Psychic Chasms: The Art of Iya Consorio-Barrioquinto

There’s no denying it, surreal art dolls can have a macabre side. However, dolls of today represent mystical perfection but also a lifeless beauty which is why dolls have such wonderful representation in the surrealistic art world–they tend to taunt that perfect balance between desire and repulsion.

Iya Consorio dolls are full of surrealism and mysticism which gives viewers a glimpse of the artist’s bizarre doll’s dream world. Her collection of surreal images on round canvasses that look like glass windows overlooking that strange parallel world which is a characteristic of Iya’s art that evokes swirls of magic, spells and potions.

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For her eighth solo exhibition at ArtistSpace at the Ayala Museum, Iya Consorio presented Psychic Chasms—a collection of paintings that mostly portrayed a child-woman with an octopus body called Eiko.

 “Psychic Chasms brings us to the brink of Eiko’s world. She is a woman-child from without; a child from within, a woman who has lived so much. And from without, she dreams to be loved from within, she wants to love—the child bride awaits.”

In Eiko’s exquisite detailing of half a dozen-eyed doll with tentacles for limbs will give viewers the chance to catch the art subject staring at blank space introspecting or day-dreaming in her glorious octopus-human hybrid form. She maybe then the alter-ego of the artist, keen on everything with her multiple eyes yet alienated from the rest of the world.

Art lovers recall seeing the mystical Eiko for the first time in this year’s Art Fair Philippines where Consorio’s 40 pieces of sculpture were displayed at the booth of Secret Fresh. Collectors tried to get their hands on the limited edition designer toy called “Evening Dress,” sadly many were not able to. This also happened at Consorio’s most recent art exhibit where her masterpieces were again sold out.

Iya Consorio earned her degree in Fine Arts from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. She has joined in various group exhibitions and has mounted several solo exhibitions with established art galleries in the metro such as West Gallery, Secret Fresh, VoV and Art Underground. She has also exhibited at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the BenCab Museum.

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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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Joel Chavez, Contemporary Realist Filipino Painter

Joel Chavez has a slightly different idea of Renaissance portraiture than the average artist. He has this contrasting idea of what a contemporary portraiture art making should be. This artist whose first solo exhibition was recently exhibited at the Art Underground Gallery in Mandaluyong City called “Redeeming the Rebirth,” who paints wonderful portraits in Renaissance style, but with eye-catching modern and contemporary touches.

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His artworks are an astonishing symbolic realism and for all the seeming influences of Renaissance Masters—Caravaggio and the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer; both who belong to a Revival Period of light and shadow are also strong influences to the art of modern Filipino artist, Joel Chavez.

These paintings make us think about what the Renaissance masters would think if they could see the world today. Chavez’s cultivates a mature stroke of art form that only a great master can achieve. His art has depth and self-control in which each painting has strong kinship to the artist of the Enlightenment period, thinkers who embodied its ideas.

“Symmetry of Glamour,” denotes the detachment between outward appearances and inward splendor while as for “Eyes are Windows to the Soul,” Chavez puts a diamond across the eyes of the woman to portray the beauty within.

“Solemnity of an Aristocrat” has a red dot painted on the nose of a well-dressed turbaned man signifies a paragon of wealth to aristocrats is as important as a sentient.

The choice of his copiousness of characters combined with the sublime techniques marks the 24-year-old artist as a painter to watch for. Chavez is a product of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) who hales from Sana Mesa, Philippines.

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“Playful Charm”
oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
2015
*His version of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” from his solo exhibition entitled “Redeeming the Rebirth” @ Art Underground

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“She wants to play a game”
oil on canvas
48 x 36″
2015
*His version of Da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine from his solo exhibition entitled “Redeeming the Rebirth @ Art Underground Gallery

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“Mona Chrome”
oil on canvas
48 x 24 inches
2014 @ Boston Gallery

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His version of Grant Wood’s painting ” American Gothic”
oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
2015 @ Art Underground Gallery

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“Quest for Wisdom” Artwork by Joel Chavez (Part of his exhibit, Redeeming the Rebirth)

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Achievements:

  • Grand Prize — First Avida 3D Street Painting Competition 2011 (group)
  • 2nd  Place — 2nd Avida 3D Street Painting Competition 2012  (group)
  • Grand Prize — Magnolia Tumbler Design Making Competition 2010
  • Hon. Mention — Maningning Miclat Painting Competition 2011
  • Finalist Golden Season Painting Competition 2011
  • 2nd Place — Rotary On the Spot Painting Competition 2012

Exhibitions: Group Show

  • Blue Series — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Independence Day — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, Vietnam
  • Self Portrait — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Child — (2012) Art Center, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Pain and Pleasure — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Bonifacio — (2013) Yuchengco Museum
  • Mother and Child — (2013) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Child — (2013) Art Center, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Affordable Art — (2014) SM Aura
  • Art in the Park — (2014) Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Ave Figuras — (2014) Art Center, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Group Show — (2014) Boston Gallery

CONTACT

To buy his art or inquiries for commission work, feel free to contact the artist at chavezjoel569@yahoo.com, contact no. 09051039367 and in Facebook, Art of Joel Chavez.

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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 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

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Bren Bataclan, artist who gives free artwork for a promise to smile

Bren’s Bataclan is a Filipino-American artist who began his street art installation in the summer of 2003. The painting involves the artist leaving his cartoon inspired FREE paintings for takers who ‘promise to smile.’ He calls this SmileyB project. Bren started around the Boston area but has since gone worldwide with his project and has begun to paint murals and exhibit his paintings across the country.

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Bren’s Bataclan paintings in a line up! They look suspiciously smiley!

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Free painting in Budapest

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Free painting at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC.

His childhood in the Philippines helped form the characters he paints today. The color scheme he uses–effervescent and festive–is based on what he used to see when he was a kid in Manila. Anime is also a big inspiration in his work, which is why most of his creatures have big eyes—one big eye and a smaller one (his signature look). When he was 12, his family moved to San Francisco and it was there that he was exposed to street art.

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Paintings in Raleigh, North Carolina. Yep, all in one house!

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Latest group exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum

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A panoramic view of the mural hallway for Jefferson Elementary.

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Some of his best times have been collaborating with students and painting murals at schools.

Bren’s project has been featured all over— in the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Readers Digest, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and various Philippine-based & Filipino American newspapers, TV shows and so on.

(To see all the Bren’s Bataclan’s media coverage, please click the link here)

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Finishing touches

Bren’s Kickstarter fundraising for the SmileyB project even went beyond 300% of its goal in order to give away paintings in all 50 states by the end of 2013. To top that, Heinemann published a book about Bren’s artwork.

Bren’s strategy is to drop and run. No waiting around, watching and speculating whether the art will find a caring keeper or will end up wet, cold and alone. He scouts for spaces with substantial foot traffic and benches — all the better to exhibit his art. If he can’t locate a raised platform, he will rest the piece on a step or even the ground. He prefers dark or neutral backgrounds that will defer to the gumdrop colors of his paintings. (Source)

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Colors go in by layers

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The North Pembroke Elementary School mural he finished with three inspiring quotes.

Bren’s background is in graphic design and computer animation; it should come as no surprise that his characters are so graphic, stylized and streamlined. His goal is to have the least amount of details but have the maximum amount of personality. His other goals are to bring art to people who may not typically visit art galleries and museums. Give paintings to folks who may not be able to afford original artwork and lastly, to see more smiles around the globe.

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The Smile Movement in Uganda

Prior to painting full time, Bren was a teacher and taught computer graphics and design at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the Boston Museum School. He was also involved with the design think tank lab in Boston and was into computer animation industry in California. Bren’s received his undergraduate degree in design from UCLA with the highest distinction as a Summa Cum Laude honorary graduate. Then, he preceded his graduate degree in computer animation from the Ohio State University.

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This Boston based artist is on a mission to spread kindness and share smiles through art.

Images provided by the artist.

Aura Magazine: Meet the Art Man – Filipino Artist Jerome Choco

AURA Magazine 3rd Issue is out!

My third contribution – Meet the Art Man – Filipino Artist Jerome Choco. (Pages 46-47) Thank you Dee Sanchez and Miguel Livelo.

Jerome “Art Man” Choco is a young and highly talented natural-born Filipino artist who hails from Angono, Rizal—“The Art Capital of the Philippines.” Jerome uses all mediums but his specialty is on realism, hyperrealism, and 3D art.  With almost 95K followers on Facebook, he is someone to watch out for in the years to come.

His Discovery Series intermittently depict stories embedded from his childhood dreams.  In his dreams, the Art Man aims to obtain supernatural powers.  Though his clever manipulation of folk aesthetic and material. Art Man’s provides his illusory characters with emblematic significance that transcends common discernment, offering new insights about their origins and relevance.  His self-discovery series in his art reveals the dream of his artistic impression on longing for his truest calling.  It can be a vision that we all need to look for things that is wrong and destructive in nature but in the end one flies away from trouble and learns from the experience.

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My first print art feature is out for Aura Magazine (United Kingdom)

My very first print contribution for ‪#‎AuraMagazine‬ — a print magazine for #‎UK based #‎Filipinos.

Thank you Arlene de  ‘Adec’ Castro-Anonuevo of RED DOG- poems, musings, visuals

She is Aura’s first Filipina featured artist, ‘Adec’ her nickname

She is a painter, poetess, blogger, photography model, occasional photographer, consultant for speech and personality development, animal rights advocate, former international flight attendant of Cathay Pacific Airways and hotel assistant front office manager of Ramada Midtown Hotel, and most especially, great-grand niece of Philippine hero Andres de Castro Bonifacio..

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You will find my article on page 73.

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Thank you, Miguel Livelo and Dee Sanchez of Aura Magazine

for giving me the opportunity to be one of the Philippine contributors

for your newly launch magazine.

Maraming salamat!

Filipino Artist: Wiljun”Jay”Magsino—His art and his poetry

Wiljun “Jay” Magsino closes influence and inspiration is his father who dabbled in metal art craft as his hobby.

Since childhood, his love for drawing was evident.  Mostly self-taught, he learned the basics of drawing by reading books about art and observing the works of other artists.

His art education begun when he was in 4th year high school.  He would leave after class and head to the mall. He would stand in front of a portrait artist and sometimes wait for an hour.  He gained his initial knowledge by watching him work his magic. He said, he even got in trouble from his mother because he would stay till 12 watching the artist.

Fine Arts was his first choice in college but ended up taking architecture. Because of financial difficulty, he was forced to stopped school and worked instead.

There is a saying that where your heart and soul belongs, you will still end up there. It was 2011 when he choose to continue his passion in art.  It was not easy at first but with perseverance he followed what he loved and made art his main profession.

He studied different types of styles and mediums including digital arts. Currently, exploring the world of art because he believes that art is a vast terrain to learn about.

Now a Freelance Visual Artist and looking forward to concentrate with his two favourite medium–oil paint and staples wires.

His dream that someday Wiljun’s art will be recognized using his personal style.

As you know, he is also a poet.  But it is in Tagalog very hard to translate. For those Filipino readers,  he is one makatang poet. Enjoy!

“MAHIGPIT NA YAKAP SA BIYAYA”

biyaya ka sa akin na pinatamasa,

ako’y inilaan upang sayo’y kumalinga;

Panginoong Diyos ika’y sakin ipinagkatiwala,

kayamanan ka na walang kapareha;

habang ika’y nasa aking sinapupunan,

aking buhay sayo’y ilalaan;

ika’y aking aarugain at pakakaingatan,

hanggang sa makulay na mundo’y iyong masilayan;

aking anak ako sayo’y sabik na sabik,

aking ninanais na ika’y madampian ng aking halik;

maipadama ang pagmamahal kong hitik na hitik,

dahil pag­ibig ko sayo’y liglig at siksik;

ngunit habang ikaw ay parte pa ng aking katawan ,

aking isasaalang­alang ating kalusugan at kaligtasan;

mahigpit na yakap sayo’y aking ilalaan,

dahil ikaw saki’y biyayang nagdulot ng walang katumbas na kaligayahan.

Wiljun Magsino Art

HAPDI SA PAGLUWAL NG BINHI

kapansin­pansin ang malaking pagbabago saking katawan,

siyam na buwan ika’y mananatili sa’king sinapupunan;

tila baga mundo’y aking pinapasan­pasan,

ubod ng bigat ang aking nararamdaman;

hindi biro ang dalhin ka sa’king lumalaking tiyan,

lahat ng di kumportable aking nararamdaman;

doble ang bigat ng aking katawan,

at ako’y lubos na nahihirapan;

ngunit magkagayunpaman ika’y aking aalagaan,

sisiguraduhing mananatiling maayos iyong kalusugan;

ika’y hinding­hindi ko pababayaan,

hanggang sa ika’y lumabas at mundo’y masilayan;

at sa oras na gusto mo nang lumabas,

lahat ng sakit titiisin ibubuhos ang lakas;

di baleng hapdi aking madanas at buhay ko ang katumbas,

maipakita ko lang aking pag­ibig at sa’yo maiparanas ang magandang bukas.

hapdi

“MARUPOK NA KAGANDAHAN,PAKAINGATAN”

Kayo’y hinugot sa’ming tadyang,

upang sa buhay maging katuwang;

Nilikha na puspos ng kagandahan,

yamang nararapat pakaingatan;

Kayo’y may malasutlang damdamin,

nararapat lang na alagaan at mahalin;

na tila kayamanang babasagin,

pakaingatan yan ang pinakabibilin;

Ngunit bakit lipuna’y nagkaganito?

Naubos na ba ang lahi ng mga maginoo?

Mga kababaihan laging nabibiktima,

ng mga taong walang alam kundi manamantala;

isang dalaga ginahasa, minolesya, pinatay,

sa mga pahayagan palaging nakahimlay;

palaging laman ng mga pornograpong larawan,

nasaan na ang pagpapahalaga natin sa mga kababaihan?

hindi ko mawari hindi maaninag,

aking damdami’t saloobi’y nababagabag;

nasaan na ang pagpapahalaga ni florante kay laura?

unti­unting natakpan at nawala na;

Kaya aking nilikha itong tula,

upang magsilbing paunawa sa bawat madla;

Pagpapahalaga nawa sa bawat kababaihan huwag mabalewala,

sila’y respetuhin, mahalin, pakaingatan yan ang dapat na adhika;

Laging isipin na sila’y kayamanang maituturing,

tila isang diyamanteng makislap maningning;

Pag­ibig na sapat sa kanila’y nararapat,

na sa kanila’y ibigay ng puspos at tapat.

Wiljun Art

Here are several videos of his art in action:

Staple Art

“Petronas Tower” Watercolour Speed Painting

“Cry out to Jesus” ; Coffee Speedpainting

All images provided by the artist.

Artist Profile: Kitty Taniguchi Who Took Art To The Next Level

Kitty Taniguchi‘s is a champion of feminine aesthetic and is among the few Filipina painters who had successfully intruded upon a male-dominated art world—a feat back then. A veteran painter who has devotedly explored and experimented themes of femininity and all of women representation’s that challenged the perception and interpretation of social and cultural conventions.

All of her works are due to her personal experiences and her depictions of women in portraits are of expressions of truth, reality, and challenges that women face through the centuries of oppression—physically and spirituality. Her works are mainly of symbolism in style as she prefers representations that do not follow the traditional concepts that most artist partake.

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Artist at work with her Terracotta.

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“The Feminist art movement sought to change the world presenting a message about women’s experience and the need for gender equality.”

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Her works bring awareness to women facing seemingly unchangeable fates and unjust social status.

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From an artist whose body of work deals heavily with social and gender issues.

Her earlier fascination for architecture; interior design and everything that is beautiful; her childhood years in Siquijor and its wealth of cultural rites and folklorist traditions; her love for the words in literature honed under the tutelage of the philosophical and existential musings about modernity, and the unavoidable complexity that is feministic in representation.

She was born with a talent of imagination that is beyond the blue horizon.  She spent most of her childhood in convents and churches. Her educational background is in literature which allowed her to sharpen her insights and intellect and where she got to draw her philosophy in life.

Kitty prefers to see life’s realities and conventional traditions, if not side by side, and question, may this be executed on canvas or other art forms? It’s all in the artist prerogative.

Kitty, now in her 60s, who hails from Dumaguete City, a province in Central Visayas Philippines. It was difficult to break in the art mainstream as local art activities were rare if not well-defined. Her hurdles were mostly the absence of good system of communications and hard to find good materials were not as accessible. Despite the obstacles in the 80s, she still pursued her passion as an independent visual artist and by 1992, she even established Mariyah Gallery Restaurant despite the fact that it appeared that the community was not prepared for an artist’s haven. Its first name was Galleria Maria Cristina which is also named after her daughter Mariyah who is an artist as well. She closed the restaurant in 2000 so that she can concentrate more on her art works.

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Artist, Kity Taniguchi, her subjects of women in her artworks is to help express her discomfort with the discrimination that every woman has to face in a male-dominant society.

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The artist painting and sculptures depicts the flexibility of being a woman.

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Kitty’s works show that women are resilient despite the obstacles.

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Maria Itaru and the Green Dragon (2000)

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Frida Kahlo (2004)

To Kitty, she believes that all women are beautiful.  She invites all not only to look at her subjects in her paintings but also, she is asking that you converse with them. Oh yes, all of her women. They are all centered, thinking, feeling, and connecting to a deeper sense of intellectuality and spirituality.

Her art is unconventional as she loathes stereotypes and fixed typesets.  All her works explores images with playful masculinity and femininity expressions—sprinkled quirkily with loads of social issues. A self-taught artist, Kitty embodies fluidity in poetry and philosophy, working them into her artist’s hands to the canvas.

What makes an object an artwork a great art work?

What makes the paint shine from above the rest?

What makes art timeless and never forgotten through generations?

In Kitty’s classification of a great work of art is that which could not be ignored and will not be forgotten through time.

As for her works, only time can tell how her art will figure in history. However, there is no worry to be thinking about this as Kitty has successfully already established herself as an artist who can bestow to us a unique brand of aesthetic greatness just like the impressionism and expressionism masters of the past.

“I just really want to produce great works of art,” exclaims Cristina Sollesta-Taniguchi.

Nothing more and nothing less!

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Art was not merely an object for aesthetic admiration according to Kitty, but art could also incite the viewer to question the social and political landscape, and through this questioning, possibly affect the world and incite change toward “WOMEN EQUALITY.”

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Kitty’s self-portrait.

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Feminist artists such as Kitty Taniguchi sought to create a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork through the inclusion of women’s perspective.

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Buddha, His Cheeth and His Crow (2006)

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Kitty and one of her mural masterpiece.

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For those visiting Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, feel free to stop by her gallery:

Address: Larena Drive, Bogo Junction, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental
Phone:(035) 225 1687

All images provided by the artist, Kitty Taniguchi.

References:

www.kulay-diwa.com

www.artesdelasfilipinas.com

Painter & Performance Artist Spotlight: Goddess Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee

One of the first components of Goddess Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee’s style is her penchant for flowing lines and spirals. She uses thick textured paints which seems like the subject of her art is dancing elegantly—influenced by her dance background — who was a former member of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company.

Miss Nunistell hails from Bacolod City who was last year’s Vice-President of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros. She is now focusing her attention to the Negrense artist’s exhibits at the Museo Diocesano of Bacolod as an organizer.

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Natural Mystic (Embracing Nature) Arts & Concept by Eric Estampador Cabales, Photo taken by Dennis Tan Yu.

Miss Nunistell was among the privileged few dancers who auditioned and were accepted into this acclaimed dance company. She was with the Bayanihan from 1998 to 2003 and took part in its performances here and abroad. She visited 14 countries and represented the Philippines for international dance festivals and competitions.

After Bayanihan, Miss Nunistell concentrated in the arts but she never forgot her roots in dancing.  She became friends with the ethnic group of musicians so sometimes; she will perform and render a neo-ethnic dance routine during the opening ceremony of any art shows she participates in.

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Viva Excon 2014…Performance at the Opening of Art Salon.

Miss Nunistell joined Association of Bacolod last 2011 and from then on, she focused in painting art. In her first group exhibit, her three mixed-media works were sold immediately.  In the process, she was inspired to paint and paint; thus, found her true identity.

“I like to paint that is pleasing in the eyes that are inspiring to look at. We have so many problems in this world; now, why make something that is hard, deep and stressful to look at. So what I prefer to create are the ones that are soft, presentable, elegant, and inspiring—the ones that makes us happy.” she said.

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Left: “Si Maganda” 15″x15″ Textured Oil on Canvas / Mixed Media Art . This art is for group exhibit in Italy — Right: SOLD! “Paunjalay Dancer” Textured Oil on Canvas 24″x36″. Paunjalay is a Pre-nuptial dance of Yakan Tribe of Basilan”. You can see the gracefulness of the Bayanihan dancer itself. Commissioned painting now in Canada.

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Her biggest artwork “Blink of Nature” Yang & Yin Energy, 48″x 60″ Textured Oil on Canvas.

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SOLD! “IDENTIFIED” 5″ x 32″ Set of 4, Textured Oil on Canvas, Now in NEW YORK.

In the realm of the visual arts, Miss Nunistell’s plans to make many dance figures in costumes. If ever, to have a solo exhibit but all of this needs to be planned for first according to her.

Stellar is the word that best describes Miss Nunistell Mae Fulo-Lee who remains humble despite her many accomplishments. She’s also a devoted mother to her daughter, Ela, and a gem of a friend to her peers and colleagues in the local art industry.

“I’m simple & optimistic kind of person. Art is my passion. I love dancing, designing, drawing, painting, and modeling—& even just posing under the sun in Boracay beach. Travelling in different parts of the world is a pleasure and a treasure to keep. My family is my inspiration and God leads our way to live,” she quoted.

Images courtesy of the artist.

Reference article: Sunstar