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During his senior year in high school, Amos Malayao was fortunate enough to meet an artist who taught him how to paint. From then on, there was no going back for this timid, young lad, who went on to study Fine Arts at the Technological University of the Philippines in Manila.
As with most fledgling artists, Malayao initially mimicked other works until he finally developed his own figurative style—images of people with hauntingly vivid details. “It’s relatively dark and heavy. I was actually inspired by the workmanship of Christian Rex Van Minnen…I want [people] to not only see the painting but feel it, too,” he says. To “feel” Malayao’s paintings without necessarily touching them is not a lofty goal; in fact, some of his works are so visceral that onlookers will most likely cringe.
There is pain, yes, but for this show called Hatak, Malayao attempts to move past that in order to push forward—a visual anecdote on this artist’s journey to maturity. “It’s about changing perspective, focusing on the good side of life no matter how hard the situation is.”
Teofilo Alagao, Jr.
The idea starts on paper, says Teofilo Alagao Jr. of his painting process. He writes it down so as not to forget. Then, it gets refined until it eventually transforms into a visual feast on a canvas.
A similar process happened to Alagao as he came to develop his own style. After meeting an artist in primary school, he started working with rural subjects: market places, scenes of harvest, mother and child, and landscapes. But in 2010, Alagao, through the inspiration and mentorship of another artist, came to create his own signature—one that focuses on emotions as seen in the visage, coupled with dramatic sceneries in pleasant hues. Alagao’s works, as inspired by Scott Waddell, Kris Lewis, Gottfried Helnwein, Todd Schorr, and Osamu Obi, are sometime surreal, and at other times straightforward, but the details that draw emotions are always present.
In Hatak, for instance, Alagao is not afraid to tackle personal experiences that have bearing on the every day, as experienced by friends, loved ones, or even mere acquaintances. These experiences, says the artist, affect everyone in different ways, pulling or pushing people in equally different directions—opposing forces that Alagao aims to make viewers see and feel in his works. “The best thing about being an artist, para sa akin, is nakakapagbigay ka ng inspiration, happiness, excitement sa iba,” he muses.
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The Spaces Between UsBurn Aquino, Space Cadets View Collection
Fear Of FlyingPaco Pili View Collection
Look At You NowBayani Galera, Jessie Mondares Arno Salvador View Collection
The Warhol ShowBlic, Farley Del Rosario, Mr. S View Collection
SleepwalkersMarlon Magbanua, Josep Pascual, Jayson Muring, Michael Pastorizo View Collection
Night & DaySherwin C. Tan View Collection
Brut SaladKris Abrigo View Collection
PlateraSoleil Ignacio View Collection
Slumber PartyNonie Meimban View Collection
Stillness is the NoiseMiguel Nacianceno, Sonny Thakur, Toto Labrador, Cru Camara, Carmen Del Prado, Floyd Jhocson, Jilson Tiu, Eloisa Lopez View Collection