Tondo Art: “Sculpture of the New Century: Seb Chua’s Art”

My latest article using Tondo Art—the world’s first fully-devoted art-centric social platform based in New York.

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Seb Chua is a sculptor who strives to capture the rightest quintessence of the subject at hand through affirmative messages such as love, care and family values for everyone to see. His cast sculptures, whether in bronze, marble or brass are an evolution against the backdrop of art through history.

His pursuit of art is a means of human expression of varied influences with themes that show a distinctly modern cubistic nature and metaphorical composition of shapes and forms. The faceless portraits—the anonymity and sole identity of Seb Chua’s works represent humanity so that the viewer can narrate as the character within the artwork.

~~~ To read the whole article please click on the link: Sculpture of the New Century: Seb Chua’s Art:

Photography by: Jeri Barrios

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

You can also read on Clint’s Q&A by clicking the link below:

 

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Kevin Villar Cubinar of “Black ART”

“I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me.”

Social art or frequently referred to as “social-practice,” typically focuses on work that impacts societies’ problems like poverty, inequality, pollution, politics and the impact of religion amongst its own people. Kevin Villar Cubinar’s artworks tends to display a strong sociological and political bent, often in an effort to draw attention to collective ills and conditions which are meant to encourage empowerment or incite change in a community. His art is in the intent to change the narrative of today’s neglect.

Kevin is a young talented Filipino artist whose areas of interest are in portraiture, painting and working on murals. Currently a graduating student of Architecture and when not in school; has participated in Petron Painting Competition, Shell Art Painting Competition, GSIS Painting Competition and most recently, at the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE). He said he was inspired by the vision of joining art competitions because of its commitment to nation-building for a better world.

He is also an active member of A3 Artist Three Art Group—Three individuals taking the same road namely; RC Delabajan Camarines, Kevin Villar Cubinar, and Lorenz Richard Besana Bactong.

Perhaps soon, Kevin will be amongst the first Filipino artist whose artistic efforts will spur change and revitalization in a better world amongst all Filipinos here and overseas….He is indeed one to watch for.

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Semifinalist – (MADE) Metrobank Art and Design Excellence 2015

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“Ngayon sa Buhay ng Kahapon”
1.9×2.4ft
Acrylic on canvas
2 0 1 4
Artist: Kevin Villar Cubinar

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“Instrumento ng Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas”
Acrylic on canvas
2ftx3ft
2 0 1 4
Artist: Kevin Villar Cubinar
#MACC

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“Bandera: Hindi lang basta Tabloid”
A4 size
Acrylic on illustration board
2 0 1 5
Artist: Kevin Villar Cubinar
‪#‎InquirerBandera‬

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“Kaya Mo. . .Kaya Ko”
3ftx4ft
Oil on canvas
2 0 1 5
Artist: Kevin Villar Cubinar
#GSIS

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“Banal na Pagtanggap”
30″ x 40″
Oil on Canvas
2 0 1 5
Artist: Kevin Villar Cubinar
#IEC

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“A Guardian to a Patient Dreamer”

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“Don’t Stop Believin’ “
2x3ft
Acrylic on canvas
2 0 1 5
Artist: Kevin Villar Cubinar
#HotelLunaRembrant

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Petron Entry 4x4ft Acrylic

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“7 GOLDFISHES”
PASTEL
20.5″ x 26.5″
2 0 1 5
Artist: Kevin Villar Cubinar

Please contact Kevin with your comments, inquiries and requirements for commissions.

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Shell Entry 2014 Munting Pangarap 3×2.5ft Acrylic

Artist Statement:

“Ako po si Kevin Villar Cubinar. Nagtapos ako ng elementary sa Fernando Ma. Guerrero Elem. School, nung high school namn po ay sa Manila Science High School at ngayon ay graduating na sa kursong BS-Architecture sa Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Taga Muzon Malabon City po ako. Isa akong visual artist. Nagpoportrait, painting at nag mumural din ako. Pinapakita ko sa mga obra ko kung ano ang mga sinisigaw ng ating saloobin sa mga napapanahong isyu o bagay bagay sa bansa o sa buong mundo. Sumasali na din po ako sa mga ibat ibang patimpalak ditto sa bansa. Tulad ng Vision Petron Painting competition, Shell Art Painting Competition, GSIS Painting competition at Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE). Di lang pos a pag sali at manalo sa patimpalak ang nais ko bilang isang artist .. nais ko ding ipalaganap sa buong mundo kung ano ang nagaganap sa ating mundong ginagalawan at kung ano ang mga solusyon sa mga nagaganap na isyu, kalamidad at problema sa ating buhay.”

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Guia Ty: Watercolorist

Name of Artist:

Guia Ty

Art Form:

Traditional Art – Watercolor

Artist Biography: 

I’m Guia Ty, 28 years old, a self-taught watercolor painter who hails from Cavite.

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Guia Ty, Filipina-Chinese Watercolorist

I started drawing when I was two – the usual incomprehensible scribbles on the floor and walls of our home. I never took drawing seriously until I was 8 years old when I joined my first contest at school. Since then I only relied on art subject, art club activities, and the school library (internet was for the rich way back 1990’s), to learn about drawing and painting. I continued to learn on my own, practicing every day and discovering how to paint with watercolor. I had to save from my allowance so I could buy what art materials I wanted. It was until second year high school when I first won in an international contest in Hong Kong. I won for three consecutive years.

College life was completely artless, and it continued until I started working. I hardly painted for seven years straight. I would draw occasionally, because it was needed in my profession as a teacher; having creativity and skills in drawing was an advantage. But teaching wasn’t really my passion. I did discover a new found love: writing. I keep journals filled with random thoughts, poetry, until I was able to write short stories. When creativity strikes and I do not have the time nor space to draw, I end up writing until way past midnight.

I stopped working to focus on my master’s degree, but I ended up painting. The last quarter of 2013 was life changing. I was encouraged by a stranger (who happens to be an artist, and eventually became my mentor) that I should try painting a piece every day, and see how my vision was developing. He said I already had the skill; it was time I found myself in what I was doing. At that time I was terribly lost and confused to where my career was going. I did what I could, to think of something new, unique, creative, and try to execute it on paper. I had no knowledge at all of paint and paper brands, I stuck to ordinary student-quality materials that were affordable.

Early 2014 I made a series of four abstractions of women. I entitled them ‘Tetralogy of Fallot’, with each piece expressing unspeakable emotions: Vanity, Melancholy, Obsession, and Emotional Tirades. It represented all the feelings and confusions I had, everything I could not voice out, all demons that I have been fighting within me. I used the idea as motivation and subject of my craft. I finally found what others say ‘signature’ in my craft.

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And as any little girl with big dreams, my series were sent to a gallery in Florence and I participated in a group exhibit in Portovenere, Italy last September 2014. And I owe everything to my mentor who helped me, guided me, and supported me.

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ArtCloud4 – Sala Mantero
via Cappellini 92, Portovenere, Italia
September 28 – October 10, 2014

Doing abstractions wasn’t enough. I continued discovering what I could do, and every day I try to learn something new about painting and what my hands could create. I learned, on my own, the value of artist quality paints and papers, how to store and preserve my works, and even how to frame them carefully. I also discovered a new path for my artistic expression: women and flowers. Still with the same motivation, I started to try and represent emotions through beautiful faces. I try my best to give life to them through their eyes, as if I want to draw the viewer to look closely at my work and make them feel what I am feeling. This new discovery has led my art to be patronized by women like me, who have passion for the arts, beauty, and elegance. My works have been collected by both Filipino and foreign individuals, reaching countries such as Austria, Germany, Malaysia, and Australia.

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I still remain as a simple, dreamy girl who aspires so much in life. I still wish to have an exhibit in the Philippines, and maybe teach art someday. Teaching is my profession, art is my passion – to do both would be the best job I could ever have. I use my Instagram account to share my works and encourage young painters to stay away from the mainstream, and try to look in themselves to discover what their creative souls are made of. I hope what I do inspire others to strive on their own and be the best they could be.

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“Bellusira” by Guia Ty: Dr Ph Martins and Winsor & Newton Cotman on Montval 300gsm 7×10 inches

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Close up shot of ‘Desiderium’ in natural light. Indoor fluorescent light at night never does justice. Art by Guia Ty.

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A beautiful detailed piece of Artist Guia Ty that took 7 days to get it done. 

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Zecchi Acquarelli on
Berkeley 160gsm
7×9 inches SOLD

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Crow Princess (SOLD – Vienna)
Prang Watercolor on Berkeley Paper 160gsm
11×15 inches

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“Shards of Unmendable Reality”
Watercolor on Paper
9×12 inches

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“Her Forlorn Melody”
Watercolor on paper
12×18 inches SOLD (Vienna)

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“What I love most with art is when I find people who value my works as much as I do. These two are ready to hang in their new home.” Guia Ty

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“Insignificant Me” Watercolor on Paper 23x23cm Sold in Germany

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Artist Jensen Moreno: “Thirty-One” 2nd Solo International Painting Exhibition

Jensen Moreno’s 2nd solo international painting exhibition is something special especially when it started from a small idea of celebrating her 31st birthday.  It was in November 2014 when she met the manager of La Plantation Gallery, Mr. Philippe who then introduced her to Mr. Ma, the co-owner of the Easy Wok restaurant. This artistic restaurant is where she had her AHA moment for this exhibit as it has the best of both worlds can offer—good food and a heaping helping of locally sourced art on the walls which captivated her in the beginning.

From a simple idea of celebrating her birthday became bigger and better; thus, “Thirty-One” painting exhibition was born and will be exhibited in three different countries including Taiwan (April 18-30) and Cambodia (July 2). (See blog post: Artist Jensen Moreno: “Her world is the art class, her class is the art world, and her art is world class.”)

From the words “matter” and “realism,” Matterealism is a new style where she introduces the merging of Realism and the use of the actual matter or materials you see from your reference photo or models stick on the canvas as seen in her self-portrait entitled “Sublime.” Instead of painting the objects, she sticks them on the canvas and combined with a realistic figure.

“The seven elements of art and principles of design combined with the traditional and contemporary process is also represented in this movement. This movement immortalizes the sentimental value of our meaningful possessions.”

Her concept focuses on two things—beauty and women empowerment. Her art aims to empower women through beauty, brains, and talent to inspire the world.

As commented by my blogs follower, Lance Weiser of  Weisser Watercolours Jensen Moreno is: “Far from reclusively staying within the confines of her studio, here is an artist whose studio is the world. She contributes to youth, the less fortunate, a variety of art forms, and immerses herself in the communities of the countries she involves herself in. This is the enterprising, yet kind, yet individually-unique, yet socially-connected energy known worldwide as the spirit of the Philippines.”

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UP NEXT: “THIRTY-ONE” The Jensen Moreno 2nd Solo Painting Exhibition at Artista Perfetto Taipei, TAIWAN, 04/18/15.

Her latest models include Ms. Philippines 1990, Mutya Laxa Buensuceso and Ms. World 1973-1st Runner-up, Evangeline Pascual whom she met in the Philippines. See the art behind the models:

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SOPHISTICATED
“In a world where classiness is not all it takes”
Portrait of Ms. Philippines 1990, Ms. Mutya Laxa Buensuceso
Mixed-Media on Canvas

Behind the ART:  She met Ms. Mutya Laxa Buensuceso through a dear friend who is now her husband, Jinggoy Buensuceso—way back in 2008 when she was teaching Summer Art Workshops in her hometown Bataan.

Their paths crossed when she met Jinggoy at ARTECO Garden where they both used to buy rare plants.  Jinggoy who is a sculptor and a furniture designer whom she collaborated with the owner of the plant store who also became their common friend. After seven years and two beauty queens she has met and painted, she has now painted Jinggoy’s wife; a beauty queen, Ms. Philippines 1990 Mutya Laxa Buensuceso.”

Ms. Mutya is a Business Leader at Luxasia Philippines, a company that distributes and markets the world’s leading premium beauty brands. On occasion, she dabbles as Founder and Chief Designer to Spinkie, a line of handmade baby essentials, toys and fashion for babies to toddlers.  Ms. Mutya is also a mother of two adorable kids, Mayumi (4) and Malaya (3).

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STELLAR
“In a world where performance is not all it takes”
Portrait of Ms. World 1973, 1st Runner-up, Ms. Evangeline Pascual
Mixed-Media on Canvas

Behind the ART:   “In the summer of 2012, I flew back to the Philippines where I joined the “Figuras 5” Painting Exhibition organized by Big&Small Art Gallery in Manila. Some celebrities attended the opening day including Ms. Evangeline Pascual. We had a little talk and exchange of contact information. I knew when I met her that she is going to be one of my models for my painting. She is originally from my hometown, Bataan. At the moment, Ms. Pascual is busy with her radio show called Echoes of the Heart.”

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SMART
“In a world where intelligence is not all it takes”
Mixed-Media on Canvas

Behind the ART:  “In life, the best and worst things come on unexpected times. Trials can make or break you but learning how to find solutions to each of them makes anyone smart and wise. To stand above all these obstacles is the way towards success.”

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SOCIAL
“In a world where friendliness is not enough”
Portrait of Jenny
Mixed-Media on Canvas

Behind the ART: “For 11 years now, I have seen her transformation and she is becoming the person who loves people as well. Jenny and I have been living out of our home country for almost 5 years now. We both enjoy meeting interesting people from around the world and building friendship with them.”

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STRONG
“In a world where strength is not enough”
Portrait of Ellen, Michelle and Rowena
Mixed-Media on Canvas

Behind the ART: “Ellen and I met casually at Blue Bridge office in Lidu managed by Mr. John O. Smith, her partner. Ellen manifests the strength of a young woman who is willing to put herself out there. She is busy preparing for her MA thesis proposal while also managing and writing for a contemporary art blog called opengroundblog.com. She is also currently working on a piece for LEAP Magazine and will be part of the Second Annual Global Exchange Program for Art Specialists in China, US and Europe.

Michelle, Rowena and I are colleagues at BIBA. We met in the beginning of the school year 2014-2015. They are great friends whom happen to have done extraordinary things for me and very selfless people whom I treasure very dearly.”

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SEQUENCE
“In a world where connection is not enough”
Mixed-Media on Canvas

Behind the ART:  “The continuous change brought by the amazing connections of life is nothing but brilliant.”

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STAR
“In a world where light is not enough”
Mixed-Media on Canvas

Behind the ART:  “The continuous change brought by the amazing connections of life is nothing but brilliant.”

Special thanks to: 

Beijing International Bilingual Academy, Blue Bridge International Education (Mr. John O. Smith), Easy Wok Restaurant, and family & friends of Jensen MorenImages provided by the artist.

ARTISTS GALORE: The ARTISTRY of Mieke Pijnenburg by Wilfredo Olamit

ARTISTS GALORE
The Trinity of Triumphs

“The poem was written by a Filipino Poet Wilfredo Zambrano Olamit and is solely owned
by “Mieke Pijnenburg, a visual artist from The Netherlands.” 

I asked his bio and this is what he gave me:

“vini, vidi,” i

came, saw, “vici,” i conquered,

fought life’s low and high.

This is the 3-Liner that he constructed when he was asked to write his whole life in a 3-Liner of 17 syllables.

Following is an excerpt of a rough draft of a book
Wilfredo’s aspires to write.

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“The Journey of the Seventh Son”

ANOUK

On the
seventh month,
seventh day, and
seventh hour,
of the second year
of my being his
seventh son,
Tranh and his other 3 sons
and I met at dawn.

The ritual
of the renewal of the vow of the covenant.

Each one of the four of us sons
present vocalized our vows,
the vows of the 3 who could not attend,
were read by Tranh.

Moral Center:
Transgress your covenant,
you sin against your honor.

Tranh’s home, his castle, his fortress
had a pauper’s setting,
two wooden benches,
one wooden stool exclusively his.
two small wooden tables,
a radio, no television,
an old phonograph where he played
his old operatic records,
radio used for communication,
no bed,
just a mat on the floor in his bedroom,

This was the domestic realm
of one of the most powerful,
and influential men
around, a very wealthy man.

Moral Center:
It is not because you got it
that you flaunt it.

Moral Center:
Go back to basic,
there is where the compound resides.
This is one of my favorite moral centers.

He did not own a car,
he walked as much as possible,
“If I do not take the cyclo, the poor cyclo driver
will not benefit from my fare money,
if I want a police escort I can just radio for it,
but nobody benefits from my free ride,
I would rather pay the taxi driver.”
That is one of the reasons
why I loved him as my soul father.

There were occasions when Tranh back rode
with me on my motorbike.
“Now, son, my life is in your hands,
this is when you should have
every thing under control.”
After that, I respectfully declined his requests
to back ride with me,
“Take the cyclo, no one benefits
from your back riding with me.”
“That is why I love you, Jake, my seventh.”

Moral Center:
It takes a father to love a son.
It takes a son to love a father.

At 7:00 o’clock in the evening
of that 7th month
and 7th day,
of the renewal of our vows,
dinner was served.

Tranh knew the favorite food
of each of his four sons present.
I was served my steamed clam,
sauteed mustard greens, and Schlitz beer.

Moral Center:
It benefits both the father and the son
for the father to know the son.

After dinner, a young woman arrived,
embraced, kissed Tranh.

She was his daughter,
“Come home from school in Paris
to be with us tonight.”

No description of her beauty
would do her justice.

She sang Tranh’s favorite, a lullaby.
“It is much better, Jake,
if you look at my daughter
than you look down on the floor.”

“Sir, it is so painful for me
to look at so much beauty.”

When it was my turn to contribute
to the night’s entertainment,
I recited Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s
How Do I Love Thee,
Let Me Count the Ways.

I had to concentrate so hard,
because she locked eyes with me,
and somehow I just floated,
tried so hard to synchronize
my tongue and my thoughts.

After I said,
“I shall but love thee better after death,”
she did not applaud me,
she did something
which endeared her to me,
she wiped her tears with her hands.

Tranh then slapped his right thigh
and said, “Aha, aha, aha!”
That was the second time he did that.

“Father loves you, Jake, so much so
that he asked me to be here this day
to be with you.”

I thought to myself that this woman
is her father’s daughter,
shoots straight and direct.

“Father loves me the most, Jake.
He said that before this 7th month is over,
I would bear his grandchild by you,
with or without our falling in love
with each other.

Father wants his grandchild,
portion of his bloodline,
to be from the two persons
he loves the most, you and me.”

Moral Center:
The propagation of your bloodline.

It was afternoon in Tranh’s room.
She drew close the dark blue drapes
and it was night.

She lighted seven candles,

“It is like dawn here”.

She said there was enough time
for us to get acquainted,
for her to read from a book of poem,
it was in French
and a “very passionate poem.”
We sat on the mat
with our backs on the wall.

“You love poems, reading them,
listening to them,
do you write them, too?”

“Yes, but I write them in French,
I am French-Indochinese, you know.”

“Sample?”

“Yes, as a matter of fact,
I had to tell this poem to you, anyway,”
She got up from against the wall,
sat on lap, took my hands in hers,
locked eyes with me,
then she whispered her poem.

“You love it?”

“I love the way you whispered it,
if only I understood it.”

“It is a poem I wrote when my father
told me what my destiny would be,
a virgin mother to his grandchild
of his seventh soul son,
that I can never know another man
until you allow me to,

it is a poem I wrote for you

even before
father mentioned “Jake” to me,
the first time he said your name to me
was at your renewal of vow of the covenant”,

“What was your first impression of me?”

“Father has great judgment.”

“What did you think of me
the first time you saw me, Mon Jake?”

“Painful beauty, very hurting beauty.”

“Mon Jake, you write poems, don’t you?”

“Yes, but not in French.”

“What is your favorite poem?”

“Each one is my favorite.”

“Say one to me, please.”

“I don’t have one memorized,
but I can say to you
one of my favorite poems
written by others,
it is like a prayer,
I say it every dawn.”

“What a coincidence,
you just said it is dawn here.”

I recited Salutation to the Dawn,
by Kalidasa.

She told me that to recite the poem
at dawn makes her impatient for the dawn,
for the new day.

“Tell me about your loves, Jake.
Were they kind and good to you
and you to them?”

“We left each other.”

“I have a foreboding
that I might have to leave you, too.
Father has everything under control,
we have no control at all.”

“Anouk, remember this,
a man, a woman,
always has a choice.”

“Jake it is now about the seventh hour,
it has to occur in the seventh hour.

As I told you,
I am not deflowered,
father wants his first grandchild
from his seventh son
to be of a virgin mother.

If the white bedsheets
will not confirm my virginity,
I will be banished,
disinherited, disowned,”

My friend and I got so scared
by this revelation and big responsibility,
what if because of his size constraints,
my buddy cannot give confirmation?
Horrors to the seventh magnitude and beyond.

I wished then that I were
the big giant with the big one,
my Indonesian brother of the prison cell.

She read the erotic poem,
a poetic foreplay for her,
and the more her breathing got strong,
the weaker my friend became,
flaccid-a-drooping galore!

“Mon Jake, what is it?”

“Responsibility always does this to me,
am so scared that because of size,
I cannot give your father the confirmations
he requires of you.”

“My mother prepared me for this emergency.”

I was now laid on the mat on the floor.
She straddled me,
she put her right forefinger vertical to her lips,
indicating no words from me.

We gazed lovingly into each other.
I did not know what she saw in me,
but this is what I saw in her –
beauty as I had never beheld,
eyes of a dove,
long slender neck of a swan,
long black shiny hair,
white silky skin,
white silk blouse which defined
what more beauty to behold.

She slowly
and gracefully
took of her blouse,
each slow sway she made
in this process
was torment to me,
heaving silence,

then she tossed
her white silk blouse on my face,
by the time I removed it from my face,
she was Venus de Milo with arms.

She broke the ritual silence.

“The feast of the 7th son
of a 7th son
is now served.”

With my trembling forefinger,
I gently tapped the tip
of her left black nipple,
she quivered,
turned her head up and sighed
and said something in French.

When I gently tapped the tip
of her right black nipple,
she ever so gently swirled her head
around and around,
her black hair dancing in the air –
and she moaned something
which I understood.

I said to my self,

“This beloved virgin of mine
is very easy to please.”

The heaving and swaying
of her breasts
were arrested
by the palms of my hands,
which were just the right size
to completely hide
her Venus cups
from my adoring eyes.

She trembled,
twisted,
and heaved
in sensual passion ballet.

Then she collapsed on me
and whispered,

“My mother told me
that father killed her on her 7th month,
I believe that this my 7th month
is when I really start to live.”

She dismounted,

“This is my first time to see
and touch this in the flesh,
he is handsomer than you, Mon Jake,
even more warm,
I am surprised at how it eagerly reacts
to my touch,
why does it keep bowing up and down
like a Japanese?”

Jake smiled at Anouk’s innocence.

Then she did to
the slit on the head
of my manhood
what I did
with the tips of her nipples.

Then she did to
the shaft of my manhood
what I did with her breasts.

Though that had been done
to me before
by many women,
that was the first time
that I quivered.

She was taught well
by her French mother,
for she did with her tongue and mouth
what she just did with her fingers and grip
on my now erect smallest obelisk
that side of Egypt.

“Jake, it is now the 7th hour.”

She laid on the mat on the floor,
her head against the wall,
opened her attitudes to me,
cutest belly button,
concave belly,
svelte waist,
slim long white legs,
smooth inner thighs,
shaven mound almost pink
whose arch undulated sensuously
to each breath she took,
to each breath she gave,

I tenderly opened
her letter of invitation
to all that she is
and I read it written on
a pink passion stationary
with its most sensuous
exclamation point,
which was sinfully moistened
and glistened
to the dance of
the seven candle lights,

this hors d’oeuvre
of the feast of the seventh son,
the seventh son did savor

by first inhaling its heady scent,
then clit tip to tongue tip,
cacophony of endearments
in French
from her which was maddening
and encouraging
to the Pilipino
who understood no French,

my tongue explored her
in and out,
slutty moans,
I sucked the lusty oyster,
whoring curses,
these from a virgin.

“Oh, Mon Jake,
I am now my mother’s daughter,
mother’s first effusion
was orally taken
by her owner.”

I placed a pillow under her buttocks,

“Why?”

“Short”

She sexily smiled and then giggled,
I knelt between her legs,
she spat on her right palm,
asked me to spit there, too,
she bathe my manhood
with that concoction,

“Ritual?”

She smiled a lusty affirmation.

“Jake, it has to be within the 7th hour.”

Whether it was part of ritual or not,
I was at the point
where I really did not care,
she held my shaft,
rested its head
by the door of her beauty,
eyes still locked,

then she smiled,

“Iniibig kita, Mon Jake”

she gently pulled us in
as she raised more
her already raised buttocks.

“Anouk, je taime.”

I embraced her and whispered,

“Am sorry, Anouk,
but because of that darned confirmation,
I have to ram and brutalize you.”

“Did you have a virgin before, Mon Jake?”

The scent of Topaz invaded my senses,

“Yes.”

“Then I am in goods hands.”

Then she closed her eyes

as if to accept the start
of the ravenous rape.

The more brutal thrushes,
the more beautiful
her face became.

Then at last
she met my downward rams
with her upward heave,
opened her eyes,
I saw the devil
that was me reflected there.

“Mon Jake, now.”

Before the 7th hour ended,
there was confirmation
on the white bed sheet.

After we had savored the spiritual stage,
the aura which surrounded beauty
that oozed into contentment,
the fluidity of passion towards pacific stillness,
that followed that devilish tumult
of our torrid love making,

she called for her nanny.
who knew
the ritual of the confirmation,
nanny left and brought
the blooded white sheet
to the father of the 7th soul son,
who had just deflowered his daughter.

“My Jake, please write me a poem
of how you deflowered me,
I will write a poem
of how you deflowered me.
I will then translate
to French your poem,
my poem to English.”

We used the poems
as poetic foreplay.
She read them
and by the time she would say,
“Mon Jake, it is now the seventh hour”
and demanded my entry,

she was not only moistened,
but already at the brink
of her effusion.

Anouk was very easy to take there
with the erotic poems.
Always and every time,
we made love in Tranh’s room – ritual.

During that seventh month,
Anouk and Jake lived virtually
as man and wife
sans the wedding ceremony.

After the seventh month, per rituals,
the ritual in Tranh’s room
was held in abeyance
until the seventh month of the next year.

***

Feature image provided by the poet.

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

Artist Jensen Moreno: “Her world is the art class, her class is the art world, and her art is world class.”

Born on January 21, 1984 in Orion Bataan, Jensen Moreno’s art voyage began in the Philippines. She was excellent and honor student from the beginning who was destined to succeed in art locally and internationally. “Her world is the art class, her class is the art world, and her art is world class,” as quoted by Jonathan Bar-On—an Author and Teacher at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Her tertiary and post graduate studies began in University of Sto. Thomas (UST) where she took Bachelor in Fine Arts majoring in Painting and proceeded with Master of Fine Arts. She worked as a freelance visual artist, designer, and art tutor who did commissioned work and even managed her own boutique and art studios. She was an art instructor and facilitator in elementary and high schools who also conducted special programs and workshops for all levels of students. Her last stint as a professor was in Mapua Institute of Technology teaching monochromatic freehand drawing, illustration and so on. Her former mentor and art collector, Dr. Mendez in fact believed in her talent so much that he bought most of her works while still residing in Manila whom she met last 2009.

It is in 2011, she spread her wings further and left for Vietnam. Her Vietnam art journey began when Jensen joined the Vin Space, Trung Khuyen Nhac, and Saigon South International School as a part-time art teacher to kids and adults.

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Browsing from her iPhoto…this was taken few years ago. This is when she got really emotional. Looking back at those defining moments that lead her to where she is now and saying, what if? Will her journey still be the same if she didn’t take that chance?.. – caption via Facebook.

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Jensen’s first international art-solo-show in Vietnam titled “Twenty-Seven.”

Her successes and activities all bulleted as there are too many—a global Pinay success story.  God knows where she will be a few years from now. Truly a multi-gifted artist, designer, and organizer of art.

JENSEN’S ART JOURNEY IN VIETNAM:

  • She stunned the local Filipino and international community in Saigon by conducting her first international solo exhibit just a month after she arrived. Her exhibition “Twenty-Seven” was held at the Kinh Bac Restaurant and Gallery. The event was a success and was attended by more than a hundred people on opening night—unforeseen for an artist new to Vietnam.
  • When she joined The American School of Vietnam (TAS) as a faculty member in July of the same year, she showed more of her genius creativity as a designer who makes women’s accessories, clothes. She led two outstanding fashion shows and her Avant Garde Collection of wearable art pieces which is made of recyclable materials impressed the crowd all together.
  • The multi-faceted Jensen was also involved in theatre and school play productions who directed the set and props design team. As an art teacher, she also trained some of her young students for art competitions and because of her guided teachings: one of her 4th grade students won an over-all championship award out of more than 2000 entries.
  • Due to “La Vita e la morte” art exhibition of International Artists in Boomerang Bistro Saigon (last July 2012), she was introduced to more charitable work. This helped her fulfill her goals of reaching out to the less fortunate. She even donated some of her paintings for auction and taught art to disadvantage kids who are afflicted with HIV to benefit the SMILE Group Charity.
  • During that year, Jensen did not stop. She even helped promote Filipino art and culture internationally by organizing an art exhibition for emerging Filipino artists for the celebration of Philippine Independence. The exhibit entitled, “PinoyAko (I’m a Filipino)” was attended by 30 artists who flew to Vietnam last June of 2012 to showcase incomparable works of art done by our own Filipino talents. All art works were shown in different venues and local and international dignitaries attended the affair: Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts, The Equatorial Hotel Saigon, and Intercontinental Hotel Saigon. The exhibition was featured in English Magazines and websites throughout Vietnam.
  • Summer of 2012, Jensen flew back to the Philippines for the “Figuras 5” painting exhibition where she painted Ms. Philippines World, Ms. Daisy Reyes, on a 6×8 foot canvas.” (The girl in the middle)
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Portrait of Councilor Daisy Reyes-Ms. Philippines World, 6×8 ft. oil on canvas. “In a world where beauty is not all it takes” FIGURAS 5 Art Exhibition,Mendez Big&Small Art Gallery – caption via Facebook.

  • Upon her return to Saigon, she had the privilege to work with Ms. Hoang My Vu, Ms. Vietnam World 2012. Her masterful portrait of the beauty queen was exhibited at the Philippines-Vietnam Music and Art Show for business and friendship at Hard Rock Café in Saigon. Once again, the art event was well attended by local and Filipino dignitaries including her subject, Ms. Vietnam World, Hoang My Vu.
  • Jensen Moreno finds fulfillment in teaching young minds all she knows about art and to encourage young people to fulfill their creative potential. She also finds equally satisfying producing her own artworks. Oil is her medium of choice and although she focuses on seascapes and abstract paintings but it is in portraiture, she found her niche.
  • During her second year at TAS, she taught elective art courses for the high school students and was the organizer in their very first art exhibition which was held in downtown Ho Chi Minh City—a painting auction and performance art was also held at the event.
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“THIRTY-ONE”, Jensen Moreno’s 2nd international solo show will reveal her newest collection of paintings in Beijing, China on March 21st, Taipei on April 1st, and lastly, Cambodia on July 1st 2015.

JENSEN’S ART JOURNEY IN CHINA

Her passion for teaching and creating art continues in China when she moved on 2013. Her interest in organizing art shows will never stop—as it is in her heart.

  • She continued were she taught PYP visual art teacher at the Guangdong Country Garden School.
  • And while in Foshan, Jensen got into film making. She did a little bit of acting and production designing. For the acting part, she learned how to drive a motorbike somewhat precariously. The first short film entitled, “Rumble in the Bronx” was shown as an entry to Swede Fest 2013 in Fresno, California. She then, participated with two more short films, both were Christmas themed.
  • Jensen also joined forces with the music and art teachers at the school for school music and art show entitled, “The Meeting.”
  • After her stint in Guangdong, Jensen moved to Beijing to become a visual art teacher for Upper elementary at the Beijing International Bilingual Academy.
  • Being in a new environment inspires and motivates her to be her best. She became more involved at her church and also recently organized a performance art event with students from different international schools in Beijing.
Jensen Moreno, Artist, Painter, Art Teacher, Art Instructor, Designer, Art Organizer, Art Journey, Art Profile, Art Show, Filipina Artist, Global Pinay, Philippines

Congratulations BIBA ARTISTS for winning one of the Honor Awards out of hundreds of entries!!! Way to go my dear students! – caption via Facebook.

  • After the success of her first one-woman show in Vietnam, “THIRTY-ONE”, Jensen Moreno’s 2nd international solo show will reveal her newest collection of paintings in Beijing, China on March 21st, Taipei on April 1st, and lastly, Cambodia on July 1st
  • At the moment, Jensen is enjoying her life as an art teacher. She enjoys creating artworks for art competitions, and exhibiting students’ artworks. She looks forward to spending wonderful years in China both in teaching and creating art.
  • “Her world is the art class, her class is the art world, and her art is world class.” INDEED!
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Life in Beijing is brilliant.

Article Source by Jonathan Bar-On, Author and Teacher at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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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

Featured Artist: Heidi Rodriguez

Her renderings of her subjects embody whimsical and playful presentation of colors. Strong portrayals of mixed cross-cultural elements can also be observed. Avid or not, she so strongly emphasizes the masks behind human existence, like imprints that lack the shadows, and depth of gradation challenged by man’s inability to love and hope. The interplay of colors represent irises ceilings men build their foundations on, that is a life of fantastical sheer joy and full providence sans suffering. The brighter her art, the sadder and more melancholic she is. An extreme opposition to what many critics think that bright hues, shades or tints manifest happiness equivocal to its thesauri synonyms.

Heidi Rodriguez is a self-taught artist who is highly influenced by Afro-Asian and Mexican Art. She mentored in the university for 14 years but left the world of education because of extreme politics and unchristian ways. Crippled for three years because of a neuro-muscular disease during her teaching career, she devoted her time painting after being declared an invalid for life.  Despite her trials and tribulations in life as a single parent raising an only son, her illness and being a full time artist; she managed to rise from the ashes.  She is what I call,  Freda Kahlo of the Philippines.

Get to know how Heidi’s paints her dreams via Jenny’s Serendipity set of interview questions.

Enjoy!

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Mitch (a former student) and Heidi with her painting, Grand Monarch of Revelries, Acrylic 2014 Via Michel Ranges/Facebook.

Can you say that your paintings through the years are the fulfillment of that dream considering you studied AB in English? 

Well, yes and no.  My dream as a child was to be become a very happy painter.  For some reason, that did not materialize. Painting through the years became my therapy.   I tried to painting as a form of a balm for human suffering, an escape to reality.  The late Santi Bose once told me that painting was not existentially provident but passionately fulfilling.  He gave me an advice to finish school then pursue art when I finished.  So I took an AB English course initially in preparation for law school which did not also materialize. Thus, I ended up teaching and taking units in education and a Master’s in College Teaching.  In Painting however, to create something after hours of labor is as fulfilling as holding a diploma in your hands because it affects people in many ways.

How is it to be a college teacher?

Teaching in college was great and fun. It had its downsides like “Hitlery” bosses, deadlines, stress and its likes. In the same manner as my students learned, I did too—loved my students.  I taught in Saint Louis University and aught art in the subjects humanities and Literature only to liberal arts and humanities students of all courses, except fine arts students as there were no course offerings in our school in regards to fine arts offerings.

You mentioned that you got ill, which was a factor of you leaving the academe. How did this change you and lead you towards working more as an artist?  

The illness I had was a combination of nine illnesses, a neuro-muscular disease that led me to be crippled and had tremors likened to arteriosclerosis and initial stages of Parkinson’s disease. I underwent therapy and by God’s grace was able to overcome it.  It was impossible to paint with a trembling body.

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Other than personal reasons, I felt the calling to move on in life.  I believed it was time to pursue another career that did not feed on my time and freedom.  Teaching became mandatory, commandeering, mundane and mechanized it was no longer a happy place to be in 8 hours daily from Monday to Saturday.  It was no longer psychologically, spiritually, morally, and emotionally healthy to stay in that environment.

It was difficult at first.  After all, 14 years was a long time to adjust.  Honestly, I had to get adjusted to my finances at first.   It was a struggle.  But painting for some reason healed me and my family.  My paintings brought certain joys money or even a degree can never buy. It fulfilled the soul.  Entering the art world was a challenge; some artists found my work against their tastes but many did accept me.  I gained new artist friends and some become close friends.  I paint to keep myself sane and be free from inhibitions in a morally heartless and callous world.  In the world of painting there is peace and harmony for the soul.

Why did you say were your works criticized for being unrealistic? Has fantasy played a huge role in your work?

My works have always been criticized for lacking depth and gradation, swimming in color, and my human figures are dis-proportioned and against realism.  Many other artists say they look like cartoons, animations, and amateurish.

Perhaps you could say I have a strong inclination to the fantastical and children’s literature.  My works manifest elements from legends and myths like dragons, mermaids and fairies.   Perhaps influenced from my literary influences like Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Edgar Allan Poe, fire side poets, Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King . My works show swirls of incandescence reflecting infirmities of the flesh….iridescence of psychoses of the soul….vexations of the human spirit in surreal worlds oozing with neurosis collide in my art.  A carnival of surreal flatulence, dreamscapes, and magical emporiums that traverse reality are strongly imprinted in my canvas.  Judged for its brilliance in color, strong lines, eccentric lack of depth, strange mirages of composition, and often flooded with whimsical little elements is plotted together in my canvas.  I have always deviated from the doctrine that universals have a real objective existence specifically in presenting my subjects.  Often, my art has been shunned for its unrealistic representations and execution. My renderings of my subjects embody whimsical and playful presentation of colors.  Strong portrayals of mixed cross cultural elements can also be observed.

What are your best works throughout the years and why? 

This is a tough one.  I am not particularly sure which are best because every time I finish an artwork I see it to be not good enough.  There is one I like though since I call it my “laboratory petri dish” it birthed all my works at present. It is an Engraving on my mother’s sewing machine of a modern day Honda car.  Such engraving got me whips for branding a brand new sewing machine when I was three.  The tiger and koi fish would follow suit and my studies of Frida Kahlo.  Animals hold a special place in my heart for they are kinder than humans in certain ways.  Animals teach us a variety of feelings which some humans are incapable of.  My works are menageries of animals and plants as I try to reconcile co-existence and unity with the universe in an evil world.

I have always favored my “Marrionettes”, “Red Moon Rising”, and “Vexing Thoughts”.

You are now a full-time painter? How does your pending PhD work with your future plans?  

Yes, I am now a full time painter.   I finished some units in my pursuit in taking a Doctorate in Educational Management.  At the moment, I have no future plans of pursuing it perhaps in time.

Coming from Saint Louis University and Benguet Mountain Province, are there touches of local color from the mountain province that you showcase in your creations?

The atmosphere maybe but for some reason I had a hard time trying to embed my paintings with vignettes of the same as my influences are not Cordilleran.  Although some tribal art is found in some of my works, being a Tam Awan artist requires that my paintings should contain aspects of the Cordillera.  Mine is tweaked a bit adding bits of fantastical fun.

Are you exclusive painter now to your full-time employer or are you allowed to sideline and paint for other people? What is your specialty when painting? 

I am independent usually but is a member of Tam Awan Village Artists in Baguio.  Yes we are allowed to have sidelines.  I specialize in conceptual fantasy art usually.

Do you plan of going back to the academe after you finish your doctoral degree? What are your long-term plans, in so far as painting is concerned? 

Perhaps, if God wills it.  But this time, in the line of art.

I hope you could come see our Ayala exhibition this January and Baguio Museum exhibition in February.

All images are courtesy of Heidi Rodriguez who goes under Ignis Airie in Facebook.

To contact Heidi, please call 09279803384 or via email kraen9@gmail.com