asian Gallery.

She is an active member of “United Women Artist Association of the Philippines.” It is an association of empowered Filipina artists, here and abroad. (Working on a future post about this group)

If you are interested in getting in touch with her, please contact her via her Facebook page, she goes under the name Ronski Beski.

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Cyclic Beauties, A Solo Exhibit – One Hundred Birds 70cm x 90cm (35.4″x27.5″) acrylic on canvas — at SM Aura Premier. Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist

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Textured Hair Art by Ronna – Mga laquacheras-Pondering 40cm x 50cm (15.75″x 19.7″) acrylic on canvas €500 (inclusive of shipping)

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Hit Girl 36×48 oil on canvas – Legends & Villains
A traveling exhibit among SM Premiere malls. First Stop…Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist

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Abstract Explorations-Human’s Nature 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas 2014, Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist

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Belle Flower 18×24 oil on canvas, Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist

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Mermaid (Sketch), Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist 

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This is an interpretation.
If interested to be “interpreted”, 9″x12″ watercolor on Canson paper P800 each. PM Ronna!

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NOOX Journals with Ronna’s Artworks- SQ03- Tancho Ocho 5.9″x5.25″ (approx), perforated edge for easy tear-off 100 leaves, hard cover. PM her for orders.

All images are courtesy of Ronna Lara-Bes unless otherwise noted.

Featured Image Titled Mobius 8″x2″x6″ 3D-Printed Polylactide

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Meet Millet Galeos Sacerdoti – An Eclectic Visual Artist

A Virgo from the year of the Earth Rooster, Ramilita “Millet” Fajardo Galeos, who hails from Pasay City, grew up in the busy streets of Paco, Manila. Millet came from a family of doctors, nurses, artists, musicians, accountants and engineers. She was inspired by the tenacity of her late uncle, Zosimo Fajardo Sr. a prolific deaf-mute painter who trained under Fernando Amorsolo. Her first cousin, “Queen of Radio Advertising” Ompong Remigio, elevated to the Hall of Fame of the Philippines Creative Guild, is another inspiration.

Interesting artist! I feel that she is someone you should know.  She is one prolific artist who is active in Manila’s art scene. Shout out to my high school buddy Wam Molina who introduced me to her.  Thank you Wam! (Watch out for a future blog post on Wam’s photography)

Hope you enjoy this post and her art the same way as I did!

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Millet Galeos Sacerdoti and her art.

Tell me about yourself as a Freelance Visual Artist and your type of art.

As a self-taught visual artist for more than 25 years; I must say, I haven’t encountered any design task that was too hard to execute, at the same time be able to freely express my style (a feat for most graphic designers and increasingly hard to put into practice due to different client needs and demands).

Not claiming that I’m special or freakishly good at what I do, but I believe that my creativity stems from the way I see things, I was born with epilepsy and bipolar disorder and was left undiagnosed until I was 30. My art possibly falls under so many categories except traditional.

Taken from my art profile – Her love for basic shapes and bright colors, keen eye for detail and future trends, good sense of balance and form and her preciseness of pen and pencil drove her beyond typical expressions, and forms. Her design-sense is contemporary, mostly abstract depictions of life; intricate, comic, pop and psychedelic. Her subjects normally involve love of family and children, biological and natural patterns, hidden messages and puzzles, sex, epilepsy and extreme moods. Her works are done meticulously and intricately, but all in a whim, with no defined plans or studies. Her play of shapes, textures and colors usually deceive the viewer’s eyes. She lets the viewer define and interpret her work the way they want to see it. Millet’s favorite medium is ink. She also uses acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, oil pastel, markers, crayons and mixed media. She is adept in both conventional and digital media.

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Apoplexie Mental Vulgarity by Artist Millet Galeos Sacerdoti

And as an Owner at Apoplexie Art Bar

Apoplexie is French for seizure. Art Bar doesn’t relate exactly to an edifice like a bar or restaurant but more to a shop (in this case, and as of the moment, a virtual shop). I did put up a physical shop in Kapitolyo, Pasig for a multiply.com account; sadly, it didn’t pull through since they closed down. It’s the future of Apoplexie that I am currently planning on. We target to bring Apoplexie back focusing on the arts and music scene, after we build the studio in Tagaytay…the place to build already exists, and my remaining Apoplexie stocks are kept in the bodega. These stocks include mostly of my artworks, preloved clothing and handcrafted fashion accessories, other artists’ paintings, and art collectibles. We’re on planning stage and will start setting up a temporary showroom first and bit by bit build from there. Hoping to open by end 2015 if permitting won’t be cumbersome.

You mentioned you’re SOELAG. What is this?

Soelag is the reverse of my surname Galeos. I use this as my pseudonym for certain art activities that involve live and interactive art, moving art or videography. It’s not my alter ego, it just so happens that when I signed my name before, it reads both as Galeos and Soelag, almost like an ambigram.

Besides you, who are the other featured Apoplexie Art Bar artist?

One of Apoplexie Art Bar’s concepts will be, aside from artists being able to show their works, to accommodate and feature select artists as its resident/stay-in artist for two weeks each month, without repeating the same artist, giving more exposure to new and upcoming artists. That’s all I can say for now since everything is in conceptual stage.

What type of art do you feature at Apoplexie Art Bar?

Any and all types of art (there’s art in trash, but there is also “trash art”- which I am not keen on promoting)

You mentioned your price is cheap?  What are your price ranges? 

That price would apply on the fashion part of Apoplexie.

Artworks wise, I believe I’m relatively cheap (not being humble about it nor too happy to say it). Currently, my cheapest artwork would be P500.00 and the most expensive is P120K (which can also mean I don’t plan to sell it, at the moment, or they jacked up my price – hehe). I would like to work on a price per sq. in. list, but when you’re enjoying what you do, it’s really hard to put a price on it. As of now, I keep it low so that more people will have access to my art.

Give me an update on your Art Events?

I’ve been very active lately as Director and founding member of the United Women Artists Association of the Philippines (UWAAP) which is geared towards promoting the female artists, to pursue impeccable craftsmanship, and serve as inspiration to other women artists, both locally and internationally. (Motto eh, I have to write that down, YKWIM) Our organization was founded just this year and only yet has been actively participating ever since its launch and first group exhibit last October in Dos Pueblos Gallery entitled “DiskARTe“.

UWAAP Teaser: DOS PUEBLOS GALLERY Presents…”DISKARTE” The first group exhibition of the UNITED WOMEN ARTISTS ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES. Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City

Ongoing exhibits: UWAAP co-organized and I partly sponsored (via Apoplexie Art Bar, GS Tagaytay and SNAFU!) the NBI’s 78th Anniversary Art and Photo Exhibit Opening last 3 November. Exhibit runs until 5 December.

Also, we are participating at the 1st SBMA Women’s Summit entitled “Ang Bagong Pinay” in Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. We will also hold interactive or live art, on the spot sketching and art demonstration activities this 26-27 November.

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Image Source via Subic Bay Freeport Zone Facebook Page.

Future of your art?

I am at present involving myself more into arts and music-infused fund-raising projects and benefit shows, either as co-organizer or sponsor/patron.  Next year’s activities are already lined-up. Though, I may have to take a backseat midway 2015 to pursue building my own artist haven in Tagaytay.

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For bookings, you can call Millet Galeos Sacerdoti at 0917-8410350.  You can also email her at apoplexieartbar@yahoo.com. And, don’t forget to mention my name, Jennifer Bichara (My Email: jennifer.bichara@gmail.com) of www.jennysserendipity.com (I get a little commission on all art sales…) She is on Facebook as well!!! All images are courtesy of Millet Galeos Sacerdoti unless otherwise noted.