Award winning, internally driven, and emotionally charged, Edwin “Buboy” Dinapo’s original art executed mostly in abstract, human forms, landscape, portraits and still life—have been described as “evoking a feeling of peacefulness and serenity.” Buboy’s works mostly with acrylics but he does dabble in mixed media. When viewing Buboy’s portfolio for the first time, one is under the belief that the works presented are the creations of a master artist. The diverse collections however are the efforts of just one.
Some of his portraits entitled “Mother and Child,” “Devotion” and “Caroling” are famous these days which is why he became the endorser of the Hallmark Cards in which part of the profit goes towards the care for the kids fighting leukemia.
Buboy Dinapo is a self-taught, abstract painter who hails from Davao City, Philippines. Moved by his great desire to provide a better future for his family, Buboy decided to move to Manila in 1987. Buboy’s passion for art was so great that even after office work; he found time to play with his brushes and color palettes on a blank canvas and continued the pursuit of his first love—painting. While Buboy has been creating art throughout his life it was not until 2004, after a solid thirteen years of office work; Buboy decided to leave his job and pursue his dream of becoming a professional artist on a full-time basis. He is also a freelance TV & movie actor and you can watch all his videos via YouTube.
In a fairly short period of time, Buboy accomplished unheard of achievements for a self-taught & self-representing artist. Though he did not have any formal training in the Fine Arts, through the years, Buboy learned to love the beauty of nature and mastered his craft by capturing the essence of his own style in every brush stroke. He joined several “on-the-spot” sessions to develop his God given talent as well as provide awareness to everyone who views his art pieces.
In 2006, Buboy garnered the attention of the astute and art critics who dubbed him as the “Prodigy of the Year” and also received the prestigious “Filipino Pride” (Dangal Pinoy) award for the Culture and Arts of Buhay Pinoy category from the Philippine Television Network RPN9 on the 3rd of July 2006. He was also a grand prize winner for “On the Spot Competition” with the theme “Taal Volcano 2004″ by LUNDA Art Group and a second runner-up for the same competition with another theme “Watermelon 2004.”
In recognition of Filipino world-class excellence in 2015, Dangal Nang Bayan awarded Edwin “Buboy” Dinapo “Outstanding Visual Artist”and Asian Achiever Award “Outstanding Artist/Actor for Arts and Culture.”
Some of his original paintings have already been displayed in other countries like the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Buboy also now enjoys the patronage of his collectors such as Manny Pacquiao, Senator Edgardo Angara, Senator Bong Revilla, Senator Chiz Escudero and former Mayor Sonny Belmonte to name a few.
To visit and to learn more about how this self-representing artist made it big click here. Oh yeah, you can also buy art in his shop and connect with him via Facebook.
***A selection of Buboy Dinapo’s art masterpieces***
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All artworks used with permission.