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journey with an artist

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Consider J. Orosa Paraiso’s art. The first impression one has of his circular-designed metal artwork is “Wow, that sucker looks heavy! How much does it weigh?” If you’re smart, you will stick with that comment, and not run the risk of putting the proverbial foot in mouth by pretending to possess the requisite savoir-faire reserved for art critics. Being a non-art critic, and only possessing a deep appreciation for artistic talents, I reserved comment until I dug beneath the surface; my inquisitive nature needed to delve into the whys and…read more

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of gods and patriots

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In similar histories throughout humanity, the concept of the Divine continues to have an intrinsic assertion of power and authority.   From a certain perspective, it’s an embodiment of an above force and supreme control from which everything emanates –natural order and the foundations of human arrangements and civilizations.  For those who sought and continue to seek power, the definitive aim is to share and exploit that divine authority and to manipulate dogma in order to legitimize authority.  Divine rule as a mystical and complex apparatus of control and political hold…read more

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bigyan|give

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The Tagalog word bigyan means to give. This is not a language lesson, but rather a look at Ugu Bigyan, the potter from Tiaong, Quezon. Because the name fits. Bigyan’s artwork, his creative technique, his feel-good home that is open to the public for luncheons and gatherings; his artistry, cooking and pottery demos and art gallery have been featured in many newspapers and magazines. But not much has been written about this mild-mannered, generous man with an infectious and heartwarming laugh. Ugu Bigyan is an artist, an accomplished cook and…read more

home at last

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While he has lived in the US and in Europe for many years, Mario V. Fernandez feels that coming home has inspired him to create his finest works. Mario V. Fernandez grew up with art, not just drawing on every piece of paper he found, but surrounded by fellow creative people, most of them with backgrounds in theater. While he didn’t try out acting, a life in the arts was the only thing he knew. His parents let him be, and soon enough, he was winning school competitions. “Art is…read more

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popo san pascual’s
blue and white phase

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Filipino painter Popo San Pascual has been especially recognized for vibrant, multi-hued paintings filled with an abundance of circular and composite patterns. Throughout his years of work in the visual arts, San Pascual has intuitively filled entire surfaces of his canvases with brightly colored spheres and circles — geometric in origin but almost organic in the way they are situated within the works. In San Pascual’s paintings, abstract forms and occasional representational images converge to create a brightly colored dynamic tapestry, brimming with vibrancy and bordering on horror vacui, a…read more