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Sunday, December 13, 2009

VISUAL FUSION


VISUAL FUSION AT SM ART CENTER
by Celso Pepito

Seven artists with different mode of expressions, pursuing art on different styles and understanding life in their fields of experiences will come together with an art exhibit entitled Visual Fusion at SM Art Center on December 5,2009 at 6:00 o'clock in the evening. The opportunity to be united in one show is to create a sense of unity even in diverse mode of artistry. It also hopes to showcase the gradual transformation of Cebu's art -from its conservative vein into understanding the need to evolve, experiment and create a contemporary artistic revolution. Above all, it aims at giving the art loving public the chance to participate in molding a society with utmost artistic understanding.

Artists who will be participating the exhibit are: Seb Chua, Fr. Jason Dy, SJ, Denis Montera, Celso Duazo Pepito, Lito N. Pepito, Ritchie Landis Quijano and Jose Brillo Villaver.

Seb Chua- is the man behind the success of Art Asia Gallery in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. His rich experiences in the business world had not only helps him established an authentic gallery business but also opened up opportunity for him to develop his fascination with the arts. Seb has devoted his time in the creation of his unique sculptural pieces, mostly laden with positive values, represented by images that truly reflect the Filipinos' way of life. His fondness with Mother and Child as the central theme of his sculptural creation has bore him not only artistic acceptance but also recognition from the UNICEF.

Truly, an artist with much passion, Seb also paints in the direction of Abstract Expressionism. He promised to donate whatever amount he can raise for the exhibit to the Kaabay Youth Club.

Fr. Jason Dy- is a Jesuit priest. Though busy with his responsibility in the Sacred Heart Parish, he still finds time to visualized whatever artistic ideas that will crop upon his mind. His works offer a sense of mystery, perhaps because it shows no direct visual message for others but with it are meanings that needed to be digested. His arts are not made to be visually feasted but to be intellectually appreciated. He finds importance to simple things that deemed garbage to the judgment of others and loves to collect objects that can reinforce his means of expression. His visual presentation will somehow give the public another way of seeing things in relation to what really art is.

Denis" Sio" Montera- is one of the most active practitioner of Modern Art. Bold, brave and confident, Sio never wavers in his chosen field of expression not minding the difficulty of injecting new ideas in Philippine art. Using Abstract Expressionism as the carrier of his artistic ideals, he continues to experiment and innovate. His art is not only founded on vibrant colors , implored on bold brush strokes and exploited in random splashes but also exhibits unique textures that contributed to its artistic rarity. He is presently teaching Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines Cebu College and shares his artistic knowledge to his students in an effort to contribute to Cebu's artistic revolution.

Celso Duazo Pepito has painted in the direction of Impressionism- Realism for more than a decade in his artistic practice. Though he found it difficult to evolve, he finally shifted to his style in Cubism in 1994. He believes that, "Art is not Only about beauty but goes beyond it."Thus he creates arts that brings with it his ideals and aspiration as a Filipino, as a father and as a believer of his Creator. His art speaks of his love for country, focusing most of his works on the positive values of being a Filipino. Born as a Catholic, he also values the importance religion in relation to knowing the importance of God in ones life. His concern for the Filipino family has also encourages him to use it as the theme of his mode of expression.

Lito Pepito is born and raised in Cebu but now based himself in Davao City. His entry into world of art was not a matter of luck but a matter of choice. His decision to abandon his well paying job as a medical sales representative did not at first exhibited positive reactions from his peers, however his artistic constancy had in the end generated appreciation rather than criticism from his detractors. Surrounded by the rich flora and fauna in Davao City, Lito has first concentrated on painting flowers especially orchids. His works are mostly collected by people who not only appreciates flowers but also gives values to his artistic pursuit. Looking for a more substantial artistic expression. he slowly shifted to his brand of Cubism focusing most of his subjects on human figures.

Jose Brillo Villaver has traveled on many roads of opportunity before finally finding the garage of his artistry. He first involved himself in construction business, tried his luck in interior designing and experiments on other aspects of life. A bit feed up in these fields, he decided to go back to painting where he finds more freedom and more room for his creativity. His accumulated experiences have been positively contributing to his discovery of a kind of artistic style that suit his temperament and expression. His art reflects mostly of his observation of the tenacity of the Filipino people in matters to addressing their ups and down in life. Villaver paints in a semi- Cubism style exploiting on the brilliancy of colors and introduces a variety of textures.

Ritchie Landis Quijano is an artist, sculptor and writer rolled into one. He is a kind of person that finds no deterrent with regards to the visualization of his creativity. His wider understanding on arts has enables him to express himself in varied style but finds satisfaction in Abstract Expressionism. His art reflects a deeper sense of motives that exhibits his innate grasp of artistic liberation- putting weight not on the visualization of ones artwork but giving importance to the substance of ones message. Ritchie's work does not suggest a festival of concrete lines, forms, values and color but it does gives its viewer a moment of deep thinking- hoping to find the real meaning of the message that the artist is wanting to convey.

As the exhibiting artists are pursuing its own individual journey, the possibility of being together in Visual Fusion exhibit, will seeks to demonstrate the importance of unity beyond diversity. It hopes to stir the level of artistic understanding, appreciation and patronage that will ensure the continuing search of excellence in the fields of visual arts. Lastly, it also hopes to impart on the importance to adopting ones artistic evolution.

Invited Guests of Honor for this exhibit are the following: Msgr. Cristobal Garcia, Mr. Leo and Mrs. Norma Lim Liu, Arch. Isabel Garcia, Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Grace Avanzado, Ms. Tiffany Limchua and Mr. Devin C. Go.

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