Macuha Art Gallery’s “Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest”

“Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas” National Painting Contest was administered by Jason V Macuha of Macuha Art Gallery and Kunst Pilipino Gallery whose aim is to provide a truly open and fair platform for all Filipino artists to exhibit and promote Filipino art through a genuinely open art competition.

Bill Perez, Jason and Stefanie Yvette Macuha of Macuha Art Gallery, Aris Bagtas and Virgilio Cuizon of Kunst Pilipino Gallery

Bill Perez, Jason and Stefanie Yvette Macuha, Aris Bagtas and Virgilio Cuizon of Kunst Pilipino Gallery – Source: The art of brain balancing by Edgar Cruz

Together with the collective efforts of Virgilio Cuizon, Bill Perez and Aris Bagtas of Kunst Gallery including a well respected selected juror panel of Dr. Paul Zafaralla (Art Book Author and Art Critic), Rene Robles (Artist), Rafael Cusi (Artist) Sam Lorenzo (Gallery Owner Village Art Gallery) and Edgar O. Cruz  (Writer and Curator of ARTlead) who chose works to the theme of Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas (Bakit Laging Binabalik Balikan). 

Zalora Great Summer Sale

“For summer, I was thinking of shopping for stylish dresses at ZALORA.”

The event would not be a success without the additional help of the following kind hearted people: SjeIv Cuizon, Pauline Mariano, Gyll Canseco, Dhenz Aguilar, Lyka Bautizon, Stephanie Jane, Zhyra Ann Nedia, Christine Joy Celeste Cuizon, Michelle Aquino, Michael Aquino, and Vina Viotiroz Bernales.

Award-winning and freshman Filipino painters vied for prizes from P50,000 to P10,000 and trophies plus certificates (for the seven Juror’s Choice awards) were given out. All winning paintings including the Juror’s Choice became the property of Macuha Art Gallery. 

Macuha Art Gallery congratulates all the winners and trophies are personalized sculptures of Aris C Bagtas

WINNERS

1st Prize – Anthony Malonzo – Cavite
2nd Prize – Jojo Ramirez – Laguna
3rd Prize – Jeff Dahilan – Laguna

The Winner - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

The Winners — with Jeff Dahilan, Jojo Ramirez and Anthony Malonzo at Macuha Art Gallery.

1st Place - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

1st Prize – Anthony Malonzo – Cavite
Photo by Ouie Sanchez — with Jason V. Macuha, Anthony Malonzo, Aris C Bagtas and Stephanie Yvette at Macuha Art Gallery.

2nd Place - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

2nd Prize – Jojo Ramirez – Laguna
Photo by Ouie Sanchez — with Jason V. Macuha, Jojo Ramirez, Aris C Bagtas and Stephanie Yvette at Macuha Art Gallery.

3rd Place - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

3rd Prize – Jeff Dahilan – Laguna
Photo by Ouie Sanchez — with Jason V. Macuha, Jeff Dahilan, Aris C Bagtas and Stephanie Yvette at Macuha Art Gallery.

JUROR’s CHOICE
Froilan Pastrana – Malabon
Anafe Nemenzo – Mandaluyong
Macj Turla – Manila 
Jojoy Zabala – Pampanga
Micko Macariola – Quezon City
Michael Montanez – Cavite

Juror's Choice - Froilan Pastrana - Malabon - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

Juror’s Choice – Froilan Pastrana – Malabon
Photo by Ouie Sanchez — with Jason V. Macuha, Stephanie Yvette and Froilan Pastrana at Macuha Art Gallery.

Juror's Choice - Anafe Nemenzo - Mandaluyong - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

Juror’s Choice – Anafe Nemenzo – Mandaluyong
Photo by Ouie Sanchez — with Jason V. Macuha, Froilan Galpo, Anafe Nemenzo and Stephanie Yvette at Macuha Art Gallery.

Juror's Choice - Macj Turla - Manila - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

Juror’s Choice – Macj Turla – Manila
Photo by Ouie Sanchez — with Jason V. Macuha, Macj Turla, Stephanie Yvette and Aris C Bagtas at Macuha Art Gallery.

Juror's Choice - Jojoy Zabala - Pampanga - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

Juror’s Choice – Jojoy Zabala – Pampanga
Photo by Ouie Sanchez — with Jason V. Macuha, Jojoy Zabala and Stephanie Yvette at Macuha Art Gallery.

Juror's Choice - Micko Macariola - Quezon City - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

Juror’s Choice – Micko Macariola – Quezon City
Photo by Ouie Sanchez — with Jason V. Macuha, Micko Macariola, Stephanie Yvette and Aris C Bagtas at Macuha Art Gallery.

Juror's Choice - Michael Montanez - Cavite - Kay Ganda ng Pilipinas Painting Contest

Juror’s Choice – Michael Montanez – Cavite
Photo by Ouie Sanchez — with Jason V. Macuha, Michael Montanez, Aris C Bagtas and Stephanie Yvette at Macuha Art Gallery.

FINALISTS
Jose Dela Rosa – Manila 
Arnel Garcia – Pampanga 
Eliseo Perreras -Pampanga
Randy Sagun Macalindong – Batangas
Eman Sia – Caloocan
Krisanto N Aquino – Pangasinan
Ian Maigan – Aurora 
Mischa Resin – Batangas 
Paul John Andayran – Paranaque
Waldz Villanueva – Las Pinas

Photo by Ouie Sanchez

ABOUT JASON V. MACUHA

Jason V. Macuha of Macuha Art Gallery

His abstract expressionist Prosperity Rings has been the centerpiece of the family’s living room, and they believe it to have brought them prosperity. Source: The art of brain balancing by Edgar Cruz

His love of collecting Filipino visual arts was ignited when he briefly lived with Cuizon (aka Ninong Ver), the uncle and godfather of wife Stefanie Yvette Cuizon Macuha while he was working on a project in Batangas City in 2000 for a gas plant project. Ninong Ver was also a wedding sponsor in his wedding and an art promoter of Kunst Pilipino Gallery owner. 

His quest as an art collector began in 2013 when he first acquired his first artwork through the Cuizon’s generosity, the acrylic on canvas “Composition XXXIV by Rene Robles.” His art collection has since accumulated to around 200 pieces. Ninong Ver also introduced him to Filipino Master Artist “Ernesto “Aris” Bagtas Jr. The genius of his generation, a native of Obando, Bulacan has been one of the most influential artists of these times. Bill Perez, who is also a member of Batangas City Cultural Affairs Committee, enhanced his knowledge about Filipino artists, their art background, and what the future holds in visual arts including putting up his own art gallery. Thus, Macuha Art Gallery was born.

Macuha’s aim is to support and promote Filipino national and regional visual arts. He currently maintains an online art gallery, www.macuha-artgallery.com that features his art collection. Jason Macuha plans to conduct art classes in the future.

Macuha Art Gallery is available for private viewing only. Art aficionados will need to book to visit the gallery. For appointments, please contact Macuha Art Gallery thru landline +632 – 802 3064, mobile +63 917 897 5698; or his email: jason@macuha-artgallery.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Aura Elite Magazine (UK): Ronna Lara-Bes and Her Koi Fish Paintings

My seventh contribution – Aura Elite Magazine Issue 7 (Jay-R Cover Philippines King of R&B) “Ronna Lara-Bes and Her Koi Fish Paintings.”

Thank you Dee Sanchez, Chief Editor of Aura and  thank you Ronna Lara-Bes for allowing me to showcase your Koi fish paintings.

AURA Elite International Magazine – Issue No. 7 – Art Contributor

In the field of traditional art, Ronna Lara-Bes work has been described as possessing clean lines and shades and having that tri-dimensional effect. Her choices of mediums are of oil, acrylic and watercolour for paintings and resins and 3D-printing for sculptures. She shifts from one to another to keep her approach constantly fresh, yet maintaining her unique artistic identity. This is yet another manifestation of her multi-faceted nature in which one common denominator among all her work is that they revolve around artistic pursuits such endeavors have dominated her life for as long as she can remember.

Ronna is a graduate of Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas. Her professional life is dedicated to creativity and the teaching of it. Her early years saw her as a fashion designer; then, as an architectural visualizer, product designer, 3D animator, photographer and visual effects artist. She is currently a member of the faculty in Feati University’s School of Fine Arts, teaching Photography & Digital Arts Process.

In November 2014, she held a successful solo show at the Art Elements Gallery, and it showcased her artistic range. Her works had been exhibited in the Philippines, Bacolod, Rome, Vienna & Leeds. They have graced homes and other spaces across eight countries and four continents.

Koi fish paintings series of Ronna plays an important role in the World of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the art of creating a healthy balance of our lives and environment that surrounds us. In Chinese “Feng” is wind and “Shui” is water. These are the two natural elements that flow and circulate freely on earth, creating a life energy known as ‘Chi’ that shapes our living environment. This is definitely a good choice of gift to give a love one to bring abundance and wealth in their lives.

AURA Elite International Magazine – Issue No. 7 – Art Contributor

MASTERPIECES: 3rd Solo Exhibition by Jensen Moreno

When I paint, I use 110% of my brain to direct my hand to perform a thing called Masterpiece.  ~ Jensen Moreno 2008

Dos Pueblos Art Gallery presents MASTERPIECES, the new solo exhibition by renowned Global Filipino artist, Jensen Moreno opening on April 1st 2016. Masterpieces marks Jensen’s third solo exhibition in Manila.

Jensen Moreno was born in Bataan, Philippines and is currently based in Beijing, China. She is at present a visual art teacher at Beijing International Bilingual Academy. She received her Masters and Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts majored in Painting from University of Santo Tomas.

To learn more about the artist, please read my featured articles linked below:

She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. The most recent ones are at Art Fair China Beijing International, ASEAN Ladies Circle Gathering by the Embassy of the Republic of Philippines, BIBA Art Expo 2015, “Thirty-One” solo exhibition in China and Taipei. Her works are housed in international public and private collections.

MASTERPIECES are a collection of the artist masterful portraits from the past to present. It includes “THE GOAL” which is one of the most important paintings at the ASEAN Ladies Circle event. Held in Philippine Embassy in Beijing, China. Portraits of some VIPs from Philippines, Vietnam and China will showcase at the exhibition.

The exhibition will run from 1 April to 10 April 2016. Opening reception starts at 6:30pm.

(Address: 3rd Level, Robinsons Magnolia, Aurora Blvd. Corner Hermady, New Manila, Philippines)

Jensen Moreno will be available for press interviews during the exhibit from April 1st; interested journalists, please contact Jensen Moreno at jhenz09mhike@yahoo.com.ph and jensenmartijn1221@gmail.com to make an appointment.

Jensen Moreno Fostering Creativity to Excellence:

Jensen Moreno’s notion of creativity is more than originality.  It is about perfection and excellence which institutes developing improvement. It is a concept which is analogous to the implied theories of creativity. Jensen infers not only the source of origin. Her works are unrelenting production of the origin, that is, the creativity. She singles out originality and imagination as the key to creativity. Her execution is a special attribute that somehow makes the act itself enigmatic.

Creativity in arts is all about liberating the energy to the canvas. Her art is dynamic, diverse and distinct. It is imaginative, ingenious, innovative and inventive. She loves taking risks and challenging the convention. Her art lies in direct proportion to the existence of art. Her level of skill, creativity and emotion is perfection and effectiveness. That had its roots in the subconscious. And was the source of new masterful discoveries.

MASTERPIECES: 3rd solo exhibition by Jensen Moreno

“THE GOAL” Portrait of Martijn Horters, 4×7 Ft Oil on Canvas

Behind the ART:  “I am thankful that I have learned from the best art professors. Who should take credit for stimulating my creativity and originality! Now I have developed a process where my painting will never be easily replicated.”

MASTERPIECES: 3rd solo exhibition by Jensen Moreno

“SELF-PORTRAIT”  Self-Portrait of Jensen Moreno 2016, 120x170cm Oil on Canvas

Painting has always been a means of self-expression for me. Therefore, I paint because I have to and need to, not necessarily because I want to. Subconsciously or not, the figures I paint are a reflection of myself and whatever mood I am in at the time, so every painting is in essence a self-portrait.

Lori Earley

The Masterful Process of a Portrait

  • Jensen Moreno gets thrilled to experience the moment a painting takes on a life of its own. One instant, there is a unification of colored silhouettes on the canvas. Surface and bang! With the addition of a single stroke it’s transformed into a larger than life creation of beauty.
  • She strives to merge the physical and spiritual individualities of each portrait. She creates into the most telling portrait possible. Conveying the essence of her subject is vital. All her portraits provide her the chance to create a work of art. That exhibits both beauty and timelessness.
  • She studies the portrait paintings. Always evaluating how she can best incorporate her observations into her own masterpiece. Many of her patrons tell her that through the course of having their portraits painted. They’ve developed a pristine indebtedness for art.
  • Her artwork is a product from direct observation. That also allows her the opportunity to observe. And incorporate more subtle nuances of form and color into her painting. The process of creating from life’s relationships is exhilarating.
  • To the artist, a great portrait painting is not just capturing a faithful likeness. The physical process of applying paint with only a palette knife creates a unique dynamic energy. That is impossible to replicate through any machine-driven process.
  • She gives herself unlimited chances to edit what she has observed. Whether it is from a live subject or from a photograph. She reimagines and reexamines the subject all over again. Allowing the artist to be a child all over again. While playing things down to create something wonderful. That goes far beyond the realms of imagination. She further reviews photos as a beginning reference. And decides to alter them to varying degree.
  • To meet a final masterful masterpiece portrait that best conveys her sense of completion. Where each element must be in perfect harmony with the entirety of compositions. She strives to reach the highest artistic plateaus to achieve her goal of excellence. And to help create portraits that will outshine all expectations.
MASTERPIECES: 3rd solo exhibition by Jensen Moreno

“THE GIFT” Portrait of Artist Daughter, 120x170cm Oil on Canvas

To My Precious Gift,

“When the time you were born, you became my inspiration. I envision your beautiful face, the twinkle of your eyes. And the things you do that make me laugh. Our bond together from the womb and to the moment you were born is irreplaceable. That will never ever be torn away from us. I pray that God will give me strength and guidance for all the blessings he pours down from above. I am doing my best to be the best mother to you. I will always embrace you with all my motherly love. To me, you are the most precious gift. You are as exquisite as a flower and as sublime as a rose. You have been specially made by God to be my daughter. You are brighter than the sun every time you give me that smile. My only wish as a mother is that I want you to be proud of who you are and to strive for the best. Bring to bear efforts to make sure that your goals are achieved. And let God do the rest.  But remember, I will always be your mother first. But will also be your friend.  You are the most precious gift, that I’ve ever been given. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mommy

MASTERPIECES: 3rd solo exhibition by Jensen Moreno

“THE LOVE”
Portrait of Anna Horters, 120x170cm Oil on Canvas

Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile & who LOVE YOU no matter what.

MASTERPIECES: 3rd solo exhibition by Jensen Moreno

“RICH AND FAMOUS”Portrait of Huang Jiannan, 90x100cm Oil on Canvas

Behind the ART:  Huang Jiannan, 60, has garnered fame both in and outside of China. His works praised by the art community where his pieces sold at high prices.

Huang is a skilled painter who specializes on landscapes. He has a propensity for bright colors in his works. He prefers the techniques of traditional ink painting. While combining with Western-featured oil painting. That helped shaped his pieces in a style that is his own.

For Huang, success isn’t born out of pure luck.

If an artist mimics the work of great masters, his own artwork will be a repeat. The nature of art is to be original and creative. But this talent must be on hard work and persistence.

Source: bjreview.com

MASTERPIECES: 3rd solo exhibition by Jensen Moreno

“THE VOICE”Portrait of Soprano Singer Lady Lu Ye, 4x7ft Oil on Canvas

Behind the ART:  Lady Lu Ye, Ambassador of Italian Culture to the world and acclaimed soprano and actress. She has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues to critical acclaim. She is known as “Una voce per Papa Francesco” by La Gazzetta dello Spettacolo. She was the first Asian, first Canadian, and the first Chinese artist in history to perform for Pope Francis’ birthday and the annual Christmas concert in Rome, Italy. She was also honored to be the first artist of Asian descendent to sing the Canadian National Anthem in hockey history. Voice like an angel, magic …” claimed La Presse which has been the shared opinion of many since her early career.

Italian music critics proclaimed:

She owns a beautiful voice of color, expressiveness and rich inventiveness of interpretation.

Image Credits: Supplied

Poster Graphics: Racky Eugenio

Photographer: Totong TJ

Lorna Maza Fine Art: Beautiful Island of the Philippines

Lorna Maza primarily paints from life, from photographs or memories of an experience. For her, every subject she paints raises a call to a journey that doesn’t stop in the canvas. It all begun in the “Beautiful Islands of the Philippines.”

#LornaMaza #FineArt Beautiful Islad of the #Philippines www.jennysserendipity.com #Art #ArtPh #FilipinaArtist #Acrylic #AcryliconCanvas

Being based in Houston, Texas, Lorna still manages to convey her love of the country in her artworks. The rich cultural aspects of the rural life and a country blessed with a rich environment— lush forests, tropical islands, white sand beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains— and friendly, artistic and hardworking people who are always happy to welcome visitors and friends where she once lived resonate in all her compositions.

Lorna is drawn to memories of her home country where she paints to find and depict deeper meaning in all her subjects.  Her inspiration stems from how beautiful our country is echoing to reflect the grandeur and magnificence of an island by painting the simple way of what was her beloved life as shown in the warm green tones of her masterpieces.

Lorna had been a very active student, during her school days. She liked art contests, even winning places in some of them. Lorna has always been an art aficionado who loves to collect seemingly worthless items and upcycling them into unique works of art. She had collected fruit and vegetable seeds and dries them to be displayed into long empty bottles.

She has decorated their town home with her ingenuity with unimaginable and unique art works made from materials such as chocolate wrappers, used stamps, stones, strings, broken beads, and even crab shells.

#LornaMaza #FineArt Beautiful Islad of the #Philipines www.jennysserendipity.com #Art #ArtPh #FilipinaArtist #Acrylic #AcryliconCanvas

Lorna Maza at UWAAP May 2015 Exhibit

Lorna is a crafter who sews and cross stitch, and has even designed some of her own dresses. She enjoys photography, dancing, singing and is quit a musician who plays the flute including playing the piano and organ.

Lorna Maza graduated from Saint Louis University in the Philippines with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Banking and Finance. Lorna and her husband, Cyril, largely self-taught artists had never attended any painting classes, other than their art classes in elementary and high school. They both are designers and partners at CSM and LLDM Emporium.

Lorna participates in art exhibits and trunk shows in the Houston area. Last May 2015, Lorna took part in the United Women Artists Association of the Phils (UWAAP) exhibit in Manila.

#LornaMaza #FineArt Beautiful Islad of the #Philipines www.jennysserendipity.com #Art #ArtPh #FilipinaArtist #Acrylic #AcryliconCanvas

Lorna Maza at UWAAP May 2015 Exhibit

Prints of Cyril and Lorna’s artworks are also available on t-shirts, mugs, stamps, and other gift items. Please click here and here to see their stores at Zazzle and at Fine Arts USA. 

Her paintings are all acrylic on canvas.

***A Selection of Lorna Maza’s Art Masterpieces***

(Click the thumbnails below to enlarge the artwork, and then swipe or use the arrows to scroll)

All artworks provided by the artist.

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her Good Luck Koi Fish Paintings

Koi fish are a common symbol in both Chinese culture and Feng Shui depicted on artworks, tattoo art and fashion to interior design. Koi Fish are ornamental varieties of domesticated pet carps that are kept in outdoor ponds or water gardens. They are a very common theme for Chinese traditional art, and also carry significant artistic meanings in Asian cultures including the Philippines.

Many of the characteristics of the koi symbolize several lessons and trials individuals often face in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include: good fortune, success, prosperity, longevity, courage, ambition and perseverance.

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Ronna Lara-Bes and her Koi Fish Series

Koi fish paintings series of plays an important role in the World of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the art of creating a healthy balance of our lives and environment that surrounds us. In Chinese, “Feng” is wind and “Shui” is water. These are the two natural elements that flow and circulate freely on earth, creating a life energy known as ‘Chi’ that shapes our living environment. They teach us to develop a “Positive” attitude. In times of adversities, keep looking ahead and walk towards the sun and you will never see the dark part of your shadow.

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Tancho Uno 18″x24″ Acrylic on Canvas Part of the Tancho Series

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Infinity – 168 Kois

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Red, Black and Gold 12″x12″ Acrylic on Canvas

These paintings were done by Ronna Lara-Bes who I featured here. It is easy to see how her treatment of koi differs greatly from the Asian styles we are accustomed to. Color is one of the areas of departure and she incorporates a more ingenious pallet. Her color compositions are vibrant to represent the fish as well as the patterns they create. Their concealment below the water’s surface and pond portray the hidden depths they reveal. Ronna has tried to express these qualities in her paintings and has succeeded in developing a stylized method to increase visual impact. These paintings are positively beautiful to look at and their reinterpretation of a time-honored subject makes them all the more compelling.

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Koi Self-Portrait

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Blue Frolic 8b 21.75″x18″ Acrylic on Canvas

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Blue Frolic 8a 21.75″x18″ Acrylic on Canvas

Ronna’s good luck koi fish artworks are the perfect gift for Christmas. She can do small, medium and big koi paintings depending on your required budget. Please help support a dedicated, hardworking artist and her continued growth through the purchase of her beloved koi’s for you, family, or friends.

More about the artist:

In the field of traditional art, Ronna Lara-Bes work has been described as possessing clean lines and shades and having that tri-dimensional effect. Her choices of mediums are of oil, acrylic and watercolour for paintings and resins and 3D-printing for sculptures. She shifts from one to another to keep her approach constantly fresh, yet maintaining her unique artistic identity. This is yet another manifestation of her multi-faceted nature in which one common denominator among all her work is that they revolve around artistic pursuits such endeavors have dominated her life for as long as she can remember.

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Frolic II 9.75″x11.75″ (25cmx30cm)

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Koi In Summer #3 12″x12″ Acrylic on Canvas

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Koi In Spring #3 12″x12″ Acrylic on Canvas

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Flowing Eight #2 18″x24″ Acrylic on Canvas

Ronna Lara-Bes is a graduate of Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas. Her professional life is dedicated to creativity and the teaching of it. Her early years saw her as a fashion designer; then, as an architectural visualizer, product designer, 3D animator, photographer and visual effects artist. She is currently a member of the faculty in Feati University’s School of Fine Arts, teaching Photography & Digital Arts Process.

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

First Koi of 2015 Flowing Nine Series 1 30″x20″ Acrylic on Canvas

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Latest Koi Fish work

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The Clear Path Series Each: 48″x12″ Acrylic on Canvas

Ronna Lara-Bes and Her #GoodLuck #KoiFish #Paintings #Art #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Koi in Winter #2 12″x12″ Acrylic on Canvas

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Koi Duo 12″ x 10″ Acrylic on Canvas 2015

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Dancing In A Circle 24″ Diameter Acrylic on Canvas

RONNA’S FIXATIONS EXHIBIT

Everybody invited to attend Ronna Lara-Bes’ second solo exhibit titled “Fixations,” at Galeria de las Islas, 3rd Floor, Silahis Center, Intramuros this coming January 14, 2016.

Everybody invited to attend Ronna Lara-Bes’ second solo #exhibit titled "Fixations," at Galeria de las Islas, 3rd Floor, Silahis Center, Intramuros this coming January 14, 2016.

This exhibit is a showcase of the artist’s ongoing interest in various art forms. Refusing to be boxed in to a single subject or medium, she embarked on several explorations of materials until she conquered them. In Fixations, Ronna Lara-Bes presents her art journey in three streams: Waterworld, Kalakal Boys and Questions.

Waterworld is a continuation of her fascination with Koi fish. She depicts these beautifully energetic creatures as seemingly floating in solid backdrops of brilliant red or among orb-shaped stones. She does not paint light reflections, as others would often do, to bring the viewer under the surface of the water, as if they, too, are swimming among them. Actress and Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, upon seeing her paintings described her Koi’s as having that porcelain look, smooth and translucent.

Kalakal Boys is an homage series for the (mostly) urban occupation that poor Filipinos engage in. Money may be tight for these men but they do not shirk from the hard toil of honest work. I have employed clean lines and color to the figures to imply the nobility of what they do, in spite of the fact that they are often exposed to the elements and the grime that comes along with it.

Questions is dominated by mixed-media works, large-scale paintings and sculptures. Here, the artist explores various issues of the human psyche both inwards and outwards.

Her works had been exhibited in the Philippines, Bacolod, Rome, Vienna and Leeds. They have graced homes and other spaces across eight countries and four continents.

All images supplied by the artist.

Glad Eser’s Abstract Energy Art

Gladys Eser also known as Glad Eser was born and raised in the Philippines. She is a self-taught artist with a passion for expression. From an early age, Gladys started having interest in painting and calligraphy. In 2002, Ms. Eser earned a degree in Bachelor of Science in Physics-Mathematics from the University of the Philippines. Also, she is a certified FINRA Series 7 financial analyst; hence, her nicknames as “Glad the Artist” and “Gladys the Analyst.”

Glad Eser’s #Abstract #EnergyArt #AbstractExpressionism #AbstractEnergyArt #AbstractEnergyArtist #AbstractEnergyArtworks #EnergeticAbstraction #ColorfulEnergyArt #EnergyPaintings #HealingArt #EnergyArtworks #ArtPH #FilipinaArtist www.jennysserendipity.com

Gladys enjoyed painting only as a hobby until one of her pieces was displayed for a charity fund raising event. From then on, she accepted commission orders and eventually, got her own art studio. And her debut art exhibit “Art Inspires” in Deutsche Bank Group Manila, Artspace which will run till December 18, 2015.

Gladys influences and inspirations come from Mark Rothko, Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. All come from different artistic movements and styles.

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Title: Eye Candies (Triptych) – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 48 x 1.75 in

Gladys creates her paintings to reflect positive emotions as her name suggests, Glad. For Gladys, creating abstract art is an expressive means to channel creative energy with positive feelings. Her art embodies the artist visions, her dreams, and her energy. She is inspired by the vibrancy of energy and the connection around the universe and the beauty of pure nature.

“I enjoy expressing positive feelings with layers and depth of colors, playing with curves and highlights of gold. I mostly use acrylics and play with mixed media and oil once in a while.”

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Title: Summit – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 24 x 1.75 in

Her abstract paintings are inspired by the visual clues in nature and eternalized with spirit and impulsiveness from emotions within. Gladys uses acrylic glazing technique giving light and life to her paintings. The resulting works are emotive and suggests fluid movement, creating energy on the canvas with a wonderful tactile quality. The ambiance of the painting is poignant and pulsating in colour.

Abstract art is a contemporary style of painting that reveals a visual language unique to every abstract artist. While some non-representational abstract art can be disordered and chaotic, Gladys works represents nature and a larger connection to the universe. For Gladys, creating abstract art is an expressive means to channel creative energy with positive message that reflects upon a higher vision. While exploring through the abstract painting process, Gladys searches for a rhythm in the moment to find a creative expression that communicates a balance and a beauty within.

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Title: Golden Trend – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 24 x 36 x 1.75 in

For Gladys, abstract art can convey energy that awakens your emotions and the creative mind. Using her sense of intuition, she is able to create these abstract paintings with vibrant colors, waves of light and layered movement to awaken the senses and transform their environment giving positive harmonious energy.

“I want to have my paintings induce positive feelings from whoever is viewing them. Make them stop, have the eyes wonder on the colors and curves on the canvas, then step back, smile and look again.”

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Title: Expression – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 20 x 20 x 1.75 in

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Title: Serendipity – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 36 x 2.5 in

Imagine yourself entering a room when you are in a bad mood. And upon you viewing a particular artwork on display in that room; you start to feel some happy emotions kicking in and soon you find yourself smiling and laughing instead of frowning.

It’s a work of art that alters your mood in a good way. Her paintings have the power to alter the energy within the room that it has been placed in because they enhance positive energy vibrations and overall well-being. All her works give that effect, all due to differential energy wavelengths and frequencies that convey different feelings and meanings to the observer.

 “Moving forward, I am looking to create more happiness through my art and share with the rest of the world.”

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Title: Compassion – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 24 x 2.5 in

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Title: Benevolence – Acrylic on Canvas – Size: 36 x 24 x 2.5 in

Inquiries from all art enthusiasts are welcomed. Please contact the artist via Facebook.

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Realistic Abstracts by Benjamin Cruz

Benjamin Cruz is a award winning Filipino painter who has the ability to dream and create new worlds. Mr. Cruz’s transforms his pieces to new heights with this concept of manipulating dimensionality. The artist takes inspiration from the landscapes around him that goes way beyond realism.

Compositions and painting techniques are the tools Mr. Cruz’s uses to transform his art.  His subtle shift results in a piece that is complex and layered. The same way that life is multifarious and multidimensional. His transparent layers of acrylic in unique ripple effects. Create landscapes that appear to dissolve into the mist. Results in a mysterious surface. That begs the viewer to come closer and explore the intricacies of the painting. 

Mr. Cruz’s art is in the category of abstract realism. Abstract realism is difficult to explain because it is the blend of two opposing styles of art. 

Abstract art without any combining rudiments and has no reference to real objects. It is only concerned with the colors, lines, shapes and rhythms that create the artwork. In a manner, abstract art is art without a concrete and physical construct to work from. 

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Title: “Building”
Med: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 152cm x 160cm

Yet, realistic art aspires to create realistic impressions of real objects. Realistic painting attempts to show what the eyes actually see, including human hardships. This goal of realistic accuracy includes color choice, subject matter, and brush strokes. The painting should represent the subject. Viewers should know what they are looking at. 

The goal of abstract realism involves using abstract painting techniques. Through the use of distorted images by implementing impressionist, surrealistic and expressionist techniques. To make the painting recognizable, somewhat blurred and distorted. 

His art form sits between realistic depiction of the world. Including, non-representational abstraction as the main subject. They are no longer two separate opposing styles. But they come together to strengthen each other.

Mr. Cruz aims to bring the elements of our consciousness that is not evident in plain sight into the light. His desire for the comfort and skill of the real and the need of those abstract aesthetics. 

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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***

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Esensya: Crafting from the heart with Cristina Aberasturi

Esensya Productos Artesanales Esensya is a community-driven social enterprise that features handcrafted items made by women from all over the Philippines. Developed by Cristina Aberasturi, Esensya helps Filipinas earn income through their crafts. All of their products are 100% Philippine-made that are beautiful, functional, and durable.

Inabel blanket available at Warm Snuggles Collection and Gnomes from Esensya Productos Artesanales.

Esensya operates from Cagayan De Oro, Mindanao; is under the banner of Floristeria Cagayan de Oro City which is owned by Cristina’s sister – Maria Raisa Aberasturi-Velez. She gets help from her sister for any Cagayan De Oro City transactions while she runs the entire operation. Among their popular items are those handmade for kids — including character amigurumi (crocheted or knitted stuffed toys using the Japanese method), booties, rompers and finger puppets.

Esensya’s mission is to increase economic opportunity in by bringing rural women together through a social enterprise, facilitating their growth and encouraging the craftsman to strive for personal advancement, raise stronger families, and stimulate local economies.

Meet the heart of Esensya below:

Rural artisans are the driving force behind Esensya and the ultimate reason it exists. As they gain skills, knowledge and economic independence, they will have enough courage to go on their own.

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Elvira in Hong Kong at Avenue of Stars

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Someone got to tag along in Paris! Mercí@thelakwatsero!
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Launched in November 2013, Esensya is a social enterprise operating under fair-trade principles. Esensya goes beyond fair trade wage scales to pay its artisans livable wages while it is designed so that any profit from their sales is utilized for social impact projects, which benefit the other artisans, their families and the communities in which they live-in.

Purpulina at the gay parade in Buenos Aires. While a lot of countries are still fighting for their right, in Argentina the lgbt community has a a strong support from the government. Mientras en otros paises el grupo de LGBT pelean por sus derechos, en Argentina el gobierno apoyar.

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From Vientiane to Rome, Esensya’s gnomes travels a lot!! “By @kriziacb “Ciao da Roma! – Robin at the Coliseum in Roma.

The idea is to help small communities develop products by giving them materials to work on. Once the production is done, Esensya will buy the handmade products at competitive prices, and resell in order to make a small overhead enough to maintain the store and kickstart other projects with different artisans and craftsmen.

Esensya’s home and kids line made it to the Smart Parenting Magazine article for being #ProudlyPinoy. Do check them out and at the same time support and take pride in Filipino creativity and ingenuity by checking these unique Filipino-owned brands that cater to kids and babies, brands that Pinoy moms and dads like you could be proud-off. 

Learn more about Esensya Productos Artesenales by visiting their website or Facebook page. To download their brochure, feel free to click the link here.

Hanging out at Luneta Hotel! — at Kalaw St. Ermita, Metro Manila

Feastful butterfly bookmarks for your joyful reading!

***A Selection of  Esensya’s Handicraft Products***

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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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Merlito “Noy” Gepte: Award Winning Filipino Sculptor

Inspiration for Filipino sculptor, Merlito Gepte, comes from a variety of sources in his life. Politics, ordinary lives of Filipinos, and the human anatomy have all been important in the development of his intricate work. The artist behind the statue has earned many recognition and awards in the Philippines for his meticulous movement of his skillful hands that he honors the female form.

Gepte’s artistic influences came from Michelangelo, Bernini, and especially his father who was a craftsman and artist who specialized in making figurines.  His early recollection of his childhood in Pampanga was his time with his father tutoring him his skill of sculpture creation. As a kid, he would watch his father make religious statues and teaching his own students arts and crafts—little did his father would know that his son will follow his footsteps and be a multi-awarded artist.

According to Gepte, he considers himself a late bloomer despite his early groundwork with his father. Unaware of the robust art community and the business of art-making, he only entered the scene as a professional artist in his 50s. Just like his father, his work as a production designer for an export company and as a teacher, used up most of his time for many years. Not until a chance meeting with artist, Seb Chua (who I featured here and here), began a series of circumstances that will lead him to the life of unsullied art that he was always meant to be.

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Through the backing and assistance of Chua, Gepte slowly found his way in the art world. By attending art exhibits and charting the creatives allowed him to appreciate himself in the context of the present-day contemporary art scene. Despite his lacking of formal fine arts training that was enjoyed by most artists, his phenomenal works attest that true artistic beauty is beyond educational merits.

Highly versatile Gepte hand-carves outstanding variety of characters and they take hundreds of hours to complete. The artist uses hand tools that have been almost completely eliminated by modern machines, creating a link between past and present.

Gepte approaches the figure as a vehicle to create the misapprehension of reality by striving for technical mastery of the human figure. He continues to study the human body in order to present a marriage of the face and body in an attempt to communicate mood and emotional expression. Gepte’s works are in classical realist style with contemporary inspiration.

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The artist in his studio.

In crafting his sculptures, Gepte’s hands take on a life of its own, the body in motion; the exquisite balance between the expression of the face and the expression of the hands and, are of great personal significance to create a great masterpiece. He molds and kneads the clay to form delicate pieces that never fails to capture the striking fragility to tell a story of the human condition in all its grandeur.

***Watch Gepte in Action***

***A Selection of Gepte’s Art Masterpieces***

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Article Source: Manila Bulletin