In the rich tapestry of the Philippines, where stunning white-sand beaches meet captivating landscapes, a hidden treasure trove of artistic brilliance resides. It’s not just a land of natural wonders but also a haven for artists whose creations have transcended time, leaving an indelible mark on generations to come.
A recent revelation at the Ayala Museum brought to light the long-lost masterpiece of the Philippines’ National Artist, Juan Luna. “Hymen, oh Hyménée!” or “Roman Wedding,” a masterpiece unseen for 132 years, emerged as the holy grail of Filipino art. This event sparked a resurgence of Filipino artists, reigniting their passion and inspiring them to share their talents with the world.
In this revival of artistic fervor, Sinclair, recognized as one of the most trusted paint brands globally, took the stage to support Filipino artistry through its innovative products designed to offer enduring beauty.
The Eight Filipino Visual Artists
In a collaboration aimed at showcasing Filipino artistry and ingenuity, eight talented artists from various corners of the Philippines joined hands with Sinclair. It created a synergy promising to revolutionize decorative plaster, stucco, and paints on a global scale.
Maestro Tom Alvarado, an acclaimed singing painter, enchanted audiences with his brushwork, narrating tales through murals, portraits, surreal art, and abstracts. His active community involvement served as inspiration for aspiring artists, advocating for greater Filipino support that uplifts not only individuals but the entire nation.
John Melvin Garcia, known for his nature-inspired art, breathed life into canvases, immortalizing the beauty of the environment. His vivid colors and fluid strokes mirrored the movement of water and vines, raising awareness about the importance of caring for our “Tahanan.”
Gary Montenegro, a self-taught artist and bookstore owner, depicted life’s challenges through a fusion of color, texture, and symbolism, creating works that spoke to the human experience.
Jan Erwin Jabolin, president of Kulay ng Pitong Lawa, showcased the beauty around him through acrylic paint, imparting his artistic wisdom to young, creative minds.
Alfon Buenacasa, an architect turned visual artist, believed his art crafted new worlds and served as a catalyst for change, bridging the gap between the artist’s heart and the audience’s soul.
Flores “Fleur” Ednave Mistica, inspired by the countryside of Zambales, painted landscapes that ignited childhood imagination, showcasing her talent as a freelance artist and environmentalist.
Reyshane James “RJ” D. Tejada, co-founder of OBRA Zambaleño, evolved from sketching to watercolors, finding his love for painting while working at JT Mañosa & Associates.
Erwin B Griño, a mural artist from Silang, Cavite, used his paintbrush to tell stories of poverty, hope, and the human spirit, aspiring to turn his town into a vibrant canvas of Filipino art.
The Sinclair Makaw Obra marked the beginning of Sinclair’s journey to promote Filipino artistry globally. These artists, through their initiatives, aimed to create a ripple effect in various artistic communities, bringing pride and joy to the Philippines and its people.
Art enthusiasts eager to witness these artists’ creations had the opportunity to visit Philconstruct Manila, held last November 9 to 12, 2023, at SMX Convention Center Manila and the World Trade Center Manila. It was a journey back in time, celebrating the timeless beauty of Filipino artistry.