Lorna Maza Fine Art: Beautiful Island of the Philippines

Lorna Maza primarily paints from life, from photographs or memories of an experience. For her, every subject she paints raises a call to a journey that doesn’t stop in the canvas. It all begun in the “Beautiful Islands of the Philippines.”

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Being based in Houston, Texas, Lorna still manages to convey her love of the country in her artworks. The rich cultural aspects of the rural life and a country blessed with a rich environment— lush forests, tropical islands, white sand beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains— and friendly, artistic and hardworking people who are always happy to welcome visitors and friends where she once lived resonate in all her compositions.

Lorna is drawn to memories of her home country where she paints to find and depict deeper meaning in all her subjects.  Her inspiration stems from how beautiful our country is echoing to reflect the grandeur and magnificence of an island by painting the simple way of what was her beloved life as shown in the warm green tones of her masterpieces.

Lorna had been a very active student, during her school days. She liked art contests, even winning places in some of them. Lorna has always been an art aficionado who loves to collect seemingly worthless items and upcycling them into unique works of art. She had collected fruit and vegetable seeds and dries them to be displayed into long empty bottles.

She has decorated their town home with her ingenuity with unimaginable and unique art works made from materials such as chocolate wrappers, used stamps, stones, strings, broken beads, and even crab shells.

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Lorna Maza at UWAAP May 2015 Exhibit

Lorna is a crafter who sews and cross stitch, and has even designed some of her own dresses. She enjoys photography, dancing, singing and is quit a musician who plays the flute including playing the piano and organ.

Lorna Maza graduated from Saint Louis University in the Philippines with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Banking and Finance. Lorna and her husband, Cyril, largely self-taught artists had never attended any painting classes, other than their art classes in elementary and high school. They both are designers and partners at CSM and LLDM Emporium.

Lorna participates in art exhibits and trunk shows in the Houston area. Last May 2015, Lorna took part in the United Women Artists Association of the Phils (UWAAP) exhibit in Manila.

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Lorna Maza at UWAAP May 2015 Exhibit

Prints of Cyril and Lorna’s artworks are also available on t-shirts, mugs, stamps, and other gift items. Please click here and here to see their stores at Zazzle and at Fine Arts USA. 

Her paintings are all acrylic on canvas.

***A Selection of Lorna Maza’s Art Masterpieces***

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Glad Eser’s Abstract Energy Art

Gladys Eser also known as Glad Eser was born and raised in the Philippines. She is a self-taught artist with a passion for expression. From an early age, Gladys started having interest in painting and calligraphy. In 2002, Ms. Eser earned a degree in Bachelor of Science in Physics-Mathematics from the University of the Philippines. Also, she is a certified FINRA Series 7 financial analyst; hence, her nicknames as “Glad the Artist” and “Gladys the Analyst.”

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Gladys enjoyed painting only as a hobby until one of her pieces was displayed for a charity fund raising event. From then on, she accepted commission orders and eventually, got her own art studio. And her debut art exhibit “Art Inspires” in Deutsche Bank Group Manila, Artspace which will run till December 18, 2015.

Gladys influences and inspirations come from Mark Rothko, Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. All come from different artistic movements and styles.

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Title: Eye Candies (Triptych) – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 48 x 1.75 in

Gladys creates her paintings to reflect positive emotions as her name suggests, Glad. For Gladys, creating abstract art is an expressive means to channel creative energy with positive feelings. Her art embodies the artist visions, her dreams, and her energy. She is inspired by the vibrancy of energy and the connection around the universe and the beauty of pure nature.

“I enjoy expressing positive feelings with layers and depth of colors, playing with curves and highlights of gold. I mostly use acrylics and play with mixed media and oil once in a while.”

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Title: Summit – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 24 x 1.75 in

Her abstract paintings are inspired by the visual clues in nature and eternalized with spirit and impulsiveness from emotions within. Gladys uses acrylic glazing technique giving light and life to her paintings. The resulting works are emotive and suggests fluid movement, creating energy on the canvas with a wonderful tactile quality. The ambiance of the painting is poignant and pulsating in colour.

Abstract art is a contemporary style of painting that reveals a visual language unique to every abstract artist. While some non-representational abstract art can be disordered and chaotic, Gladys works represents nature and a larger connection to the universe. For Gladys, creating abstract art is an expressive means to channel creative energy with positive message that reflects upon a higher vision. While exploring through the abstract painting process, Gladys searches for a rhythm in the moment to find a creative expression that communicates a balance and a beauty within.

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Title: Golden Trend – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 24 x 36 x 1.75 in

For Gladys, abstract art can convey energy that awakens your emotions and the creative mind. Using her sense of intuition, she is able to create these abstract paintings with vibrant colors, waves of light and layered movement to awaken the senses and transform their environment giving positive harmonious energy.

“I want to have my paintings induce positive feelings from whoever is viewing them. Make them stop, have the eyes wonder on the colors and curves on the canvas, then step back, smile and look again.”

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Title: Expression – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 20 x 20 x 1.75 in

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Title: Serendipity – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 36 x 2.5 in

Imagine yourself entering a room when you are in a bad mood. And upon you viewing a particular artwork on display in that room; you start to feel some happy emotions kicking in and soon you find yourself smiling and laughing instead of frowning.

It’s a work of art that alters your mood in a good way. Her paintings have the power to alter the energy within the room that it has been placed in because they enhance positive energy vibrations and overall well-being. All her works give that effect, all due to differential energy wavelengths and frequencies that convey different feelings and meanings to the observer.

 “Moving forward, I am looking to create more happiness through my art and share with the rest of the world.”

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Title: Compassion – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 24 x 2.5 in

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Title: Benevolence – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 24 x 2.5 in

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Michelle Hollanes Lua: Scavenger Artist & Sculptor

Michelle Hollanes Lua is a sculptor, musician, a multimedia and a scavenger artist. Her work focuses on social issues, realms and women empowerment. As a salvage artist, Ms. Lua’s takes the discarded remains of the past and transforms them into art that tells a story of the past, present and future. The purpose of Ms. Lua’s work is to show that objects considered garbage by most re-envisioned into objects of interest, desire and beauty. 

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Title: Sintipid (Centipede) – Medium: Fiber Glass Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 2012

“If there is not enough for what we want or have, there must be a million of unwanted graces somewhere.  My artworks are off the throw away-culture that the world ship to the periphery, my country. We are all living human beings consuming that could result destruction. Somehow, intend to reciprocate the action, give back to life, and recycle.” ~said Michelle Hollanes Lua 
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Title: Sintipid (Centipede) – Medium: Fiber Glass Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 2012 (Back View)

The knowledge that the items used in Ms. Lua’s art, if they were not saved by her would be sitting in a trash bin is what drives her to create unique pieces. It can be broken shoes, belts and bags. Fiber glass cast, epoxy, metal beads, garbage’s from throw away culture. As you see in her sculpture titled “Broke Bag Mountain.”

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Title: “BROKE BAG MOUNTED” – Made of broken shoes, belts and bags, fiber glass cast, epoxy, metal beads, garbages from throw away culture.

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Title: Silver – Medium: metal beads/aluminum/fancy diamonds from broken belts shoes and bags, fiber glass cast, epoxy Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 2014

There is one common link in all works of salvage art – each one is a type of visual remix so that everyone would think out of the box about the context of materials. 

Contemporary artists like Ms. Lua salvage materials for many reasons to make statements about consumer societies. To create works that speaks to their resourcefulness as an artist. Embracing sustainability or, to inspire others to practice creative re-use. And to add interest to their creations by incorporating materials that have a back story. Lua’s salvage materials in her art because they all have a story behind them. 

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Title: The Last Suffer – Medium: Fiber Glass Cast Size: 109cm x 25cm x 14cm Year: 2013

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Title: Maria Santisima – Medium: fiber glass, rice husk, light fixture Size: 41cm x 41cm x 47cm Year: 2011

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Title: Reminyo (Remarried) – Medium: fiber glass cast of a native Manobo woman Size: 27″ x 15″x 5″ Year: 2013

Ms. Lua’s sculpture depicts women in a variety of roles and situations.  Her sculptures are representations of women as objects of subjugation. Works magnifies the psychological and emotional aspects of an urban women’s life as nurturers, caregivers, and providers of hope. In a world teeming with discord, violence and unjustified welfare, her mixed media world, thoughts become as visible as reality and the evolutionary metamorphosis is both comical and brutal. 

“I am after stories inside those bags. If you have a shoe, you have a story. From squeaky-clean and shiny to scuffed and soiled, I want them all.  These branded things are my representation against women trafficking and a statement of women empowerment.” ~said Michelle Hollanes Lua 

Ms. Lua’s “Retokada” deals with the loss of physical beauty as aging sets in.  It shows a woman clothed in intricate metal pulling up her breasts. To signify an attempt to recapture lost youth.

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‘Contours of Loss’ Group Exhibit – Title: “RETOKADA”

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Title: Segunda Mano – Medium: concrete, steel life cast 2011

Ms. Lua holds a Bachelor of Arts in English majoring in Philippine folklore at Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology. Another one of her passion is filming. She loves to explore not only what is in the cities but submerging herself with the locals on the streets. Recently, she had been up in the mountains of Bukidnon, Mindanao to document folkloric materials and seek to understand a large number of material traditions. 

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Title: Kaban – Medium: copper, Plaster of Paris Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 20

Last January 2015, Ms. Lua participated in Storm’s Wakeartists speak and film showing – a film collaboration between Ms. Lua, Jericho Vamenta and Boyet De Mesa held at UP Vargas Museum. Who spoke about their experience in creating art related to disaster and disaster response. The film Remembering Sendongaims to be a catalyst for action.  

Michelle was part of Siete Pesos. A group featured in the Singapore Biennale 2013 for their work involving the motorela.  A vehicle used in Cagayan de Oro that features in their group’s efforts after Typhoon Sendong. 

Recently, Ms. Lua par take in “Garden of Fernal Delights:  The book. A Dreams and Divinities Project for 2015-2016.” Were 110 artists around the world, from all the rebel contemporary styles: outsider, visionary, low brow, pop surrealism, magic realism, and fantastic art participated in. Was part of the “Imago Mundi: Philippine Collection Map of The New Art in Venice Biennale. ArtistTtalk “Forces at work” at the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum. To name a few selected exhibits and engagements.

As a self-taught artist, her works are trials and errors and experiments and more on art processes. She has participated in group exhibitions overseas and in many parts of the Philippines. She is also one of the women in Mindanao who exhibited in Rome and Brussels. 

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The sculpture at the back she made in memory of her loss cat “Thumper.”

“Art for me is not only for the elite. It must be for all. It is quest for the artistic revolution.  I want a balance of the purest and simplest and the higher notion of art.  Not to lose this aesthetics with its concept. Though art does not need to be beautiful all the time; yet, I enslave my works into decoration in my own likeness. That I can connect immediately to people in all walks of life. And still hold on to my issues.” ~said Michelle Hollanes Lua


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Rica Barba’s Cyborg Art


To get a better understanding of Maricar Reyes Barba’s (Pseudonym “Rica Barba”) cyborg art. It is necessary to know the general concepts. A cyborg is a single self regulating system. It includes two different domains. One is natural and the other is artificial – organic or mechanical binary objects. Cyborg only exists as this union of supposed opposites.

The use of prosthetic and other techno sciences is the primary focus. The idea of the cyborg extends down to the micro level of artificial life. In some important ways, one can define a human machine cyborg as a creature modified.

Art is harder to define than cyborg. The art creation process is a languishing practice. For it implies making meaning with materials — or better yet, making material meaning. Art differs from discursive language. In that, it does not send meaning through sets of codes. The transmission is through form and content that makes sense to the psyche. The meaning is  actualized. In time, space, body and matter. It is a sensual and aesthetic experience to the viewer.

One could argue that there are still codes involved. The codes of language discourse are formal in most respects. It is a narrative, logical, and experimental. The codes there are in art seem to be somewhere between explanations. After the fact, publicity, and wishful guessing of interpretations.

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Filipina Artist Rica Barba participated in Muntinlupa Group of Artist Art Group Show for Typhoon Yolanda at the Espeleta Mansion Level 1, Susana Heights, Muntinlupa City.

The striking thing about cyborgs and art is that the implications of their intersections. Cyborg art is art that interrogates. The intimate relationships between the human body and technology.

Rica Barba’s biomechanical and futuristic digital artworks and paintings are notable for its grace. Its proportion of the human and nonhuman creatures. Her androids, cyborgs, robots and fantasy aliens of homeostatic systems.

As cited by the artist: “They are my visions of ecstasy, enthrallment and transformation. Depicting worlds which often have the dreamlike qualities of nightmares or secret longings fulfilled. There’s a concern for the beauty of the naked human form. A beauty sometimes enhanced by my liquefied chrome. My translucent narrative fractal outer space background and skin. Creating three dimensional depth and light. My steampunk and biomechanical out of these world creatures was the realm of my senses. My art came to me as an expression of both exotic and erotic imagery.”

Rica’s works of art is instinctive. Her conscious aim is to create some sort of visual impact to the viewer. Ideas for her artworks will sometimes come to her when she is half asleep. Though some of them are full blooded products of her dreams and imagination.

“As for me, my private obsession coupled with raw talent of creativity. My determination to master the technicalities of the craft. Makes her a unique artist, Rica said.”

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Rica Barba’s Self-Portrait


Rica uses 3D software in her renderings and think in three dimensions. It is the way this artist views the world – not in flat surfaces but in depth. 3D applications provide her polygon tools. This is where she manipulates simple shapes into one that are multifaceted. Using such techniques as extrusion. Pulling the shape out of its base points to create a 3D model. Her canvas is a direct representations of her reality. Her subjects are lit, shadowed, colored, textured and defined just as they are in the real world.


Born December 1, 1976 in Estancia, Iloilo, Rica’s ambition had always been to be an artist. A graduate of BS Psychology in West Visayas State University in Iloilo City. A self taught visual artist, she did not receive any sort of artistic training. She said, her grandfather, Rev. Restituto Ortigas, was her greatest art influence. The one that provided her books with rich and vibrant colours which enhanced her art visions at an early age. Since then, she made paintings in oil and acrylic. Experimenting with other mediums. Later finding her niche doing three dimensional digital artworks.

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Rica Barba’s Self Portrait


She began her art career when she moved from her hometown last 2009 to Muntinlupa City. Where she currently resides. Landed a job as Sales Coordinator. At Prime Sales Incorporated of Prime Group of Companies in Taguig City. She became involved in administrative dept and finance. Later promoted as the company president’s secretary. She worked and managed group exhibitions, multitasking her job and arts at the same time.

A freak accident happened last 2014. Where she had a severe patellar knee dislocation and a lumbar and spinal disc fracture. Which affected her mobility, thus forced her to resign from work. Difficult months followed where she can’t even stand up without help. She underwent operation and was on a cast for almost six months while seeking therapy. Her accident left her knee deformed and now walks with a cane.

The disability made a negative impact in her life. During her dark days, she struggled to relate her art to people close to her. It seemed like she was in a jungle in which psychiatrists were hunting for wolves and snakes. But she never gave up her art. She fought her biggest enemy, none other than herself.

“I made my art as my refuged. Wherein I definitely see my digital works and paintings as my means of communication. Social media became my channel of expression. I am a conceptual futurist, a term I used because it offers a hint of the scope of my abilities,” said Rica.

**A Selection of Rica Barba’s Cyborg Futuristic Art***

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Realistic Abstracts by Benjamin Cruz

Benjamin Cruz is a award winning Filipino painter who has the ability to dream and create new worlds. Mr. Cruz’s transforms his pieces to new heights with this concept of manipulating dimensionality. The artist takes inspiration from the landscapes around him that goes way beyond realism.

Compositions and painting techniques are the tools Mr. Cruz’s uses to transform his art.  His subtle shift results in a piece that is complex and layered. The same way that life is multifarious and multidimensional. His transparent layers of acrylic in unique ripple effects. Create landscapes that appear to dissolve into the mist. Results in a mysterious surface. That begs the viewer to come closer and explore the intricacies of the painting. 

Mr. Cruz’s art is in the category of abstract realism. Abstract realism is difficult to explain because it is the blend of two opposing styles of art. 

Abstract art without any combining rudiments and has no reference to real objects. It is only concerned with the colors, lines, shapes and rhythms that create the artwork. In a manner, abstract art is art without a concrete and physical construct to work from. 

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Title: “Building”
Med: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 152cm x 160cm

Yet, realistic art aspires to create realistic impressions of real objects. Realistic painting attempts to show what the eyes actually see, including human hardships. This goal of realistic accuracy includes color choice, subject matter, and brush strokes. The painting should represent the subject. Viewers should know what they are looking at. 

The goal of abstract realism involves using abstract painting techniques. Through the use of distorted images by implementing impressionist, surrealistic and expressionist techniques. To make the painting recognizable, somewhat blurred and distorted. 

His art form sits between realistic depiction of the world. Including, non-representational abstraction as the main subject. They are no longer two separate opposing styles. But they come together to strengthen each other.

Mr. Cruz aims to bring the elements of our consciousness that is not evident in plain sight into the light. His desire for the comfort and skill of the real and the need of those abstract aesthetics. 

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Ben Cruz waiting for the announcement for 2015 Southeast Asian Painting of the Year.

A former graphic designer of the Business Times, Mr. Cruz, won the coveted UOB Painting of the Year 2015 (Singapore) award for his acrylic on canvas titled “Building.” Organized by the United Overseas Bank last Nov 4, the painting mixes realism and abstraction to present images of Singapore landmarks under large, textured swirls of earthly colours. Award winning piece points out something that already exists. In its final form. It is symbolic of Mr. Cruz’s impression of Singapore, where skyscrapers dominate. 

Ben Cruz, born in 1954, is a multi awarded visual artist both in the Philippines and Singapore. Mr. Cruz has completed a degree in advertising and is concentrating on painting realist abstracts in his retirement.

**A Selection of Ben Cruz’s Art Masterpieces***

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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.”


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.


  • 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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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


Portraits: Sketches, Drawings & Paintings 

Learning Never Ends!

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

EDWIN “Buboy” DINAPO – Award Winning Filipino Painter and Visual Artist

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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Abstract Series

All artworks used with permission.

Sam Penaso: Multifaceted Sculptor, Visual & Performance Artist

Sam Penaso is a multi-talented artist who was born and brought up in Bohol, Cebu City. It was here he incubated his dreams of becoming an artist. Shortly after high school, he moved to Manila and completed a degree in Advertising from the Technological University of the Philippines. He engrossed himself in the local art scene while in 1996; after a short stint in advertising, he became a full time artist and soon after won a series of art awards and nominations.

As a painter, sculptor and performance artist, Sam embodies the multi-media, cross-disciplinary character of Philippine contemporary art. Bohol artist Sam Penaso showed his mixed-media works “Metalscape” 1 and 2 in the exhibit, “Life Force: Contemporary Art in the Visayas” at Gallery Orange in Bacolod City. He also did a performance art titled “Yolanda” during the opening ceremonies. And last January, “Metalscape,” at Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea in Greenbelt 5, Makati City. Now, his latest group manilART exhibition will be in SMX Covention Center, SM Aura on October 8-11 at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

His paintings have also developed from his early works of realism to abstraction, and settling into his own distinct style with rudiments of portraiture. Sam adds his signature touch of the unexpected, incorporating numbers and letters that adds texture and depth, not only appealing to the visual sense, but to the palpable senses as well. As an augment to that is his choice of colours which are salient, animated and expressive, are also a vital part to the story of every artwork he creates.

The artist was a 2013-2014 grant recipient of Asian Cultural Council in which he took part in a six-month fellowship that allowed him not only a trip to New York City, but an apartment on 44th street, access to 1st class art materials and the opportunity to research on contemporary art. Part of his artistic journey was to visit the iconic artworks and monuments not only for the purpose of admiring them, but also to do his Striped Walker series. He was stirred by the sophisticated performance and art installation works that abound within the countless galleries in the galaxy that is called Manhattan. The same year, he also received an art residency at the Art Hub in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Performance art is a medium that holds a special place in Sam’s heart, as cited by David Medalla—one of his biggest influences. He says: “In performance art, I have something to say that I cannot express on just paintings alone. I am not comfortable separating the two mediums. He truly believes that by doing so it helps him reunite and record fragments of thought, feeling, and memory; and saying things that I can’t express in any other way.” From its outset, the Striped Walker has since struck a pose in many iconic landmarks from the Luneta Park in Manila, to the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Big Ben in London, Times Square, Museum of Modern Art and other beloved places in New York.

Sam Penaso is one visionary Filipino artist of today—his talent cannot be contained in one medium, but seems to flow effortlessly into sculpting, visual, and as a performing artist. He is quite remarkable.

***A selection of  Sam Penasos’ art masterpieces***

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Metalscape Series

Visual Artworks 

Performance Arts

All images used with permission.

Source Articles: Manila Bulletin, Inquirer

To contact the artist for art inquiries or commission work, please email Sam Penaso at samuelpenaso@yahoo.com. Or, call him via mobile +63 9283482268. Visit and like his Facebook page here or at Instagram