Marilen Buan and Her Puzzle Art

A jigsaw puzzle is a tiling puzzle that requires the assemblage of often oddly shaped intertwining and inlaying pieces. Each piece usually has a small part of a picture on it; when complete, a jigsaw puzzle produces a complete picture. Puzzle art is a form of abstraction where art does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality.  However, it seals to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures. Its mood is predominant feeling and non-representational which is not based on external appearances.

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Her puzzle art all done by hand!!!!

Marilen Cunanan Buan creates complex, vibrantly detailed art with a pen and ink base before adding a color finish. Her singular style is influenced by her background who studied Electronics Technology at Angeles City National Trade School. Her work is recognizable by the distinct sense of detail and the abundance of minutiae that fills all of her pieces.

Born and raised in Angeles City, Pampanga; Marilen started making puzzles last October 2011. Her love of pens, her technical skills and thirdly, her obsession for puzzle pieces made her pursue puzzle art making. She chose the art of puzzle because according to her, “we as humans are like pieces of puzzles forming a beautiful creation of God.” She believes she is blessed with the talent she’s been given because she thinks that one is born with artfulness.

Marilen’s finds that her work is a continuous search that is always evolving. She uses freehand to shape and form the puzzle piecespencil, ruler and pen only.  She has never worked with a laser-cutter or has not used a vector art package before.  She plans to do mixed media by next year.

She is currently an active member of (AAP) Art Association of the Philippines. Recently, she participated in the Art Association of the Philippines annual art competition in the drawing category. Here’s her entry:

Marilen Buan’s entry to 68th AAP Art Competition – Title: Fruits of thy Labour – 18×24 inches – Pen and Ink

Title: RISE – Size: 18×24 – Medium: Pen and Ink on Prisma paper 

Artist Statement

My “PHILIPPINE ART AWARD 2013” entry, finally done tonight after almost 5 months in the making! Its worth the wait, I’m happy and satisfied with the results heart emoticon. My personal favorite image “Rising Sprout on a Dry Ground” in my own version, my own style “Puzzled and Inked.”

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Aside from arts, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. Her parents are Mr. Orlando Buan and Mrs. Erlinda Buan. She is the 4th child from 6th Siblings and only the artist in the family. She is a proud Methodist Christian by Faith.

***Fall in love with some of Marilen Buan’s beautiful puzzles of art at its finest.***

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The Whimsical Art of Buhay Mendoza

#Art #WhimsicalArt #WhimsicalPaintings #WhimsicalArtworks #FantasyArt by #BuhayMendoza, #FilipinoArtist #ArtPh www.jennysserendipity.comWhimsical art is an effervescent and playful that is unique, out-of-the-ordinary, or fanciful. This type of art is commonly associated with children’s book illustrations and fairy tale art, which aims to lifts the spirit and makes you happy. Whimsical artwork might be characterized by its color, design, line, or subject matter. Whimsical paintings are usually bright and colorful, and their subject matter is sometimes humorous.

Many artists identify with being called “whimsical” because of their philosophy. They want to create images that are playful, cheerful, and carefree which aims to make the viewer smile or laugh, or look at the world around them in a different way. A whimsical artist is a person with great imagination, very intuitive and a child at heart.

Dwight-Buhay or simply “BUHAY” is a Filipino artist who turns everyday people into whimsical figures. BUHAY’s whimsical art is a childlike glimpse into his over-active imagination. These creatures are endearing yet enigmatic, and the same time – odd, crisscrossing the threshold between fantasy and reality. Many of his whimsical creatures contain a quiet tranquility, thoughtful in their own odd ways. His art is restrained, still, and yet, meditative in nature. They often bear a telling gaze, as if they can see something that we don’t. Their eyes are always wide and their lips are sealed.

Buhay’s methodological execution brings this idea to the audience even when the psychological aspects may remain covert to the viewer. The means whereby all of us arbitrate the world in which we live are intellectual and emotional. An intellectual response is learned; whereas emotion is inherent and Buhay’s work is a trajectory of both characteristics, and through these it brings the honesty of life from his paintings.

Whimsical Art By Buhay Mendoza – Tittle : The Golden Heart Bearer . Oil on Canvas. (61 x 61 cm ) 2014.

He distinctly transfers his subjects into canvases to tell a story in hopes that they will touch others too. Though Buhay is primarily self-taught, he began to develop his painting skills and further enhanced his overall artistic abilities through the guidance of renowned artists. He draws inspiration from Impressionist masters such as Edouard Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Frederic Bazille and Morgan Weistling. His primary source of inspiration; however, lies in the wing of renowned artist Sir Fernando B. Sena who he had formal training with.

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The artist uses a variety of mediums in his artwork including oils, acrylics, watercolour and pastels. His primary subjects are the human figures; it fascinates him to express a person’s character through lines, lights and shadows. His genre is more on Expressionism, Impressionism and Realism.

Buhay as he’s known by his contemporaries from Tuesday Group and Art Association of the Philippines as a hardworking artist with the passion for the craft that immerses deeply as he began to embrace the life of being a full-time artist.  Buhay simply believes that while one doesn’t always begin one’s working life as an artist, one can nevertheless be born an artist. As in his case, it sometimes takes years of various jobs before one attains the possibility of dedicating life to art. As a youth, survival priorities barred even the thought of artistic inclination.

#Art #WhimsicalArt #WhimsicalPaintings #WhimsicalArtworks #FantasyArt by #BuhayMendoza, #FilipinoArtist #ArtPh www.jennysserendipity.comBuhay has made Deparo, Caloocan City his home a move from his native town – Calauag, Quezon.  He worked as a Graphic Artist/ Illustrator for 5 years in which he worked on mock ups, backdrops, and miniature props for movies and commercials. Currently, he has a studio in Caloocan where his creative mind works and flourishes. You can view his artwork in Art Verite Gallery in Ayala Museum.

HIGHLIGHTS OF BUHAY’S CAREER

  • July 28, 2015 – Fourth Solo Show at Art19B Gallery, Blue Ridge QC
  • December 20, 2014 – Third Solo Show at An Binh Gallery (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
  • October 2013 – Manila Art 2013, The Fort Tent
  • August 13, 2013 – Second Solo Show at Gallery Nine SM Megamall
  • October 2012 – Manila Art 2012 at SMX MOA
  • August 9, 2010 – First Solo Show at Enterprise Building, Ayala Makati

***A Selection of Buhay Mendoza’s Art Masterpieces***

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Merlito “Noy” Gepte: Award Winning Filipino Sculptor

Inspiration for Filipino sculptor, Merlito Gepte, comes from a variety of sources in his life. Politics, ordinary lives of Filipinos, and the human anatomy have all been important in the development of his intricate work. The artist behind the statue has earned many recognition and awards in the Philippines for his meticulous movement of his skillful hands that he honors the female form.

Gepte’s artistic influences came from Michelangelo, Bernini, and especially his father who was a craftsman and artist who specialized in making figurines.  His early recollection of his childhood in Pampanga was his time with his father tutoring him his skill of sculpture creation. As a kid, he would watch his father make religious statues and teaching his own students arts and crafts—little did his father would know that his son will follow his footsteps and be a multi-awarded artist.

According to Gepte, he considers himself a late bloomer despite his early groundwork with his father. Unaware of the robust art community and the business of art-making, he only entered the scene as a professional artist in his 50s. Just like his father, his work as a production designer for an export company and as a teacher, used up most of his time for many years. Not until a chance meeting with artist, Seb Chua (who I featured here and here), began a series of circumstances that will lead him to the life of unsullied art that he was always meant to be.

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Through the backing and assistance of Chua, Gepte slowly found his way in the art world. By attending art exhibits and charting the creatives allowed him to appreciate himself in the context of the present-day contemporary art scene. Despite his lacking of formal fine arts training that was enjoyed by most artists, his phenomenal works attest that true artistic beauty is beyond educational merits.

Highly versatile Gepte hand-carves outstanding variety of characters and they take hundreds of hours to complete. The artist uses hand tools that have been almost completely eliminated by modern machines, creating a link between past and present.

Gepte approaches the figure as a vehicle to create the misapprehension of reality by striving for technical mastery of the human figure. He continues to study the human body in order to present a marriage of the face and body in an attempt to communicate mood and emotional expression. Gepte’s works are in classical realist style with contemporary inspiration.

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The artist in his studio.

In crafting his sculptures, Gepte’s hands take on a life of its own, the body in motion; the exquisite balance between the expression of the face and the expression of the hands and, are of great personal significance to create a great masterpiece. He molds and kneads the clay to form delicate pieces that never fails to capture the striking fragility to tell a story of the human condition in all its grandeur.

***Watch Gepte in Action***

***A Selection of Gepte’s Art Masterpieces***

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Article Source: Manila Bulletin

The Art and Work of Connie Cabalar

Maria Conception Talinao, aka Connie Cabalar is what you call a traditional realist visual artist. Her goal is to be as realistically as she can be on color choices, subject matter, and what type of brush strokes she applies to the canvas. It is her aim to represent the art subject clearly so that viewer would know what they are looking at. Her choice of medium is in charcoal, pastel, acrylic, and oil. Her fave’s are in portraiture, landscape art, figures, still life, and sometimes, she dabbles in abstract.

Here is an introduction to the artist where Connie shares the story of her art journey, artistic voice and lastly, her inspiration:

Connie was born in Makati City on December 8, 1976 but grew up in Sta. Ana, Taguig City. Her art beginnings started for her at an early age.  Born out of poverty, she used art with the intention to divert her mind from hunger and the realities of a hard life.

She would have given anything to get into Fine Arts in college but like most other Filipino youngsters whose families faced financial setbacks; she had to give her dream up and follow a different path. She then enrolled at the Pasig Catholic College and took a course in Business Administration major in computer management. While in college, she had to work to support her studies and slowly forgot about her love of art.

But in 2011, art came creeping back to her— badgering her to give it one more try.  She was one of those people who have always identified themselves as an artist. So no matter how hard they try to go the normal route of what’s life expect them to do, they will always find a way to do what they are passionate about.

Her hardest challenge is not getting the formal training and education in fine arts. However, at the same time; it serves as an inspiration. Every time there’s a new trial for her, she is pushed to excel. Whenever she is faced with another blank canvas, there’s always that dare to come up with something better than her previous work. In the back of her mind, she feels the fulfillment of finishing the painting with a sense of pride which inspires her even more.

Different artists may have different sources of fulfillment in what they do but for her, the greatest reward is when she sees and hears people appreciate her work after hours and effort that she invested in her craft are all worth the time.

Connie is living her dream. However, her ultimate wish is to be recognized for her art and would ultimately like to inspire others to follow their dream.  She said, when she becomes an established artist, she wishes to give back through outreach works and free workshops. Because for her undying service, this will be the greatest accomplishment and that is sharing what God has given to her.

She is the current seating president of Filipino Artist Realist Movement (FA:RM). She has participated in many art group shows since she began her art journey. Last March 2014, she had her first solo exhibit called “PassionArtility” – Art Association of the Philippines-Kanlungan ng Sining.

***A Selection of Connie Cabalar’s Art Masterpieces***

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Lorenzo E. Gabutina: The Late Blooming Filipino Visual Artist

I recently made contact with Lorenzo E. Gabutina (pseudonym: Legabutina), a digital artist, based in Caloocan, Philippines for a feature article in my blog.   His out-of-the-box artistic style of abstract images that is beautifully surreal and magically pleasing to the eyes.  I was immediately drawn to his work.

Lorenzo E. Gabutina has more than 30 years of professional experience in advertising and marketing management. He learned and sharpened his marketing skills in a multinational company environment with a 15-year stint in Kodak Philippines, as the company’s marketing communications manager. Lorenz’s first and most passionate love is advertising where he had been a copywriter and account executive for many years before assuming senior management positions. He has been involved in all key aspects of the advertising business, from creative to media, production, research and marketing planning.

According to Legabutina, he sees teaching as the culmination of his advertising career where he could share with advertising students the many insights and learning’s he had gained from his long years of working in the ad industry. He is currently, an advertising lecturer at St. Scholastica’s College. 

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Legabutina is a regular artist-seller of the monthly Future Market @ Escolta an event organized by 98b in its effort to help revitalized old Manila. He was also invited at the Katipunan Weekend Market last weekend of October. They feature a tightly curated selection of jewelry, handmade items, clothes, arts & crafts, vintage finds, delicious food & live music. If you are in the Escolta area on November 14, go checkout the Future Market. There are no specific dates scheduled for the November and December Katipunan Weekend Market but from time to time, please do check their Facebook page for exact dates.

His first artist solo art show, “The Accidental Artist” was held earlier this year at the Sigwada Art Gallery in San Andres Bukid.

Take a moment to read his artist insight, and take a peek into the mind of this late bloomer.

On his art journey:

My art journey began 5 years ago when I retired from advertising work at age of 60. I didn’t know then that I could make a good art. With so much time on my hands, I started doodling on the computer and posted my works on Facebook. My friends liked it! And that is what started this art journey…..I’m a late bloomer.

Early this year my eyes got so bad that I had an operation. “Wala akong makita sa computer,” I could not see the computer screen. So I started making hand drawn sketches. “Aba, pwede pala akong mag drawing with my hands!” (He said: Wow,  I could draw with my hands). When I started posting them on Facebook, my friends liked it. It was a big revelation for me, to learn that I could really draw with my hands. I have always been used to doing things through the computer. I had my eye operation last April this year and my eyes now are as good as brand new. But I continue to sketch with my hands till today, aside from my digital work.

On his art:

There is nothing profound or philosophical about my art. At least, that’s what I think so. Others will disagree, of course. The thing is, the narrative in my art comes after the work is finished, not before – which art critics will scoff at. There has to be a clear intent or purpose behind what you do, they will say.

My focus is on design, not the story. I want my art to be visually provocative, nothing more. If it touches your five senses and if it resonates with you; then, I am happy. I don’t want my art to be ‘understood’ nor ‘rationalized.’ It’s the least of my intentions. The purpose of my art is to entertain. “Mababaw ba?” (Am I shallow?)

On his art style and influences:

Artists that have had the most impact in me are Dali, Picasso, Boticelli, Miro, Klee, O-keefe, and may others whose names I can’t remember now. I don’t know if their style has influenced my art, maybe subconsciously, yes. I am drawn towards art that have geometric, pop, grotesque, surreal elements.

My art is a mélange of styles. I sometimes wonder if I have a unique style but it’s not a big thing for me. I don’t want to be boxed into a certain style anyway. I want it spontaneous, impromptu and sincere which reflects who I am as a person. What you see is what you get, “kun baga.” (rather)

On being a self-taught artist:

Being a self-taught artist, I pretty much do what I want to do. Not bound by any norm or convention other than good basic aesthetic sense. I don’t put on my thinking that when I work. It’s purely instinctive. I just let things flow. I trust my creative instincts.

On validation:

Every artist needs validation. The feeling that he is doing something right; I get a high when I fellow artist like my work. “Gawa na araw ko pag may isang mabigat na artist na nag like sa work ko,” my day is fulfilled when a big time artist admires his artworks.

The future of his art:

Where do I go from here? I will keep on marking art as long as my five senses are intact. I am happy that art came last in my checkered life. To me, it’s a gift, a blessing from God. I am not a super religious person but much of who I am today and the kind of art I make, I attribute to God. “Nag- iba ang pananaw ko sa buhay,” my life’s vision changed when I rediscovered God.

***A Selection of Legabutina’s Art Masterpieces***

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Illustrations

Digital Collage Abstract Art

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Ronnie Pascual: Filipino Painter & Art Instructor Based in Muscat, Oman

To be of great service to people, in assisting them to enhance their creativity and satisfy their appreciation for arts and promoting it as an expression of oneself, hobby, a source of income and a way of living. ~Ronnie Pascual

Ronnie Pascual exemplifies an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who strives to improve his status in life. He was born in Tarlac City and there, he finished AB in Social Sciences and proceeded to Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Advertising at the Tarlac State University. Like many of our “kababayans” (countrymen) looking for better opportunities, Ronnie left the country in 2006.

Through an agency, he was able to go to Jubail, Saudi Arabia as a contracts assistant and moved to Qurum, Oman to work as an artist production officer. Then, he accepted an ideal opportunity to be an art instructor in Muscat, Oman. Ronnie is a passionate educator who rolls up his sleeves to facilitate art classes for children, youth and adults. He stores seasonal display conceptual design & installation, does layout design for advertising and lastly, visits schools for art demo exhibit of related art materials, supplies and resources.

Ronnie is an experienced art teacher, happy to teach with a flair for creativity, team work, independence, resilience, with a background of student centered learning. To supplement his income, he dabbles in freelance work and accepts private artwork orders in sketching, drawings and paintings. He also does art and interior design consultation on the side as well. The artist enjoys his time by deepening his understanding of socially committed art by staying active in the Muscat art scene. He is currently working on artworks for a future solo art show.

His happily engaged in some of Muscat’s art related activities:

  • (April 2015) Muscat local artists have shown just how big their arts are with their generous donations to the Sultan’s School Art Auction 2015,” which raised money for Dar Al Hannan, a home for children with cancer and their families. Out of the artist who contributed is Ronnie Pascual who sold two of his artworks (The Date Series and A Child’s Love & Memory of Her Mother) out of the support of the cause.
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    Filipino Artist Ronnie Pascual at the IDF expo with Paragon Arts team.

    (February 2015) He partakes in one of Paragon Arts IDF Expo with the Paragon Arts team. Paragon Arts is a SCR initiative by highly diverse blend of talented artists, specialized tradesmen, businesses and artisans to aim and focus to encourage and promote a wide variety of arts in Oman.

  • (November 2014) He was a mentor and witnessed the growing number of young creative talents in Oman which was sponsored by Y Magazine’s historic art project, Portrait By A Nation, celebrating Oman’s 44th National Day. 
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    Ronnie Pascual participated at “The 22nd Annual Arts Exhibition 2014” with the “Omani Society of Fine Arts.”

    (November 2014) Two of his oil on canvas paintings was showcased in the The 22nd Annual Arts Exhibition 2014,” a sidelight of the whole-day affair. They were presented to the Omani Society of Fine Arts.” Many of the works are Oman inspired pieces showcasing the different painting, printing and sculpture techniques of some of Oman’s most influential artists to date artist paving the way for future generations of Omani artists to explore, build, install and create a lasting artistic legacy in the Sultanate.

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    Arabic Floral Design – ART of C – City Centre 2014 (19th to 27th of Oct)

    (October 2014) He also took part as one of the 35 selected artists who participated and shared each other’s creativity with the initiative of City Centre Muscat & Qurum in cooperation with the Omani Society for Fine Arts. In celebration of the 44th National Day of Oman,” 44 ‘C’ sculptures was placed in key areas in City Centre Muscat and City Centre Qurum, and used as blank canvases for invited artists to transform into wondrous masterpieces.

  • (December 2013) Filipino expats living in Oman responded to the Typhoon Yolanda calamities that ravaged the Visayan islands leaving thousands homeless and helpless. Ronnie donated 3 paintings during an organized exhibit for Typhoon Yolanda victims. Besides a painter and art instructor, he is also a writer and a poet by heart. Here is the poem he wrote his sentiments about Rebuild Visayas called Sama-Sama.
  • (September 2013) His artworks was exhibited at the BT Gallery in SABCO Commercial Center, Qurum.

***A Selection of  Ronnie Pascual’s Art Masterpieces***

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Preview: Beginnings 2014-2015

ART COLLECTION SERIES – RCPascual Arts & Design

Portraits: Sketches, Drawings & Paintings 

Learning Never Ends!

Arts for the Philippine Islands – Rebuild The Visayas – Muscat, Oman Auction

“Tiinz” Taruc Impressionistic Art

“I went to The Louvre Museum in Paris in the early 1980’s and I fell in love with impressionist painting. Since then, the rest is history.”

Maria Cristina Valencia Taruc or “Tiinz” Taruc for short is a Filipina master painter whose art is fresh and modern. The vivid color she uses is bright and her brush stroke is loose and freely comes from her soul as described by local art critic Gigi Cortez Balmaceda.

The artist is famous for her impressionism paintings such as her sunflowers, koi fishes, landscapes, Mother and Child series and her social realism modern style portraits. Tiinz Taruc art is contemporary and is reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe style flower paintings while her beautiful landscape paintings and the changing effects of light are evocative of Van Gogh and Monets.

Impressionist artists were characterized by their visual impact influenced by nature and love for the environment. Such artist sought to depict whatever they happened to see at a given moment by using pure, broken and often unmatched color to achieve an appearance of improvisation. They usually painted ordinary everyday subjects and omitted detail in their subjects to create a striking overall effect.

Born in Tarlac and is a granddaughter of the late Huk Supremo Luis Taruc, founder and leader of the Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa mga Hapon (Hukbalahap or Huk) from 1942 to 1954, after he led an insurgency group fighting for land reform even earlier in the 1930’s. Tinz Taruc is an impressionist whose paintings have been inspired by Philippine patriotism and Hukbalahap stories, a trait she is believed to have inherited from her grandfather.

Balmaceda noted that Maria Cristina studied visual arts and graphic design at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and became “a prodigy of masters Rafael Maniago and Bienvenido Sibug in Los Angeles, and also learned from Aris C Bagtas of Marilao, Bulacan.”

Tiinz is a prolific painter and her paintings have given her hope and life. She added that art helps her deal with the love she lost and face reality with a positive outlook. She will be coming back to the Philippines from New York City and Los Angeles to have her 5th Art Exhibition in Pampanga in December 1, 2015 showcasing her “Mother & Daughter” series.

***A selection of  Tiinz Taruc’s art masterpieces***

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Mother & Child Series

Sunflower Series

Koi Fish & Landscape Pond Series

 

All artworks used with permission. 

To contact the artist for art inquiries or acrylic/oil collaboration, please email her at Cvtaruc@yahoo.com.

Source Articles: Punto.com, Sunstar.com

Aura Elite Magazine – Angelo Antonio Maristela: Doha Qatar Based Filipino Artist

My sixth contribution for Aura Elite Magazine (United Kingdom) — Issue No. 6  “Angelo Antonio Maristela: Doha Qatar Based Filipino-Artist”

Thank you Dee Sanchez, Chief Editor of Aura and maraming salamat rin kay Angelo.

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Angelo Antonio Maristela is a multidimensional international Filipino artist who has secured himself a spot in the highly competitive world of arts. His works are recognised for excellence and he has won awards on several painting competitions which includes being one of the finalists in the Philip Morris Art Awards.

Angelo can bring a lifeless object to life. He is a gifted natural hyper-realist painter and has gainedmastery in the art of portrait making.  Angelo’s style can accommodate different requirements—from abstracts, impressionism to realism; marrying a vast range of hues and figures on his canvas for his corporate and commercial projects in the Philippines, USA and Qatar.

Based in Doha Qatar since 2009, his wonderful art works now hang in some of the most exclusive residential and commercial villas across the city and the Pearl, Qatar. His latest abstract series iscurrently being showcased at Bilal Pearl Suites, a 7-star residential haven at Pearl Qatar.  While some of his hyper-realism artworks are gracing the interiors of Sizzling Hotpot, a newly-opened Asian restaurant in the Holiday Villa Hotel.

His artworks have been gaining popularity in the country and overseas and have been featured for a number of times in popular Qatari magazines and Angelo has been interviewed on Qatar TV. He has showcased his works in international exhibitions including the Art Encounter in Las Vegas, Nevada, the largest gallery in the state to join their dynamic roster of artists. He has also been invited to an exhibit in the Philippine Center, New York back in 2006. In September, he has two exhibitions that will be happening simultaneously—one in Biennale 2015, Italy and in Katara– at the exclusive and only Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar.

This artist’s ultimate vision is to leave a lifetime legacy to preserve the culture and events through his timeless paintings for the next generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Related Article: Artist Angelo Antonio Maristela @ International Confederation of Art Critics

***A selection of  Angelo Antonio Maristela’s art masterpieces***
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Dr. Elden Lumaniog: The Colors of His Life

Every artist painting style, color palette, intensity of strokes and expression echoes their inner consensus, cultural way of thinking and individuality of expression. Color has a subtle effect on us even though we may not be aware of it. Every day we are faced with our emotions, moods, mental insights and even physical perceptions are of course shaped by the colors that surround us. As all artists, they use color very deliberately to make you feel a certain way—to stimulate your mood or to create a message or give a sharp response in the viewer.  The colors we surround ourselves with directly influence the way we feel and relax.

Dr. Elden Lumaniog specializes not only in the art of medicine, but also has a firm hand in the arena of real artistic talents. In Dr. Lumaniog’s artistic expression, it is intrinsically a process of sharing emotions to enchant the viewer. His art advocates discovery, study, documentation & preservation of our rich cultural heritage as presented in his “Tribal Women art series.”

As for the “Tres Maria’s metaphoric series connotes about the human figure at play putting the anatomical knowledge of the artist’s own scaffolding & understanding of dimensional forms using primary colors. His silent desire is to put all these inspirations in canvas proudly depicting womanhood as an exponent of power, beauty and grace.

Apart from a specialty of Infectious Diseases including Men’s Health in Genito-Urinary Medicine, Dr. Lumaniog is also active in the visual arts scene.  He has participated in art group exhibitions and also received arts training and memberships at Philippines Women University, School of Fine Arts, Bankok Arts and Cultural Center and Malaysian Contemporary Art Show.

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“Palay Maiden 1940” His first Amorsolo painting in oil 3×4 ft exhibited in 2012 at Amorsolo Gallery in Makati

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“Ballerina in Repose” 16 x 23 Oil pastel on canson paper

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TRIBAL WOMEN of the PHILIPPINES Art Series 2014 “AGTA” Mother & Child of Mt. Iriga. Medium: Chalk pastel blended with 70% isopropyl alcohol – oil pastel then finally brushed with acrylic after resting 2-3 days. *In private collection of Mr & Mrs Lito Batuto of Bulacan.

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“Negrita of the Mountain” (Benguet Province) Harvest painting-mixed media acrylic/oil pastel on canvas board 3×4ft

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“The family that prays together, stays together” 3x4ft, oil on canvas Artist Statement: “Hanged in my hometown residence in Bicol, made for my family in honor of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus where we celebrate the feast and enthronement renewal every 3rd of June. Rev Fr. Jun Besenio blessed the painting image in 2012.”

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FOLK ART PAINTING “Tivoli Lady with Ukelele” (South Cotabato ) 30 x 40 “, acrylic/ oil pastel on handmade paper Artist Statement: “Advocates discovery, study, documentation & preservation of our rich cultural heritage, thus these tribal women art is presented.”

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“Tres Marias Series 2015” Artist Statement: “A mellow-dramatic play on skin tone, anatomically grossed but pushing visually energetic “Tres Marias” caught in poses over familiar and contemporary dimension.”

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“Tres Marias Series 2015” Artist Statement: “Post rough sketch/study. The jar shapes “I think” added an elegant accent serving as time capsule to the art trend era be it contemporary or modernism. Still on my “Tres Marias mesomorphic series”, coming up for my 3rd solo exhibit come November.”

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“Tres Marias Series 2015” Artist Statement: “Since classical times artists have used system of proportion known as the “Golden Mean” (fine arts history) and comes modern times, the human figure is at “play” putting the anatomical knowledge of the artist’s own scaffolding & understanding of dimensional forms. My “Tres Marias” Series is packed into sophisticated human proportion. Folks & friends, my post sketched painted in primary colours.”

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“E X U V I A E”

Beyond the waves and the wind,
full moon rising in tranquil
gentleness of heavens brood oe’r the sea.
Spiral way nature moves, bruised not gentle at times.
Live in harmony, undress worries in dim.
Outstretch arm; listen to the music of the sea; perfect that no one could sing.
Grab life so free for there is always
An island in the sea.

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Dr. Elden Lumaniog – Flower Series

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Dr. Elden Lumaniog – Flower Series

Dr. Elden Lumaniog –Flower Series

Dr. Elden Lumaniog – Flower Series

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Surreal Impressionist Portraits by Camille Dela Rosa—“The Enchantress Series”

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.

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Beneath Each Knowing_4x3 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2014

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Each Time’s Return_3x3 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2015

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Emperatriz_4x3 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2014

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Endless Beginning_5x4 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2014

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In One with Nature_36x24inches_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2015

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In the Stillness of Right Time_4x3 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2014

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Lily of the Valley_4x3 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2015

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Persephone Unveiled_48x36 inches_year2015_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa

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That Each May Be Greater_3x3 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2014

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The Fullfilment of Each_4x3 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2015

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The One That Is Both_3x4 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2015

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The Other’s Hidden Center_4x3 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2015

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Within Her Holding_4x3 feet_oil on canvas by Camille Dela Rosa_2014

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.

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Article Sources: Wikipediawww.camilledelarosa.net, www.clickthecity.com – Enchantresswww.circuitmag.net – Venus: The Power of Camille Dela Rosa’s Goddesses at Art Underground