(Aura International Magazine) Pancho Piano: Global Filipino Artist + Bicol’s Pride

 

Stained Glass Artist, Abstractionist, Muralist And A Multi-Awarded Global Filipino Artist

Multifaceted award winning artist “Pancho Piano” creates art in variety of styles: stained glass art, abstraction and mural painting. Pancho works generates energy and movement successfully interweaving modern and traditional styles. A faithful son of “Kabikulan,” he has paid homage, in his numerous paintings in oil and acrylic, to the myths, legends and traditions of Bicol, its indigenous deities such as “Haliya,” the moon goddess of abundance and fertility with her multiple breast, and “Daragang Magayon” in the folktale of ill-starred lovers, as well as mythologies of Albay province and gives special homage to the Bicolano devotion to the Lady Peñafrancia. Aside from his liturgical art, Pancho M. Piano is also a literary poet of Bicol Southern Tagalog Region.

Pancho Piano: Global Filipino Artist + Bicol’s Pride

Voyaging In Luminous Space: One Man Show By Bicol’s Pride “Pancho Piano”

Pancho Piano: Global Filipino Artist + Bicol’s Pride

Series of Celebrations Mixed Media Mural

Pancho Piano: Global Filipino Artist + Bicol’s Pride

Series of Celebrations Mixed Media Mural

Pancho M. Piano completed Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at the University of Nueva Caceres (1978) who also took a degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman as a Jose Joya Scholar (1984-1987).

Pancho is the first Filipino artist who showcased leather arts in the Philippines. He has conducted 30+ solo exhibitions, over 50+ grouped exhibitions, and participated in international exhibitions in Japan, Saipan, and the United States of America, France, Austria, the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland.

Pancho Piano: Global Filipino Artist + Bicol’s Pride

Romancing Almasor (Exhibition from “Colors of Hope” 2015 European Roadshow sponsored by Consulate of Georgia and Corps of Hungary)

“He has traveled extensively to the United States and Europe voyages opening for him new perspectives of space and the universe.”

Pancho Piano: Global Filipino Artist + Bicol’s Pride

Pancho has won over numerous major national competitions in the Philippines, including Finalist at the 1997 “AFP Centennial Mural Painting Competition,” and the 1998 “AAP Centennial Painting Competition.” Pancho was awarded “Artist of the Year Awards” for the total of twelve times by various Bicol institutions. He was bestowed as “Most Outstanding Bicolano Artist” in 2009, “My City My SM Award” in 2010 and “Orgullo Kan Award for Visual Arts” in 2011. Pancho Piano was also featured in television networks such as ABS-CBN, and in 10 coffee table book publications.

Pancho Piano: Global Filipino Artist + Bicol’s Pride

Pancho Piano’s recent exhibit “Voyaging in Luminous Space” was held at Passions Art Gallery, SM Megamall. And will be exhibiting in Romulo’s Café and Philippine Embassy in London this coming July 2016 entitled “Colors of Hope 4.”  His subjects will be Philippines celebrations in abstraction and figurative styles.  These paintings were also exhibited in Tbilisi Georgia, Innsbruck Austria, Bratislava Slovakia, Munich and in Paris.

Romancing Almasor (Exhibition from “Colors of Hope” 2015 European Roadshow sponsored by Consulate of Georgia and Corps of Hungary)

 

Filipino Artist Magazine: ART BY PAOLA SANTIAGO CLARITO

If you are an adult and seeking to unleash your inner child; then, this 28-page adult coloring book featuring exquisitely detailed patterns designed by artist, Paola Santiago-Clarito make the perfect gifts for everyone.

Adult coloring books are making waves here and abroad. It is a perfect creative exercise. It provides hours and hours of stress relief, mindful calm, and fun, creative expression for millions of adults all around the world who are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of coloring! Relive and celebrate the artist within, with Paula Santiago Clarito’s Coloring Books. Name after Nostos, the Greek word meaning “homecoming” or the idea of returning home from a long journey. It also means “welcome home.”

Who is Paola Santiago Clarito? And how did she become an artist?

ART BY PAOLA SANTIAGO CLARITO credit to Louie Poco of Gouache

Image Credit to: Louie Poco of Gouache

I call Paola Santiago Clarito an accidental artist. She was a housewife who runs a household and takes care of her daughter.  When she is free, she would sketch and paint.  And share her works to friends and family in her social media accounts. Unbeknownst to her, this would lead to a career of adult art coloring books.

It was a serendipitous discovery when her friend tagged her on Facebook which led her to a page on adult coloring books. This was when she got her ‘aha’ moment because this gave her direction she needed for her art. Paola released her 1st adult coloring book, Nostos, last August 2016 and Nostos 2: An Out of This World Coloring Adventure last March 2016.

There are very few artists in the Philippines dabbling into the coloring book world so this was an instant hit to Paula who got even featured in a segment TV5 show Happy Wife, Happy Life and a live guesting on CNN Philippines. It also landed her a feature in the Expat Magazine and now Filipino Artist Magazine.

“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Paula worked in the hospital as a licensed Physical Therapist before she found her true calling as an artist. Paula who has found her calling not in the confines of a hospital has a fire inside their soul that protracted that feeling she was meant to be doing something else in life. That stirred her imagination to unchain the limits of her fantasies and creativity.

Paula is a self-taught artist, often turning to YouTube to watch instructional videos and practicing the things she learned during her spare time.  She usually paints using traditional mediums like acrylic and oil. She then verged into making artwork with pencil, ink, colored pencils, etc. The usual subject Paola draws are women and animals. Her works are usually whimsical, geometrical, and some mehndi–the designs you see on Indian wedding henna tattoos.

She eventually has sold paintings, personalized shirts, 3D butterfly clocks and has also done commissioned artworks. But the artist has been recognized with her line art and in adult coloring. She recently signed a contract to be a guest artist in the online coloring pages service “Blue Star Inspire” where her designs will be made available to subscribers.

Aura Elite Magazine (UK): Helena Alegre’s Sculptural Jewelry

Thank you Helena Alegre for allowing me to showcase your masterful jewelry pieces of art and thank you to Dee Sanchez, Chief Editor of Aura.

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Aura Elite Magazine (UK): Helena Alegre’s Sculptural Jewelry

Aura Elite Magazine (UK): Helena Alegre’s Sculptural Jewelry

Aura Elite Magazine (UK): Helena Alegre’s Sculptural Jewelry

More about the artist:

Helena Alegre sculptural jewelry challenges traditional concepts of wearable art. Her jewelry is a modern and innovative quality that expenses her unique and venturous spirit. Her designs are organic, sculptural and colourful in nature yet minimal and polished. Her creations are bold and distinctive pieces of adornment, which position the human body as a site of display.

Although each piece represents a form inspired by Philippine heritage and Filipiniana designs, her work is less concerned inducing the wearer as part of the creation.  The line between a pure and one that is inseparably bound to self-conscious presentation of beauty or aesthetic or even fine art, becomes indistinct for both the wearer and the viewer.

“I love seeing how something I drew could be made into something three dimensional, something wearable and beautiful,” she shares.

She is enamored by semi-precious stones and their metaphysical attributes. This prompted Helena to work with more challenging elements: fire and silver.  Helena is inspired by her sensibility and appreciation of raw, earthlier-looking stones like turquoise, lapis lazuli, agate, ocean jasper, crazy horse, moonstone and her favorite, black tourmaline to sculpt her fine art pieces. Each creation is a treat for those who are seeking to acquire a handmade touch to their collection or gift to love one.

“I’m a panday-that’s what you call a silversmith in Bicol. Or they say “Platero in Bulacan,” she shares.

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Originally a city girl and muse to Hermes Alegre, a renowned Filipino Artist and husband who is well-loved figure in her adopted hometown of Daet, Camarines Norte. A Fine Arts graduate of the Philippines Women’s University, she has exhibited nationally, including solo and group jewelry shows at Art Center in Megamall, Bahay Nakpil, SM Aura and The Gallery. And her work has been featured in numerous publications including Metro Society Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, High Life Magazine and Coconuts Manila to name a few.  Her dedication to her artistic vision has caused the Department of Trade and Industry to take notice and give her support.  Helen now works closely with DTI for future collaboration and shows, Jewelry Coordination Leora A. Puso, and the Camarines Norte Jeweller Association.

Aura Elite Magazine (UK): Ronna Lara-Bes and Her Koi Fish Paintings

My seventh contribution – Aura Elite Magazine Issue 7 (Jay-R Cover Philippines King of R&B) “Ronna Lara-Bes and Her Koi Fish Paintings.”

Thank you Dee Sanchez, Chief Editor of Aura and  thank you Ronna Lara-Bes for allowing me to showcase your Koi fish paintings.

AURA Elite International Magazine – Issue No. 7 – Art Contributor

In the field of traditional art, Ronna Lara-Bes work has been described as possessing clean lines and shades and having that tri-dimensional effect. Her choices of mediums are of oil, acrylic and watercolour for paintings and resins and 3D-printing for sculptures. She shifts from one to another to keep her approach constantly fresh, yet maintaining her unique artistic identity. This is yet another manifestation of her multi-faceted nature in which one common denominator among all her work is that they revolve around artistic pursuits such endeavors have dominated her life for as long as she can remember.

Ronna is a graduate of Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas. Her professional life is dedicated to creativity and the teaching of it. Her early years saw her as a fashion designer; then, as an architectural visualizer, product designer, 3D animator, photographer and visual effects artist. She is currently a member of the faculty in Feati University’s School of Fine Arts, teaching Photography & Digital Arts Process.

In November 2014, she held a successful solo show at the Art Elements Gallery, and it showcased her artistic range. Her works had been exhibited in the Philippines, Bacolod, Rome, Vienna & Leeds. They have graced homes and other spaces across eight countries and four continents.

Koi fish paintings series of Ronna plays an important role in the World of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the art of creating a healthy balance of our lives and environment that surrounds us. In Chinese “Feng” is wind and “Shui” is water. These are the two natural elements that flow and circulate freely on earth, creating a life energy known as ‘Chi’ that shapes our living environment. This is definitely a good choice of gift to give a love one to bring abundance and wealth in their lives.

AURA Elite International Magazine – Issue No. 7 – Art Contributor

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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All images used with permission.

Aura Elite Magazine (UK): Filipina Visual Artist Aze Ong And Her Crochet Installation Art

My fifth contribution – Aura Elite Magazineb Issue 5 (Julie Ann Cover) “Filipina Visual Artist Aze Ong and Her Crochet Installation Art.”

Thank you Dee Sanchez, Chief Editor of Aura and  thank you Aze Ong of Assemblage of Aze Ong. Love your work.

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Originally from Antipolo and now based in Quezon City, Aze Ong was a volunteer teacher assigned to the mountains of Bukidnon. Here she was inspired by the culture of the Talaandig tribe. She firmly believes that art and life must flow together. Her artworks are a realization of experiences of enlightenment nature. She treats them like her own having personalities, characteristics and feelings.

Aze Ong’s work has been showcased even by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, as well as various galleries and exhibit spaces. Most recently, at the MWS Mussafah Abu Dhabi Art Hub entitled “I Love You Mosque,” with her performance to a traditional Arabic music.

Her art is spontaneously created without patterns, standards, formulas, sketches or studies—the kind you’d never see in real life as they’ve been tucked away and brought together to provide a dreamworld experience. She hopes to share her light and creativity with everyone.

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An extract from Issue 5 (Julie Anne cover) on Aze Ong by Jennifer Bichara

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AURA Elite Magazine – Issue 5 (Julie Ann Cover)

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Photography by Jeff Scofield

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Photography by Potchie Lazaro

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Photography by Jonas Yu

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Photography by Jonas Yu

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Photography by Albert Labrador

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Photography by Albert Labrador

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Photo by Jeffrey Calma

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Photography by Jeremy Agsawa

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Photography by Emmanuel Villegas

All images supplied by the artist.