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.

HIGHLIGHTS OF BUHAY’S CAREER

  • 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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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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Aura Elite Magazine – Angelo Antonio Maristela: Doha Qatar Based Filipino Artist

My sixth contribution for Aura Elite Magazine (United Kingdom) — Issue No. 6  “Angelo Antonio Maristela: Doha Qatar Based Filipino-Artist”

Thank you Dee Sanchez, Chief Editor of Aura and maraming salamat rin kay Angelo.

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Angelo Antonio Maristela is a multidimensional international Filipino artist who has secured himself a spot in the highly competitive world of arts. His works are recognised for excellence and he has won awards on several painting competitions which includes being one of the finalists in the Philip Morris Art Awards.

Angelo can bring a lifeless object to life. He is a gifted natural hyper-realist painter and has gainedmastery in the art of portrait making.  Angelo’s style can accommodate different requirements—from abstracts, impressionism to realism; marrying a vast range of hues and figures on his canvas for his corporate and commercial projects in the Philippines, USA and Qatar.

Based in Doha Qatar since 2009, his wonderful art works now hang in some of the most exclusive residential and commercial villas across the city and the Pearl, Qatar. His latest abstract series iscurrently being showcased at Bilal Pearl Suites, a 7-star residential haven at Pearl Qatar.  While some of his hyper-realism artworks are gracing the interiors of Sizzling Hotpot, a newly-opened Asian restaurant in the Holiday Villa Hotel.

His artworks have been gaining popularity in the country and overseas and have been featured for a number of times in popular Qatari magazines and Angelo has been interviewed on Qatar TV. He has showcased his works in international exhibitions including the Art Encounter in Las Vegas, Nevada, the largest gallery in the state to join their dynamic roster of artists. He has also been invited to an exhibit in the Philippine Center, New York back in 2006. In September, he has two exhibitions that will be happening simultaneously—one in Biennale 2015, Italy and in Katara– at the exclusive and only Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar.

This artist’s ultimate vision is to leave a lifetime legacy to preserve the culture and events through his timeless paintings for the next generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Related Article: Artist Angelo Antonio Maristela @ International Confederation of Art Critics

***A selection of  Angelo Antonio Maristela’s art masterpieces***
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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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Sinulog Dancer Series by Artist Clint Normandia and Poem by Wilfredo Olamit

ARTISTS GALORE

“the temple”

with palms heavenward,
hands spread in oblation,
she
raises her face,
closes her eyes
to cruel reality,
she
opens her mind,
unveils her heart
to envision
a kinder realism
where life
is as it could be
and
not as it is
with its
shams
emptiness
loneliness
hopelessness.her inner turmoils
manifested on
her beautiful face,
which is
violated by ugly tears
of her existence,
her youthful cheeks
which are
plowed by the sweat
of her hard toils.now,
she revisits in her mind
the sanctum sanctorum
in her soul,
the holy place
where
life
promised her
inner
peace
joy
hope
fulfillment
and
in that moment,
as if by the
Grace of God,
life
comes
true to its vow
in The Temple of The Inner Self.

“Sinulog Dancer SeriES”

To paint a masterpiece is not an easy task—one has to be talented to be able to pull off a realistic painting. As for the artist, he begins his process by taking photographs first; this help captures all the details and expressions. He then makes a draft of the photo and paints in on canvas with oil as displayed in the Sinulog Dancer Series.

Based in Cebu, Clint pays homage to the Sinulog Dancer of the Sinulog Festival. It is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City and is the center of the Santo Niño celebration in the Philippines. One of the main highpoints of the commemoration is the grand street procession which lasts for 9 to 12 hours with participants coming from the different towns and cities of Cebu and across the Philippines. The Sinulog dance contingents are dressed in bright costumes dancing graciously to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and native gongs.

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 Inches

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 Inches

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 Inches

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 inches

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 inches

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Artist: Clint Normandia – Sinulog Dancer Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 inches

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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.