Dandy Robosa is a Filipino artist whose heart is the diaspora of people and their adventures in life.
Dandy is an emerging Filipino artist who is currently based in Florence, Italy who hails from Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines. From a Management graduate who worked in Taiwan for five years, and then moved to Italy to be with his wife.
In Florence, he balances his work, family time, and time for his art. A self-taught artist who typically explored and honed his skills independently as in his hometown there were no schools of art.
Florence is one of the most beautiful Renaissance cities in Europe; it is inspiring, intimate and safe but for him, it took years to discover his truest self. His artworks have been collected from different parts of the world and that includes: United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Australia, Philippines and the USA to name a few.
His home is his art studio where he creates his masterpieces during his free time. Despite his medical condition of color blindness (diagnosed when he was working in Taiwan), his condition was not a weakness but a challenge that he was able to overcome through years of learning and practice.
“The techniques and materials are just spices to the masterpiece. Meaning is beyond what the eyes can see. He believes that it is the artist who works meaning into even the best and most expensive materials exported to the whole world. Art comes from the heart and mind. What you say about the environment, people, about yourself, the opinions you cannot say in public you turn them into art. Ideas are made real by painting on a canvas so the world could see,” he said.
Being an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) himself, he feels that his art is the representation and unity of numerous and seemingly endless stories of people. When he paints scenes and lives of people not only in Florence or wherever he may go, whoever they may be, he puts his vision of the diaspora of people and their adventures in life.
- Contemporary Visions, Selection, Florence Art Festival (October 2014)
- Flyenergia, Milano (2014)
- Summer Art Workshop Bologna (August 2014)
- Contemporaneamente, Firenze (December 2013)
- Modern Diaspora, Firenze (December 2013)
- ArtCloud, Firenze (June-July 2013)
- Biennale ArtBrescia, Brescia (March-May 2013)
- Biennale Bonatto Minella, Torino (2013)
He paints scenes of strangers: observant of their way of life, interactions, and conversations as they mingle in the artistically rich culture. Each person is different, unique, and often times labeled for how they are seen.
Florence is a city whose charm and splendid past have remained unaltered.
Images provided by the artist.