Michelle Hollanes Lua: Scavenger Artist & Sculptor

Michelle Hollanes Lua is a sculptor, musician, a multimedia and a scavenger artist. Her work focuses on social issues, realms and women empowerment. As a salvage artist, Ms. Lua’s takes the discarded remains of the past and transforms them into art that tells a story of the past, present and future. The purpose of Ms. Lua’s work is to show that objects considered garbage by most re-envisioned into objects of interest, desire and beauty. 

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Title: Sintipid (Centipede) – Medium: Fiber Glass Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 2012

“If there is not enough for what we want or have, there must be a million of unwanted graces somewhere.  My artworks are off the throw away-culture that the world ship to the periphery, my country. We are all living human beings consuming that could result destruction. Somehow, intend to reciprocate the action, give back to life, and recycle.” ~said Michelle Hollanes Lua 
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Title: Sintipid (Centipede) – Medium: Fiber Glass Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 2012 (Back View)

The knowledge that the items used in Ms. Lua’s art, if they were not saved by her would be sitting in a trash bin is what drives her to create unique pieces. It can be broken shoes, belts and bags. Fiber glass cast, epoxy, metal beads, garbage’s from throw away culture. As you see in her sculpture titled “Broke Bag Mountain.”

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Title: “BROKE BAG MOUNTED” – Made of broken shoes, belts and bags, fiber glass cast, epoxy, metal beads, garbages from throw away culture.

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Title: Silver – Medium: metal beads/aluminum/fancy diamonds from broken belts shoes and bags, fiber glass cast, epoxy Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 2014

There is one common link in all works of salvage art – each one is a type of visual remix so that everyone would think out of the box about the context of materials. 

Contemporary artists like Ms. Lua salvage materials for many reasons to make statements about consumer societies. To create works that speaks to their resourcefulness as an artist. Embracing sustainability or, to inspire others to practice creative re-use. And to add interest to their creations by incorporating materials that have a back story. Lua’s salvage materials in her art because they all have a story behind them. 

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Title: The Last Suffer – Medium: Fiber Glass Cast Size: 109cm x 25cm x 14cm Year: 2013

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Title: Maria Santisima – Medium: fiber glass, rice husk, light fixture Size: 41cm x 41cm x 47cm Year: 2011

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Title: Reminyo (Remarried) – Medium: fiber glass cast of a native Manobo woman Size: 27″ x 15″x 5″ Year: 2013

Ms. Lua’s sculpture depicts women in a variety of roles and situations.  Her sculptures are representations of women as objects of subjugation. Works magnifies the psychological and emotional aspects of an urban women’s life as nurturers, caregivers, and providers of hope. In a world teeming with discord, violence and unjustified welfare, her mixed media world, thoughts become as visible as reality and the evolutionary metamorphosis is both comical and brutal. 

“I am after stories inside those bags. If you have a shoe, you have a story. From squeaky-clean and shiny to scuffed and soiled, I want them all.  These branded things are my representation against women trafficking and a statement of women empowerment.” ~said Michelle Hollanes Lua 

Ms. Lua’s “Retokada” deals with the loss of physical beauty as aging sets in.  It shows a woman clothed in intricate metal pulling up her breasts. To signify an attempt to recapture lost youth.

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‘Contours of Loss’ Group Exhibit – Title: “RETOKADA”

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Title: Segunda Mano – Medium: concrete, steel life cast 2011

Ms. Lua holds a Bachelor of Arts in English majoring in Philippine folklore at Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology. Another one of her passion is filming. She loves to explore not only what is in the cities but submerging herself with the locals on the streets. Recently, she had been up in the mountains of Bukidnon, Mindanao to document folkloric materials and seek to understand a large number of material traditions. 

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Title: Kaban – Medium: copper, Plaster of Paris Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 20

Last January 2015, Ms. Lua participated in Storm’s Wakeartists speak and film showing – a film collaboration between Ms. Lua, Jericho Vamenta and Boyet De Mesa held at UP Vargas Museum. Who spoke about their experience in creating art related to disaster and disaster response. The film Remembering Sendongaims to be a catalyst for action.  

Michelle was part of Siete Pesos. A group featured in the Singapore Biennale 2013 for their work involving the motorela.  A vehicle used in Cagayan de Oro that features in their group’s efforts after Typhoon Sendong. 

Recently, Ms. Lua par take in “Garden of Fernal Delights:  The book. A Dreams and Divinities Project for 2015-2016.” Were 110 artists around the world, from all the rebel contemporary styles: outsider, visionary, low brow, pop surrealism, magic realism, and fantastic art participated in. Was part of the “Imago Mundi: Philippine Collection Map of The New Art in Venice Biennale. ArtistTtalk “Forces at work” at the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum. To name a few selected exhibits and engagements.

As a self-taught artist, her works are trials and errors and experiments and more on art processes. She has participated in group exhibitions overseas and in many parts of the Philippines. She is also one of the women in Mindanao who exhibited in Rome and Brussels. 

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The sculpture at the back she made in memory of her loss cat “Thumper.”

“Art for me is not only for the elite. It must be for all. It is quest for the artistic revolution.  I want a balance of the purest and simplest and the higher notion of art.  Not to lose this aesthetics with its concept. Though art does not need to be beautiful all the time; yet, I enslave my works into decoration in my own likeness. That I can connect immediately to people in all walks of life. And still hold on to my issues.” ~said Michelle Hollanes Lua

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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

Psychic Chasms: The Art of Iya Consorio-Barrioquinto

There’s no denying it, surreal art dolls can have a macabre side. However, dolls of today represent mystical perfection but also a lifeless beauty which is why dolls have such wonderful representation in the surrealistic art world–they tend to taunt that perfect balance between desire and repulsion.

Iya Consorio dolls are full of surrealism and mysticism which gives viewers a glimpse of the artist’s bizarre doll’s dream world. Her collection of surreal images on round canvasses that look like glass windows overlooking that strange parallel world which is a characteristic of Iya’s art that evokes swirls of magic, spells and potions.

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For her eighth solo exhibition at ArtistSpace at the Ayala Museum, Iya Consorio presented Psychic Chasms—a collection of paintings that mostly portrayed a child-woman with an octopus body called Eiko.

 “Psychic Chasms brings us to the brink of Eiko’s world. She is a woman-child from without; a child from within, a woman who has lived so much. And from without, she dreams to be loved from within, she wants to love—the child bride awaits.”

In Eiko’s exquisite detailing of half a dozen-eyed doll with tentacles for limbs will give viewers the chance to catch the art subject staring at blank space introspecting or day-dreaming in her glorious octopus-human hybrid form. She maybe then the alter-ego of the artist, keen on everything with her multiple eyes yet alienated from the rest of the world.

Art lovers recall seeing the mystical Eiko for the first time in this year’s Art Fair Philippines where Consorio’s 40 pieces of sculpture were displayed at the booth of Secret Fresh. Collectors tried to get their hands on the limited edition designer toy called “Evening Dress,” sadly many were not able to. This also happened at Consorio’s most recent art exhibit where her masterpieces were again sold out.

Iya Consorio earned her degree in Fine Arts from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. She has joined in various group exhibitions and has mounted several solo exhibitions with established art galleries in the metro such as West Gallery, Secret Fresh, VoV and Art Underground. She has also exhibited at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the BenCab Museum.

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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
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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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Visual Art Conceptual Artist: Avelino H. Ferrer

Avelina H. Ferrer’s is a Filipino-Canadian artist who is commonly known for his conceptual and experimental art. His artworks are purely intuitive which is more conceptual as this is his most happy with. He recognizes that all art are conceptual and prefer to keep his work to an absolute minimum. His stand on art need not look like a traditional work of art, or even take any physical form at all.

Until as recent as autumn of 2014, AH has been a partial visual artist except in the mid 1980’s where he produced limited numbers of abstract paintings which he exhibited and sold through his art gallery/picture frame outlet in Longueuil, Canada.

Born in Manila Philippines whose hometown was Gerona Tarlac. He is currently a retired resident of Montreal, Quebec, Canada who also dabbles in digital and post production photography. To-date, he aims to complete an artwork a day or try to engage in this venue.

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Artist Statement:

“I am not a natural born skillful gifted painter like so many artists out there who spends long hours painting realistically and filled with accurate details. However, I do not feel guilty when my simple artworks slugs their way to being adopted first and hung somewhere. I take comfort that me too spends a lot of time thinking and revising my artworks until I am finally satisfied. I spend more time revising, patching and repairing my art. MOSTLY, the colors because whenever I apply paint the first time; I always feel it was a problem – to be solved or edited. I don’t know if it’s a disorder of obsessiveness and compulsiveness.”

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Filipino Artist for a Cause: Alfredo Cacnio Siochi

Name of Artist: Alfredo Cacnio Siochi

Art Form: Visual Artist

He prefers to use 2 palette knife and finger painting rather than paint with the brush.  His art medium of choice is oil pastel on black felt paper.

Areas of Interest:  All works sold are all donated to his causes.

“My art is for EVERYONE, for those in need and lastly, for my dearest family.”

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Favorite SubjectImage of Jesus Christ

Art Subject –  Abstract, cock fighting, mother & child with his own concept. His art mentors tell him not to forget our very own Filipino Culture.

Education: Under Grad in F.E.U (Far Eastern University) / Bachelor of Fine Arts for 2 years.

Art Activities:

  • OPM Artist Erik Santos concept for Yolanda Victims – All of his paintings with the subject “Jesus Christ.” Picture background with his “My Bukas Pa” song.
  • One Man Show “The Color Blind” held at Funky Monkey Grill.
  • Robinsons Magnolia & Jampacked Promotion Inc. Coffee & Tea Fair. Guest art teacher to children using the coffee art medium.
  • He won Honorable mentioned on-the-spot painting art contest – Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) / Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
  • NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) – Post my Wild Burst Media

You can contact the artist via: Facebook or his email: alfredosiochi@yahoo.com

Or call him: 09214525514

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Filipina Visual Artist: Princess Niña N. Cruz

Name of Artist: Princess Niña N. Cruz / Princess / Cess

Art Form: Visual Arts

Areas of Interest:

Still finding projects that I can commit with.

Artist Statement:

I am Princess, 19.

The one who introduced me to art is my mother. She enrolled me to an art workshop when I was only three years old. I took a rest for a couple of years then enrolled to a workshop again. In high school (UP Integrated School), we had an art class that was instructed by Anton Del Castillo, an award-winning artist. He helped me and my classmates to enhance our skills.

Now that I am in college (University of the Philippines Diliman), my course is not art-related but I still make art because it helps me remove the stress that college gives me. I can paint (acrylic & oil) but the most comfortable medium for me is charcoal pencil. Also, I still keep on exploring techniques on YouTube to be comfortable with other mediums (e.g. ballpen, watercolor, & colored pencils!) as well.

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Shailene Woodley (pencil on paper)

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Lily Collins (pencil on paper)

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Emma Watson (colored pencil on paper)

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Sherlock (watercolored pencils on paper)

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Unfinished works

Julie Delpy

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Images provided by the artist. Feature Image Credits: Cristina via Facebook.

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KIMNETIX NETWORX: Celebrates Life in Art and So Much More

Filipino art online communities provide a wide range of opportunities for supporting a cause, marketing the creative, or building an open source of realization that Filipino artist can also succeed in the hard to crack world of art. These Filipino art communities help others see that they are as good as their Western counterparts.  Kim Marcelo’s advocacy, Kimnetix and AFKN’s founder – Wine Merchant, PR and Marketing Consultant, and Event Organizer–aims to help our own as much as he can.

Kimnetix Networx is an online magazine type Facebook page where it gives Filipino artists a chance to get featured and showcase their works – whether in the field of visual arts, literature, music, dance, theater, film, and/or architecture.  Thus, Artist Friends of Kimnetix Networx (AFKN) was born. AFKN is a virtual online art group which aims to be friends with every Filipino artist and give each one a larger audience. It is not an official art group as it is generally a lifestyle page according to Kim. Kimnetix Networx also features the best dining destinations in the country and what these establishments have to offer. Events that audiences will be interested in, gadgets and even including fashion.  In 2014, it was able to do three events for the arts and one for culinary.

Kimnetix Networx is the 2nd art group I joined and many of my current artist features came from this page and from AFKN as well. I love this group and am sure you will enjoy seeing all the wonderful artworks by Filipino artists.

He says, “Everyone is welcome to like Kimnetix Networx and join AFKN!”

Learn more about him and his advocacy’s with Jenny’s Serendipity’s set of interview questions.  Enjoy!

What is the difference between Kimnetix (Networx) and AFKN (Artist Friends of Kimnetix Networx)? Are they the same or separate pages?

Kimnetix Networx is an online magazine type Facebook page, or what used to be called Fan Page, where we feature Filipino artists and their works – whether in the field of visual arts, literature, music, dance, theatre or architecture.

We also feature the best dining destinations in the country and what these establishments have to offer. Events that we think our audiences will be interested in. As well as gadgets and fashion from time to time.

Artist Friends of Kimnetix Networx is a “Group Page” put up in July of 2014 where members are mostly artists (Visual, Dance, Music, Theatre and Poetry).

Kimnetix Networx and AFKN are two separate pages. First, let’s define the difference between PAGES and GROUPS on Facebook in a simple way – in a Page, you invite people to “like” it and usually used for featuring stuffs while in a GROUP, you add or invite people as members.

Kimnetix Networx is where we feature the above mentioned and AFKN is where we get our ART related features.

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Filipino Artist, Wanda Totanes (Child Prodigy Painter). Image via Facebook.

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Filipino Artist, Lito Brion Ballaran. Image via Facebook.

It was your idea to create the FB group? How was it conceived in 2012?

Yes, I created the AFKN group since I got tired of getting our features for Kimnetix Networx to different art groups I belong to, on Facebook.

I created Kimnetix Networx in the 3rd week of November 2012, can’t remember the exact date though. I initially made it just to feature the things I am passionate about like art, wine, food, collectible toys, films etc.

As the fan base/audience of the page reached 500 plus in 2 months, I then realized that I should make it more professional and interesting to its audience. I then started featuring artworks of artists I admire, restaurants I dine in, theatre plays I want to watch, performances of my friends in the Manila music scene etc.

A few months after, I added Vic Sevilla, former editor of WOMAN TODAY magazine, as my co-administrator to the page to make it more professional. In September and October 2014, I added Ea Torrado of DALOY DANCE COMPANY and Noel Santos of THE WARRIOR POET CAFÉ as administrators as well.

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Daloy Dance Company is a rare mix of artists who use dance as a medium to reflect a deeper human language & raise the consciousness of its audience.

How did you come about to include other aspects of lifestyle to the group page?

The page is more of a lifestyle page since its creation though the art part has been a big part of it. Before, I even feature artworks of foreign artists but decided in early 2013 to concentrate on featuring Filipino artworks and artists. From 2013 to mid-2014, the page feature was balance as it featured a lot of restaurants, wine events, theatre play, concerts, artworks… Please check the albums in the page and you’ll see what I mean.

Only when I created the AFKN group that most of my features became more of visual arts. Although, the idea of promoting Philippine Art and Filipino artists has been part of my objective for the page since the start, and what I want in the page (as for visual artists) is to have masters. Upcoming and beginners get equal mileage though when we feature them.

Why did you choose to be an FB group or fan page instead of a blog or website?

For several reasons:

– I didn’t make a blog site since my standard in writing is very high and I wouldn’t pass even my own standards <laughs>. I love to read and talk, but write… nah… Being married before to a very good writer, a graduate of English Creative Writing from UP and having a bilingual poet as a daughter, my writing skills would be very elementary compared to theirs… <laughs>… Serious explanation though.

– Website? Too complicated for me, besides, almost all big companies here and abroad have their own Facebook page/s even though they already have their company website.

– Why Facebook? It’s free, easy to manage and almost everyone in the world uses it.

With 2K+ members, how many of them are active on the page? How often do they appear on the wall?

AFKN has 898 members now and there are about 70 members actively posting, liking member’s posts, commenting.

Kimnetix Networx have 2,906 likes (without advertising it) as of this interview.

As for Kimnetix Networx, we have a rule among admins to have at least an hour interval between each feature.

As for AFKN, members post their works on the group every hour or so.

This page is for the advocacy to help promote your clients and artists. How is it working so far? Would you say it is an effective tool?

I don’t have an advocacy for clients, only for artists and Philippine art as a whole. Like I’ve said earlier, my purpose or advocacy is to show the world how good the Filipino artistry is (in any field or family of art)…I want every artists be known if not worldwide, at least in the Philippines. Even myself, I didn’t know a lot of new artists until I made the page. My clients pay me to promote and market their establishments, the artists don’t.

Is it working and effective? Yes! I get feedbacks from establishments I promoted through the page that their customer base became bigger. I get regular inquiries about some of the artworks I feature, artists were able to sell their paintings to the page’s audience and I can go on and on but I’ll be bragging already… <laughs>

What about funding? How do you keep it up? How does the online magazine earn as an FB group page or fan page?

Funding, don’t need it, Facebook is free. I keep it up since I am passionate about my love for the arts (among others). Kimnetix Networx is not an online magazine literally, we only did it magazine style that is why I wrote “online magazine type.”

I created the group not to make money out of it but to promote the things I am passionate about. It’s not like a blog site or website that you can make money from ads. I don’t have any sponsors or advertisers.

If I do events for the artists of AFKN, that is the time I get sponsors but only when needed.

For the charity/ charities that you help. What events do you stage and how frequent are they held? How do you collect sponsors?

We don’t have any specific charity institution/s that we help in the group but we do help our members when in need and we do it collectively. As for the events that KN did in 2014, only the COLORS & HUES Group Art Exhibit of WALO VISUAL ARTISTS GROUP had a beneficiary which was Unilab Foundation’s PLAY IT FORWARD project and it was the art group who chose the beneficiary.

KN and AFKN did three art events and one wine dinner in 2014 and we want to do more this 2015 but it will all depend on my time availability as I have to work for myself too. <laughs>

How do we collect sponsors? I am a PR, Marketing and Sales person and been in different industries for years.

Who and or what are your most notable personalities and works featured on your page?

I would like to invite your readers to visit the page, check its wall and the albums there… Like I’ve said earlier, masters, upcoming or beginners are all equal in the page. Meaning, we don’t look at anybody as notable or popular. Just like me, I can sit down and talk with Raul Isidro or even Bencab the way I would sit down and talk with 14-year old art prodigy, Wanda Totanes. Only difference is that I would use the word “Sir” to the first two since they are senior artists. <laughs>.

What are the upcoming projects of Kimnetix and AFKN?

We are working on several concepts that we want to realize this 2015 like exhibits, workshops, art talks… We’ll let you know as soon as we prepared the STAGE.

But the events that are set already are the KOMIKS LIVE ART SESSION as we already launched it last December at Dapo Restaurant & Bar which we will tour in different cities in the metro and KOMIKS ROCK SESSION Exhibit of Master Illustrator and Painter, Boy Capital. As well as our collaboration with Ea Torrado’s Daloy Dance Company, we just need a venue and sponsors for it but it will definitely happen this 2015.

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Have one portrait session with the one and only Filipino Master Artist Painter, Boy Capital.

All images are courtesy of Kim Marcelo via Kimnetix Networx unless noted otherwise.

Feel free to contact Kim Marcelo via Facebook or his email: kimnetixnetworx@gmail.com.

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