VANCOUVER, BC — Three Pinoy artists raised the flag by being a part of western Canada’s international contemporary art fair.
25-year-old multimedia arts undergrad, Vin Quilop, is the first painter from the Philippines to join the prestigious affair.
Quilop based his paintings entitled “In Between Manila” to this year’s theme, Uniting nations through art.
“I have this sort of love and hate relationship with our capital city and admittedly it’s not for everyone kasi it’s an acquired taste. Pero the texture, the charm, the stories, the heritage, what it had, I think is part of us Filipinos.”
It was a huge leap of faith for Quilop who quit his job at an ad agency in 2018 to pursue his passion.
Art patrons had their wow moment when they saw Pinay sculptor and painter, Adeline Buenaventura’s pop art.
Based in Thailand, her creations ranging from her paintings to her panda and elephant sculptures have burst of colors.
Her panda brought her prestige in the United Arab Emirates after winning first prize in the sculpture category at the Ras Al Khaimah fine art festival.
Edmonton-based artist Joey Cruz Margarejo says he owes his success to Pinoy actor and painter Mike Austria and renowned painter, Tam Austria.
His abstract paintings in acrylic drew attention among art enthusiasts.
His advice to budding artists is to have patience.
Art Vancouver is western Canada’s largest contemporary art fair that attracts over 10,000 art lovers annually.