Camille Dela Rosa is a contemporary artist born in 1982 in Santa Cruz, Manila. As a daughter of the late renowned painter Ibarra Y. Dela Rosa and Ethel Dimacuha, a retired Humanities Professor who is also a visual artist; it could be said that Camille was destined to be an artist.
Because of her natural born talent and artistic skills when it comes to painting, Art Critic Cid Reyes dubbed her as the “Youngest impressionist painter in the Philippines” during her time.
At 16, the talented self-taught artist learned how to paint and used her father’s style of art in her early exhibits and previous paintings as an inspiration.
A prolific artist who has exhibited in places in Europe and Asia and has also curved a path of experimentation who sought to paint the surreal, morbid and the macabre of the world. Her works oozing with mystical, esoteric and occult symbolism.
If the saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is universally acceptable, it can thus be said that there’s real beauty in the “morbid” canvases of Camille Dela Rosa.
Her creations have been a way of exploring the shadowy places existing within her imagination, a story to be told and to be experienced. Her exhibit in 2009 “Aenigma” and last year’s “Reina Imperium” at the Art Underground explored on the dark recesses of humanity’s soul.
“The Enchantress Series” of surreal portraits which highlights her realistically-rendered subjects on the strength of the women in their powerful roles as mothers, warriors, and queens—a veiled woman nursing a large rabbit as if it was her child, or an image of a woman’s head as the foundation of a Corinthian column decked with cherubs. It is a practice that is quite appealing and striking, yet expressive and haunting.
Camille Dela Rosa is one artist who uses her commanding talents to remind us that although women must never be exteriorized, their beauty and innate power should also be continually celebrated. The series reflects women’s lives and experiences, as well as to change the foundation for the production and reception of how women are being perceived.
A classically trained singer from the College of Music of the University of the Philippines with mix of experiences and spellbinding background is exemplified in the quality of her painting masterpieces.
Her 20th exhibition was recently held at Art Underground which featured the Enchantress Series. AU is located at 814 Balagtas Street Barangay Addition Hills Mandaluyong City.
Images used with permission.