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Marilyn “Tiya DK” Kirby Artist Journey And Her Comeback

Marilyn “Tiya DK” Kirby’s art journey of becoming an artist is an unfamiliar one. Tiya started experimenting with creativity at the age of twelve as a hidden hobby until her father encouraged her to see her talent as more than just a past-time.

Her painting became a therapy which helped her blossom to one promising artist.  Her bright and bold colors, shapes, and curves have caught people’s attention in the Washington D.C. area. This gave her the opportunity to showcase her talent in venues such as   The Library of Congress (LOC)   and  The Wing Luke Museum. Her medium of choice is mostly acrylic paint on large canvasses using brushes, fingers, and different tools to give that 3D dimensional effect in all her art works.  

As she was thriving as an upcoming Filipino-American artist, an unspeakable tragedy happened to her father–a senseless act of violence.  Her colorful world became dark as she suffered insurmountable grief for a long period of time.  Her work as an artist and painter froze. 

And only now, is she beginning her journey to a new stage of her life. She plans for a comeback as an artist to paint more, have more shows, and share her stories through her art and writing. Her ultimate goal is to have her manuscript turned into a film so she can share her experiences and make others be more aware of these issues.

This Q&A shows how Tiya’s challenges of her art journey and comeback helped her become a better artist. Enjoy!

We will start the interview with who are you and what do you do as an artist?

I am……a young, free-spirited artist with hopes, dreams and ambition. When it comes to art I have no limitations and boundaries. I express my emotions and feelings through creative expressions, typically on canvas and on paper.

Marilyn “Tiya DK” Kirby, is Tiya DK your nickname?

“Marilyn” is my government name (lol) and “Tiya” is the nickname I got in middle school. “DK” stands for my middle and last names. It made sense to me to keep both and have a separate name for my art.

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What is your art style?

My art style is mostly abstract and it’s free flowing. I do as I feel and once I get into my zone that’s when I feel most free and untouchable. Most of my work is abstract and on large canvases with mostly acrylic paint. Some of the other media I use to give different textures are fabric paint, markers, glitter. I texturize with various paint brushes, finger tips and other tools to create 3-D effects. All art pieces have a story/theme behind the work or a symbolic meaning which makes it more real and fun to discuss.

Tell me about your most significant art exhibit at the LOC (Library of Congress)

In May of 2013, I was asked to display artwork for The Library of Congress, Washington, DC for the Asian Pacific Islander Art Exhibit Archive. The theme was adoption. I had the opportunity to showcase new artwork and I decided to paint a gay couple with an adopted child. Washington, D.C., had recently passed the law for same sex marriage, so I thought it would be a great idea to creatively express that gay couples should have the same equal rights as heterosexual’s to adopt children. It was a good conversation piece.

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The Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Original Artwork Exhibit, Submitted 2013

Earlier, in 2011, The Library of Congress asked me to be a featured guest to speak on a panel and display artwork in their showcase. The panel discussion included other adult adoptees and we discussed the different struggles of being adopted and what challenges we faced growing up. It was an honor to be a guest and it was an incredible and humbling experience to be part of the panel discussion.

The Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Original Artwork Exhibit, Submitted 2011 – Photograph by Byron Curry

The Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Original Artwork Exhibit, Submitted 2011 – Photograph by Byron Curry

You mentioned your art works were also showcased at the Wing Luke Museum, tell me about this experience?

Yes.  Lorial Crowder, who started the Filipino Adoptee Networks (FAN), advised that I try submitting my work for the exhibit and I was excited it was chosen. The Wing Luke Museum is located on the west coast in Seattle, WA. Staff was looking for various adoptees who are artists to showcase their artwork for their exhibit opening. The work had to be judged to be approved for the showcase. I was selected and had my artwork hang for a few months. This opportunity gave me good exposure and an opportunity to share artworks with other adoptees.

Looking at your previous works, I see a stage play, “Conversations About HER” – Is this based on a screenplay?

Tim Odom is an amazing writer (and entrepreneur) who wrote the book, “Conversations About HER” and then turned the book into a stage play. It was set in an art gallery and it had a very artistic approach with a musical flare. His production staff researched different artists and asked if I would be willing to hang some of my work on their set. The play took place at the George Washington University Theater in Washington, D.C.

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Tiya DK had the opportunity to display original artwork to create the feeling of an art gallery in the stage play set, “Conversations About HER” a Tim O. Production Event.

You say a percentage of proceeds of art sales and art works are donated to various charities and venues. 1st, how much percentage do you give?

It varies depending on the Venue.

2nd, name a few artworks you have donated?

I have donated artworks to several entities over the years. A lot of my original sketch books have been donated to the Library of Congress for their research and studies (Archive Department) and they also have several original paintings.

I’ve also donated artwork to the Prince Georges County Department for Child Welfare in MD; their fund-raiser was a great opportunity to meet foster-care children and adopted children with their new families. It was an honor to do an art piece that displayed a theme about adoption because I am also a product of that.

In addition, I’ve donated artwork to the Komen Breast Cancer fund-raising event, Dress For Success, The Sasha Bruce Foundation, and more.

Last, what are the charities you donated to and why did you choose them?

All the charities I have donated art proceeds to are organizations that help people get back on their feet: Children in foster-care & adoption, Cancer Fund Raising Events (attached below), HIV/AIDS, and other humanitarian organizations.

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You have some of your artworks displayed in an independent film. Wow! Which are they and what film is this?

A friend of mine who is a screenwriter and an independent film producer, Angel Sepulveda (Sepulveda Films), wrote a manuscript and shot the movie. He needed artwork for the set and reached out to me. I was honored to have some of my work hang in his production. I had three of my large paintings hanging on his walls (Artwork Used: Intertwined Lovers, Writer’s Block, and Rainy Miami). The film has not been released yet.

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Sepulveda Films, Setting for College Park Film

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Featured Artist at The Washington Hilton Hotel, DC.

Looking at your Facebook page, art resume, and website, I noticed they were not updated for quite some time. Is this related to the tragedy of your father? (So sorry for your loss.)

Thank you. Yes, it’s been a very difficult struggle to accept the unexpected loss of my father. You never get over it, you slowly just learn to get used to it, which is an excruciating pain I live with every day. My life has changed dramatically…it will never be the same…so it has definitely set me back; however, I’m slowly bouncing back, and when I do, I’m going to come back even harder! The depth of this tragic experience will definitely affect my work.

Despite your loss, it must be hard for you to create again. How did you pull through? Did you paint during this period or was your painting much darker than you’re colorful bright art pieces?

I thought that was it! I was done because I really thought I had literally lost my mind!!!  I was extremely close to my father (I was daddy’s little girl and we also had a common interest through our work in transportation and construction, which made our relationship even richer), so losing him so tragically and unexpectedly tore my world apart and I became depressed. I had no motivation to paint or do anything for a while.

However, with time and also having such a great support team with my friends, family and even my job, I was able to slowly pull myself back together. I found myself getting back into doing some art pieces and actually shocked myself. I think my art now is deeper, more mature, more emotional, and richer. Attached is one of the new pieces I did for the one-year anniversary of his death.

Getting back to doing some art has been very therapeutic for me and it has helped me express my loss. I don’t think my work is as colorful (vibrant) and happy, but I still use bright colors…just in a different manner. Is it darker? Mmmmm…Yes, I would say so. I guess you could call it the “Dark Period”.

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New Artwork 2015, Medium: Acrylic | Title: “Fallen Hero Down Under”
(One Year Anniversary Tribute Artwork in Honor of my father, Dr. Ronald F. Kirby)

Reading the article, it was stated your parents adopted you and your brother in the Philippines. Has this influenced your creative style? At what age did you discover and started exploring your creativity?

Yes. My brother and I were and still are very blessed we were chosen. I think being chosen aka “adopted” has influenced me to be expressive and feel super fortunate, which gives me the motivation to express my gratitude, experiences, emotions, and who I am creatively on canvas.

Some of my pieces illustrate a lot of where I come from and who I am. I discovered art at a fairly young age and started pursuing it as a hidden hobby at 12 years old. I was shy and didn’t want anyone to know I enjoyed painting.  Being an artist and painting was considered lame and not cool (lol), I also really didn’t think I was that good. It was just a hobby and also a way to avoid getting in trouble. I would paint for hours and lock myself up in my room, but I never saw it being worth showing or talking about until my father found a painting behind my dresser ready to go to the trash. He absolutely refused to throw it away. Instead, he framed my artwork and after that…well, art became more than just a hobby.  It was a talent (that my dad helped me feel worthy of my niche, as he would call it). Eventually it became a passion that I cannot live without!

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This was the first artwork created (at 12 years old) that was ready to go to trash and later it was framed.
Title: “Secure Comfort” | Photo was taken at The Library of Congress Art Exhibit, Washington, D.C.
(Photograph by Byron Curry)

I see that you are a member at Filipino Adoptee Networks

Yes. As I mentioned earlier, Lorial is a phenomenal Filipina who created FAN and has helped me and many other Filipinos network with appropriate people. She has a great vision to bring people together and help connect you with others.

FAN had a panel discussion on this topic. (http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-192.html) In this panel, Psychologist Amanda Baden discussed identity crisis in teen years among the adoptees.

Yes, Amanda Baden is a great psychologist and I had the opportunity to listen to her discuss identity crises that typically start at a very young age and eventually can manifest to depression and other issues. We talked about our own struggles and discussed different scenarios, situations, how to possibly recognize children and youth who struggle with identity issues and to suggest ­­­tips to help minimize and possibly prevent them. It was a very interesting group and I felt extremely honored to be part of the panel.

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“Celebration of Champions” with the 10th Annual Academy Awards celebration of adoption banquet, hosted by the Coalition of Adoption Programs, Inc. Walk the red carpet, experience all the lights, camera, and action as they honor deserving families.

Tell me about your identity crisis as an adoptee and mixing it with your creativity. Did you ever connect with your biological parents as I can see longing in some of your paintings?

Growing up was a challenge because I faced racial discrimination, abandonment issues, and not feeling wanted or accepted.  As a child, it was very hard to understand why you were given up, why your adopted parents don’t look like you, and also to deal with a lot of negativity as an orphan, etc. I definitely struggled with identity at a young age…I think we all do at one point or another, so being adopted (in my opinion) just makes it even more intense, strange and complicated, especially as a child.

It was my art that helped me evolve, gain confidence and see my self-worth. Art helped me forget my worries because I stopped sweating the small stuff that I couldn’t control and I started utilizing the things I could appreciate, value and control: my creativity. Art was the one thing I didn’t fear. I realized no one can take it from me and that’s what helped me gain confidence.

Some of my artwork definitely reflects my inner emotions and feelings of being given up as well as longing to meet my biological family, which I did. I did some of my artwork before I met my family (in the summer of 2005) and I have other artwork illustrating my experiences after I met them. Meeting my biological family was the most exhilarating, thrilling and amazing journey I’ve ever experienced.

In your BIO, you mentioned you are working on a book and a screenplay based on a true story—is this your story? Is this about your adoption and breaking stereotypes?

THE WORK IS ACTUALLY A SCREENPLAY BASED ON A TRUE STORY. So, yes, the story definitely has to do with adoption, breaking stereotypes, and most of all, educating those who lack understanding of adoption and foster-care. It also focuses on educating those who are planning or seriously considering adopting. I incorporated my amazing journey/experiences in the book to give the audience some of the things I’ve experienced and to help others be more aware of what it’s like when adopting as well as fostering children.

What is your plan for a comeback?

My plan is to paint more, have more shows and share my stories through my creative expression (art and writing). My ultimate goal is to have my story turned into a film. Being able to share my story and make others more aware of these issues, plus entertain people would be my ultimate come back!

A significant amount of any proceeds will go to adoption and foster-care agencies as well as efforts to stop domestic violence and gun violence (in honor of my dad who was gunned down in such a senseless manner). Long term, I would like to be a philanthropist and be able to help numerous organizations as my way of giving back.

I am very passionate about my gift, my art, and would like to share it with everyone I meet…share a piece of who I am with others and hopefully make a difference. I am seeking legal representation (agent) to help me produce the story as a film and play.  If you know anyone who wants a unique story and will believe in my vision and project, please send them my way! I’m also open to an art agent who can possibly book me for other art exhibits locally and internationally.

My website is www.tiyadk.com. My facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiya-DK/190371861040167) and my email is tiya@tiyadk.com or  tiyadk@yahoo.com.

All images are provided by Marilyn “Tiya DK” Kirby.

Copyright © 2010-2015 Tiya DK. All Rights Reserved.

 

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My first print art feature is out for Aura Magazine (United Kingdom)

My very first print contribution for ‪#‎AuraMagazine‬ – a print magazine for #‎UK based #‎Filipinos.

Thank you Arlene de  ‘Adec’ Castro-Anonuevo of RED DOG- poems, musings, visuals

She is Aura’s first Filipina featured artist, ‘Adec’ her nickname

She is a painter, poetess, blogger, photography model, occasional photographer, consultant for speech and personality development, animal rights advocate, former international flight attendant of Cathay Pacific Airways and hotel assistant front office manager of Ramada Midtown Hotel, and most especially, great-grand niece of Philippine hero Andres de Castro Bonifacio..

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Image provided by the artist.

You will find my article on page 73.

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Thank you, Miguel Livelo and Dee Sanchez of Aura Magazine

for giving me the opportunity to be one of the Philippine contributors

for your newly launch magazine.

Maraming salamat!

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Filipino Artist: Wiljun”Jay”Magsino—His art and his poetry

Wiljun “Jay” Magsino closes influence and inspiration is his father who dabbled in metal art craft as his hobby.

Since childhood, his love for drawing was evident.  Mostly self-taught, he learned the basics of drawing by reading books about art and observing the works of other artists.

His art education begun when he was in 4th year high school.  He would leave after class and head to the mall. He would stand in front of a portrait artist and sometimes wait for an hour.  He gained his initial knowledge by watching him work his magic. He said, he even got in trouble from his mother because he would stay till 12 watching the artist.

Fine Arts was his first choice in college but ended up taking architecture. Because of financial difficulty, he was forced to stopped school and worked instead.

There is a saying that where your heart and soul belongs, you will still end up there. It was 2011 when he choose to continue his passion in art.  It was not easy at first but with perseverance he followed what he loved and made art his main profession.

He studied different types of styles and mediums including digital arts. Currently, exploring the world of art because he believes that art is a vast terrain to learn about.

Now a Freelance Visual Artist and looking forward to concentrate with his two favourite medium–oil paint and staples wires.

His dream that someday Wiljun’s art will be recognized using his personal style.

As you know, he is also a poet.  But it is in Tagalog very hard to translate. For those Filipino readers,  he is one makatang poet. Enjoy!

“MAHIGPIT NA YAKAP SA BIYAYA”

biyaya ka sa akin na pinatamasa,

ako’y inilaan upang sayo’y kumalinga;

Panginoong Diyos ika’y sakin ipinagkatiwala,

kayamanan ka na walang kapareha;

habang ika’y nasa aking sinapupunan,

aking buhay sayo’y ilalaan;

ika’y aking aarugain at pakakaingatan,

hanggang sa makulay na mundo’y iyong masilayan;

aking anak ako sayo’y sabik na sabik,

aking ninanais na ika’y madampian ng aking halik;

maipadama ang pagmamahal kong hitik na hitik,

dahil pag­ibig ko sayo’y liglig at siksik;

ngunit habang ikaw ay parte pa ng aking katawan ,

aking isasaalang­alang ating kalusugan at kaligtasan;

mahigpit na yakap sayo’y aking ilalaan,

dahil ikaw saki’y biyayang nagdulot ng walang katumbas na kaligayahan.

Wiljun Magsino Art

HAPDI SA PAGLUWAL NG BINHI

kapansin­pansin ang malaking pagbabago saking katawan,

siyam na buwan ika’y mananatili sa’king sinapupunan;

tila baga mundo’y aking pinapasan­pasan,

ubod ng bigat ang aking nararamdaman;

hindi biro ang dalhin ka sa’king lumalaking tiyan,

lahat ng di kumportable aking nararamdaman;

doble ang bigat ng aking katawan,

at ako’y lubos na nahihirapan;

ngunit magkagayunpaman ika’y aking aalagaan,

sisiguraduhing mananatiling maayos iyong kalusugan;

ika’y hinding­hindi ko pababayaan,

hanggang sa ika’y lumabas at mundo’y masilayan;

at sa oras na gusto mo nang lumabas,

lahat ng sakit titiisin ibubuhos ang lakas;

di baleng hapdi aking madanas at buhay ko ang katumbas,

maipakita ko lang aking pag­ibig at sa’yo maiparanas ang magandang bukas.

hapdi

“MARUPOK NA KAGANDAHAN,PAKAINGATAN”

Kayo’y hinugot sa’ming tadyang,

upang sa buhay maging katuwang;

Nilikha na puspos ng kagandahan,

yamang nararapat pakaingatan;

Kayo’y may malasutlang damdamin,

nararapat lang na alagaan at mahalin;

na tila kayamanang babasagin,

pakaingatan yan ang pinakabibilin;

Ngunit bakit lipuna’y nagkaganito?

Naubos na ba ang lahi ng mga maginoo?

Mga kababaihan laging nabibiktima,

ng mga taong walang alam kundi manamantala;

isang dalaga ginahasa, minolesya, pinatay,

sa mga pahayagan palaging nakahimlay;

palaging laman ng mga pornograpong larawan,

nasaan na ang pagpapahalaga natin sa mga kababaihan?

hindi ko mawari hindi maaninag,

aking damdami’t saloobi’y nababagabag;

nasaan na ang pagpapahalaga ni florante kay laura?

unti­unting natakpan at nawala na;

Kaya aking nilikha itong tula,

upang magsilbing paunawa sa bawat madla;

Pagpapahalaga nawa sa bawat kababaihan huwag mabalewala,

sila’y respetuhin, mahalin, pakaingatan yan ang dapat na adhika;

Laging isipin na sila’y kayamanang maituturing,

tila isang diyamanteng makislap maningning;

Pag­ibig na sapat sa kanila’y nararapat,

na sa kanila’y ibigay ng puspos at tapat.

Wiljun Art

Here are several videos of his art in action:

Staple Art

“Petronas Tower” Watercolour Speed Painting

“Cry out to Jesus” ; Coffee Speedpainting

All images provided by the artist.

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Artist Profile: Kitty Taniguchi Who Took Art To The Next Level

Kitty Taniguchi‘s is a champion of feminine aesthetic and is among the few Filipina painters who had successfully intruded upon a male-dominated art world—a feat back then. A veteran painter who has devotedly explored and experimented themes of femininity and all of women representation’s that challenged the perception and interpretation of social and cultural conventions.

All of her works are due to her personal experiences and her depictions of women in portraits are of expressions of truth, reality, and challenges that women face through the centuries of oppression—physically and spirituality. Her works are mainly of symbolism in style as she prefers representations that do not follow the traditional concepts that most artist partake.

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Artist at work with her Terracotta.

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“The Feminist art movement sought to change the world presenting a message about women’s experience and the need for gender equality.”

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Her works bring awareness to women facing seemingly unchangeable fates and unjust social status.

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From an artist whose body of work deals heavily with social and gender issues.

Her earlier fascination for architecture; interior design and everything that is beautiful; her childhood years in Siquijor and its wealth of cultural rites and folklorist traditions; her love for the words in literature honed under the tutelage of the philosophical and existential musings about modernity, and the unavoidable complexity that is feministic in representation.

She was born with a talent of imagination that is beyond the blue horizon.  She spent most of her childhood in convents and churches. Her educational background is in literature which allowed her to sharpen her insights and intellect and where she got to draw her philosophy in life.

Kitty prefers to see life’s realities and conventional traditions, if not side by side, and question, may this be executed on canvas or other art forms? It’s all in the artist prerogative.

Kitty, now in her 60s, who hails from Dumaguete City, a province in Central Visayas Philippines. It was difficult to break in the art mainstream as local art activities were rare if not well-defined. Her hurdles were mostly the absence of good system of communications and hard to find good materials were not as accessible. Despite the obstacles in the 80s, she still pursued her passion as an independent visual artist and by 1992, she even established Mariyah Gallery Restaurant despite the fact that it appeared that the community was not prepared for an artist’s haven. Its first name was Galleria Maria Cristina which is also named after her daughter Mariyah who is an artist as well. She closed the restaurant in 2000 so that she can concentrate more on her art works.

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Artist, Kity Taniguchi, her subjects of women in her artworks is to help express her discomfort with the discrimination that every woman has to face in a male-dominant society.

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The artist painting and sculptures depicts the flexibility of being a woman.

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Kitty’s works show that women are resilient despite the obstacles.

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Maria Itaru and the Green Dragon (2000)

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Frida Kahlo (2004)

To Kitty, she believes that all women are beautiful.  She invites all not only to look at her subjects in her paintings but also, she is asking that you converse with them. Oh yes, all of her women. They are all centered, thinking, feeling, and connecting to a deeper sense of intellectuality and spirituality.

Her art is unconventional as she loathes stereotypes and fixed typesets.  All her works explores images with playful masculinity and femininity expressions—sprinkled quirkily with loads of social issues. A self-taught artist, Kitty embodies fluidity in poetry and philosophy, working them into her artist’s hands to the canvas.

What makes an object an artwork a great art work?

What makes the paint shine from above the rest?

What makes art timeless and never forgotten through generations?

In Kitty’s classification of a great work of art is that which could not be ignored and will not be forgotten through time.

As for her works, only time can tell how her art will figure in history. However, there is no worry to be thinking about this as Kitty has successfully already established herself as an artist who can bestow to us a unique brand of aesthetic greatness just like the impressionism and expressionism masters of the past.

“I just really want to produce great works of art,” exclaims Cristina Sollesta-Taniguchi.

Nothing more and nothing less!

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Art was not merely an object for aesthetic admiration according to Kitty, but art could also incite the viewer to question the social and political landscape, and through this questioning, possibly affect the world and incite change toward “WOMEN EQUALITY.”

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Kitty’s self-portrait.

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Feminist artists such as Kitty Taniguchi sought to create a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork through the inclusion of women’s perspective.

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Buddha, His Cheeth and His Crow (2006)

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Kitty and one of her mural masterpiece.

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For those visiting Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, feel free to stop by her gallery:

Address: Larena Drive, Bogo Junction, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental
Phone:(035) 225 1687

All images provided by the artist, Kitty Taniguchi.

References:

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www.artesdelasfilipinas.com

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Art for Sale: Kevin A Sabino (Painting the Memories of My Childhood)

Next time you want to remember the most memorable moments of your childhood, take a look at these black and white ink paintings by Kevin Sabino. He hails from Tangalan—the 5th municipality in Aklan known for its pristine beauty which nature has bestowed upon it and its people. As an artist, Kevin is able to capture some of life’s most wonderful moments with his beautiful brushstrokes. Painting became for him a tool for reviving his past experiences. He discovered that searching into his past and recounting his stories via painting is a challenging creative process, during which, he finds himself actively involved in remaking, reshaping, and rehearsing all of his past—the cliff villages, bancas by the river (boats), the big white house by the beach, kite flying, the lake, the sea village and so on.

Does these all sound familiar to you?

*All art works are for sale so feel free to contact me directly for further inquiries.

Nazarene

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, Nazarene, Ink on Wood 20″x 26″, Price: 20k

Red Leaf

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, Red Leaf, Ink on Wood 12″x 46″, Price: 20k

The 10.5″x 14.5″ Paintings

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, Cliff Village, Ink on Paper 10.5″x 14.5″, Price: 12-15k

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, 3 Boats, Ink on Paper 10.5″x 14.5″, Price: 12-15k

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, House of White Beach, Ink on Paper 10.5″x 14.5″, Price: 12-15k

The 9.5″x 12″ Paintings

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, Kite, Ink on Paper 9.5″x 12″, Price: 8-10k

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, Cliff Village 2, Ink on Paper, 9.5″x 12″, Price: 8-10k

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, Laguna Lake 2, Ink on Paper, 9.5″x 12″, Price: 8-10k

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, Cliff Village 3, Ink on Paper, 9.5″x 12″, Price: 8-10k

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Artist: Kevin A Sabino, Kabungan, Ink on Paper, 9.5″x 12″, Price: 8-10k

Sea Village Series

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Artist:Kevin A Sabino, Sea Village 1, Ink on Wood 24″x 24″, Price: 18K

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Artist:Kevin A Sabino, Sea Village 2, Ink on Wood 24″x 24″, Price: 18K

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Artist:Kevin A Sabino, Sea Village 3, Ink on Wood 24″x 24″, Price: 18K

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Artist:Kevin A Sabino, Sea Village 4, Ink on Wood 24″x 24″, Price: 18K

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Jensen Moreno, Artist, Painter, Art Teacher, Art Instructor, Designer, Art Organizer, Art Journey, Art Profile, Art Show, Filipina Artist, Global Pinay, Philippines

Artist Jensen Moreno: “Her world is the art class, her class is the art world, and her art is world class.”

Born on January 21, 1984 in Orion Bataan, Jensen Moreno’s art voyage began in the Philippines. She was excellent and honor student from the beginning who was destined to succeed in art locally and internationally. “Her world is the art class, her class is the art world, and her art is world class,” as quoted by Jonathan Bar-On—an Author and Teacher at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Her tertiary and post graduate studies began in University of Sto. Thomas (UST) where she took Bachelor in Fine Arts majoring in Painting and proceeded with Master of Fine Arts. She worked as a freelance visual artist, designer, and art tutor who did commissioned work and even managed her own boutique and art studios. She was an art instructor and facilitator in elementary and high schools who also conducted special programs and workshops for all levels of students. Her last stint as a professor was in Mapua Institute of Technology teaching monochromatic freehand drawing, illustration and so on. Her former mentor and art collector, Dr. Mendez in fact believed in her talent so much that he bought most of her works while still residing in Manila whom she met last 2009.

It is in 2011, she spread her wings further and left for Vietnam. Her Vietnam art journey began when Jensen joined the Vin Space, Trung Khuyen Nhac, and Saigon South International School as a part-time art teacher to kids and adults.

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Browsing from her iPhoto…this was taken few years ago. This is when she got really emotional. Looking back at those defining moments that lead her to where she is now and saying, what if? Will her journey still be the same if she didn’t take that chance?.. – caption via Facebook.

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Jensen’s first international art-solo-show in Vietnam titled “Twenty-Seven.”

Her successes and activities all bulleted as there are too many—a global Pinay success story.  God knows where she will be a few years from now. Truly a multi-gifted artist, designer, and organizer of art.

JENSEN’S ART JOURNEY IN VIETNAM:

  • She stunned the local Filipino and international community in Saigon by conducting her first international solo exhibit just a month after she arrived. Her exhibition “Twenty-Seven” was held at the Kinh Bac Restaurant and Gallery. The event was a success and was attended by more than a hundred people on opening night—unforeseen for an artist new to Vietnam.
  • When she joined The American School of Vietnam (TAS) as a faculty member in July of the same year, she showed more of her genius creativity as a designer who makes women’s accessories, clothes. She led two outstanding fashion shows and her Avant Garde Collection of wearable art pieces which is made of recyclable materials impressed the crowd all together.
  • The multi-faceted Jensen was also involved in theatre and school play productions who directed the set and props design team. As an art teacher, she also trained some of her young students for art competitions and because of her guided teachings: one of her 4th grade students won an over-all championship award out of more than 2000 entries.
  • Due to “La Vita e la morte” art exhibition of International Artists in Boomerang Bistro Saigon (last July 2012), she was introduced to more charitable work. This helped her fulfill her goals of reaching out to the less fortunate. She even donated some of her paintings for auction and taught art to disadvantage kids who are afflicted with HIV to benefit the SMILE Group Charity.
  • During that year, Jensen did not stop. She even helped promote Filipino art and culture internationally by organizing an art exhibition for emerging Filipino artists for the celebration of Philippine Independence. The exhibit entitled, “PinoyAko (I’m a Filipino)” was attended by 30 artists who flew to Vietnam last June of 2012 to showcase incomparable works of art done by our own Filipino talents. All art works were shown in different venues and local and international dignitaries attended the affair: Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts, The Equatorial Hotel Saigon, and Intercontinental Hotel Saigon. The exhibition was featured in English Magazines and websites throughout Vietnam.
  • Summer of 2012, Jensen flew back to the Philippines for the “Figuras 5” painting exhibition where she painted Ms. Philippines World, Ms. Daisy Reyes, on a 6×8 foot canvas.” (The girl in the middle)
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Portrait of Councilor Daisy Reyes-Ms. Philippines World, 6×8 ft. oil on canvas. “In a world where beauty is not all it takes” FIGURAS 5 Art Exhibition,Mendez Big&Small Art Gallery – caption via Facebook.

  • Upon her return to Saigon, she had the privilege to work with Ms. Hoang My Vu, Ms. Vietnam World 2012. Her masterful portrait of the beauty queen was exhibited at the Philippines-Vietnam Music and Art Show for business and friendship at Hard Rock Café in Saigon. Once again, the art event was well attended by local and Filipino dignitaries including her subject, Ms. Vietnam World, Hoang My Vu.
  • Jensen Moreno finds fulfillment in teaching young minds all she knows about art and to encourage young people to fulfill their creative potential. She also finds equally satisfying producing her own artworks. Oil is her medium of choice and although she focuses on seascapes and abstract paintings but it is in portraiture, she found her niche.
  • During her second year at TAS, she taught elective art courses for the high school students and was the organizer in their very first art exhibition which was held in downtown Ho Chi Minh City—a painting auction and performance art was also held at the event.
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“THIRTY-ONE”, Jensen Moreno’s 2nd international solo show will reveal her newest collection of paintings in Beijing, China on March 21st, Taipei on April 1st, and lastly, Cambodia on July 1st 2015.

JENSEN’S ART JOURNEY IN CHINA

Her passion for teaching and creating art continues in China when she moved on 2013. Her interest in organizing art shows will never stop—as it is in her heart.

  • She continued were she taught PYP visual art teacher at the Guangdong Country Garden School.
  • And while in Foshan, Jensen got into film making. She did a little bit of acting and production designing. For the acting part, she learned how to drive a motorbike somewhat precariously. The first short film entitled, “Rumble in the Bronx” was shown as an entry to Swede Fest 2013 in Fresno, California. She then, participated with two more short films, both were Christmas themed.
  • Jensen also joined forces with the music and art teachers at the school for school music and art show entitled, “The Meeting.”
  • After her stint in Guangdong, Jensen moved to Beijing to become a visual art teacher for Upper elementary at the Beijing International Bilingual Academy.
  • Being in a new environment inspires and motivates her to be her best. She became more involved at her church and also recently organized a performance art event with students from different international schools in Beijing.
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Congratulations BIBA ARTISTS for winning one of the Honor Awards out of hundreds of entries!!! Way to go my dear students! – caption via Facebook.

  • After the success of her first one-woman show in Vietnam, “THIRTY-ONE”, Jensen Moreno’s 2nd international solo show will reveal her newest collection of paintings in Beijing, China on March 21st, Taipei on April 1st, and lastly, Cambodia on July 1st
  • At the moment, Jensen is enjoying her life as an art teacher. She enjoys creating artworks for art competitions, and exhibiting students’ artworks. She looks forward to spending wonderful years in China both in teaching and creating art.
  • “Her world is the art class, her class is the art world, and her art is world class.” INDEED!
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Life in Beijing is brilliant.

Article Source by Jonathan Bar-On, Author and Teacher at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Art, Artist, Artist Feature, Art Profile, Artist Spotlight, Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee, Bacolod, Visual Artist, Philippines, Dancer, Bayanihan, Performance Artist, Painter

Painter & Performance Artist Spotlight: Goddess Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee

One of the first components of Goddess Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee’s style is her penchant for flowing lines and spirals. She uses thick textured paints which seems like the subject of her art is dancing elegantly—influenced by her dance background — who was a former member of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company.

Miss Nunistell hails from Bacolod City who was last year’s Vice-President of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros. She is now focusing her attention to the Negrense artist’s exhibits at the Museo Diocesano of Bacolod as an organizer.

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Natural Mystic (Embracing Nature) Arts & Concept by Eric Estampador Cabales, Photo taken by Dennis Tan Yu.

Miss Nunistell was among the privileged few dancers who auditioned and were accepted into this acclaimed dance company. She was with the Bayanihan from 1998 to 2003 and took part in its performances here and abroad. She visited 14 countries and represented the Philippines for international dance festivals and competitions.

After Bayanihan, Miss Nunistell concentrated in the arts but she never forgot her roots in dancing.  She became friends with the ethnic group of musicians so sometimes; she will perform and render a neo-ethnic dance routine during the opening ceremony of any art shows she participates in.

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Viva Excon 2014…Performance at the Opening of Art Salon.

Miss Nunistell joined Association of Bacolod last 2011 and from then on, she focused in painting art. In her first group exhibit, her three mixed-media works were sold immediately.  In the process, she was inspired to paint and paint; thus, found her true identity.

“I like to paint that is pleasing in the eyes that are inspiring to look at. We have so many problems in this world; now, why make something that is hard, deep and stressful to look at. So what I prefer to create are the ones that are soft, presentable, elegant, and inspiring—the ones that makes us happy.” she said.

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Left: “Si Maganda” 15″x15″ Textured Oil on Canvas / Mixed Media Art . This art is for group exhibit in Italy — Right: SOLD! “Paunjalay Dancer” Textured Oil on Canvas 24″x36″. Paunjalay is a Pre-nuptial dance of Yakan Tribe of Basilan”. You can see the gracefulness of the Bayanihan dancer itself. Commissioned painting now in Canada.

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Her biggest artwork “Blink of Nature” Yang & Yin Energy, 48″x 60″ Textured Oil on Canvas.

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SOLD! “IDENTIFIED” 5″ x 32″ Set of 4, Textured Oil on Canvas, Now in NEW YORK.

In the realm of the visual arts, Miss Nunistell’s plans to make many dance figures in costumes. If ever, to have a solo exhibit but all of this needs to be planned for first according to her.

Stellar is the word that best describes Miss Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee who remains humble despite her many accomplishments. She’s also a devoted mother to her daughter, Ela, and a gem of a friend to her peers and colleagues in the local art industry.

“I’m simple & optimistic kind of person. Art is my passion. I love dancing, designing, drawing, painting, and modeling—& even just posing under the sun in Boracay beach. Travelling in different parts of the world is a pleasure and a treasure to keep. My family is my inspiration and God leads our way to live,” she quoted.

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Artist Profile: Q&A with Master Bienvenido “Boi” Sibug

Beinvenido Sibug, an LA-based Filipino artist has been capturing the essence of a typical world where he grew up in the Philippines–as shown in his paintings, portraits, designs, and photographs. Boi, his nickname, originally wanted to be an architect but opted for Fine Arts. A prolific artist and painter who had 47 group shows in the Philippines, 16 in Guam and 43 in the US. Sibug moved to the Island of Guam in 1992 together with his family and due to an advertising job relocation opportunity. His move also gave him a break to showcase his works as described by art critics from Asia as “A Collection of Artistic Gems.”

While Sibug employs multiple media, his expertise resides in oil, watercolor, pastel, and charcoals. His artistic talents do extend to creating graphic design and photographs, but his exceptional sense of colors and composition leads ultimately to a powerful rendering of images of beauty and order in the Pacific milieu. An artist who has been recognized through numerous awards for his incomparable works and some of his paintings has become permanent features of galleries and lobbies of the finest places in Guam, Manila, and the USA.

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Virtual Still Life One-Man Show. Only at Museum of World Still Life Artists’ Net.

His weekly art group meet-ups at Raffy Studio in Bellflower doing sketching, portrait, nudes session, still life, and plein air keeps him busy and happy in Los Angeles. He is enjoying his retirement but misses the Philippines-so many happenings, according to him. Here is his Q&A from the Master Mr. Sibug.  Enjoy!

Q: Over 35 years in art. Over 100 art shows from Manila, to Guam, to California and a string of awards. How are you?

Boi: I’m doing great. Still very active in the arts, painting, and sketching if ever I have time. I meet with my friends here in Los Angeles; we do paintings, sketching portraiture, and sometimes plein air. I also join several juried shows around Los Angeles & nearby surrounding areas.

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His Fruit Stall Series, Art by Master Boi Sibug.

Q: What’s it like to be Boi Sibug?

Boi: I’m proud, happy, great, and still strong for my senior age. Have a lovely family, still very active in art activities, and won some awards in juried shows.

Q: How old are you now? How was life like as a youngster? Did you always like art? At what age did you realize this and what triggered it? You studied in the Philippines? Where?

Boi: I’m 68 now in my senior years. My youngster years were great, no big problems, had fun with friends, and studied.

When I was in high school, I wanted to be an architect so that’s why I tried to do some drawings and portraits for celebrities.

After I graduated in my high school, my father told me to take accounting course and so I enrolled in University of the East (UE). After one year, I realized I was not interested in numbers so I decided to transfer to UST (University of Santo Tomas) to take up Architecture. Unfortunately it was fully booked so instead I enrolled in Fine Arts majoring in Advertising.

Sir Aalfredo Liongoren, Pan Pastel, General Black & White Charcoal on Strathmore Toned Gray, 9" x 12", 2014.

Sir Aalfredo Liongoren, Pan Pastel, General Black & White Charcoal
on Strathmore Toned Gray, 9″ x 12″, 2014.

Sampaguita vendor (2014), Watercolor on Fabriano Pad, 19.5" x14", Available.

Sampaguita vendor (2014), Watercolor on Fabriano Pad, 19.5″ x14″, Available.

The Balletic Paintings of Master Bienvenido Sibug. Last dance, Watercolor.

The Balletic Paintings of Master Bienvenido Sibug. Last dance, Watercolor.

Q: What made you decide to move to Guam and then to California?

Boi: I worked at Well Advertising in Makati as an Art Director first & after, they transferred me to their Guam branch together with my family.

Q: When did you decide to pursue photography on the side?

Boi: As I worked in several advertising agencies before, I have to learn photography as part of my job requirements. It is still related to paintings as in photography, it is important to know the art of composition, design, light & shadows, and techniques. I take some photos also as references for my paintings.

Waiting (2010), Watercolor on Arches Paper, 21.5"x29.5

Waiting (2010), Watercolor on Arches Paper, 21.5″x29.5.

T'boli woman (2014), Pastel, 19.5" x 25.5", Available for Sale

T’boli woman (2014), Pastel, 19.5″ x 25.5″, Available for Sale.

Q: Those 100+ art shows, how many of them were staged in the Philippines, Guam and in the US?

Boi: In the Philippines, I had around 47 group shows, on Guam, about 16 group shows, and in the USA 43 group shows.

Q: What work are you most proud of and why?

Boi: The portrait of my wife Helengrace done in watercolor for she is my one & only in my life. It’s a priceless piece of work.

His one and only, A Portrait of His Wife.

His one and only, A Priceless Portrait of His Wife.

Q: Who is your most important client?

Boi: Sherwood Hotel on Guam where I was commissioned around six (6) big oil paintings.

Q: What is your most expensive work right now that you are putting on the market?

Boi: The Tricycle done in watercolor with the size of 30” x 22”.

Tricycle, Watercolor on Arches Paper,  21.5" x 29.5", Year 2014, Available for Sale

Tricycle, Watercolor on Arches Paper, 21.5″ x 29.5″, Year 2014, Available for Sale. Won Harvey Clemans Watercolor Award, Tricycle, Watercolor, 2014 Fall Huntington Beach Art League Members Only Show. Nov. 3 – Nov. 26, Huntington Beach Central Library, California.

Q: Where can art fans follow you?

They can follow me in my Facebook page at Bienvenido Sibug, BOI Sibug Art, and my website.

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Joel Masaya, Filipino Artist, Filipinism, Art, Artist Profile, Art Feature, Rural Art, Philippines

Artist Profile: Q&A with Joel Masaya and his Filipinism Art

When an artist says he is into Filipinism, one automatically associates it with pastoral life and rural Philippines. However, Filipinism in the past was viewed as very limiting but now; it is more of a blessing –artists like Joel Masaya gives his art a little spin by capturing the image with his brushes rather than a lifeless colorful stroke.

Joel Masaya’s art breathes new life into it, and makes it a way to celebrate life by utilizing the riotous colors and complex forms naturally abounding in these islands. This is what Joel Masaya has been doing in his paintings. This art form is a way of showing the real identity of the artist into their works as a Filipino.  He paints to preserve the life of the past and the forgotten culture long ago silenced.

Joel Masaya is an active member of Tanay Art Group founded by Tam Austria and Jun Tiongco. He retired from textile designing and is now a full time artist–100% devoted to his art. His series of mother and child are a tribute to the master artist, Tam Austria. His works are in the collection of prominent art collectors here and abroad.

Homage to the Master Sa Piling ni Nanay  Acrylic on Canvas, 2014 Private Collection

Homage to the Master, Sa Piling ni Nanay, Acrylic on Canvas, 2014
Private Collection

Q: Congratulations on your participation at the 2014 ArtAsia Gallery in SM Megamall. How was it like for you? How many of your works made it to the exhibit?

JM: Being part of that exhibit was a big deal and an important milestone for me. I can’t expect too much, two of my paintings showcased at the ArtAsia Gallery in SM Megamall. I was very happy that my works was part of the group exhibit.

Q: How was the viewers’ feedback regarding your obras (paintings)?

JM: Lots of collectors inquire directly to me and was able to raise three (3) commissioned artworks. Some collectors asked me if I have many paintings. A painting was sold as the result of the exhibit.

Q: You are a BSIE (Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering) graduate. How did you get into art?

JM: It was my auntie who advised me to take that course. But deep inside, my passion is on the arts. I set aside painting for a while until I met my mentor, Martin Catolos and Tam Austria, the Founder of Tanay Artist Group. I painted again under the tutelage of Martin Catolos and was influenced by Tam Austria. I was invited to join the group and also participated in their annual art exhibit from years 1986 to 1997.

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Homage to the Master, 4 Marias, 24 x 34, Acrylic on Canvas, 2014

Q: How come that you contained your career as painter mostly inside Pililla, Rizal?

JM: I was born in Pililla Rizal but was raised in Tanay Rizal. My hearts belong in Pililli. I feel great and more focused because of the poetic environment. There are plenty of inspirations in this town. I often go to field, markets, and fishing village to get my inspiration. I go around the town to find old custom materials for my art composition. As an artist, Pililla is a place where I feel more relaxed.

Q: How did you develop your love for art and your career-path towards it?

JM: Since I was I kid, I drew and painted for developmental purpose only. I continued my studies with the senior artist in Tanay who helped me improve my art. I also met Oscar Salita who at that time gave me an assignment to sketch. He once said, “Arts come from the brain close to the heart, to the hands that lines are remain in my mind.”

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Luningning, 12 x 24, Acrylic on Canvas, 2015

Q: You did textiles before. Why the transition into paintings?

JM: I worked as a textile hand painter for almost 20 years.”Ito ung binuhay ko sa pamilya ko.” This was my way of living for my family and at the same I painted and visited Manila to peddle my paintings door to door. It was very hard but I was prepared and experienced hard times as an artist. It’s a part of learning process. My hardships helped me enhanced my craft. I can’t escape art because it is my first love and my passion despite the hardships.

Q: You have a fondness for Filipinism and elements of the past. How so?

JM: As an artist, I work to develop the beauty of Filipina, the beauty that exist in the ruin culture, and traditions; Philippine urban style and the elements of the past is something I want to preserve in my art.

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Early works, Nippa Hut, 18 x 24, Acrylic on Canvas, 2012

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Early works, Golden Harvest, 18 x 26, Acrylic on Canvas

Q: What work of yours best embodies your ideals regarding Filipinism?

JM: My paintings titled, “Bahay Kubo, Golden Harvest, and Homage to the Master Mother and Child,” are subjects of Philippine urban style. I work hard to recreate Filipinism in all my art.

Q: How many of your works that went on exhibit last year at SM Megamall received raves from prospective buyers and actually sold? 

JM: One art piece was sold and the other piece was reserved to one collector. Through social media, I was able to get commission work. Social media is a big factor to make transactions with art buyers.

Q: What will you be painting next?

JM: As of now, I’m doing some sketches for a series—Beauty of Filipina since I’m inspired by Filipina beauty.

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Early works, Golden Field, 24 x 36, Acrylic on Canvas, 2013

Joel Masaya, Filipino Artist, Filipinism, Art, Artist Profile, Art Feature, Rural Art, Philippines

Early works, Windowing, 18 x 24, Acrylic on Canvas, 2012

Artist Contact Information:

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Email: masayajoel@gmail.com

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Q&A RicARTE: Ric Ico And His Neo-Cubism Art

RicARTE learned the basics of painting from artist’s friends, and polished his skill further through self-study and perseverance. His knowledge in architectural drafting led RicARTE to explore the possibilities of integrating fine art and architecture in his paintings. Unlike traditional still-life, landscapes, or portrait paintings, cubist paintings aren’t meant to be realistic or life-like in any way. Instead, after looking at the subject from every possible angle; RicARTE’s pieces together fragments from different vantage points into one painting. As a cubist, Ric Ico rejected the inherited concept that art should copy nature, or that they should adopt the traditional techniques of perspective, modeling, and foreshortening. He wanted instead to emphasize the two-dimensionality of the canvas as shown on his fish and human interest series.

RicARTE was born and raised in San Marcelino, Zambales, but is now based in Bauang, La Union. RicARTE had already won four first prizes and one second prize in six on-the-spot competitions he joined. He had exhibited works in various venues in San Fernando City, La Union, and Metro Manila. RicArte is a member of several art groups, like the Artists Guild of La Union, and also of the Pinoy na Pinoy Visual Artists, Inc. (PPVAI), and the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) which further attests to his outgoing ways.

I always enjoy an insight into an artist working life and here is one from Ric Ico of RicARTE and his neo-cubism art.  Enjoy!

1.) Your background is Education, Architecture and History. How did you get into these different fields? And now you are into painting?

My ambition since childhood was to become a fine arts artist. There was no Fine Arts course nearby so I enrolled in Architecture. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish the course because I relapsed from influenza. I was in third year when I stopped.

However, I was able to get a job which commensurate to my educational attainment. While working, I continued my studies through distance learning and finished a degree – AB major in History. As Artist Illustrator II, I did multiple higher functions not related to my position. They led me to take-up Education with the belief that I can be promoted. However, the position that I was aiming for was already filled-up before I can even finish my course. Nevertheless, I continued it.

I started painting in 1995 using watercolor as my medium. I learned this from my Architecture course. I also did charcoal portraits. Sometime in 1997, I saw an art exhibit in a hotel lobby in San Fernando, La Union. Without hesitation, I sought the help of one of the artists and she taught me the basics of oil painting. After 3 sessions, I was invited to join their group.

Mother and Child, Work in Progress – Art by Ric Ico of RicARTE

2.) You worked for DECS (Department of Education, Culture and Sports) and DepEd (Department of Education) for most of your working life. How was that like?     

I started as Clerk I, then Illustrator II, and finally, Artist Illustrator II. I did book illustrations, graphical presentations, and the likes. But the bulk of my work was more on signage making backdrops, streamers, etc. I also received commissioned works from my officemates, mostly flowers as subject which I did during night time and on weekends.

3.) You joined several art contests. How did it feel?      

It was exciting and a bit nerve-wracking. On-the-spot competitions really made my adrenaline escalate to the brim. <laughs>

4.) Who or what influenced you to pursue freelance painting?          

The group where I belong now – the Artists Guild of La Union (AGLAUN), influenced me much!

And, of course, the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP). I renewed my membership recently.

Also, I was once a member of the Pinoy na Pinoy Visual Artists Association, Inc. (PPVAAI).

I love the transparent cubism of Vicente Manansala, style of Oscar Salita, and lately, the neo-constructivism of a Russian painter, named Georgy Kurasov.

School of Fishes Series (Collage), Art by Ric Ico of RicARTE

5.) Which among your paintings are you most proud of and why?     

The FISHES I is the one! I started as a realist painter until such time that I must explore other styles. I tried pointillism, abstraction and then cubism. The “Fishes I” was my first attempt and it turned out to be good!

I usually hung my paintings in the office, of course, with the permission of my immediate boss. When my director saw it, she was amazed! She bought it without bargaining the price. She now has three of my paintings. I shared it several times in and outside Facebook, and then gained depth impressions from the viewers until today. A critically-acclaimed artist-writer suggested that I should focus on this style – neo-cubism.

6.) Which of your paintings depict your exact personality?     

Hmmm, the THREE SISTERS.

Three Sisters
24×24 inches
Acrylic on Canvas
Collection of DR. EDDELYN SALOMON

When I paint fishes, they have eyes. But when I paint people, they have no eyes. <laughs>. I am a shy guy; I am ashamed when faced with beautiful women. I said to myself: “Will make them ashamed of me, too!” <laughs>

Human Interest (Collage), Art by Ric Ico of RicARTE

7.)  Now that you are a freelance painter, what kinds of paintings do you do and for what market?       

You mean my style? Definitely, I do neo-cubism but sometimes with a little fusion of realism. Realism is for the masses but I want to gain an identity. Most say that my style is different, simple; one of a kind… and it sells! Somebody says “Ricubism” <laughs>. Of course, not all of my cubist paintings were good. I kept them or discard them.

8.) What was the most exciting painting that you did, for whom and why was it exciting?     

The orchids that was done in watercolor was the most exciting. It measures 18”x 24”. It was my first time to join an exhibit and my first time to sell an exhibited artwork. My mentor in oil painting bought it!!! <smiles>

9.) What is your specialty when painting?

I love to work on textured canvas. It is easier to blend acrylic colors in it and the effect is superb. I can also freely apply flat colors without breaking the rules in fine arts. I wouldn’t have worked with acrylics if not for my allergic rhinitis. I used to paint in oils.

10). Where can people find you and your works?

I have a Facebook page named RicARTE and at Touch Talent.

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Q&A: Intense Realism in Clint Normandia’s Art

His art stands out as his paintings are a combination of classic realistic views with a touch of modern twist. Keen on detail in his utilization of space and fine control of the brush, Normandia gives significant dimension to the treatment of light and shade in his drawings and paintings. All his compositions are distinct and lines are sleek with elements which points to Normandia’s contemporary sights. He goes beyond traditional concepts and gives a playful punch to his masterfully painted subjects. His execution and detailed in capturing beauty of the human body and his art goes beyond the standards of traditional aesthetic norms. His artistic boldness and his drive to perfection can only be seen in artists of Normandia’s caliber.

Purely a self-taught painter, Clint earned his additional artistic knowledge under the tutelage of Jose “Kimsoy” Yap, Jr and got inspiration and pointers from Romulo Galicano. Clint was also elected as the youngest president of Cebu Art Association and is currently an active member of Portrait Artists Society of the Philippines.

Clint hails from Misamis Occidental but currently lives in Cebu City. He is a consistent finalist and winner of the Martino Abellana Annual Art Competition in Carcar, Cebu and got his most coveted award as a Grand Prize winner for Art Petron in 2003.

Get to know more of Clint personally on this artist reflection Q&A. Enjoy!

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Clint Normandia, Art, Artist, Filipino Art, Artist Feature, Filipino Artist, Realism, Modern Art, Philippines

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The Nude – By Clint Normandia, Philippines

You are an architect, a theologian and a painter. How does that work for you? How did theology come into the picture? You are also a pastor?

First of all because of my eagerness in searching for the answer of life’s questions and the existence of The Creator, lead me to precede my study of Theology.

It all works together. My architectural background helps my painting build in a good foundation while my theological background gives a profound meaning to its intention and purpose.

No, I’m not a pastor nor do I do pastoring to any congregation or a church, but I’m involved in the ministry of music in our church.

You worked as an art teacher at a rehabilitation center for abused children. How did that come about?

It all came about by an opportunity and because of my passion and burden to the ministry.  I’d like to share my humble little God given talent to the abused and indigent’s kids in an orphanage as where I’m presently working at the Happy Horizons Children’s Ranch. And more of that, I believe they need it not just for them to gain knowledge in art but as for therapy as well.

You work for a security agency now? How so?

No not anymore because from time to time, I realized that I’m not following my inner passion. So I decided to quit working on a security agency which is owned by our family but instead, I got back on painting and teaching as well.

Architecture is your first profession. It is related to painting. How do you juggle the two jobs?

It juggled together because it works and compliments each other as one. But actually this time, I concentrate more on paintings rather than architectural works.

How long have you been a painter? You are already an architect, why did you decide to pursue painting as well? What is your first work as a painter? What is your best work so far and why?

As far as I can remember, it begun at my early age since the accident happened to my left leg caused by a gun fire. Because of my disability, I could not play with my friends anymore. Instead, I just kept on drawing and painted inside our house.

I decided to pursue painting because I’d like to do more than architecture.

I don’t really exactly remember my first work or painting because I started painting since I was a child. Cannot be counted anymore on how much works I’ve already produced.

Well talking about “best work” for me, I see it in this way: “My next work will be my best work.”

What are the highlights of your journey as an artist so far? What are the memorable events in your life as a painter?

First, I think one of the highlights of my journey as an artist is when I won the national title of painting competition at “3rd Art Petron National Art Competition” last 2003.

Second highlight is when I was elected as a President of Cebu Art Association (CAA).

And then thirdly, when I was given an opportunity to join the Art Tabang Project for Yolanda Victims. This gave me an opportunity to share my humble God given talent to help others in need. At least, this fulfilled my reason to exist as an artist.

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Clint Normandia, Art, Artist, Filipino Art, Artist Feature, Filipino Artist, Realism, Modern Art, Philippines

Clint Normandia, Art, Artist, Filipino Art, Artist Feature, Filipino Artist, Realism, Modern Art, Philippines

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You sell your paintings? What was the most expensive of your paintings that you sold?

Most expensive? Oh my, I’m not that expensive or that highly priced artist. (Laughing)

But for me, the most expensive one as far as I can remember I think is when we were in need and had nothing but only painting. Then, somebody bought my painting, not to mention the amount but it’s the value of that money was enough to meet our needs on that specific time. I thanked God for answering our prayers when I had nothing but only painting.

Who are your most valued clients, your favorites?

I have lots of valued clients. I think all of them are my favorites. I have no favoritism (Laughing) and I thank all of them for their support.

Is art in your family? How does your wife and kids take it?

In our family, I’m the only artist. But my mom said our forefathers in our mother side are musicians.

With my kids, my eldest daughter 16 years who has musical talent and my 2nd daughter, 14 years has the artistic talent.

What are the goings on in your life right now as a painter that you would like to share to the public (events, galleries, exhibits…)?

I’m currently in a group exhibit just here in Cebu at Banilad Town Center entitled, “Pasiunang Halad.” It is ongoing from Jan. 14 until Feb. 16, 2015.

And also, now preparing for my upcoming one man exhibit in Manila most probably at Artasia Gallery in Sm Megamall.I do not know the specific time and schedule yet, but it’s gonna be this year.

All images courtesy of the artist.

For more about the artist, you can find him at his Facebook page here.

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Q&A Omi M. Reyes: The Modern Realist Who’s Painted For The Sultan of Brunei

Q&A Omi M. Reyes: The Modern Realist Who’s Painted For The Sultan of Brunei

Omi Reyes has gone a long way as an artist who started as a textile painter back in the 1980s. In the early days of his career, he painted floral designs on diaphanous and gossamer material to accessorize fashion. Nowadays, his works revolve around modern realism.

Fresh from college at that time, finding a steady source of income was the only choice. His artistic soul hungered for venues that can showcase his creativity and celebrate the way he views the world around him through art.

He believes that a true artist is one who is not afraid of trying out new ways of rendering art. He plays around with depth and focus, photographic impressionism, abstraction, at times surrealism, juxtaposing different subjects, mixing light and shadow to create a rare hazy, smoky effect evoking evanescence and ethereal landscapes among others. Being a frustrated musician, he says that he always finds a way to convey his musical inclination regardless of his theme as suggested by his works “Rhythm of the Wind”, “A Symphony of Flowers”, “Harmony in Still Life”, and in his most recent one-man-show entitled “Omi’s Symphony” where he focused on musical instruments as a theme subject.

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Men on Wheels — 12.5 x 28.75 x 3.75 Inches — Mixed Media 2014

Born on Valentine’s Day, Omi exemplifies love, dedication, harmony, peace where his art is concerned. Get to know Omi Reyes up-close, the modern realist who’s painted for the Sultan of Brunei. Enjoy!

You painted for Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei. Tell us how your painting/s ended up on the wall of the music room of the sultan’s palace in Brunei? How many are they and what are they about? When did this happen? How did it happen? Did he buy your finished work or did he commission you to paint on his requested theme and subject?

It was circa 1997 when I was referred by my late friend Oscar Salita who hired for a commission work at Sultan Bolkiah’s Mansion in Forbes Park. I did several paintings in different parts of the mansion. I painted the headboard up to the ceiling for his master bedroom. Aside from that, I have done some retouch for his indoor swimming pool ceiling since there were already existing murals done by young artists during that time. I was also sent to Brunei to do his music room in his palace but it was more of designing than painting.

You attended UE in Manila. You now live in Hulo, Mandaluyong City. Have you always lived in Mandaluyong? You said life was hard when you were a student because your parents were poor. How did you go about it and get by through college?

I was born and raised in Hulo, Mandaluyong. It has always been my home. I tried living outside Mandaluyong for a couple of years (in Quezon City) but my heart belonged here so I came back.

We were not born with a silver spoon in our mouths but we got by. My parents were micro-entrepreneurs so my siblings and I were able to finish college through that without really needing to work during school. My life as a college student was kind of normal.

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Mechanical Elegance (Close-Up) — 24”x 26” x 26” — Mixed Media 2013 — Sold

It said in your bio that you realized that you wanted to become an artist when you took up Advertising Arts at UE. At what point: during your freshman year, in between, or during your senior year? Painting requires a lot of money to learn and pursue and then it is not a practical source of income. How did your parents take it? Were you open to your parents about it or did you mislead them to think that advertising was the route that you were going after college?

Ever since I started to learn how to hold a pencil I already knew what I wanted to be – an artist. I just wanted to draw. I hated school. I never knew how I persuaded my parents so that I can take Fine Arts in college. I guess I was just lucky that my parents understood. I majored in Advertising because I knew I can easily get a job at this compared to taking up major in painting. At least I have a chance to get by and be able to feed myself. I knew that painting was really not a practical source of income. Maybe I also realized at one point that I still needed education so I pursued finishing college.

After some experience working an office job in an advertising company, I realized that my passion is still painting. After work, I usually painted, so I managed to gather a few of my works. I met an art broker who handled me for about 3 years. After about a year, I had my very first painting exhibit in 1983 at Hyatt Regency Manila.

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Wall Relief Resurrection Engines II — 48”x 24” Mixed Media

You started in art as a textile painter. How was that like? And how did you transition into painting beyond that and explore other genres?

When I was in the last year of college, I met a newlywed couple looking for an artist who can do hand painting on georgette blouses for Rustan’s Department Store. I made different kinds of floral designs and it was a sell-out. As I matured to being an artist, I was able to bring this specific style because initially I used flowers as a subject for my paintings. Then I discovered finger-painting technique using my index and middle fingers with a piece of cloth. Actually, it’s not the flower itself that I wanted to capture because sometimes I don’t even know what kind of flower I was painting. I wanted to capture the beauty in it. For me, it was the essence of what I was doing.

You do murals. You like modern realism, nature, flowers, birds and music. Which element most defines you as an artist? What have flowers done to you that they dominate a majority of your art as a subject?

I love nature that’s why most of my subjects I painted back then are flowers, forests, birds & mountains. I love music too. I even composed a couple of songs when I was young. I can say that what’s in your heart manifests effortlessly in what you do because I was able to come up with my 13th One-man show entitled ”Omi’s Symphony” (Reborn by Music). I painted notes and different musical instruments like violin, harp, guitar and more.

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Wall Relief — Ode to Secret Surface — 32″ Diameter — Mixed Media

Flowers dominated most of my subjects because way back in the early 80’s to 90’s, art collectors loved beautiful sceneries and subjects that are easy on the eyes and flowers are one of them. These subjects were quite a lot of help financially so I was able to bring my kids to school and feed my family.

Art is your full-time job right now? How does that work for you? It says in your bio that your wife Susan helps you. Is she an artist too? How did you two meet and become a couple? How many years have you been together now?

Painting is my full time job since 1982. Susan and I met during college and have been married for 33 years now. She was also taking up Fine Arts in UE. She and I are more of partners & best friends. She does what I can’t, which is the selling part. She manages my career. Being an artist herself, she is also aware of the psychology of being an artist. As a painter, it is not easy to sell your own product. It’s not the same as selling a vacuum where you can just go on your day after being rejected for not being able to sell. It is also hard to praise your own works for people to be able buy it. As an artist, you just create. Hence, Susan’s job is really important for me. She’s been very supportive and more importantly, she is my number one critic. I was able to stand and survive as an artist because she’s been my stronghold.

How old are you now? How many years have you been an artist? Any children? How about grandchildren? Can you describe how life is for an artist’s family in Mandaluyong City?

I am turning 55 this coming February and have been painting since late ’82, so that would be 33 years of my creative career. I have two daughters ages 32 & 30 and an adopted daughter who just turned 16, and no grandchildren yet. They were all raised with the fruits of creative juices of the art industry.

As I’ve said, Mandaluyong has always been my home. I feel comfortable doing my works in my humble, little nook at the third floor of our home amidst the busy urban area. I have always found my heart in here.

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Mechanical Elegance (Close-Up) — 24”x 26” x 26” — Mixed Media 2013 — Sold

I noticed that your recent works involve some metal or metallic crafts. How did you get into it?

I usually use wood, some metals and resin. It’s called “steam punk”. I was not aware about this genre until a friend of mine told me about it 3 years ago. I never knew it existed. I was doing this style since 1985 but during those times, it was a not a very sellable technique because art collectors weren’t that open to this kind of works. I had to survive. I had to provide for my family. So I had to settle for sellable works instead, such as floral, landscapes and still life paintings.

Only when my children finished school was I able to go out of my comfort zone and went back to this genre which enabled me to freely express what I really wanted to do. So since 2010, I was doing this style.

Aside from having Sultan Bolkiah as a client, his brother; and some churches in the Philippines, what other work/s are you proud of?

I’m really proud of my latest works, because as I’ve mentioned, I just got out of my comfort zone. The fulfillment that I feel when art lovers appreciate my works is beyond compare. Unlike before when I paint to sell, I do what I love now and can care less about whether or not people will buy it. Good thing is that many people are open to a wider range of style now so they are captured by my sculptures & wall reliefs. Buyers are just a bonus for me.

What are the latest breakthroughs or significant upcoming events in your career that you might like to share to our readers?

I have an upcoming group show that will be held in July 2015 in Art Center SM Megamall and a solo exhibit in Serendra. I cannot give away the details yet as we are just in the planning phase right now. But these are the things that I am looking forward to now.

All images courtesy by the artist.

Note: Images are linked to Artworks by Omi’s Reyes artist Facebook page.

Q&A: Felix Reyes—An Mexican-Pinoy Texan who paints, sketches & photographs

Q&A: Felix Reyes—Mexican Pinoy Texan who paints, sketches & photographs

This American of Mexican and Filipino lineage always had the passion for the arts and his company has fueled that passion. At Reyes Fine Arts where he works as the creative artist at everything for seemingly whimsical works of art to highly emotional pieces. Everything he creates has a deeper meaning and whatever interpretation may vary from person to person. He wants his art to inspire people to look deeper; to use their minds.

Felix Reyes is currently an Associate of Arts student at El Centro College, in Texas where he lives and works. He had the great opportunity to be mentored by Carlos Donjuan, who is a nationally recognized painter and has been featured in several magazines including Jusapoz. He was also mentored by a locally well-known photographer, Irby Pace.

His art is in the private collections of well-known artists, as well as various private collections and galleries. What follows is our online interview with Felix Reyes:

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You said you’re originally from Mexico and you moved to the US when you were three. Your grandmother is Filipino. How old are you now? How has life been for you with all that cultural amalgamation?

I’m 22 years of age. My amalgamation to different cultures has been slightly challenging, however I do not let culture define me as an individual. With my art, I seek to eliminate cultural barriers.

Your influences are a painter and a photographer. Do you juggle those two genres of art now in your craft? How did you go about putting up your own business? When did you start Reyes Fine Arts? Are you the sole owner or do you have business partners? You are now based in Texas. How do you get your clientele and where are they based?

With painting and photography, I use my photography to create painting and drawing that I have captured through my everyday life. For instance, my face of Depression sketch was captured from a photograph I took of morning monks here in Dallas. Although there is a great difference between the two mediums, I feel that photography is truly a precursor to inspire the art I create.

Your grandmother is Filipino. On what side of the family? Is she still living? Where was she from in the Philippines? What is the love story of your grandmother and your Mexican grandfather? Do you still remember her? What’s the best thing you cherish about her? What things have you learned or inherited from her?

Sadly my grandmother is no longer alive. She died before my birth. My father said she was from Davao. Over all, it is a sensitive topic for my family as it is what led to our moving to America. You see in Mexico, it is expected for families to stay within their own culture. My father grew up dealing with much animosity and did not want me to have to suffer through it as well.

Describe your journey as artist. At what age did you start? Were your parents supportive of it? Tell us about your family? What do your parents do? How many siblings do you have and where are you in the line of descent among them?

My journey as an artist has been along hard road. I have worked with the arts as long as I can remember. But until I was eighteen, I never really accepted it. Due to the culture my parents, growing up to become an artist was truly horrifying for them because while this is now changing, Mexico places a low value on art and artist. Over time however they have grown to accept it. My parents both work in service-based industries, which contributed to their fear I was throwing my life away in a field that makes little money. I am the eldest of three children. I have a brother and a sister, both of whom I expect a lot from.

How long, how often and how dedicated are you to art? Is it your full-time job? What else do you do?

For me art is not a job, but it is my obligation to share how I see the world in hopes that it may help and inspire others.  I dedicate nearly all my time to create and improve upon my abilities as an artist.

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Tell us about your educational background and your training and competitions joined in regards to painting and photography?

I am currently pursuing an Associate in Arts course and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been mentored in the art of oil painting by Carlos Donjuan and I drew inspiration for photography from Irby Pace who also introduced a wide variety of drawing techniques. I have been urged to enter several competitions dating back to middle school but essentially I feel art is not competitive, it is subjective. Therefore, there is no art better than any other. Though I have been on top of all my art classes, I saw many great artworks of great artists and still hold the belief that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

These two artists you declared in your CV, they are both Mexican? Do you look at and admire artists of other nationalities? Like who?

I admire great artist around the world who are both alive and dead. Such as: Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Laurie Lipton, Norman Rockwell, Daniel Martin, Andres Serrano, David Choe, Jeremy Fish… to mention a few.

What is the nature of your art? What do you do best? With painting and photography, what is your usual market?

The nature of my art is very subjective because essentially what I’m doing is attempting to illustrate life from my point of view and illustrating life is next to impossible but I strive to create artworks in which everyone is able to come away with a different perspective and introspection of themselves. I do this with any medium necessary which allows me to present the beauty in life. I am able to see the beauty in the small things in life because God is the superior artist. My ultimate goal in art is to break cultural barriers which I am doing with an audience stretching from the U.S. to the Philippines and throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. Many of my original artworks are in private collection in the United States but I would love to place them across the world.

Any exhibits or upcoming events you might like to plug?

My art will soon be hitting the streets of Dallas; also I am soon to be doing the art walk in the Valley View art mall. Also my art will be displayed in galleries across Louisiana.

When do you plan to visit the Philippines? If you’re going, what place or places would you likely want to see?

I plan to visit the capitol in the near future and possibly attend galleries there.

Images courtesy of the artist–Felix Reyes.

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Q&A: Flerrie Vicencio—The Widow Who Found Healing in Painting

Jenny’s Serendipity’s featured artist is Flerrie Valiente-Vicencio—a  Malabon City native and a graduate of UST Fine Arts who majored in Advertising. When her father died, she inherited an engineering company. With the help of her husband, she was able to manage her business.  But tragedy came too soon, her husband died and she was left to fend everything to herself. Thanks to her husbands loyal employees, the business survived. With the business, she then started an animation company back when it was new to do 2D animation.

Because of her struggles, her paintings became her way of relaxation.  Flerrie is an artist who paints from her imagination. I got to interview Mrs. Vicencio online and here is what we talked about how her art heals her:

You have a lot going on in your life. You graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, who majored in Advertising from UST, you inherited an engineering company, you do animation, and you are a visual artist on the side. In all these, what best defines you?

I love drawing women, sceneries, animals, houses. And a lot of times, I will switch to drawing volcanic eruptions, wars… even in high school. I still do that, especially when I am bored.

I hope through constant practice, my true character will show in my paintings. I’d like to be bold in my characters. I can say anything I want when I paint freely.

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Artist at work.

When did you start painting and what was your first work? Who or what urged you to paint? Who are your influences? Where do you draw inspiration from?

My father’s close friend was an oil painter. I remember him doing portraits, and sceneries. I really admire his style but I knew all along, that my father was just helping him financially.

Knowing that there is no money in art but despite that, I took up Fine Arts in UST and majored in Advertising mainly because we have our family business. Did not worry and hated Math… And most of all, I followed my heart’s desire.

My pleasant easy moments with my parents when I was a kid; my informal training and development I had experienced while watching my father draw images for me on pieces of plywood, while he was doing carpentry for our cabinets or whatever he was doing had a great impact with me.  During his break time, he would draw some images for me mostly animals, flowers, and people. Sometimes, my mother would do the same.  She would draw women with nice curly hair, flowers and bahay kubo.  I was too fascinated by just watching them draw for me. I remembered my father would draw big drawings using chalks and charcoals.  It was fun!  I would always get in trouble because my notebook was filled with drawings instead of lectures.

When my father died of leukemia, I had to resign and continue the family business. Luckily, my taste for guns helped me a lot, and my husband’s background in engineering was a big help too. Thus, we were able to continue. What we had then was metal, woodcraft industry, and some engineering works more on air-gun manufacturing.

At the same time, some animation friends gave me the idea, to open my own animation studio back in 2000; thus, Northkey Images was born. I was able to train some youths in our area. We were able to win some projects from big studios here in the country. The biggest project we had is Kong.

What is your most memorable painting and why?

My first finished painting is “The Man from a Novel.” I started working on that piece when I was very frustrated and desperate with everything that I did. I was almost gave up and then suddenly, I found this desire to paint again.

I grabbed my college painting set. Surprisingly, my oil colors were still okay.  I just worked freestyle until these images came out – “The Bearded Man, “The Snow,” “The Dog,” and “The Boat,” without any references.

The paintings are still with me but are now reserved.

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Fruit Trip — 24″ x 24″ oil on canvas 2013.

When the world was young--- 24" x 36" oil on canvas  2000-2011

When the world was young— 24″ x 36″ oil on canvas
2000-2011

You have been a widow for a while now. Do you have any children? How do you juggle all those different things that you do? Who helps you?

My most tragic blow in my life was when my husband was killed over a traffic dispute that was barely eight months when my father died. Those sad, tragic events kept lingering in my thoughts and would still make me cry to this day… But that sad episode made me stronger. Not a day will pass without me going to the firing range. I became more addicted to guns.

I still struggled to continue with the business, but with the help of my father’s most loyal employees, I was able to manage the business.

I was raised like a boy. I loved guns like how some girls adored their dolls. Our business was mainly focused on air-guns.

Flerrie at a shooting range.

Flerrie at a shooting range.

It is just me and my elder sister with no sons. So maybe my dad was too dreaming of a son so I grew up like a boy. I was able to survive more than 20 years and just recently, I decided it was really over, because it’s really difficult to compete with China—a major competitor.

My three daughters are all married and with nice jobs. I have a granddaughter and two grandsons. They are now on their own, have their own houses, and I could now spend the rest of my life painting and painting. I am comfortable, yes.

But my final wish, if I can still make it, is to build my dream rest house… My paradise where I can paint my heart out and paint all my dreams, for me and my family… And if I can continue with a food business, like how my parents dreamt, I will restart and do it all over again—maybe a cute, secret hideaway restaurant for artists and fans, and a nice gallery.

With all those different things you got going on, how often do you paint? When do you find or make the time for it?

When traditional animation (2D) here in the country turned slow and suddenly, India was taking over, I decided to close down because we can no longer compete with the price.

That’s when I started painting again because I was so missing the momentum I had with my animation business. Painting lessened all the strain I got from working on our business. Of course, it was more on troubleshooting. After my father died, financial losses, and uncollected debts, painting became my medium to release the stress.

Is painting a plain hobby of yours? Do you also get to join competitions and exhibits? And do you get to sell your paintings? Have you turned this hobby to a sideline job as well?

PAINTING is my passion, my comfort, and my source. Unlike before, I was very shy to join any contest, to join any art group. It is just here on cyberspace that by luck, I was able to follow the trails of some real life artist friends. I love the artist interaction especially Kimnetix.  I love that group.

I don’t know but I’m too tired of competing. All I want to do now is go with the flow. Whatever will come out of this, I am charging to experience. My painting is my own escape from reality but faith and fate will change its route and who knows what could happen but for now, this is a hobby.

Painting is like I am travelling into a different dimension....creating a world of my own....Thus,time passes by too quickly and I dont even notice..........My Passion :) --A Quote taken from her FB album.

Painting is like I am travelling into a different dimension….creating a world of my own….Thus,time passes by too quickly
and I dont even notice……….My Passion :) –A Quote taken from her FB album.

What do you paint best? What is your specialty and what is your best sample of that which you did?

I have no favorite piece. I love all my creations. It’s difficult to separate from them. I love the feeling if some people will somehow treasure my pieces, keep them as their own and make them a part of their family—I will miss them though.

Tell us about your foray into animation. How did you go about it? How many projects have you done? Enumerate your best works. What is your future in animation (projects that will come out this 2015)?

We were then the pioneers in animation here in the country. I was employed by Optifex International, one of the first animation studios in the Philippines together with Burbank, and then finally made it at Fil Cartoons as a 2D key animator.

How long have you worked in advertising? Do you still do it from time to time?

I was able to finish my course despite being three months pregnant and having an early marriage. There was a two-year interval for all my three daughters, and in between those years, I managed to work and practice my course. I worked for a textile company as designer, t-shirt designer, and then finally, I made it to the animation industry.

What are future events in your life as an artist that you’d like people to know about?

Now, I’m more concentrated into painting. My mind is bursting with so many ideas. If someday I make it, I will be very thankful because it is my passion, my kind of fun, my healing, and my stress buster.

Thank you so much for the interest. I know you are very nice for helping artist alleviate the life of struggling artists. More Power!

All images courtesy by the artist.

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A BUCKET OF LOVE FOR SOPHIE: When Artists Unite for ALS

Former midwife OFW-turned-housewife-and-family business associate, Sophie Aguilar-Borja has been the subject of a lot of help by many artist netizens on Facebook who have joined the group created for her by her entrepreneur husband William Borja and his artist best friend Franklin Valencia.

The group called A Bucket of Love for Sophie aims to seek for medical aid as the family cannot sustain all of it and they want her to have the best care that they can seek for her. She is suffering from ALS-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, the same disease of English physicist Stephen Hawking who made the news two years ago because of it.

Sophie’s calvary started when her right hand could not lift a spoon. Then, her left hand was unable to turn on the switch. From that day on, life has become dark for her.  She often stumbled because she lost her balance. Then, her lungs needed assistance to breathe and her mouth could no longer savor the taste of food as she has now resorted to tube feeding because she cannot chew and swallow anymore.

In his creating the Facebook group, artist Franklin Valencia appeals to all his artist friends to help raise funds for Sophie’s medical needs.

“By donating your paintings, you can help ease the financial burden incurred and help educate people about ALS,” he wrote.

I first contacted Sophie’s husband via online and through the telephone. Here is our conversation:

Who is Sophie and why does she deserve a bucket of love?

SOPHIA AGUILAR-BORJA, 52 years old, of Pureza, Sta. Mesa, Manila is my loving wife and caring mother to our two children. She used to work in the medical field. Sophie was a midwife when we lived in Saudi. But when we decided to return to the Philippines, she became full-time and my better half with Wilborj Acryclic Plastic Fabrication. We specialized doing LED signs as our small family business. She worked until she got sick and was forced to stay home because of ALS Disease.

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This photo was taken during New Years to greet everyone Happy New Year and to thank all the artists for their help.

When did she get sick and diagnosed with ALS?

She was diagnosed in 2011.

Na-confirm kung ano ang sakit niya, MOTOR NEURON DISEASE.

Ito ang findings ng duktor. To be more specific, ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. (The doctor confirmed it.)

We have a little business called Acrylic Fabrication, but her medical needs are so high that we cannot afford to sustain the business.

We are renting a ventilator machine for her breathing needs.

She is now totally bedridden. She cannot even lift her finger.

Mayroon na siyang nakakabit na small hose connected directly to her stomach. ‘Yong mga extremities niya is like chicken legs na.

(She is now tube-fed and her limbs are as thin as chicken legs.)

Almost all her muscles shrank.

Mukha na siyang polio victim na halos ‘di ko na makayang tignan.

(She looks like a polio victims that sometimes I cannot take it to see her that way.)

‘Yong income namin sa business ay tama lang sana sa normal na pamilya, pero noong huling na-ospital siya, ‘yong kaunting savings namin ay naubos na lahat at napakalaki pa ng kakulangan.

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With new friends who filled Sophie’s buckets. Artist and buyers helping each other.

(Our small family business only makes enough for a normal family’s needs. When she last got hospitalized, we had to withdraw all whatever small savings we had. Despite that, it was still not enough for her needs.)

Hanggang ngayon, sobrang laki pa rin ng aming pangangailangan. Hindi ko siya puwedeng panoorin lang na mag- deteriorate.

(She still needs a lot of things. I cannot just watch her deteriorate. I have to do something.)

Whose idea was it to create a Facebook group for her? How long has it been existing? How many members do you have now? 

It was my idea na mag-publish sa Facebook ng isang donation campaign one month and a half months ago.

There are 232 members as of now.

My close artist friend since 1972, Franklin Valencia, who helped me make it happen.

A Bucket of Love for Sophie Facebook page creator was the one who solicited help from artists who donated their paintings to help raise funds for Sophie’s clinical needs.

What has the group done for Sophie so far, from when it began (past achievements, ongoing projects/ activities, future goals)?

Because of this campaign, nairaos namin ang month of December.

Lahat ng gastos sa medical needs ay galing sa donasyon ng mga artist, painting collector, at cash donor na patuloy pa ring sumosuporta kay Sophie.

(She was blessed that last December all her medical needs was fully addressed through the artists who donated, the painting collectors who bought and cash donations that were sent by kind people who still continue to care about Sophie.)

What was the biggest amount of help that the group has raised for Sophie? Through which painting and by which artist?

Ang may pinakamalaking naidoneyt na painting ay ang mag-asawang (The biggest donation of a painting was by couple) PHILIPP at THELMA BADON. Ang may pinakamaraming nabiling painting ay si (The bestsellers were) Ms. SONIA WHITE of London, sunod ay ang mag-inang (next is the mother and daughter team of) Ms. NING ODULLO at (and) Ms. Cecil Penaflor.

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SOLD! Painter: R.S. TOMAS Oil paint on canvas 52″ x 27″ PHP 28,000

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Sonia White’s message in FB:
Dear All,
My Lola arrived safely and she enjoyed watching Big Ben she feels a bit cold but loving the scenery of London…!!! Xxx

Aside from auctioning paintings for the benefit of Sophie? Are there other ways that the group does to help her? How? Are you also funding or donating to research for the cure of ALS?

Madaling humingi ng painting at madali rin magbigay ang artist. Madali rin bumili ang mga kolektor dahil ito ay mura at nakatulong pa silang lahat. Magaan sa loob nila ang magbigay at tumulong.

(We have found it easy to ask for paintings from artists who wholeheartedly help. And collectors enjoy buying because the prices are relatively lower than the usual auctions.)

How is Sophie now? What did her doctors say about her condition?

Now she is totally bedridden.

Mayroon siyang ventilator machine na nirerentahan namin ng Php 2,500 a day.

Plus, ‘yong kanyang mga gamot at mga gamit pang-medikal.

Umabot kami ng Php 230K ang gastos dahil hindi siya pwedeng alagaan ng hindi nurse dahil from time to time, sinasaksyon siya every two hours at nurse lang ang puwedeng gumawa noon.

Isa ‘yon sa pinakamabigat na gastos namin dahil ang bayad sa nars ay Php 1,800 / 12 hours at 1,400 sa midwife per 12 hours.

Hindi siya tinutulugan ng nurse sa gabi. Kaya sana matulungan ninyo kami na makahanap ng NGO o anumang charity organization na susuporta sa amin

(It has been very expensive for us. Sophie needs a nurse 24 hours a day and we need to find an NGO who can help us care for her with all the specifications to her needs).

Our youngest daughter Jean Kathleen is a nurse. She looks after her mom but she cannot do it 24 hours.

Si Sophie ay very conscious, siya pa ang nagpaplano ng meals namin sa araw-araw, kaya lahat gagawin ko para marugtungan ko ang buhay niya. Lalapit ako kahit kanino manghihingi ng tulong sa kahit kanino humaba lang ang buhay niya. Umaasa ako na may taong ipadadala sa amin ng Diyos para si Sophie ay matulungan

(Sophie still tries to help us by planning our meals so I want to do everything to let her live more. I’m hoping God will still send us more kind people who will help us.)

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An affordable art sale from the works of renowned Filipino artists. Everybody welcome!

What does the future hold for A BUCKET OF LOVE FOR SOPHIE?

I am hopeful this 2015 that Wilborj Acrylic Plastic Fabrication, my small family business  will have more projects this year.

I let my eldest son Eugene Lawrence who graduated with a degree in advertising manage it now.

Sana matulungan ninyo kaming maiparating sa mga may magaganda at mabuting kalooban ang pangangailangang medikal ni Sophie.

Kailangan po naming makabili ng ventilator machine niya.

Maraming salamat po.

(We never lose hope to reach out and continue to ask for help for Sophie’s medical needs. She needs a new ventilator machine. Thank you.)

To make a donation, please click the image below:

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All images courtesy of Mr. William Borja unless noted otherwise..

Image credit feature image painting (yellow)- Mel Dominguez.

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Featured Artist: Erwin Mallari

Style: Figurative in Social Realism

Erwin Mallari, the artist, was born on November 3, 1979 in Malabon, Metro Manila. He is the eldest of two siblings.  He had neither background nor formal training in the visual arts until he reached his 4th year in high school.

Erwin studied at the University of the East College (UE) of Fine Arts from 1997 to 2002. He did not finish his studies but opted to work as a clean-up artist in an animation studio instead. He was employed as a props man, photographer, printer operator, and a graphic designer.

In 2011, Erwin decided to pursue a painting career focusing particularly on oil and watercolor mediums rendered in monochromatic hues. By 2012, Erwin expounded his color palette and chose watercolor as his main medium.

Combining his talent for photography and discipline in watercolor, Erwin managed to paint a retrospect of Metro Manila with a nostalgic appeal. A complete turnabout from what we commonly view the urban areas. An artist’s interpretation of what could be or perhaps what it truly is.

Please like and visit Erwin Mallari’s “All About Watercolour’s” Facebook page HERE.

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Balsa 12x18inches, Art by Erwin Mallari

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Streets of Ongpin (both 21×29 inches), Art by Erwin Mallari

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Filipino Chinese Friendship Arch, Art by Erwin Mallari

EMallari Watercolours

Play Time, 30×48 inches gouache on canvas, artist at work

Image courtesy of the artist.

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MASA’s #ARTmismo: Philippines-Italy Art Show Collaboration Feb 2015

Malalayang Alagad ng Sining at Adhikain (MASA) will have its first Pinoy Artist Art Experience (PAAE) at the One World Institute in Bitonto, Bari Italy. PAEE I in Italy is the groups 4th international art show entitled “#ARTmismo” with the subtitle “Art Really Matters.”

The group show is for the celebration of the Philippines National Art Month this February 2015. In collaboration with the One World Institute in Bitonto supported by the Philippine Embassy in Rome headed by Minister-Consul General Leila Lora-Santos.

PAEE is the second system project of MASA; the first was PAAE or Pinoy Artist Art Experience which links bridges to art scenes and exposures in Asia and the Middle East.

Eleven artists from the Philippines coming from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao whose paintings will be exhibited at the One World Institute in Bitonto, Italy—a language and art school owned by a Filipina jewelry designer and teacher, Tachi Portugal-Modugno.

The eleven artists from Malalayang Alagad ng Sining at Adhikain includes Almina Tengco, Caressa Lascano, Ayen Quias, Froilan Galpo, Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee, Dante Enage, Ge Ann Balintec, Nina Custodio, Kit Gresos, Sai Collado, and including Arao Salamat, MASA Founder and Chairman.

“When making art really matters as young talents from emerging countries are a reminder of the importance of art. Art is a part of our daily lives. Without art, there will be no science and technologies that we have today. Hence, our five senses is nothing without art. It’s essential for our senses to function. Art isn’t just something, it’s everything for all of us artist,” Arao Salamat said.

“Some Paintings for Group Exhibit in Italy”

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Artist: Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee – “SI MAGANDA” 15″x 15″ Textured Oil on Canvas/Mixed Media Art. Image via Facebook.

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Artist: Dante Enage – “Pukrat” (Open Your Eyes) Tuba on Canvas 12″x12″. Image via Facebook. 

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Artist: Ge-Ann Balintec – “Secret weapon: Seduction” Acrylic Ballpoint Pen & Fabric Paint on Canvas 12″ x 12″. Image via Facebook.

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Artist: Caressa Lascanno — “Kunyari Nasorpresa,” 15”x15” Oil on Canvas. Image via Facebook.

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Artist: Nina Custodio – “Veil,” 15”x15” Acrylic. Image via Facebook.

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ARAO SALAMAT is the Founder and Chairman of MASA. He is a visual artist, art educator, Philippine art and culture advocate. He is also the think tank, art organizer, and the brainchild of all the projects. He is currently working in the next PAAE IV (Pinoy Artist European Exposure) for May 2015 to be held in Cambodia.

MASA is a Philippine based non-stock and non-for-profit international art organization which aims to showcase the best of the best Filipino artist and the finest of the Philippines arts via collaboration, interaction, exhibition, and workshops locally and abroad.

Images courtesy of Arao Salamat unless noted otherwise.

(All artworks linked to the artist page.)

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Featured Artist: Sr. Venus Marie S. Pegar

Meet Sr. Venus Marie Pegar, the nun who paints on the side. She started drawing at an early age and continued her artistic pursuit even when she made the VOW to be God’s servant. She said she is grateful that her congregation, Sisters of St. Francis Xavier, supports her artistry but her community outreach will always come first.

Sister of St. Francis Xavier was portrayed by actress Jessy Mendiola in the August 30, 2014 episode of TV drama show “Maalaala Mo Kaya” on ABS-CBN Channel 2, for her incredible story of life, love, devotion, and vocation. (Please check a short clip of Jessy Mendiola below – Yeah that’s her) ;)

Every artist has an art journey to tell.  I as a blogger intend to showcase these stories. Sr. Venus hopes one day she will exhibit her work and that would be her first exposure to the art world including this feature article.

Nuns do paint too. Read her art journey and get inspired.  Enjoy!

You’re a nun. At what point in your life did you realize the artist side of yourself? When did you develop it and what influenced you to pursue it as one of your passions, second to serving the Lord?

Actually, artist runs in the family.  I started drawing at an early age of eight (Grade 3, at that time). My dad was also an artist but only known to some. He encouraged me to draw and supplied me with the materials. It is not really a second option together with serving the Lord. My siblings: my brother is a professional artist based in Cebu and my other brother is into graphics.

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Sr. Venus Marie S. Pegar was inspired to paint the Pope to commemorate Pope Francis Philippine visit on Jan 15.

How many years have you been a nun? Under what order or congregation? Do they support your artistry or did you struggle with that aspect?

I’ve been in the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis Xavier for eight years and a professed sister only for four years since I entered the convent in my later years after working outside.

My congregation and community supports me with my artistry. I’m so at peace in reawakening my passion even our superior general approves it with love. And most especially, the support of my brother who provides me with the materials.

How old are now? Where are you from? Your life story was featured on TV’s ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ (in the episode “Sulat,” last August 2014). How did they learn about you? Did you write to them and sent your story?

Last December 11, I turned 38. I was born in Leyte but studied college and worked in Manila. I hid my identity in my MMK story to protect everyone. I just made it known to some close friends and family. At the end of the episode, my pic appeared so some recognized me.

How many suitors and how many boyfriends did you have before you decided to pursue Holy Orders? Your last boyfriend must have been crushed with your decision to become a nun. Did he or did any of those men who came into your life inspire you to paint?

I had a lot of suitors during my younger years but I only had one boyfriend until the time when I decided to enter… My dad inspired me to paint since it was our bonding moment together before he died.

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The subject of the painting was based on a pink flower she saw at Tagaytay Picnic Grove. It is a meaningful remembrance of her first community outing.

What is your first masterpiece? Tell us about it.

My first drawing was when I was eight years old. My dad encouraged me to draw so I came out with the portrait of Ms. Gloria Romero in pencil. The portrait ended up as a birthday gift to my grandmother.

You are also an educator now? Where? What do you teach? How long have you been teaching? What do you always tell your students?

I am currently assigned as a formator to aspirant, and postulant of our congregation. My position helps them spiritually on how to be a Religious Sister of our congregation. I always impart in them the reality that we are created by our loving Creator so we need to be creative and express our great appreciation of all things around us by means of art like painting. Every Tuesday and Thursday night is their artworks and painting time with myself.

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The subject of painting is Estes Park in the U.S. where her best friend lives that she hopes to visit in Gods time.

As a nun, you also get to serve at masses. What is your role? Are you part of the choir, lector, communion minister, or donation collector?

Besides being a formator and vocation directress of our congregation, I’m also help in our mission in taking care of the elderly in our institution, the Mary Mother of Mercy Home for the Elderly and Abandoned. We serve and cater to 20 abandoned senior citizens. We have our own Sunday Mass wherein we ourselves are the choir, commentator, and lector. I also teach our candidates about music, singing, and playing guitar; flute and keyboard, a bit.

Who are the artists you look up to?

I look up to all the artists with their artistic masterpieces but recently, I have been admiring the works of United Women Artists Association of the Philippines (UWAAP)most especially, the obras (paintings) of Ms. Menchu Arandilla (Please check my featured post on Menchu here). So amazing!

How do you juggle your roles? What is your weekly schedule? What is your best art work? Tell us about it. Do you sell your paintings?

I just do my paintings on my free time. I don’t let it intervene with my mission work in the congregation. I paint during our evening recreation and sometimes Sunday afternoon.

The best painting I have is my second try with the oil painting, the sunflower. I took a picture of that sunflower somewhere in Tagaytay as we had our first community outing. I like sunflowers so I’m planning to paint more of it.

Before, I never thought of selling my art as I used to just give my charcoal paintings to some friends. But now I realized that I could contribute to the financial needs of our Formation and Mission Program of our Congregation. Wishing, I get to sell my art works and with the help of UWAAP (Check my UWAAP post here: Filipinas all over gather for love of art at the 1st SBMA ‘Bagong Pinay’ Arts Summit) I will fulfill my wish.

I would like to experience an art exhibit showcasing my works. This will be my first exposure to the art world and thanks to this article; she hopes to get more exposure.

What is the latest about you? Where can people view your work? Any upcoming exhibits or events you would like people to know about?   

I only started painting seriously. I just simply post it on my Facebook account. People can also just view the page of UWAAP as I also update my ongoing paintings there.

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All images courtesy of the artist.

 

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Featured Artist: Marilyn Santos-De Lima

Marylyn like me started joining artist groups. In the beginning, she would just like all the art works until she started painting. A self-taught artist, guided by her Master artist friends from 4S Group Style Stroke Sketches Society made her more confident to pursue arts.

I came across Marilyn Santos-De Lima @ AFKN Filipino Art Community and viewed her albums and said to myself, she can be an inspiration to all Pinays here and abroad. So I asked her if I can feature her art journey in my blog, and she happily obliged.

Now this feature is in Tagalog and English (The same as my Featured Artist: Lord Ahzrin Bacalla post.). I try to keep the artist insights as original as possible with accompanying English translation for non-Tagalog readers. I’d like to be fair on the featured artist part, as he or she took the time out to answer their artist insights from the bottom of their hearts art journey.

A Bulaquena and a former overseas worker, who found solace in the arts, shared her art journey to me and to my blog. Enjoy!

When did you decide that you wanted to become an artist? At what age did you start? Who influenced you? What inspired you?

Ako ay isang batang laki sa iskwater at hirap sa buhay na nahihilig sa Art. Bata pa lang po ako ay mahilig na po akong magdrowing basta nakakakita ako ng lapis at papel. Mahilig din ako mag ekperimento sa larangan ng mga kraft. May kapit bahay kaming. Artist magaling siyang artist. Nauubos ang  oras ko at hindi naibebenta ang nilalako ko na paninda sa kapapanood sa kanya.

(I grew up in the slums yet I like art. I always drew when I got hold of paper and pencil. I like to experiment in crafts. We had a neighbor who was an artist back then and I would get distracted me from making sales as a street vendor when I see him paints.)

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Marilyn Santos-De Lima’s art studies.

What do you specialize in when it comes to painting? Are there other art forms that you do?

Lahat ng klase ng midyum pinag-aaralan ko. Sa ngayon ay nasa oil painting na ako at sumusubok na rin sa canvas.

Pero nang napasok ako ng 4S at kinausap ng head admin, sinabihan ako na magpokus muna sa isang midyum at karamihan ng nagawa ko sa ngayon ay gawa sa pastel at colored pencil.

Sa mga gawa ko ring ‘yon ay nanalo ako bilang 1st runner-up at finalist. Nakapag-eksibit na rin sa Japan, nakapag-komisyon na rin.

Portrait ang nakakahiligan ko sa ngayon pero ang balak ko ngayong 2015 ay harapin ko na ang takot ko sa malalaking canvas at sa pintura at uumpisahan ko nang gumawa ng landscape at still-life oil man o acrylic.

(I study different kind of art mediums. I’m trying oil paintings on canvas now. Since I joined 4s, I was advised by the head admin to focus on one medium first. Prior to oil, I would use paste and colored pencil. I’ve won 1st Runner-Up and became finalist for it. I’ve also gone on exhibit in Japan and was commissioned. I like doing portraits but this 2015, I plan to face my fear of big canvases. I will start painting landscapes and still-life, in oil or acrylic.)

You worked as an OFW and then you became a businesswoman. Where did art come into the picture? How did it make it to your plans?

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Marilyn Santos-De Lima’s very first Oil on Canvas 18×20.

Nag-aabrod ako at ‘pag umuuwi ako ng Pinas, hindi nawawala sa akin pagiging crafty. Madalas ako mag-sketch, (I go abroad and when I go home to the Philippines, I don’t lose being crafty. I often sketch) mostly charcoal, at ipa-freym kong mga iyon (and I have those framed).

Mahilig din ako sa (I also like) cross-stitch.

May mga gawa ako na (I have creations of) cross-stitch, 1997-1999.

Mahilig din akong mag-ayos ng bahay, simula sa kurtina (I also like to do interior design, from the curtains), center table, flower arrangement at ‘pag may handaan ay mahilig ako mag-ayos ng mga buffet settings (at parties, I also like to set the tables), simula sa (from the) table arrangement flowers, balloons, etc.

Hanggang sa nagtayo rin ako ng (Until I put up a) flower, gift shop & catering service dahil mahilig din ako sa food arts (because I’m also fond of culinary arts), hindi nga lang pinalad dahil salat sa kaalaman (it failed though because I lacked the knowledge).

Nag-aral din akong gumawa ng kandila sa (I also studied candle making at) Negoskwela at ang mentor ko ay si (where I was mentored by) Merlin Gepte anak ni (son of) Merlito Gepte, a sculpture artist.

Nagpokus naman ako sa paggawa ng kandila as sculpture at paggawa ng mga molde (I also focused on doing wax work).

Naging hanapbuhay ko rin siya sa loob ng tatlong taon pero nabuntis ako at natigil ko iyon dahil masama sa buntis ang amoy ng wax ‘pag niluluto pero patuloy pa rin ako sa pag-ukit ng wax at paggawa ng mga molde para sa mga design.

(It became my job for three years until I got pregnant and had to quit because the fumes were bad for the baby but I did it again after giving birth).

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Marilyn Santos-De Lima’s portrait rendition by Filipino Master Artist Rafael Maniago.

2013, nakita ko sa (I saw here on) Facebook si Maestro Merlito Gepte. Naging friends kami (We became friends).

Sumunod naman si (Next were) Maestro Fernando Sena at (and) Julius Legaspi, mga artist sa pagpipinta (all artists who paint).

Taga-like lang ako ng mga gawa nila at simula noon (I was simply a liker of the works they posted then and from then on), unti-unti na rumami ang mga friends ko na artist painter, mga kinikilala sa larangan ng sining biswal (slowly, my painter friends multiplied until even those prominent names in the visual arts too made my friends list).

Taong ito, nakapasok na rin ako sa mga art group pero tagahanga lang nila ako at taga-like. (This year, I joined art groups but only as a fun and avid liker).

Early this year, nagdro ako at inaplowd ko sa (I drew and uploaded it on) Facebook. May mga nag-like at nag-comment (There were people who liked and commented).

Sabi ng isang artist, “Sabi ko na nga, marunong ka rin  eh.” (One of the artists said, “I knew it that you had it in you.”)

Doon ako nag-umpisang ma-encourage at magpatuloy sa paggagawa hanggang sa dumami ang mga friend kong artist at naaya akong pumasok sa isang (It was then that I got encouraged, my artist friends grew in numbers and I was persuaded to join an) Artist Group, 4S.

Napasubo akong gumawa.

Sobra pa akong takot noon sa mga kulay dahil (I was pressured. I was scared of colors because) pencil at (and) charcoal palang mga nagagawa ko (was what I only knew) pero sa tuloy-tuloy kong paggawa ay nakagawa ako ng isang obra na nagpanalo sa akin bilang (but I just went on creating until I made a masterpiece that won for me) 1st runner-up sa  (at the) tournament ng (of) 4S.

Doon na nagsimula ang lahat hanggang sa weekly na iinterbyu na ako at nirerepresent ko na ang mga artist sa grupo ko hanggang sa nagulat na lang ako at ginawa nila akong admin ng (It all started from there until I got a weekly interview {on AM radio} representing the) 4S group ni (of) Pops Noel David na (the) founder ng (of) 4S Style Stroke Sketches Society.

Nasorpresa ako nang gawin nila akong admin ng (I was surprised when they hired me as admin of) 4S.

Is there anyone else besides you in your family who is into art?

Gumuguhit din ang tatay ng nanay ko, kaya lang sa hirap ng buhay at kailangan niyang maghanap buhay nasaisang tabi niya ang (My mother’s father also drew but because he had to support the family, he had less time for the) arts.

Ang mga tiyo at tiya ko ay mahilig din. Maging tatay ko at mga kapatid ko. (My uncles, aunts, my father and my siblings are into art too).

May pamangkin din ako na nakakasabayan ko na rin sa pagguhit at pagpinta (The child of my sibling was also into drawing and painting).

Ipinasok ko siya sa (I entered the child as member of) 4S para lalo pa niyang mapagbuti (for further talent development).

Ang mga anak, ko ay mga musikero naman (My children on the other hand are into music).

They like playing instruments and vocals sa banda (in a band).

Ang pinakabata kong anak na lalake ay (My youngest son is a) dancer. Ang bunso ko na nag-iisang babae na (My youngest child and only daughter who is) six years old ay nagiging (is growing up to be a) singer, dancer, at pintor (and painter).

Artistik talaga ang pamilya namin. Iba-iba lang (Everyone in my family is an artist, only in different ways).  <Tumatawa – laughs>

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This is a piece of art work she won 1st Runner Up on 3rd Anniversary Painting Contest called “Pinay in Japan.”

Are there any regrets in your life in the path you chose now?

Wala naman akong (I don’t have any) regrets kasi lahat naman ng nangyayari sa buhay natin ay may rason, may kanya-kanyang (because everything happens for a reason and a) purpose.

Pero kung mayroon man, hayun siguro ay ang maaga akong nagkaanak dahil hindi ko na-enjoy ang kabataan ko dahil sa hirap. Lahat ng puwede kong gawing source of income ko para makaahon ang pamilya ko, ginawa ko.

(If there was, that would be my becoming a mother at an early age. I didn’t enjoy my childhood because I needed to work extra hard to address my family’s needs and lift us all from poverty).

Kaya ‘di ko naipagpatuloy pag-aaral ko (That’s why I wasn’t able to finish school). Panganay kasi ako (I am the eldest child of my parents).

Although may trabaho si Tatay (my Dad had work), malaki ang pamilya namin, hindi sumasapat (but we have a big family and what he earned wasn’t enough).

Masalimuot ang kabataan ko subalit kailangan nating mag-(I had a rough childhood but we all must) move on to live in this world na makabuluhan (with meaning).

How does art make you feel?

Malaking bagay ang art sa akin (Art means a lot to me).

Nagiging masaya ako nakakalimutan ko ang mga problema ko ‘pag nakakatapos ako ng Obra ko at na uplowd ko na siya sa (It makes me happy and forget my problems especially when I finish a Masterpiece of mine and I upload it on) Facebook.

Nakikita ko ang mga (When I see the likes at (and) comments, sobrang saya ko na (that gives me much joy already).

Kapag may nagtitiwala sa akin at nagpapagawa ng (When someone trusts me to do their) portrait nila, sobrang saya ko (that gives me so much joy).

What is your best work? Favorite work? Most acclaimed/awarded work? You’re best achievement?

Sa ngayon po, baguhan pa lang po kasi ako. Ang masasabi ko lang na (I’m just new to all this that’s why I can say that my) best para sa akin ay ’yong pagkapanalo ko bilang (is when I won) 1st runner-up, ‘yong mga (my) exhibits ko sa (in) Japan at ‘yong (and my) portrait ng (of the) first family na gawa ko (that I did).

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Her first exhibit held in Shinjuku Tokyo Japan at Mama Aki’s Ihawanshinjuku Kabukicho.

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Marilyn Santos-De Lima’s first commission work.

You do PR work now. How is it so far?

Nakakatuwa (I feel happy).

Naging (I became) PR  Admin ako agad sa (in a short time to our) group namin sa 4S.

Eto kasi si (All because) Pops natuwa sa akin kasi daw (believes I am the group’s) lucky charm ako. <laughs>

Hindi ko inisip ‘yon kasi para sa akin kung ano man ang tagumpay na mayroon ako ngayon ay tinatanaw kong malaking utang na loob kay (I don’t let it get to my head because whatever success I enjoy now, I owe it all to) Pops Noel David at sa mga (and to the) members ng (of) 4S, lalo na kay (especially to) Sir Norberto Villez, Tani Santos, Maryrose Soriano, Armar Ramirez, Marko Bello, Fher Mission, kasi sila ang nag-ga-(because they) guide sa akin (me) ‘pag may mga (when I have a) question ako.

Sa totoo lang, wala talaga akong kaalam-alam.

Basta guhit lang ako ng guhit (In truth, I don’t know anything. I just draw and draw). ‘Yong mga (All those) terms na (such as) medium grid, freehand, etc. <laughs>

Sa labas naman ng grupo namin, lubos akong (Outside the group, I’m also very) thankful kasi napasok din ako ng (because I also got to be a member of) ArtPhil.

Kina (To) Buhay Mendoza, Budz Convocar, Arturo Cruz, Joel Ferraris, Fidel Sarmiento, Matthius Garcia, na sinabihan akong ituloy ko lang ang paggawa ko kasi walang mali sa art, lahat tama basta galing sa puso (who advised me to continue my craft because there is no wrong or right in art, as long as it comes from the heart).

Sa (To) foreign artist na si Jesse Quintanilla na (who) step-by-step tinuruan din ako (taught me too), si (to) Sir Lito Ballaran na nagtiyagang mag-crop ng work ko (who had the patience to crop my work), kay (to) Mestro Rafael Maniago na napaka-(who’s very) down to earth sa kabila ng kasikatan niya (even if he’s famous) managed to guide and teach me, kay (to) Aubrey Pabuhat Yano, para sa mga (for her) artist na connections niya sa (in) Japan sa (for the) commercial ng mga gawa naming (of our art works), kay (to) Ma’am Nitz Cea na (a fellow) art enthusiast  na nag-(who did) encourage me na mag-(to do a) weekly DJ job on Radio Net Japan Tokyo Raydio Filipino, that got me appointed by Pops Noel David as Public Relations officer  kasi madaldal daw ako at mahilig daw makipag-(because they say I am talkative and love to) communicate <laughs>.

Mahirap ang PR work (is hard) sa grupo namin na (in our group) 4S kasi may mga baguhang papasok (because there are newbies who join).

Need mo silang i-(to) guide (them), Minsan personal works ko nabibitin gawin kasi need kong gawin ang task ko as PR pero masaya kasi marami akong nakikilalang bagong kaibigan (Sometimes I sacrifice my time to finish my paintings just to attend to the needs of my PR job but it’s fun because I get to meet many new friends).

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SEMI Finalist out of 28 entry’s on a Precious Child Tournament.

Do you get to travel? As an OFW, have your experiences in foreign soil influenced your art? What countries have you been to? Did you do any painting while there?

Sa pag-aabrod (When I was) in 90s, naikot namin ang (was able to travel around) Asia like Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Hong Kong as group at mahilig akong bumili ng mga (and I loved to buy) art works.

From 1999 to 2002, I was as an Overseas Performing Artist or OPA in Japan.

Mahilig pa rin akong mag-(I still loved to) sketch at mag-(and to) design doon (there).

I did Design ‘pag may (at every) event ang (of our) company.

Minsan may isang (Once there was a) Japanese na natuwa sa akin dahil sa (who liked my) sketch ko sa (on) table napkin.

My works were requested and then I was invited to an exhibit where I saw works of D’ Vinci Monet Picasso etc.

Nagulat talaga ako at sobrang tuwa ko (I was really surprised and overjoyed).

The Japanese offered if I wanted to pursue further studies on painting but it was not on my itinerary and so I forgot about it.

What are your future plans for the next five years? Any upcoming significant event to you that you would like to promote?

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Please support our own and watch her radio show, Raydio Filipino Tokyo.

Gusto ko makagawa ng isang Obra na kikilalanin talaga at makakatulong sa mga kapwa ko (Filipino Artist) para sa Bansa natin (I want to create something that will really be big internationally and will benefit our fellow Filipino Artists and the Philippines).

Sa (On) January 10,zd may (we have an) exhibit, 4S Group Artists entitled Abbygale in Style Stroke Sketches Society” at Four Seasons, Tokyo, Japan.

Panoorin ninyo rin po sana kami tuwing Sabado (Please also tune in to watch us every Saturday), 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Raydio Filipino Tokyo Radio net where I am co-DJ, sa paghahangad na maipakilala ang sining nating mga Filipino sa buong mundo (who aims to promote our Filipino art worldwide).

 

All images are courtesy of Marilyn Santos-De Lima unless noted otherwise.

Feel free to contact Marilyn (Apple D Apps) via Facebook.

 

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KIMNETIX NETWORX: Celebrates Life in Art and So Much More

Filipino art online communities provide a wide range of opportunities for supporting a cause, marketing the creative, or building an open source of realization that Filipino artist can also succeed in the hard to crack world of art. These Filipino art communities help others see that they are as good as their Western counterparts.  Kim Marcelo’s advocacy, Kimnetix and AFKN’s founder – Wine Merchant, PR and Marketing Consultant, and Event Organizer–aims to help our own as much as he can.

Kimnetix Networx is an online magazine type Facebook page where it gives Filipino artists a chance to get featured and showcase their works – whether in the field of visual arts, literature, music, dance, theater, film, and/or architecture.  Thus, Artist Friends of Kimnetix Networx (AFKN) was born. AFKN is a virtual online art group which aims to be friends with every Filipino artist and give each one a larger audience. It is not an official art group as it is generally a lifestyle page according to Kim. Kimnetix Networx also features the best dining destinations in the country and what these establishments have to offer. Events that audiences will be interested in, gadgets and even including fashion.  In 2014, it was able to do three events for the arts and one for culinary.

Kimnetix Networx is the 2nd art group I joined and many of my current artist features came from this page and from AFKN as well. I love this group and am sure you will enjoy seeing all the wonderful artworks by Filipino artists.

He says, “Everyone is welcome to like Kimnetix Networx and join AFKN!”

Learn more about him and his advocacy’s with Jenny’s Serendipity’s set of interview questions.  Enjoy!

What is the difference between Kimnetix (Networx) and AFKN (Artist Friends of Kimnetix Networx)? Are they the same or separate pages?

Kimnetix Networx is an online magazine type Facebook page, or what used to be called Fan Page, where we feature Filipino artists and their works – whether in the field of visual arts, literature, music, dance, theatre or architecture.

We also feature the best dining destinations in the country and what these establishments have to offer. Events that we think our audiences will be interested in. As well as gadgets and fashion from time to time.

Artist Friends of Kimnetix Networx is a “Group Page” put up in July of 2014 where members are mostly artists (Visual, Dance, Music, Theatre and Poetry).

Kimnetix Networx and AFKN are two separate pages. First, let’s define the difference between PAGES and GROUPS on Facebook in a simple way – in a Page, you invite people to “like” it and usually used for featuring stuffs while in a GROUP, you add or invite people as members.

Kimnetix Networx is where we feature the above mentioned and AFKN is where we get our ART related features.

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Filipino Artist, Wanda Totanes (Child Prodigy Painter). Image via Facebook.

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Filipino Artist, Lito Brion Ballaran. Image via Facebook.

It was your idea to create the FB group? How was it conceived in 2012?

Yes, I created the AFKN group since I got tired of getting our features for Kimnetix Networx to different art groups I belong to, on Facebook.

I created Kimnetix Networx in the 3rd week of November 2012, can’t remember the exact date though. I initially made it just to feature the things I am passionate about like art, wine, food, collectible toys, films etc.

As the fan base/audience of the page reached 500 plus in 2 months, I then realized that I should make it more professional and interesting to its audience. I then started featuring artworks of artists I admire, restaurants I dine in, theatre plays I want to watch, performances of my friends in the Manila music scene etc.

A few months after, I added Vic Sevilla, former editor of WOMAN TODAY magazine, as my co-administrator to the page to make it more professional. In September and October 2014, I added Ea Torrado of DALOY DANCE COMPANY and Noel Santos of THE WARRIOR POET CAFÉ as administrators as well.

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Daloy Dance Company is a rare mix of artists who use dance as a medium to reflect a deeper human language & raise the consciousness of its audience.

How did you come about to include other aspects of lifestyle to the group page?

The page is more of a lifestyle page since its creation though the art part has been a big part of it. Before, I even feature artworks of foreign artists but decided in early 2013 to concentrate on featuring Filipino artworks and artists. From 2013 to mid-2014, the page feature was balance as it featured a lot of restaurants, wine events, theatre play, concerts, artworks… Please check the albums in the page and you’ll see what I mean.

Only when I created the AFKN group that most of my features became more of visual arts. Although, the idea of promoting Philippine Art and Filipino artists has been part of my objective for the page since the start, and what I want in the page (as for visual artists) is to have masters. Upcoming and beginners get equal mileage though when we feature them.

Why did you choose to be an FB group or fan page instead of a blog or website?

For several reasons:

- I didn’t make a blog site since my standard in writing is very high and I wouldn’t pass even my own standards <laughs>. I love to read and talk, but write… nah… Being married before to a very good writer, a graduate of English Creative Writing from UP and having a bilingual poet as a daughter, my writing skills would be very elementary compared to theirs… <laughs>… Serious explanation though.

- Website? Too complicated for me, besides, almost all big companies here and abroad have their own Facebook page/s even though they already have their company website.

- Why Facebook? It’s free, easy to manage and almost everyone in the world uses it.

With 2K+ members, how many of them are active on the page? How often do they appear on the wall?

AFKN has 898 members now and there are about 70 members actively posting, liking member’s posts, commenting.

Kimnetix Networx have 2,906 likes (without advertising it) as of this interview.

As for Kimnetix Networx, we have a rule among admins to have at least an hour interval between each feature.

As for AFKN, members post their works on the group every hour or so.

This page is for the advocacy to help promote your clients and artists. How is it working so far? Would you say it is an effective tool?

I don’t have an advocacy for clients, only for artists and Philippine art as a whole. Like I’ve said earlier, my purpose or advocacy is to show the world how good the Filipino artistry is (in any field or family of art)…I want every artists be known if not worldwide, at least in the Philippines. Even myself, I didn’t know a lot of new artists until I made the page. My clients pay me to promote and market their establishments, the artists don’t.

Is it working and effective? Yes! I get feedbacks from establishments I promoted through the page that their customer base became bigger. I get regular inquiries about some of the artworks I feature, artists were able to sell their paintings to the page’s audience and I can go on and on but I’ll be bragging already… <laughs>

What about funding? How do you keep it up? How does the online magazine earn as an FB group page or fan page?

Funding, don’t need it, Facebook is free. I keep it up since I am passionate about my love for the arts (among others). Kimnetix Networx is not an online magazine literally, we only did it magazine style that is why I wrote “online magazine type.”

I created the group not to make money out of it but to promote the things I am passionate about. It’s not like a blog site or website that you can make money from ads. I don’t have any sponsors or advertisers.

If I do events for the artists of AFKN, that is the time I get sponsors but only when needed.

For the charity/ charities that you help. What events do you stage and how frequent are they held? How do you collect sponsors?

We don’t have any specific charity institution/s that we help in the group but we do help our members when in need and we do it collectively. As for the events that KN did in 2014, only the COLORS & HUES Group Art Exhibit of WALO VISUAL ARTISTS GROUP had a beneficiary which was Unilab Foundation’s PLAY IT FORWARD project and it was the art group who chose the beneficiary.

KN and AFKN did three art events and one wine dinner in 2014 and we want to do more this 2015 but it will all depend on my time availability as I have to work for myself too. <laughs>

How do we collect sponsors? I am a PR, Marketing and Sales person and been in different industries for years.

Who and or what are your most notable personalities and works featured on your page?

I would like to invite your readers to visit the page, check its wall and the albums there… Like I’ve said earlier, masters, upcoming or beginners are all equal in the page. Meaning, we don’t look at anybody as notable or popular. Just like me, I can sit down and talk with Raul Isidro or even Bencab the way I would sit down and talk with 14-year old art prodigy, Wanda Totanes. Only difference is that I would use the word “Sir” to the first two since they are senior artists. <laughs>.

What are the upcoming projects of Kimnetix and AFKN?

We are working on several concepts that we want to realize this 2015 like exhibits, workshops, art talks… We’ll let you know as soon as we prepared the STAGE.

But the events that are set already are the KOMIKS LIVE ART SESSION as we already launched it last December at Dapo Restaurant & Bar which we will tour in different cities in the metro and KOMIKS ROCK SESSION Exhibit of Master Illustrator and Painter, Boy Capital. As well as our collaboration with Ea Torrado’s Daloy Dance Company, we just need a venue and sponsors for it but it will definitely happen this 2015.

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Have one portrait session with the one and only Filipino Master Artist Painter, Boy Capital.

All images are courtesy of Kim Marcelo via Kimnetix Networx unless noted otherwise.

Feel free to contact Kim Marcelo via Facebook or his email: kimnetixnetworx@gmail.com.

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Featured Artist: Marivel Mari-Galang

HER ART is her way to experience the pleasure and fulfilment that comes with the positive creation concept of colors, textures, techniques and evolution of form from its start to end. This dedicated homemaker of a banker found peace of mind and her heart rooted in art while keeping a watchful eye on her children who constantly dote on her. She is presently the founding member and treasurer of UWAAP (United Women’s Art Association of the Philippines).

Her challenging health that she suffered while she was a student and the sacrifices of her art career and being a mother to two kids may have been a cross that she had to bear all these years but she stands firm and is happy with her footing.

She is a veteran of painting circles, and has joined many art exhibits. She also sits as a judge and mentor to different workshops and painting competitions. She has showcased her works in numerous venues and sold pieces that made it internationally.

Jenny’s Serendipity’s featured artist’s is Marivel Mari-Galang. Get to know her art journey and how she was inspired by the divine:

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“BEAUTIFUL” – Experimental Series #1 May2012… Beauty is how you perceive ART around us. Challenges in life will make and break us. At the end of the day, stand tall and move on gracefully with Heaven’s boundless Love & Blessings to share along. Simplicity is indeed a Beauty with depth… — at ArtAsia Gallery, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong Philippines.. MAY 17 – 31, 2012…

You are a veteran already in the visual arts circle. You sound like a lucky lady surviving all those years with art alone. How has it been for you? Describe your saga and triumphs in the pursuit of this passion you have carved as a sideline career, being a full-time mother and wife.

Oh, seems like a veteran to be there by just doing and loving what I created, creating, allowing the viewers, and time to tell na lang.

Lucky? Blessed enough with what I’ve been through had no shortcuts; then, I turned my mindset creatively and enjoyed my early days in FINE ARTS that I majored in Painting at PWU, which challenged me to do better each day just to prove to my late beloved father my choice has made me happier and there’s really life in Art.

At first, it wasn’t easy. Our professors then will just gave us lectures and the rest you have do it yourself. You show your work, and will only guide you once and your next artworks outcome will be your grade na.sobrang (too much) freedom ibibigay sa’yo (they will give to you), kaya dapat ‘wag kang makuntento (you get a lot of slack from the professor but you shouldn’t be contented). You must ask and ask until the deadline is not near yet; or else, you’ll enjoy your grades from 1, 2, 3, and 5. You get a failing grade or better yet, repeat the plates and stay like an owl finishing your plates to get excellent or favorable grades than failed…WE used to have sleepless nights just to pass…

Later part, our school then allowed students to join several art competitions, on the spot, interschool, local, and international, representing our respective schools. You can be lucky to bag grand prizes even honorables etc, wow na wow talaga, you’ll get flat uno, exemptions to all subjects and Dean’s Lister’s. Then, dito lang ako nag-enjoy ng sobra-sobra noong kabataang estudyante ako. (Only here, I enjoyed my studies)

But my health suffered sa kapupuyat (for staying up late). Got sick due to kung sa sipag at tiyaga (patience and hard work) with my artworks since I never say no to it. That is only when I slowed down because of my health.

I learned a lot in the school of art, with schoolmates who turned buddies, professors, different people, from the vendors, janitors – kasi (because) we need them for our plate subjects. Reaching out to the masa, kasama ‘yan sa sining or else kulang ang pagiging isang tunay na pagiging artist (working with art aren’t complete if you don’t deal with the masses). ‘Yan, I learned (that), and deeper pa.

When I won the grand prize at the Folk Arts experience in 1980 and others, I felt the beauty of victory, na para bang mag-(that even if I) hybernated man ako, mayroon akong babalikan, itutuloy at iiwanang mabuting legacy sa kids ko, naging students, sa young generations, mapulutan man lang ng inspirasyon sa simpleng buhay sining aking nakayanan. (I will have something to return to and leave a legacy for my children and to all my students).

I was still single and a student when everything then was so easy at home even with the absence of my mother, my late father’s heroic supportiveness to me made me enjoy my art journey further.

Married life made me understand fully my stand to my commitment at home as a wife, and as a mom. I asked myself: What if I can’t find a trustworthy house helper anymore to assist me with house chores, etc.? Will I quit being married or go on with life, but then again I told myself NO to selfishness momentarily. My decision to be a hands-on-mom and ever supportive wife-partner to my one and only hubby will go on with God’s grace.

I made diskarte then that ART won’t leave my system. I do summer art workshops at different schools, home studios, galleries, at church and for our community. There’s decent life with art. Whatever happened then, I survived with realistic adjustment in life and willingness to stand up for every failure. The creativity turned out to be very productive in my life.

You mentioned that you offered an entire exhibit to the Lord. Are you a pastor’s wife? How old are your kids now? Are they also into art? How does your husband support your craft?

Thou ART in Me” was titled that way, not because I’m a pastor’s daughter or wife, DAHIL (because) it’s my way of gratefulness, THANKSGIVING to our GOD; The Giver, Blessor of everything. It’s my way of paying forward for the gifts and talent entrusted to us, so it’s fine with me having it sold, reserved or no sale at all. It’s alright with me.

I’m blessed with two children: my eldest is 25 – Hannah, who is a registered Interior Designer and part-time faculty at CSB. While David, my youngest is 21, is still in school finishing Multi-Media Arts. He doesn’t have many classes though because of his health condition but he’s into MMA- Multi Media Arts here in Southville. Both my children have art interest too. Both in a more techy way but they do freehand works as well.

My husband is in corporate banking and officer to one of our country’s top 5 although by profession, he is a Licensed Civil-Structural Engineer. God hath been so good enough to us, even we started as family from little, and my faith in having a talent and proper education made us live simple beginnings. Yes, my hubby supports me by driving, bringing me to my workshops, exhibits, and buys me art materials when I lack budget for my art stuff. It’s optional, not by force though. He’s my number one critic too. He is very good at reading people and their actions.

You teach art to poor children. You studied at PWU (Philippine Women’s University). Was there a point in time that you considered to join the academe full-time as art teacher to elementary students?

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Joyful Moment with these beautiful kids ages 2yo to 6yo this Artsy at Le Louis Learning Center Inc…

There are too many talented but under-privileged kids, special, or disabled kids that I teach part time as per my doctor friends requests, and part of their art therapy and advocacies. It’s more on volunteerism projects.

Yes, there was a time I was a sub-art teacher at Brent School, Pasig. They hired me for full-time but I cannot sacrifice time looking after my kids and just leaving them with their nannies or house helpers. I could not leave my son because he had seizures with seasonal asthma every time the weather changes.

My daughter always had sad moments when I left them after a 10 hour day. She had flu due to tonsillitis from feasting on all the sweets in the kitchen when I was gone. And she was crying the whole time while she was devouring all the candies, ice cream, chocolates and cookies that she could find. I felt so bad for my kids being home alone without me.

I couldn’t afford to be working full-time teaching other kids while my own at home were having problems. I cannot trust nannies because my kids got bruised and bumps sometimes that the pediatrician advised that an adult must stay home to watch over the children.

Those were the times I received many jobs invitations, even to Singapore as a children art teacher to their in progress museum and part-time visual artist way back 1995 to 2000. But family and my kids matter most over career, fame, and money. After all, it’s all worth it. No amount of money will equate my kids’ progress and quality in character. I didn’t compromise my kids and family’s welfare.

I do business with Rustan’s as part-time designer and supplier. Plus, I manage a transportation business to school service where my kids then had their primary to middle, and high schools. Somehow I can watch and take care of my family with little business to help. Plus, as part-time art teacher to selected schools as my way to stay in the arts and help our family breadwinner as well. Teaching is ongoing, all year round for me.

What was your first masterpiece and when did you create it?

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“Playtime with Greens”..18×24..Acrylic on Canvass..1980..5th of March..,30 yrs old painting..This is her gift to her late beloved Father.. Framed simply, box typed black paint by the late sir IBARRA dela Rosa, one of her mentor and professor at PWU-CMFA…Her Father and Prof/mentor has gone but this painting is still with her hanging in her workplace that serves as her inspiration to go on..

Wow, this is so sentimental. I really had an artwork titled “Masterpiece.”  It’s a heavenly image, the style was so tedious but ended like a 3d effect on canvas, we had it exhibited our three-woman show – “TROIKA,” sometime 1981-1982. After our exhibit, we brought it home and somebody bought it flew with it to Canada! I’m still trying to find some saved photos of my artworks way back, hoping to find them around soon. I called, titled my serious artworks my “MASTERPIECE.” The playful ones are my plates with a heart in it too.

What is your most cherished work and why?

That is my daughter Hannah’s unfinished portrait when she was four to five years old, in oil and acrylic, 1995. It was my first portrait of her anticipating how she will look like when aged 18 and above. It’s still with us and she treasured it much.

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Marivel Mari-Galang 1994 Unfinished Oil Painting on canvas. Her daughter Hannah was only 5 years old. She pictured here how she’ll be as grown up. She found this hidden with her other treasured art pieces.

Your paintings make it to homes in four countries. How so? Describe this entrepreneurial achievement.

My early days in college were really a bigtime for me. I was lucky due to my late father’s friends’ friends, relatives who used to visit us at home. They would see my artworks all over the garage, the backyard loan, and all over the walls of our home. They will just pick and ask me when I reach home from school. They will reserve it as gifts for their homes and some flew with them to Canada, California, Vegas, Australia, and Hawaii; even around the Philippines, including Visayas and Mindanao.

When I was a student artist, I only sold two pieces at a group exhibits and the prices then were low. Chamba ang benta (You sell with luck). Sometimes people will request me and order and then there are times I will just give my works away as gifts. Entrepreneurial achievement is most likely doable and workable. I survive via commission for a portrait. For my HG Interiors package, it’s like more on half mural and mural sizes selectively. I don’t paint thinking of money.

I paint and create because I love it then when prospective owners buyers come, they will come even when you’re sleeping. You’ll find their messages on their requests and orders. One must learn how to save and reproduce for the next journey. When you have the right attitude, timing and vibes, even without a handler, it is possible to have decent entrepreneurial achievement by being with the right people and at the right places.

What is your expertise when painting? What are your favorite subjects?

I’m into Abstraction, non-rep. My favorite subject then was leaves. Using my playfulness in tech colors, I spread them around my canvas into different forms, reinventing mixtures of colors and textures, that’s how I create.

Who are your influences, local and foreign when you thought of going the route of an artist, which you realized in your high school days?

Influences here were my father’s nun cousin. I saw one of her oil painting – still life of a San Francisco plant. She visited us after her workshop from Amorsolo, and then I told myself, someday, I will be painting too.

My father smiled at me and said – “Pang-hobby lang ‘yan anak.. Magpaturo ka sa auntie mo or mag-CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) ka.” (That’s only good as a hobby. Ask your aunt to teach you or enroll at CCP).

I remembered what my father said from the start of my art journey till my dream came true. An artist will always be an artist. Agelessly, local masters, almost all of them: Van Gogh, Matisse, Joan Miro, and Glee inspire me.

What is a regular day like for you?

Mondays to Fridays are my regular days. Being a hands-on-mom, homemaker, little business errands, family matters, always a supportive partner to my hubby, kids, and friends like family in the art and outside. Saturdays are meant for workshops and art activities. Sunday is our Lord’s Day with family and bonding.

As a part of UWAAP, an active judge and mentor at art competitions and coaching poor kids in the arts, are there any events you might want to plug? 

2015 will be a fully loaded year.  UWAAP will be turning ONE Year this 11th of JANUARY. There are some scheduled celebration and this to be announced soon. (Check my UWAAP post here: Filipinas all over gather for love of art at the 1st SBMA ‘Bagong Pinay’ Arts Summit).

FEBRUARY  18 –  I was asked to head judging the annual PDA, poster making contest nationwide for elementary levels, venue to be announced since this will be an on the spot competitions.

MARCH – I am getting ready for a women’s month long invitational group exhibit by another friend.

MAY – Mother & Son exhibit for Mother’s Day and followed by my 2nd SOLO Woman Art Exhibit, venue update will follow soon.

Upcoming outside the country group exhibit too, almost after every two months my two art groups have exhibits scheduled. Still need to double check for the times.

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All images are courtesy of Marivel Mari-Galang.

To contact the artist, please feel free to like her Facebook page. 

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Featured Artist: Lord Ahzrin Bacalla

SHEER GRIT and TALENT in painting is what got one kid visual artist, Lord Azhrin D. Bacalla, closer to his dreams after being discovered and sponsored to his schooling now at Navotas Science High School.

It is his dream to inspire all Filipino kids to dream big and never give up.

According to our Facebook chat, he mentioned that with hard work and determination, he knows one day he will succeed in life as a painter.

It is in the Philippine Horticultural Society Inc (PHSI) ART COMPETITION 2013 where he got the chance to learn art from Master Artist Fernando Serna. He asked if he could use his 2 art workshop stubs to be able to attend his art classes.  He said, no problem, you are an art scholar for life.

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This article is the longest article I have done and this is the most personal.  I have never met such a kid like Ahzrin with so much grit for the love of his art.  I am practically close to 3,000 words and I could not edit it down.  All I want is for this kid to succeed and I know he will. I sent him a couple interview questions for his artist insights and this is what he said:

You’re so young. Only 13 years old. Grade 8 in High School. At what age did you start painting? Who or what influenced you to pursue it?

Bata pa lang po ako mahilig na akong mag-drawing.  (I love drawing since I was a child.) (I was) Nine-years-old po ako nang una akong sumali sa isang (when I first joined an) on the spot poster making contest. Luckily, nanalo po ako ng (I won) second place.  Simula po noon, nagustuhan ko ng sumali sa mga (Since then, I liked joining) drawing and poster making competitions sa (with the) guidance ng papa ko na si (of my father) Dario Bacalla.  Marami po akong sinalihan na mga (I joined many) drawing competitions, simula sa (from) school napunta sa mga (to) district competitions, division level, NCR, regional at (and) international.  Kadalasan masuwerte naman po ako na nananalo. (I’m lucky to win, most of the time.)

His first time to join a drawing competion at 9 yrs. old.

His first time to join a drawing competion at 9 yrs. old.

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Gusto ko pong magkaroon ng isang  (I want to have) formal art lesson or makaranas ng mga (experience) art workshop, pero  hindi naming kaya na mag-(but we can’t afford to) enroll sa mga ganoon (to it) dahil sapat lang po ang kinikita ni (because) Papa para sa mga (only earns enough for our) needs naminAkala ko noon hanggang pangarap na lang pero isang araw dumating ang (I thought that I could only dream about this until it arrived, the) opportunity.  Nakita ni Papa ang isang (saw an) announcement online na magkakaroon ng (that a) drawing contest bukod sa (was going to take place and the) cash prize at (and) art materials, magkakaroon ng (there will also be) free summer art workshop ang mananalo (for the winners) sponsored by Rotary Club of Makati-Pasong Tamo at (and the) Art Discovery and Learning Foundation, Inc. ni (of) Sir Fernando Sena ang (the) Father of the Philippine Art Workshop. Naging (I was) first place po ako out of more than a hundred participants. Masayang-masaya po ako. (I was very happy). Nagsimula ang (My) Free Summer Art Workshop ko (started) April 2012.  Sa (At the) summer art workshop, isa po ako sa naging (I was one of those who became) outstanding student ni (of) Sir Sena, at dahil sa nakita niya daw po sa akin ang tiyaga at determinasyon kinuha na niya akong scholar niya sa pagpipinta. (and because he saw the patience and determination in me, he took me in as scholar in painting.) Isa po ako sa maraming (I am one of the many) under-priviledged children na binigyan niya ng (he gave) opportunity na maipagpatuloy at ma-(to continue and) develop ang talent sa pagpipinta (in painting).  Kaya ngayon po ay tuloy-tuloy pa rin akong nagsasanay sa kanya. (That is why I continue my training with him.)

You’ve won two international competitions and was awarded by the NCAA    because of it. Tell us about these experiences. Who urged you to join internationally? What were the themes of your winning works?

 **UNGEI Drawing Contest 2012-2013.  Ang UNGEI (United Nations Global Education Initiative) ay isang (is a) branch ng UNESCO.

The theme was:   “What can a teacher do to ensure girls and boys benefit equally from quality  education?”

*Isa po ako sa mga nanalo (I was one of the winners) in over 800 entries in the Asia Pacific Region.

**The 2013 International Drawing Competition by YUNGA (Youth United Nations and Global Alliance) had the theme: “Protecting our Fisheries Inheriting a Healthier World.”

*I finished at Second Place in the Under 11-15 years old category. I won in over 1000 entries from 50 different  countries.

Dahil po sa pag-encourage sa akin ni Papa, nagpadala po ako ng entry outside the country at hindi po ako natatakot ipakita ang kakayahan ko dahil palagi nasa tabi ko si Papa. (Because of Papa’s encouragement, I sent an entry internationally and I am not scared to compete because he is very supportive of me.) Dahil po dito, (Because of this, on) February 2, 2014 ay naging (I became an) awardee po ako sa (at the) 6th ANI NG DANGAL ng (of the) NCCA for achieving the highest level of excellence in the field of visual arts. At para po sa akin, isa po iyon malaking karangal at  (And for me, that is one big honor and) inspiration para lalo kong pagbutihin ang aking ginagawa (to keep improving what I am doing).

You are a student of Navotas Science High School and yet, you are inclined towards the arts. How does that work for you?

 As a student of Navotas Science High School, I balance my time in studying and painting.  But I give more priority to my studies, since I’m in a special science class and I have a certain grade to maintain. I must see to it that I get excellent grades.

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Is your inclination towards painting a prelude that you will be taking up Fine Arts in college? 

Yes. Gusto ko po talagang kumuha ng kursong (I really want to take up the course) Fine Arts at sana po matupad ‘yon (and I hope it comes true). Sana maging (I hope to become an) academic scholar ako.

What was your first masterpiece when you started as a painter? And what was your first winning piece?

Hindi pa po ako talagang nagpipinta noon eh. (I wasn’t really painting before.) (I was in) Grade 3 po ako, (at) nine years old noong unang manalo (when I first won). Iyong unang (My first) winning piece ko po may (had the) theme na: “Pangangalaga sa Wika at Kalikasan, Wagas na Pagmamahal  Talagang Kailangan” (True Love Is Really Needed to Preserve Language and Nature).

What is your most important work? Most awarded?

Bukod po sa dalawang napanalunan ko sa (Aside from my two wins from) UNGEI (UNESCO) at (and) YUNGA, maituturing ko po na ‘yong ginawa ko sa (I consider what I did at the) on the spot painting competition ng (of) Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) last December 13, 2014 na napasama (that made it) as finalist  ay (as my) most awarded. Ito po ‘yong obra na (It’s my masterpiece with the) title ko po ay “Don’t Look at Me.”  Kasi po nakasama ko po ‘yong maraming magagaling na artist. Ang iba pa po sa kanila mga hinahangaan ko po.  Kaya po nang mapasama po ako as finalist kahit hindi po nanalo ay isang malaking karangalan na po sa akin at ako po ‘yong pinakabatang sumali doon at napabilang sa finalist. (I didn’t win but I was a finalist and I felt honored being the youngest and meeting professionals and my idols there was a privilege for me already.)

Lord Ahzrin Bacalla and Sir Fernando Serna

Lord Ahzrin Bacalla and Sir Fernando Serna, Master Teacher

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Acrylic, Oil, Soft Pastel, Oil Pastel; Hyperrealism, Portrait, Still-life, Surrealism. What drew you to do these and choose these forms of art?

Noong hindi pa po ako (When I wasn’t a) scholar sa (yet in the) painting class ni (of) Sir Fernando Sena, madalas ko pong gamitin ay  (I often used) oil pastel dahil pamilyar na po ako sa (because I was already familiar with that) medium na ‘yon.  At sa mga (And at) on the spot contest(s) po na sinasalihan ko, kadalasan (that I joined, often) oil pastel po ang (is the) medium na ipinagagamit nila (that they make us use). Sa pagtuturo po ni (In the teachings of) Sir Sena at ng kanyang (and his) staff, unti-unti kong natutunan ang iba’t-ibang (I learn piece by piece various) painting medium(s), na sinasabayan ko rin po ng pagbabasa, ‘pag re-(that I reinforce with reading when I do) research at panonood (and viewing) online kung paano gamitin ang iba’t-ibang klase ng (how to use the different) painting medium(s). Saka nagtatanong-tanong din po ako sa ibang (I also ask my) FB friends ko na (who are also) artist(s).

Pinag-aaralan ko ang iba’t-ibang (I study various) painting style(s) para matuto po ako at i-(so I will learn and) challenge ko po ang sarili ko sa kung ano ‘yong mga kaya kong gawin (to know myself and what else I can do).  Saka po sabi po ni Sir Sena (told me) bago lumipat ng ibang (before you jump to a different) style dapat po alam mo na or na-(you should have learned and) perfect mo na ang ibang (the prior) style of painting na gusto  mong malaman (that you wanted to learn).

“3 of his favorite paintings”

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What is your most cherished work? Your favorite and why?

Sa mga nagawa ko na po, tatlo ang (Among my works, I have three) favorite(s) ko. Sa (From my) series ko po ng “I Am Beautiful” ang (my) favorite ko po ay ‘yong (is) Classic Red Lip, ito kasi ang kauna-unang gamit ko ng (because it’s my first) oil paint at kauna-unahan kong paggawa ng (and my first try at) hyperrealism. Isa po siyang (It’s a) photo shot na nakita ko at ipininta (that I saw and painted).  Isa pa po ay ‘yong (Another is) “Me and my Teddy.”  Natutuwa po kasi ako sa kapatid kong lalaki sa hilig niya sa teddy bear. Kapag natatakot siya, natutuwa  at sa pagtulog lagi niya, yakap ang teddy niya. Kaya lang ‘yong painting ko po na iyon ay ginawa kong girl version. (I was inspired by my kid brother’s fondness for his teddy bear. I painted it but a female version of him.) At ang isa ko pa pong (My other) favorite ay ‘yong katatapos ko lang na (is my recently done work) “Holding My Time”.  Kasi po (Because) part of me was represented in the painting – ‘yon pong kapag may (when) opportunity, ‘wag pong palampasin, hawakan mo po ang mga oras na nabibigyan ka ng pagkakataon ipakita at pagbutihin ‘yong mga ginagawa mo (comes to you, grab it and do your best to make it worth it).

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Preparing for his
” PROTEKTADO AKO LABAN SA DROGA”
poster making contest.

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Aside from you, is there any artist in your family? How has your parents nurtured or supported the artist in you?

Wala pong ibang (There’s no other) artist sa pamilya namin maliban sa akin (in our family, but me).  Pero si (But) Papa ko ay marunong din mag-(knows some) drawing. Dati pangarap niya rin kumuha ng kursong Fine Arts (was also once his dream) at magpinta pero hindi niya nakuha ang suporta ng magulang niya (and painting, but he didn’t get the support of his parents).  Kaya po ngayon, sila ni (That’s why he and) Mama ay ibinibigay nila ang (now give me their) full support nila sa akin.  Kahit na po minsan (Even sometimes it’s) out of budget na pinipilit nilang i-(they find a way to) provide ang mga pangangailangan ko sa pagpipinta lalo na noong nagsisimula pa lang po ako (my needs in painting, especially when I was still starting).Hindi ko naman din po sinasayang ang suporta na ibinibigay ng (I don’t waste the support of my) parents ko. Mahal ko po at pinagbubuti  ang ginagawa ko. Nakikita ko kung paano nila pinaghihirapan at nagsasakripisyo  para lang po maibili ako ng mga gamit ko sa pagpipinta.  Kaya po kahit may ilang nagsabi sa akin na pangmayaman lang daw ang pagpipinta, hindi ko po ‘yon pinapasin.  (I love what I do so I don’t waste the sacrifces of my folks just to buy the materials that I need in painting. Even if others discourage us because they say painting is only for the rich.) Sabi ng iba, kung wala daw po kaming pera para makapag-exhibit, hindi rin makikilala ang mga gawa ko kaya balewala daw po. (They say that if we cannot afford an exhibit, it is useless because my works will not be known). Mas pinaniniwalaan ko po si (I believe more in my) Papa. Magiging (I will be) successful ako. Sabi kasi niya, ang success daw wala sa nakukuha mo agad ang gusto mo, kundi nandoon po sa kung ano ang mga paghihirap na dinaanan mo para makamit  mo yung goal mo (My father said that it’s not about getting to your goal the easy way, but the climb).  Kaya pagdating ng panahon ‘pag nakatapos na po ako sa pag-aaral at nakilala na ang mga gawa ko, ako naman ang magbibigay ng mga kailangan ng parents ko saka ng mga kapatid ko. (When I finish school and become successful, I will be the one to help my family.)

Where do you see yourself five years from now? Any major event you want to plug? Do you sell your paintings?

Five years from now po, malamang po “kontisero” pa rin ako (I’ll still be a contestant in painting competitions. <laughs>Tuloy -uloy po akong  sasali sa mga (I will continue to join) contest(s) hanggat puwede ako at may pagkakataon, manalo man or matalo, (win or lose, I will join if I can) kasi sa bawat (because for every) contest  na sinasalihan ko ay natututo ako at nakakakilala ng mga bagong kaibigan (I learn something new and I meet new friends).  Siyempre po, nasa tabi ko pa rin ‘yong mga kaibigan na tumulong at nagmalasakit sa akin. Hindi ko sila iiwan.  (Of course, I will still be there for my friends who stayed with me on the way. I won’t leave them behind.) At higit sa lahat, isa na po ako sa mga (I have high hopes that I will be an) assistant ni (of) Sir Sena. Kasi pipilitin ko siya. (Because I will insist.) <laughs> Ise-(I will)share ko ‘yong (my) talent ko dahil sabi nga po ni (because) Sir Sena binigay ng Diyos ‘yon at hindi dapat sinasarili kundi ibinabahagi (said it’s God-given and meant to be shared), lalo na’po sa mga bata na may talento pero walang kakayahan na magbayad sa (especially for poor kids who win the chance to be in) painting class or art workshops.  Tuloy-tuloy po akong mag-aaral para mapalawak ang kaalaman ko. gusto ko kasing mag-inspire ng mga bata. Gusto ko po na hindi nila iisipin ang isang bagay na mahirap gawin. Basta enjoy lang po nila at isang araw makakatulong din sila sa pamilya nila. (I will continue my studies to better myself and I aim to inspire other poor kids to rise from poverty by doing what they love. Just enjoy and give their best and they can give back to their families later and help others too.)

Opo. ‘Yong mga (Yes, I sell my) paintings ko po ay binebenta ko, kasi po ‘yong napagbentahan ko po part of it ay ibinibili ko rin ng gamit ko sa pagpipinta (because I use the money for my studies and painting materials).  Mahal po kasi mga gamit sa painting. Ang iba po ay isine-save ko para sa amin ng mga kapatid ko. Mahal na mahal ko po kasi sila eh kahit makukulit. (Painting materials can be expensive. I also share my savings with my beloved siblings. They can be naughty at times but I love them very much.) <laughs> ‘Yong iba po minsan itinutulong ko sa mga gastusin sa bahay, kusang-loob ko po ‘yon binibigay sa magulang ko. (I also try to help with the monetary needs at home so I volunteer to shelf out money when my parents are short of cash).

All images are courtesy of Lord Ahzrin Bacalla.

To contact the artist, please send a friend request @ Facebook, or call him at 09335318224 / 09224716128 or via his emails:

Lets all support this kid fulfill his dream.