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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Meet Sky De Leon Child Prodigy Painter

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Artist at work who can paint one painting a day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Still life teaches you to find the beauty in simple household objects and portraiture makes you enjoy the perfection of the in perfection,” ~Sky De Leon
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Sky has been publicly exhibiting his works since he was 11 years old, starting at the Bahay Tsinoy Museum in Intramuros. He had a solo auction exhibit for the 10th anniversary of The Palms Country Club in Alabang in 2013, where part of the proceeds went to a charitable institution. He has joined Art in the Park two years in a row, ManiaArt 2015, and exhibits in Bellevue Hotel, Tagaytay Highlands, ArtistSpace, Ayala Museum and at L’Arc en Ciel Atelier and Gallery in Ayala Alabang Village.

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

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

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

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The Art and Work of Connie Cabalar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

***A selection of  Angelo Antonio Maristela’s art masterpieces***
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Marc John Israel: The Crayon Filipino Artist

Marc John F. Israel (blueprince312) was born in Tubigon, Bohol. His interest in art was evident at the age of 12. During his high school years, his best buddy who happened to be an artist convinced him to sign up for Drafting/Civil Technology course. Their teacher recognized his creative skills and saw great potential in him in which made him driven to excel in his craft. All projects, homework’s, and “plates” as they called it in drafting class was an outpour of effort and determination. Regrettably, unable to finance education due to financial reasons, art was set aside to make ends meet. However, this was short live and at 2012, he quit his day job to return to what he loves the most – drawing.

“My first dream was to be an author of a comics or manga so I started searching tutorials until I came across realism. Inspired by it, I began learning pencil shading, and from that, I started creating beautiful portraits; which then, evolved into colorful drawings and paintings. Pretty soon, everything was bursting with life! Poverty has its sunny side indeed. Because the only medium I had and could afford was a box of Crayola, I had to make dew of the only thing I had and it was worth it because contrary to my previous beliefs that this will not really amount to anything; I was actually able to make very good masterpieces out of crayons. This made me value crayons even more.”

As an aspiring self-taught Filipino artist known for using Crayola crayon as medium, he honed his skill further by joining Deviantart and community groups in Facebook.  He also touched basis with artist heroes such as Don Marco,” the world’s master crayon artist in which he gave him valued tips on developing a technique to create fine art using Crayola crayons.  He also took inspiration from the likes of Artgerm, Joongwon Jeong, Dirk, Heather Rooney, Diego Fazio, Corrine and other great artist he can find on DeviantArt and Facebook.

A desire to create a masterpiece starts from the imagination and then, the artist takes little steps that move the creation in the right direction. The artist does not wait for the right time or the perfect atmosphere to draw. Seizing the moment is the simple beauty and concept of Crayola art. Children do it all the time. It’s a simple technique towards expanding an artist creative energy by taking advantage of this fun and economical art medium. The key to fine art of Crayola art is developing their technical skills through a working knowledge of how to use crayons according to another master Crayola artist, Jeffrey Robert.”

At present, his works lean more towards realism and currently altering cards of Magic the Gathering and is an active administrator of an Facebook art group—“Art Freedom.” He is also an active member in “GuhitPinas and an admin in their subgroup “Guhit Pinas Bohol” and specialty group “GP Pastels and Crayon Artists.”

“Despite all the artworks and projects that have made me feel proud about myself, I believe that there is still so much to learn in this field.” ~ Marc John Israel

Watch how Marc demonstrates his unique techniques for drawing with just a box of Crayola crayons!

***A selection of crayon art masterpieces by Marc John F. Israel ***

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To contact the artist for freelance work or have some inquiry about his artworks, feel free to click the links below:

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Joel Chavez, Contemporary Realist Filipino Painter

Joel Chavez has a slightly different idea of Renaissance portraiture than the average artist. He has this contrasting idea of what a contemporary portraiture art making should be. This artist whose first solo exhibition was recently exhibited at the Art Underground Gallery in Mandaluyong City called “Redeeming the Rebirth,” who paints wonderful portraits in Renaissance style, but with eye-catching modern and contemporary touches.

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His artworks are an astonishing symbolic realism and for all the seeming influences of Renaissance Masters—Caravaggio and the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer; both who belong to a Revival Period of light and shadow are also strong influences to the art of modern Filipino artist, Joel Chavez.

These paintings make us think about what the Renaissance masters would think if they could see the world today. Chavez’s cultivates a mature stroke of art form that only a great master can achieve. His art has depth and self-control in which each painting has strong kinship to the artist of the Enlightenment period, thinkers who embodied its ideas.

“Symmetry of Glamour,” denotes the detachment between outward appearances and inward splendor while as for “Eyes are Windows to the Soul,” Chavez puts a diamond across the eyes of the woman to portray the beauty within.

“Solemnity of an Aristocrat” has a red dot painted on the nose of a well-dressed turbaned man signifies a paragon of wealth to aristocrats is as important as a sentient.

The choice of his copiousness of characters combined with the sublime techniques marks the 24-year-old artist as a painter to watch for. Chavez is a product of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) who hales from Sana Mesa, Philippines.

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“Playful Charm”
oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
2015
*His version of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” from his solo exhibition entitled “Redeeming the Rebirth” @ Art Underground

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“She wants to play a game”
oil on canvas
48 x 36″
2015
*His version of Da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine from his solo exhibition entitled “Redeeming the Rebirth @ Art Underground Gallery

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“Mona Chrome”
oil on canvas
48 x 24 inches
2014 @ Boston Gallery

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His version of Grant Wood’s painting ” American Gothic”
oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
2015 @ Art Underground Gallery

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“Quest for Wisdom” Artwork by Joel Chavez (Part of his exhibit, Redeeming the Rebirth)

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Achievements:

  • Grand Prize — First Avida 3D Street Painting Competition 2011 (group)
  • 2nd  Place — 2nd Avida 3D Street Painting Competition 2012  (group)
  • Grand Prize — Magnolia Tumbler Design Making Competition 2010
  • Hon. Mention — Maningning Miclat Painting Competition 2011
  • Finalist Golden Season Painting Competition 2011
  • 2nd Place — Rotary On the Spot Painting Competition 2012

Exhibitions: Group Show

  • Blue Series — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Independence Day — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, Vietnam
  • Self Portrait — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Child — (2012) Art Center, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Pain and Pleasure — (2012) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Bonifacio — (2013) Yuchengco Museum
  • Mother and Child — (2013) Big and Small Art Gallery, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Child — (2013) Art Center, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Affordable Art — (2014) SM Aura
  • Art in the Park — (2014) Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Ave Figuras — (2014) Art Center, 4th floor, SM Megamall
  • Group Show — (2014) Boston Gallery

CONTACT

To buy his art or inquiries for commission work, feel free to contact the artist at chavezjoel569@yahoo.com, contact no. 09051039367 and in Facebook, Art of Joel Chavez.

Article Source: Symbolic Realism of Joel Chavez

Art provided by the Artist: Joel Chavez.

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:

 

For more about the artist, you can find him at his Facebook page here.

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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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Hyper-Realistic Painting by Filipino Artist, Keshia Arnaiz Timbang

Keshia Arnaiz Timbang, Filipino Artist

Specialty: Hyper-Realistic Art, Realist Painter, Hyperrealism

Owner/Casual Jacket Studio

From:  Obrero Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, Zamboaga.

Contact Information: 09063087644, Facebook/Keshia

Work in Progress from Start to Finish:

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Q&A: Intense Realism in Clint Normandia’s Art

His art stands out as his paintings are a combination of classic realistic views with a touch of modern twist. Keen on detail in his utilization of space and fine control of the brush, Normandia gives significant dimension to the treatment of light and shade in his drawings and paintings. All his compositions are distinct and lines are sleek with elements which points to Normandia’s contemporary sights. He goes beyond traditional concepts and gives a playful punch to his masterfully painted subjects. His execution and detailed in capturing beauty of the human body and his art goes beyond the standards of traditional aesthetic norms. His artistic boldness and his drive to perfection can only be seen in artists of Normandia’s caliber.

Purely a self-taught painter, Clint earned his additional artistic knowledge under the tutelage of Jose “Kimsoy” Yap, Jr and got inspiration and pointers from Romulo Galicano. Clint was also elected as the youngest president of Cebu Art Association and is currently an active member of Portrait Artists Society of the Philippines.

Clint hails from Misamis Occidental but currently lives in Cebu City. He is a consistent finalist and winner of the Martino Abellana Annual Art Competition in Carcar, Cebu and got his most coveted award as a Grand Prize winner for Art Petron in 2003.

Get to know more of Clint personally on this artist reflection Q&A. Enjoy!

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The Nude – By Clint Normandia, Philippines

You are an architect, a theologian and a painter. How does that work for you? How did theology come into the picture? You are also a pastor?

First of all because of my eagerness in searching for the answer of life’s questions and the existence of The Creator, lead me to precede my study of Theology.

It all works together. My architectural background helps my painting build in a good foundation while my theological background gives a profound meaning to its intention and purpose.

No, I’m not a pastor nor do I do pastoring to any congregation or a church, but I’m involved in the ministry of music in our church.

You worked as an art teacher at a rehabilitation center for abused children. How did that come about?

It all came about by an opportunity and because of my passion and burden to the ministry.  I’d like to share my humble little God given talent to the abused and indigent’s kids in an orphanage as where I’m presently working at the Happy Horizons Children’s Ranch. And more of that, I believe they need it not just for them to gain knowledge in art but as for therapy as well.

You work for a security agency now? How so?

No not anymore because from time to time, I realized that I’m not following my inner passion. So I decided to quit working on a security agency which is owned by our family but instead, I got back on painting and teaching as well.

Architecture is your first profession. It is related to painting. How do you juggle the two jobs?

It juggled together because it works and compliments each other as one. But actually this time, I concentrate more on paintings rather than architectural works.

How long have you been a painter? You are already an architect, why did you decide to pursue painting as well? What is your first work as a painter? What is your best work so far and why?

As far as I can remember, it begun at my early age since the accident happened to my left leg caused by a gun fire. Because of my disability, I could not play with my friends anymore. Instead, I just kept on drawing and painted inside our house.

I decided to pursue painting because I’d like to do more than architecture.

I don’t really exactly remember my first work or painting because I started painting since I was a child. Cannot be counted anymore on how much works I’ve already produced.

Well talking about “best work” for me, I see it in this way: “My next work will be my best work.”

What are the highlights of your journey as an artist so far? What are the memorable events in your life as a painter?

First, I think one of the highlights of my journey as an artist is when I won the national title of painting competition at “3rd Art Petron National Art Competition” last 2003.

Second highlight is when I was elected as a President of Cebu Art Association (CAA).

And then thirdly, when I was given an opportunity to join the Art Tabang Project for Yolanda Victims. This gave me an opportunity to share my humble God given talent to help others in need. At least, this fulfilled my reason to exist as an artist.

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You sell your paintings? What was the most expensive of your paintings that you sold?

Most expensive? Oh my, I’m not that expensive or that highly priced artist. (Laughing)

But for me, the most expensive one as far as I can remember I think is when we were in need and had nothing but only painting. Then, somebody bought my painting, not to mention the amount but it’s the value of that money was enough to meet our needs on that specific time. I thanked God for answering our prayers when I had nothing but only painting.

Who are your most valued clients, your favorites?

I have lots of valued clients. I think all of them are my favorites. I have no favoritism (Laughing) and I thank all of them for their support.

Is art in your family? How does your wife and kids take it?

In our family, I’m the only artist. But my mom said our forefathers in our mother side are musicians.

With my kids, my eldest daughter 16 years who has musical talent and my 2nd daughter, 14 years has the artistic talent.

What are the goings on in your life right now as a painter that you would like to share to the public (events, galleries, exhibits…)?

I’m currently in a group exhibit just here in Cebu at Banilad Town Center entitled, “Pasiunang Halad.” It is ongoing from Jan. 14 until Feb. 16, 2015.

And also, now preparing for my upcoming one man exhibit in Manila most probably at Artasia Gallery in Sm Megamall.I do not know the specific time and schedule yet, but it’s gonna be this year.

All images courtesy of the artist.

For more about the artist, you can find him at his Facebook page here.

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