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.

Fidel Sarmiento Pastel Collection – macuha-artgallery.com

Fidel Sarmiento Pastel Collection imprinted in everyday Filipino life and landscapes. Fidel Sarmiento, Filipino Artist in Macuha Art Gallery.

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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

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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All artworks provided by the artist.

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. 

Michelle Hollanes Lua: #Sculptor #Musician #MixedMedia #Multimedia #ScavengerArtist #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

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 
Michelle Hollanes Lua: #Sculptor #Musician #MixedMedia #Multimedia #ScavengerArtist #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

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. 

Michelle Hollanes Lua: #Sculptor #Musician #MixedMedia #Multimedia #ScavengerArtist #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

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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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. 

#BenCruz: Multi-Awarded #FilipinoArtist #VisualArtist #Art #ArtPH #ContemporaryArts www.jennysserendipity.com

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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Meet Sky De Leon Child Prodigy Painter

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Artist at work who can paint one painting a day.

A rage to master as observed in some precocious young artists may help define extreme visual creativity in spotting artistic brilliance in children. Among all child prodigies there is one particular trait that children share: passion about their interest – whether it is in painting, sports, math, science or even dance.

Despite his young age, Ram Skyler De Leon or “Sky” has already distinguished himself as a professional artist. Sky can make one oil painting a day, his stress buster after school. I am passionate about art!” he enthuses. Shy is an artist who has an obsession to master his craft, devouring art books and religiously studying with local experts.

“It’s a great honor to be an artist. Art for me is not just a hobby but a passion. Painting became my escape and my inspiration to do well in school. We all live in a busy and complicated world but art simplifies it. God gave me this wonderful gift and my family has supported me throughout my journey in art. I hope to create more and better paintings or works of art in the future.”~Sky De Leon

Looking at kid’s compositions, it won’t take you much to conclude that he comprehends far beyond his age. His reflection about art, his brushstroke and mature demeanor across the canvas at such a tender age is certainly a gifted realist.  His elements of composition, color, space and movement are handled with greater sensitivity to detail.

The fifteen-year old boy’s paintings are no child’s play for this 2nd year high school honor student from La Salle Greenhills who started art as early as six years old.

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Ram Skyler de Leon and Master Artist, Fernando Sena at Walls Gallery

He first studied art basics with acclaimedFernando Sena in 2010 and had several exhibits through him, in venues including Philippine Heart Center, Eastwood Cinema in Libis, and Walls and Art Gallery in Quezon Avenue while contemporary Filipino artist Philip Badon has also helped in shaping Sky’s art.

His comprehensive art education and as well as his exposure to numerous art forms, styles and techniques, finds niche in realism and impressionism through L’arc En Ciel Gallery who is now Sky’s second home in art – a leading art gallery in the country under the tutelage of Elaine Herbosa curator of the L’Arc en Ciel in the South. Sky has also been accepted to the Florence Academy of Art in Italy for next year’s workshop – first Filipino child to be accepted in this prestigious academy.

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Sky with Elaine Herbosa, President and Curator of L’Arc En Ciel Art Gallery.

He wields a brush like an art master. His skill in the impressionist still life is a sight to behold – his copper vases, sunflowers and cherries on white silk organza pop to life with his sophisticated strokes. Sky’s oils in bold colors have unending appeal.

Sky was not like most children as he found solace frolicking with vivid colors and various subjects in his paintings. Sky is an artist whose art are often self-directed, preferring art to other forms of entertainment. Sky believes that creating art in general is not an activity but a way of life for him. It teaches him discipline, courage to go beyond his limits, and to aim for perfection for whatever interest him.

“Still life teaches you to find the beauty in simple household objects and portraiture makes you enjoy the perfection of the in perfection,” ~Sky De Leon
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Image credit via John Rene Fernandez

Sky has been publicly exhibiting his works since he was 11 years old, starting at the Bahay Tsinoy Museum in Intramuros. He had a solo auction exhibit for the 10th anniversary of The Palms Country Club in Alabang in 2013, where part of the proceeds went to a charitable institution. He has joined Art in the Park two years in a row, ManiaArt 2015, and exhibits in Bellevue Hotel, Tagaytay Highlands, ArtistSpace, Ayala Museum and at L’Arc en Ciel Atelier and Gallery in Ayala Alabang Village.

His rare talent has been featured as Artist of the Week in Solar TV’s morning show, interviewed in other TV programs, and featured in newspapers and magazines. Sky is, after all, just a typical, well-rounded extraordinary talented kid with supportive non-artist parents. His oil paintings have evolved into a more mature depictions and advanced techniques.

“I love what I am doing. It’s very satisfying, seeing a finished work when before there was just a blank canvas,” ~Sky De Leon

***A Selection of  Sky’s Masterpieces***

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The Art and Work of Connie Cabalar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arlene de Castro-Anonuevo (Adec): Poetess & Visual Artist

Arlene de Castro-Añonuevo or “Adecastroan” is a poet and thinker who wielded the paintbrush or pencil as passionately as she did the pen.  She is a versatile gifted artist who occupied many creative realms that provided reciprocal sources of inspiration. She can easily shift from one style to another from realism, impressionism, expressionism, surrealism, and abstract. She brings her variety of eclectic style and her attention to the finer details of the painting, the use of allegory, the story and emotion she conveys in each of her work that invites the viewer to explore the depths of her subject and have a glimpse of her soul as an artist. She further augments the countenance of her art by using a broad range of medium from pastel, watercolor, oil, and acrylic on paper and canvas. Then, her words follow her paintings, as a poetess who creates a poem in response to her work of art, her words become a way of seeing—a collaboration within the conversation.

“I have a very creative mind, and often the products of my creative mind manifest first in my dreams,” as quoted in INQUIRER.net.

Art was always part of Adecastroan’s life, her childhood hours spent sketching and drawing instead of playing. Native of the rustic town Iba, Zambales by Carlos Gonzales de Castro, a Zambaleno of Spanish descent and Estela Sy Loria, his Chinese-mestiza wife from Pangasinan. Her patriarchal roots in this place can be traced as far back as the time of revolutionary patriot Andres de Castro Bonifacio,” whose mother Catalina who hails from barrio Dirita, is her great grand aunt.

Adecastroan, an AB Sociology graduate of the University of the Philippines who only started painting in 2003 after her early retirement from Cathay Pacific Airways as a stewardess, and later from Midtown Hotel which allowed her to enhance her artistic expression furthermore. Although largely a self-taught artist, she did learn the basics from Filipino master artist “Fernando Sena,” and Arte Pintura artists specifically, “Addie Cukingnam,” “Azor Pazcoguin” and “Rey Ademis.” In the short period of time, she has developed a unique style of her own inspired by the variation of post-impressionism color theory, combined with a keen sense of observation of the natural world. Indeed, her opulently textured artworks are a visual feast to the eyes.

 “I paint my subject as he gets in touch with his inner self. Whenever one looks at my painting, I want him to answer this question: What does it mean to be a person historically, experientially and personally? The viewer has to go beyond the surface and reflect on what he sees so as to arrive at a deeper understanding of the human psyche. This is the foremost reason why I do not render my subject based on the usual standard of rendering it; symbolism always being an integral part of my work. Philosopher Descartes says “I think therefore I am.” In my paintings, I say “I think and I feel therefore I am.” Painting is not a matter of duplicating an image but capturing my subject’s essence- soul on canvas.”~Adecastroan

She is a highly talented painter, blogger and a poetess who sometimes dabble in modeling for photography. She is currently residing in Quezon City and had her first one-artist show in the Heritage Art and Antiquities Gallery in 2009. She has participated in various group exhibits including Katha,” which is a monthly art exhibit on different themes expressed through art by different independent artists.  She is an active member of the Linangan ng Kulturang Pilipino Group.” This sociopolitical organization that tackles issues in society and she is involved with visual and performance arts under poetry. Her artworks are also displayed at “Bahay Nakpil-Bautista and joins poetry reading and other Filipino heritage events. Her other interests includes membership in the Screenwriter’s Guild of the Philippines and the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The proceeds of her work support her staunch activism for animal rights and welfare.

***A Selection of Adecastroan’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

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