Pierre F. Patricio was born on February 20, 1960 in Dumalag, Capiz, Philippines. He began showing an interest in the arts at five-years old and dreamed of becoming an artist. He created various forms and shapes using clay soil from his backyard. When he wasn’t dabbling with clay, he drew sketches on available wall space.
His dream of being an artist and pursuing a degree in Fine Arts was put on hold. Succumbing to parental pressure and concerns regarding the hazards, pitfalls and no income profession of artists, Patricio pursued a degree in Civil Engineering and later Maritime Transportation.
His travels as a seaman took him to different lands for many years, but his passion for the arts remained very much alive.
“On board the ship and upon docking in different ports around the world, I always had my sketchpad and pencil with me. I illustrated various landscapes of places, people and captured the reflective mood of different urban sceneries. Being able to do this made me feel happy and complete.”
Several years later, Patricio moved his family to Athens, Greece where he lived for almost eight years. His defining moment and decision to become a full time artist occurred in the ancient land and culture of gods and goddesses.
“It was at this time I finally decided to realize my lifelong dream and ambition of becoming a visual artist. I started engaging in various art activities, took up courses in sketching offered by art academies in Athens, interacted with artists and visited art galleries quite regularly. In a short time, I was able to have my first solo exhibit.”
In defining himself as an artist and a person, Patricio’s outlook is to remain positive towards life and society.
“What I express in my paintings and sculptures often come from my own personal thoughts and emotions. Many have said that the message and appeal of my artworks are very expressive, not in an individualistic sense, but rather in a positive and universal way that any ordinary individual can relate to.
“For me, an artist is a person who celebrates the undying spirit of human creativity. The artist is a unique individual who documents the human experience by drawing inspiration from the world around him. In my case, I am able to express my thoughts, feelings and emotions through art and inspire people.”
Although his paintings do not entirely depict everyday Filipino culture, Patricio considers himself a Filipino artist in the strictest sense.
“I have always considered myself a Filipino artist. It has always been the focal point and theme of my artworks ever since I started painting. When I exhibit abroad, people consider me a Filipino artist, and I have been expressing my sense of nationalism through my artworks from childhood to the present.
“Being a Filipino artist in the strictest sense can vary a lot from different points of view. I still paint and sculpt figuratively with traditional subjects, but my style is geared more towards abstract and cubism art these past years. In the modernist point of view, a Filipino artist will always remain a Filipino artist regardless of the style he applies to his artworks.
“Above all, I am able to promote Filipino Art and culture in my exhibits. It is a great joy for me to give the global community a glimpse of our culture and society through my artworks.”
Patricio views his art as a form of expression to capture his observations of Filipino culture on canvas. He strives to find new ways and techniques vital to his evolving as an artist.
“Art has always been the main form of expressing my emotions. This is very visible in the colors and subjects I apply in my paintings. I am always in search for something new and different for my art. I have to find new techniques to be versatile and to evolve as an artist. I do this to avoid monotony and set no limits to what I can do with my craft. I guess Filipino artists should learn to become unafraid of change and in trying new things.
“It is part of our being to adapt to trends and modern times without forgetting our roots and values of our culture, of course. The dictates of what is socially acceptable or not, changes in time — theoretically, there should be no limits to what we can do as artists. Every object in the universe constantly evolves just as time is in constant motion. Life would have no excitement if there were no changes and so would my art become monotonous. I would guess that every artist, just as all individuals, often asked the question “What next?” after reaching a certain degree of limitations. The will and desire for change is part of our nature as human beings. I quickly adapt to new styles, but I also manage to retain and maintain the Pierre Patricio trademark in my artworks as well.”
If Patricio’s artworks convey a particular message he does not expect the viewer to get it. He believes that the audience should always be free to interpret a certain artwork.
“A painting can be perceived from different angles and perspectives. My role as an artist is to express what I have to express and leave an impact on my audience. People should have the freedom to give their opinions and share their thoughts on a work of art the same way an artist is entirely free to express whatever he wants.”
In 1993, Patricio studied figurative drawing under Professor Lou Estathio at the American Hellenic Union in Athens, Greece.
Patricio is well-known for his several designs of landmark sculptures in Berlin, Germany, better known as the “Buddy Bears” which were developed by Dr. Klaus Herlitz and his wife Eva, in aid of UNICEF and for various children relief organizations.
He represents the Philippines with his version of “ The Philippine Eagle” in an on-going world tour/ art exhibition of the United Buddy Bears, with 140 participating countries.
Having lived in Athens and Berlin for the last twenty years, Patricio’s paintings were deeply influenced by the people, landscapes and culture.
Today, his styles vary from cubism to impressionist and abstract touches.
Patricio has had solo exhibitions in Athens, Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin, Brussels, Tuscany, Potsdam and Bad Homburg.
After Berlin Patricio moved his family to Dublin, Ireland. He currently lives in Singapore.