Jerico De Leon

Jerico De Leon started exhibiting his paintings in 1997, participating in group shows in Pinto Museum, Boston Gallery, Kaida Contemporary, Secret Fresh, Imprimatura, Aspace, Erehwon Center for the Arts, Ricco Renzo Gallery, the PNP Academy in Silang, Cavite, and Seattle Center Festal organized by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington. After graduating with a Fine Arts Major in Painting degree from Philippine Women’s University, he has worked in film, television, furniture design, art auctions and historical restorations, and is currently a full time artist. paintings have dried leaves as a recurring subject, His work was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Creative Minds During Quarantine international online contest organized by All Visual Arts in London.

Jayson Pettz Muring

Pandemic, in 2020, Jayson Pettz Muring presented a solo exhibition, in the thick of the quarantine lockdown, Muring launched, “Beyond Norm,” adverting this time beyond the earth’s physical condition into the mental and spiritual stresses that reached intolerable levels of psychic crisis. In mid-year 2021, undeviating from his tectonic themes, Jayson Pettz Muring presents: “Whiskey Blues,” at The Artologist Gallery, Ayala Malls, Manila Bay. In delving into his latest explorations, Muring, by his own admission, reinforced the flagging human spirit with a round of whiskey and the blues music lyrically moaning in his ears. Of necessity, Muring has shifted into an alternative reality, one purged with materiality and commercialism, now aspiring towards a symbolic incandescent Light. Whence the origin of Muring’s imagery? In many an artist’s history – think Van Gogh’s sunflowers, Cezanne’s apples, BenCab’s Sabel, Luz’s cyclists and musicians – the source of the primordial image is vital, deepening the art and expanding the viewer’s understanding and appreciation of the work. In the case of Muring, he follows in the admirable tradition of artists exalting their birthplace, evoking memories of a hometown, or even engaging with their physical space, either through the use of place-names or references. Integral to Muring’s identity as an artist are the indelible impressions of Boac, Marinduque, whose terrain, without being directly depicted or reconfigured, is saturated with the light-permeation of earthen colors of faded sepias, siennas, russets, taupes, and tans, with vivid inflections of sunflower gold. On the other hand, the surfaces of Muring’s paintings convey the violence of nature, rending the earth into a volcanic quaking, leaving in its wake the clefts and crevices, the cracks and apertures, the fissures and orifices of a violated land. This physical devastation, as it were, transcends its material character, and in the hands of Muring, emerges as metaphors for disturbed spiritual states, working their way slowly, insidiously, into the viewer’s own psychic space. See what a shot of Scotch and some keening blues can do for Jayson Pettz Muring.

Jurg Casserini

JÜRG CASSERINI was born in 1950 in Thun, Switzerland, where his father, a well-known lithograph, was heading the “Stein- und Offsetdruckerei Casserini & Sohn” (Printing and Lithography Company). After his education, he joined the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs. In over 42 years, Casserini has been working in 16 countries at the Swiss Embassies, Foreign Interest Sections, and Consulate Generals. During his professional life, he also acts as a Cultural Attaché and organized a number of Art Exhibition and numerous cultural events. Manila was his last posting with the Swiss DFA. After his retirement in the Philippines in December 2013, his passion for art led him to a new adventurous path. Casserini asked himself “why shouldn’t I work on something different?”. As an autodidact influenced by some of the best-known Swiss and foreign artists at a very young age, Casserini developed his sense for forms and colors. The ability and willingness to endeavor new options beyond traditional boundaries guided him to create works of art using different materials. This was the hour of birth of a unique composition of slag–a product of copper smelting; broken “bangka” pieces assemblage; driftwood arts; and soon—abstract arts on canvas using acrylic paints.

Eddie Santillan

Eddie is a self-taught artist whose raw talent has been enhanced by his keen
curiosity and the unique way he views the world. With a high degree of
skills, he was able to produce very elaborate and detailed pieces of art. His
personal growth is manifested in the evolution of his art works. Starting as a
portrait artist, he has produced work for a number of celebrities, art patrons
and politicians. He has supported the art scenes and other artist through his
active involvement in art festivals and exhibits.

In his journey as an artist, he dabbled in the Filipino tradition of Social
Realism as well as embracing Photo Realism. There is also an element of Art
Nouveau, along with the highly decorative and mystical styles of artists like
Gustav Klimt. There is also an interest in the art of the Middle East and the
work of the Indian masters during the Indian Mughal Empire.

At present, armed with an expanded view of the world and a deeper
understanding of people’s interconnectedness with each other and with all
elements, his artwork shifts to non- representational/abstract. It depicts the
fluidity of time and relationships as well as the structure that binds the
elements together. His latest works speak of his life experiences. It’s a
building of one layer of image after another. These layers overlap, never
really leaving the past behind but always looking forward to the future while
being enchanted with the reality of the present. The candor with which he
embraces life is translated in the transparency evidenced in his art.
The history of his art works is closely tied to the history of his life.

At present, armed with an expanded view of the world and a deeper
understanding of people’s interconnectedness with each other and with all
elements, his artwork shifts to non- representational/abstract. It depicts the
fluidity of time and relationships as well as the structure that binds the
elements together. His latest works speak of his life experiences. It’s a
building of one layer of image after another. These layers overlap, never
really leaving the past behind but always looking forward to the future while
being enchanted with the reality of the present. The candor with which he
embraces life is translated in the transparency evidenced in his art.
The history of his art works is closely tied to the history of his life.

Dinan Pitas

lived in malabon, working as an graphic artist for about 20 years my work is an Abstract Expressionism,.. when people look at my work they all see different things but I got them thinking,,, and as a classical artist I have to learn draw and paint before,, graduate from U.E. college of fine arts,, art spoken to me very deeply,, art is a gift and im blessed,, l let my work be what it wants to be,,,, painting abstract is often more difficult than realism,,, im not thingking about what the piece is going to be, im just flowing and paint freely…. My painting style is called Abstract Expressionism gestural brush-strokes and the impression of spontaneity. My inspiration for my paintings are the people who continue supporting our artist here in the philippines because of them we continued.

My painting does not come from the easel. I prefer the canvas to the hard wall or the floor. I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting. I continue to get from the usual painter’s tools, brushes, knives and dripping fluid paint. When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image. etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out welFerdinand “DINAN” Pitas, lived in malabon, working as an graphic artist for about 20 years my work is an Abstract Expressionism,.. when people look at my work they all see different things but I got them thinking,,, and as a classical artist I have to learn draw and paint before,, graduate from U.E. college of fine arts,, art spoken to me very deeply,, art is a gift and im blessed,, l let my work be what it wants to be,,,, painting abstract is often more difficult than realism,,, im not thingking about what the piece is going to be, im just flowing and paint freely…. My painting style is called Abstract Expressionism gestural brush-strokes and the impression of spontaneity.

Coeli Manese

Born on 27 August 1978 into a family of artists, Maria Regina Coeli Manese did not receive any formal training in art and painting. Coeli primarily works with oil, acrylic, and mixed media, influenced by abstract expressionists Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, and Joan Mitchell. Her early works are marked with pain and anguish as she struggled through a spiritual dry spell, finding her way back to God. Coming out of this dark period, Coeli decided to start sharing her newer paintings with the public. She has had a number of exhibits across Metro Manila since 2018. Her style is ever-evolving, each painting a result of deep reflection and prayer. Coeli sees art as worship and seeks to bring people into her world – a place where suffering is real but joy and peace are available in Jesus.

Russell Balajadia

Balajadia interprets the relationship of nature and the human condition attempting to create a methaphoric visual experience of the decaying world depicting a picture of decline but at the same time rendering and renovating glimpse of hope through memories of naturescape.

Louie Butao

A self-taught contemporary artist motivated by a strong feeling of admiration of ever evolving life of nature. (TAO) Louie PuodButao dabbed different types of medium which makes his works more creative. His bold alteration from conventional medium to a unique innovative approach, this way he makes different types of work that expound his creativity. He said that exploiting mixed media art amplifies his intention to create and expound an artwork that connects the balance forces of nature and leads the way to his satisfaction. During his early stage of his career he was inspired to create figurative and portraits artworks which make his step to create large commission artwork projects. In his middle school he was granted an Award Best artist of the year, he was also one of the finalists in the GSIS 2019 Painting competition. TAO makes his mark in various group exhibits in MANILA. TAO was once traveling in an international place and uses this as his advantage to meet local and international artists which influence him to pursue his passion as a contemporary visual artist. Today all his artworks were capturing and signifying the balance forces of nature and rendering the behavior and maintaining the beauty of life.

Ram Mallari

Age 50 Studied at TECH. INST. OF THE PHIL. “BS.ARCHITECTURE” . and now he is a FULLTIME SCULPTOR. for him MAKING ART USING FOUND OBJECTS INSPIRES ME. KNOWING THAT TRASH AND SCRAPS DESTINED TO SCRAP YARDS CAN BE TURNED INTO A PRECIOUS ART PIECES

His Accomplishments -8 SUCCESSFUL SOLO EXHIBITS. -NUMEROUS TV FEATURES INCLUDING NEWS FEATURES AND INTERVIEWS ON LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL TV NETWORKS SUCH AS GMA 7. ABS CBN. TV 5 BBC,NBC AND CNN. -He is the FIRST FILIPINO SCULPTOR THAT WAS ON THE COVER OF WORLD SCULPTURE NEWS MAGAZINE SPRING 2016

His Best Local Artist is Gabby barredo and Ben Cabrera

Long-Term Career Goals MAKE MORE ARTWORKS AND MORE EXHIBITS OUTSIDE THE PHIL.

Erwin Viado

Erwin Viado is a visual artist focused on the art form that is painting. His love for popular culture has been the defining subjects of his personal style and character as an artist. His works are almost always aesthetically pleasant – characterized by pastel color palettes, identifiable patterns and meticulously spot-on subjects present in the everyday joie de vivre or banality of life. He consciously veers away from an artist’s traditionalist take on outrage and offense but rather portrays life’s difficult discussions with truthfulness, understanding, contemplation, tolerance but always with a sense of joy and relatability – feelings which resonates with his art and ultimately to his audience.

Having lived in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for a few years for a corporate stint, Viado is now back in the Philippines to pursue his lifelong passion in the arts.

Viado’s works have been featured globally – in international art fairs including World Art Dubai, Oxford International Art Fair, Tokyo International Art Fair, and also a solo exhibit in the Philippines at the prestigious ArtistSpace Ayala Museum a few years back.