New Beginnings: The Best of Cebuano Artistry

It takes a real artist to be able to create something worth talking about: delivering a message across, evoking an emotion, showing beauty bare eyes could not see, inciting an action or inspiring a thought.

Popular belief tells us that art is the most difficult field to embark in because of its subjective nature and after working for four years in the industry, I could say it remains so.

Why Art

Some convict that art is a walk in the park because it doesn't need the stereotypical technicalities and analytics. Just goes to show that these people has never gotten their hands on the tools of the artist be it digital or traditional. There is a reason why art has taken over museums all over the world grossing billions of dollars in sales, incited societal rebellions, cultural revolutions, political and worldy spiritual movements that have changed the world simply because they give value that no other field can.

My Art Career

I did design for a living. I have been a Web Designer and Graphic Artist for numerous freelance projects and full-time for an Australian firm WebXpress Inc. and launched my career to one of the biggest creative powerhouse serving international clients as a Design Consultant for AuthorSolutions  Inc. I have dealt with VIP projects, demanding clients, escalated red-flagged issues but gladly I never had a designer’s block as my mind is constantly very full with random stuff (mostly creative in nature) and as an artist you will learn to draw inspiration from almost everything. And the excruciating challenges that the seemingly high-pressured but enjoyable job entails was never something that I anticipated when I started doing doodling sketches as a child or while I was smudging charcoal and cray pas fan art of my favorite anime characters as a nettlesome kid. That is why I have my highest respects for the people working in this industry and it gives me so much pleasure to introduce these great artists from my very own hometown.

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Melver Mercado  was very intimate when he explains the inspiration from his paintings such as his thesis work above which talks about salvation, grungy depictions of street life and his family and acquaintances who brings it to life as subjects. But then he says that as much as possible he doesn't explain his works because he very much welcomes free interpretation from his audience.






One of the social good causes that I am passionate about is culture and the arts; two things that should never be neglected considering how high-paced the world is becoming. I was totally ecstatic when I got the invitation to attend one of the most promising art exhibits here in Cebu, Qube Gallery through an art expo entitled “Sinugdanan” (Cebuano term meaning “New Beginnings”). 











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"Laughter" Felix Catarata uses staged lighting to accentuate the natural emotions of his subjects, the children who are performing a play.
"Laughter" Felix Catarata uses staged lighting to accentuate the natural emotions of his subjects, the children who are performing a play.


I witnessed the best Cebuano hands put together visual narratives of still life, history, abstract, editorial, self-portrait, photography and more. And man, I am speechless up until the moment I was scribbling my drafts for this post.





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Darby Alcoseba and one of his amazing photorealistic liberal paintings whose messages speak about the state of the nation.


I wish all people could appreciate and see art the way I do. We should always look beyond the amazing colors, highlights, texture, subjects and mood and try to think about what every piece is trying to say and what it means to each of us. That is the beauty of art, we can tell its story.

"Gansilyo" Darby Alcoseba whose exceptional lighting and details tells a more interesting story of an aged woman and her yarnwork.

Gigi Ocampo and me beside her very emotionally powerful self-portrait.


Nuff blahs, It is time to succumb and be lost in the world-class artistry of Cebuanos...


painting by cebu artist


painting by cebu artist

painting by cebu artist

painting by cebu artist

Hats off to the greatest talented people in the island of Cebu! You make us awesome proud!

All the artist with Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jon Kenneth Gotiong, Gallery Partner Jo Ann M. Lim and Gallery Manager April May Tudtud-Ramos.
All the artist with Chief Executive Officer Mr. Jon Kenneth Gotiong, Gallery Partner Jo Ann M. Lim and Gallery Manager April May Tudtud-Ramos.

The art exhibit was open to the public until October 30, 2012 at the Rizal Museum along OsmeƱa Boulevard and I'm pretty sure you missed but you can still revel at the amazing dashes and strokes that placed Cebu in the World Map of the industry:


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