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***

(Click the thumbnails below to enlarge the artwork, and then swipe or use the arrows to scroll)
Images supplied by the artist.

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.

Article Source: Symbolic Realism of Joel Chavez

Art provided by the Artist: Joel Chavez.

Ronna Lara-Bes, The Multi-Faceted Artist

The artist would describe herself as multi-faceted, for she has developed skills of seemingly different disciplines. However, one mutual denominator among them is that they all resolve around artistic pursuits. Her art endeavors have dominated her life for as long as she can remember.

Ronna Lara-Bes is an alumnus of Architecture in University of Santo Tomas, a course that helped combined the technical and the creative side of her artistry. Her professional life is dedicated to creativity and the teaching of it. She is a part-time instructor at Feati University School of Fine Arts. Her early years, she saw herself as a fashion designer, then as an architectural visualizer, product designer, 3D Animator, photographer and visual effects artist—An all-around artist!

In the field of traditional art, her choice mediums are oil, acrylics and watercolour. She switches from one to another to keep her perspective constantly fresh, yet continually retaining her unique artistic identity. This is yet another manifestation of her multifaceted nature. Her work is often been described as possessing cleanliness and shades have and having that three-dimensional effect which oftentimes amuses her given her computer graphics background.

Cyclic Beauties

Image via ART Elements Asian Gallery

 

Her latest solo exhibit “CYCLIC BEAUTIES” opened last November 13 at ART Elements Asian Gallery.

She is an active member of “United Women Artist Association of the Philippines.” It is an association of empowered Filipina artists, here and abroad. (Working on a future post about this group)

If you are interested in getting in touch with her, please contact her via her Facebook page, she goes under the name Ronski Beski.

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Cyclic Beauties, A Solo Exhibit – One Hundred Birds 70cm x 90cm (35.4″x27.5″) acrylic on canvas — at SM Aura Premier. Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist

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Textured Hair Art by Ronna – Mga laquacheras-Pondering 40cm x 50cm (15.75″x 19.7″) acrylic on canvas €500 (inclusive of shipping)

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Hit Girl 36×48 oil on canvas – Legends & Villains
A traveling exhibit among SM Premiere malls. First Stop…Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist

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Abstract Explorations-Human’s Nature 36″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas 2014, Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist

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Belle Flower 18×24 oil on canvas, Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist

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Mermaid (Sketch), Ronna Lara-Bes, Artist 

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This is an interpretation.
If interested to be “interpreted”, 9″x12″ watercolor on Canson paper P800 each. PM Ronna!

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Featured Image Titled Mobius 8″x2″x6″ 3D-Printed Polylactide

Meet Millet Galeos Sacerdoti – An Eclectic Visual Artist

A Virgo from the year of the Earth Rooster, Ramilita “Millet” Fajardo Galeos, who hails from Pasay City, grew up in the busy streets of Paco, Manila. Millet came from a family of doctors, nurses, artists, musicians, accountants and engineers. She was inspired by the tenacity of her late uncle, Zosimo Fajardo Sr. a prolific deaf-mute painter who trained under Fernando Amorsolo. Her first cousin, “Queen of Radio Advertising” Ompong Remigio, elevated to the Hall of Fame of the Philippines Creative Guild, is another inspiration.

Interesting artist! I feel that she is someone you should know.  She is one prolific artist who is active in Manila’s art scene. Shout out to my high school buddy Wam Molina who introduced me to her.  Thank you Wam! (Watch out for a future blog post on Wam’s photography)

Hope you enjoy this post and her art the same way as I did!

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Millet Galeos Sacerdoti and her art.

Tell me about yourself as a Freelance Visual Artist and your type of art.

As a self-taught visual artist for more than 25 years; I must say, I haven’t encountered any design task that was too hard to execute, at the same time be able to freely express my style (a feat for most graphic designers and increasingly hard to put into practice due to different client needs and demands).

Not claiming that I’m special or freakishly good at what I do, but I believe that my creativity stems from the way I see things, I was born with epilepsy and bipolar disorder and was left undiagnosed until I was 30. My art possibly falls under so many categories except traditional.

Taken from my art profile – Her love for basic shapes and bright colors, keen eye for detail and future trends, good sense of balance and form and her preciseness of pen and pencil drove her beyond typical expressions, and forms. Her design-sense is contemporary, mostly abstract depictions of life; intricate, comic, pop and psychedelic. Her subjects normally involve love of family and children, biological and natural patterns, hidden messages and puzzles, sex, epilepsy and extreme moods. Her works are done meticulously and intricately, but all in a whim, with no defined plans or studies. Her play of shapes, textures and colors usually deceive the viewer’s eyes. She lets the viewer define and interpret her work the way they want to see it. Millet’s favorite medium is ink. She also uses acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, oil pastel, markers, crayons and mixed media. She is adept in both conventional and digital media.

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Apoplexie Mental Vulgarity by Artist Millet Galeos Sacerdoti

And as an Owner at Apoplexie Art Bar

Apoplexie is French for seizure. Art Bar doesn’t relate exactly to an edifice like a bar or restaurant but more to a shop (in this case, and as of the moment, a virtual shop). I did put up a physical shop in Kapitolyo, Pasig for a multiply.com account; sadly, it didn’t pull through since they closed down. It’s the future of Apoplexie that I am currently planning on. We target to bring Apoplexie back focusing on the arts and music scene, after we build the studio in Tagaytay…the place to build already exists, and my remaining Apoplexie stocks are kept in the bodega. These stocks include mostly of my artworks, preloved clothing and handcrafted fashion accessories, other artists’ paintings, and art collectibles. We’re on planning stage and will start setting up a temporary showroom first and bit by bit build from there. Hoping to open by end 2015 if permitting won’t be cumbersome.

You mentioned you’re SOELAG. What is this?

Soelag is the reverse of my surname Galeos. I use this as my pseudonym for certain art activities that involve live and interactive art, moving art or videography. It’s not my alter ego, it just so happens that when I signed my name before, it reads both as Galeos and Soelag, almost like an ambigram.

Besides you, who are the other featured Apoplexie Art Bar artist?

One of Apoplexie Art Bar’s concepts will be, aside from artists being able to show their works, to accommodate and feature select artists as its resident/stay-in artist for two weeks each month, without repeating the same artist, giving more exposure to new and upcoming artists. That’s all I can say for now since everything is in conceptual stage.

What type of art do you feature at Apoplexie Art Bar?

Any and all types of art (there’s art in trash, but there is also “trash art”- which I am not keen on promoting)

You mentioned your price is cheap?  What are your price ranges? 

That price would apply on the fashion part of Apoplexie.

Artworks wise, I believe I’m relatively cheap (not being humble about it nor too happy to say it). Currently, my cheapest artwork would be P500.00 and the most expensive is P120K (which can also mean I don’t plan to sell it, at the moment, or they jacked up my price – hehe). I would like to work on a price per sq. in. list, but when you’re enjoying what you do, it’s really hard to put a price on it. As of now, I keep it low so that more people will have access to my art.

Give me an update on your Art Events?

I’ve been very active lately as Director and founding member of the United Women Artists Association of the Philippines (UWAAP) which is geared towards promoting the female artists, to pursue impeccable craftsmanship, and serve as inspiration to other women artists, both locally and internationally. (Motto eh, I have to write that down, YKWIM) Our organization was founded just this year and only yet has been actively participating ever since its launch and first group exhibit last October in Dos Pueblos Gallery entitled “DiskARTe“.

UWAAP Teaser: DOS PUEBLOS GALLERY Presents…”DISKARTE” The first group exhibition of the UNITED WOMEN ARTISTS ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES. Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City

Ongoing exhibits: UWAAP co-organized and I partly sponsored (via Apoplexie Art Bar, GS Tagaytay and SNAFU!) the NBI’s 78th Anniversary Art and Photo Exhibit Opening last 3 November. Exhibit runs until 5 December.

Also, we are participating at the 1st SBMA Women’s Summit entitled “Ang Bagong Pinay” in Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. We will also hold interactive or live art, on the spot sketching and art demonstration activities this 26-27 November.

Future of your art?

I am at present involving myself more into arts and music-infused fund-raising projects and benefit shows, either as co-organizer or sponsor/patron.  Next year’s activities are already lined-up. Though, I may have to take a backseat midway 2015 to pursue building my own artist haven in Tagaytay.

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For bookings, you can call Millet Galeos Sacerdoti at 0917-8410350.  You can also email her at apoplexieartbar@yahoo.com. And, don’t forget to mention my name, Jennifer Bichara (My Email: jennifer.bichara@gmail.com) of www.jennysserendipity.com (I get a little commission on all art sales…) She is on Facebook as well!!! All images are courtesy of Millet Galeos Sacerdoti unless otherwise noted.