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Lenore continually seeks out new printmaking processes, rediscovers lost techniques, and combines abstract and representational imageries. Her work, which has been shown in many world capitals and has been acquired by several significant collectors, simultaneously bespeaks a deep mastery of technique and a beacon for creativity. She received a grant from the prestigious Jackson Pollock /Lee Krasner Foundation. She was given the University of the Philippines Outstanding Professional Award for Fine Arts and the Pamana ng Pilipino Award, a presidential award for Filipinos overseas who brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in pursuing their profession.
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Art Zamora, mentor, and president of the Society of Philippine American Artists, based in New York, honored with an "Art Zamora Day" declared by the San Francisco Mayor; he is the go-to person of artists seeking refuge at the Big Apple, a realist turned abstract expressionist, best known for his series of "Zircular" exhibited globally during the last decade. He participates in our annual mural paintings, group shows, conducts workshops, and Plein air painting. He recently returned from a successful one-man-show in Manila and at Pinto Museum.
Born in Hong Kong, Cheryle started exhibiting and selling her work at the age of eight. She has since exhibited in over 30 group exhibitions in Hong Kong, Manila, New York, Washington, DC, and Providence, RI. She did her Master's at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the co-author of “Implementing Virtual Design and Construction Using BIM” (Routledge, 2016, and is currently living in Brooklyn, New York.
Athena Magcase-Lopez, a visual artist, children’s book illustrator, art educator, kindergarten teacher, and BFA graduate of the College of the Holy Spirit, Manila, she has been privileged to have her vibrant illustrations featured in three children's books: The Magic Jeepney (Finalist, 1982 Noma Concours International Children’s Picture Book Competition), A Star Story, and Ballesteros on My Mind. She was one of seven women featured in Filipina Artists in Diaspora, edited by Thelma Kintanar of the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies. Solo exhibitions: A Journey to a Nation’s Past, United Nations, NYC, 2008; and A Retrospective: The Art of Athena, Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, NYC, 2007. Two of her works, Weaver in a Cave and A Home Between, are featured on the U.S. State Department Art in Embassy (AIE) web portfolio.
"It was in 1986 that I discovered the joy of oil painting when I responded to an ad in the company Bulletin of Pfizer Inc., where I was employed. That was the beginning of my immersion in painting, and since then, I was using oil on canvas as my only medium. I find them very easy to work on; hence, painting is not a task but rather a form of relaxation. I lean towards contemporary subjects with bold colors and lines. It is a source of joy and satisfaction to travel and bring home memories of the beautiful places I visited and transfer them to a canvas. I’ve been a regular participant of the Society of Philippine American Artists (SPAA) annual exhibits at the Philippine Center, NY. In addition, I am a Board member and currently the Treasurer of the group.
It was such a simple decision that proved so meaningful to me, that of taking the step of appreciating and learning art; that is to say, art being defined as a human ability to create things distinguished from the world of nature."
Dulcie Dee was born and raised in New York City and was an art major at the Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and the Arts. She won 1stPrize for her NYC Anti-Drug Abuse Poster contest that inspired her to pursue the arts as her life career. She is a Fine Arts graduate from The University of the Philippines and earned her Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA. Dulcie conceptualized, authored, designed, and illustrated a children’s book “ABC Coral Reef” to teach toddlers to appreciate the beauty of the coral reefs and tropical marine life in the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, she published “ABC Coral Reef.”
Her entrancing seascapes were followed by Geishas and Asian nymphs' enigmatic paintings, revealing the erotic sensual beauty of the female body and their exotic facial features. In 2007, she exhibited her erotic Japanese paintings at the MonkDogz Urban Art gallery in NYC.
CAROL TANJUTCO, JD CPA, financial guru, author of the book ABCs of Investing for Gen XYZ, and founder of nonprofit Eagle Eye Charities online gallery. She joined the art classes of Ayala Museum under Stella Rojas (1990-1996) and Master Renato Habulan Jr (1998-2001), Featured Artist of Makati City 2004, with solo and benefit shows at Phil. Center NYC 2004, Museo ng Makati, Glorietta Center, and Megamall Philippines, muralist at Roosevelt Island annual Fall for the Arts NYC, member of Society of Philippine American Artists, 2018 and Hubog Sining Cainta artists, 2020. She initiated the 2020 Mangyan Artreach in Mindoro, Philippines. Carol Tanj also writes inspirational poems, as depicted in her oil paintings. Visit EagleCharities.org Poetry on Canvas.
SPAA was like family to her when she lived and worked in New York in 2005-2009. Aside from SPAA annuals, she exhibited solo at the Executive Gallery in Goshen, NY, and the Walsh Gallery in Seton Hall University, NJ. Her painting “But She’s Not White” was part of the syllabus for the Art Docent program in Public Middle School in Bergen County, NJ. She served as a panelist at the New York State Council for the Arts in Orange County in 2005-2006. The American Society of Contemporary Artists (ASCA), NY, honored her with the Irwin and Florence Zlowe ASCA Memorial Award in 2008. Earlier, she exhibited at the Generalitat Valenciana in Spain, Grand Theatre d’Angers in France, Asia Society New York, Biennale of Sydney, Museums of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and Hiroshima, the National Museum of Thailand and Indonesia. She received the Araw ng Maynila Award in 1998 and the CP Centennial Honors for the Arts in 1999.
Christian Ray C. Blaza is an illustrator based in New Jersey. Christian graduated from Montclair State University in May 2015. Along with receiving a BFA in Animation/Illustration, he was awarded Excellence in Illustration by the Department of Art & Design for the class of 2015. He continues his education for his Masters in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Along with being a member of the Society of Illustrators and Society of Philippine American Artists, his work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, 3x3 magazine, and Creative Quarterly
Danvic Briones is a visual artist whose initial works were heavily influenced by surrealism and the subconscious. Fine Arts school, however, led him to another path—printmaking (collagraphy). Briones carves on softwood and paints it with subdued colors—the deepest red, moss green, and maroon that borders on a darker hue. He touches it with a bright yellow and treats it with varnish—the result is a plate that is not just part of the process but also the final artwork. Based in Vancouver, Filipino Canadian Briones has held several exhibitions in Asia, the United States, and Canada. View his works at www.artbydanvic.com.
Angelito L. David, an award-winning artist with a long and varied career, has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Shortly after finishing BFA at the University of Santo Tomas, the Italian government awarded him a Rome painting scholarship, where he learned fresco painting and art conservation.
Living in Rome from 1962 until 1967 and later in New York City, Lito exhibited his works regularly, won various art competitions, and worked as a restorer of rare documents and books. Returning to the Philippines in 1969, he became known for his mastery of watercolor. He co-organized and headed the Watercolor Society of the Philippines. For over 22 years, he taught fine arts and exhibited widely, while preserving and authenticating old Filipino masters’ artworks.
Migrating to the US in 1992, Lito continued to teach, exhibit and win awards, and restore. He is a member of the New Jersey, Garden State, and American Watercolor Societies. In 1993, he co-founded the Society of Philippine American Artists. His work has been recently published in Transparent Colors, Filipino American Watercolorists. He received the Pamana ng Pilipino 2010 award from Pres. Benigno S. Aquino II
“My art journey began at the University of the Philippines classrooms, where I earned a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Painting. For further studies, I trained in a private studio in Madrid, Spain. Art has always been a constant in my life - from the art teacher to advertising artists to creative artists.
I have taken part in many group shows and have had at least 8 solo shows. I paint in various media: watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media. I am a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Society of Philippine Artists in New York. My works are found in the Philippines, Canada, United States, Germany, and Singapore.”
Figurative expressionism artist. An engineer and college professor mentored by two artists in his home town in the Philippines. He migrated to the United States and continue doing his art in Texas. He took Art certification at Stratford Institute of Technology Vermont USA to gain more knowledge and develop his own techniques. His art is a process of expression or feeling base on the shape, color, and texture of an object plus the realistic representation to create the effects of the images. Expression of the social reality of figuration. His art is more content than a form to communicate with other minds in the most immediate way. It is a language, and the woto represents his emotion and therapy that hethroughthru individual eyes and minds. He is an assemblage art and mixed media artist using mediums like oil and acrylic.
Joel R. Francisco graduated in Fine Arts at Far Eastern University and worked for several years as a Bench Philippines designer. Design graphics for Morning Star NY, 2009, and member of Society of Philippine American Artist, 2019, and had group exhibitions around NYC. Joel is also a performing artist who manages a band.
"A teacher for 35 years, I taught Art and Drama at UP and the International School Manila. I love story-telling! Like authors tell tales with words, I use my paint to describe scenes, characters, and what kind of action is going on. I give my viewers new perspectives to think and to analyze, to react intellectually and emotionally. I want them to feel that we live in a world where everything is an idea and full of possibilities."
Esmie Gayo McLaren: Visual artist; producer of “Essence” Art Exhibit Celebrating Women; organizer and artist at “Just Breathe” Art Exhibit and “Asian Waters” Watercolour Trio Exhibition; Co-organizer for Manny Baldemor’s “Harana” Group Exhibition in Vancouver; Co-Chair Pagtitipon Art Exhibition 2015; Past Vice President then Advisor at Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society; Past Chair of Generation One Art Exhibition.
Education: Certificate in Fine Art Techniques from Emily Carr University; Univ. of Alberta Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology; workshops at Academy of Art (Vancouver), Federation of Canadian Artists, Mandy Boursicot Atelier, and Gerry Thompson Studio.
Endeavors: Paint exceptional artwork; use my art experience in community work, especially as the liaison between artists and the community and a connection between cultures; share bodies of work nationally and internationally.
Affiliations: Federation of Canadian Artists (Canada), active member; Society of Philippine American Artists (NY); International Watercolour Society
"My mother created my treasured Gumamela, an eggshell mosaic of lovely red hibiscus flowers. Made in the 1970s, it was her favorite mosaic; and it showcased Mama’s artistry, creativity, and ingenuity. I made my first eggshell mosaic alongside my mother and sister in 1971. Yet it was only after Mama’s passing, in 2009, that I earnestly began making eggshell mosaics. Thus, for the 2009 Philippine Exhibition at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey, I especially created a pair of colorful rooster Sarimanok, the Philippines' iconic symbol. In 2015, I restored Mama’s Gumamela, and I was filled with love, and this feeling enveloped me for the three months I worked, replacing the missing shells. I found my passion in eggshell mosaics. Each mosaic I create honors my mother, Felixberta de Guzman Hidalgo, my inspiration."
"Why paint a shoe? It is only an object of no importance except to create glamour enhancement and or a status symbol and vanity for some, you say. For me, shoes signify both beauty, protection, and destruction. The beauty of design, shape, and form; protection from nature's elements; destruction because it will eventually cause feet and spinal health problems! I can attest to that. But I am still intrigued by the illusion of beauty and confidence it exudes on a person wearing it!"
Ching has exhibited internationally and in the tri-state area. She is an award-winning actor living in NYC.
Carlos L. Esguerra is an international multi-awarded photography hobbyist. A retired business application software developer, he was the founder of CLE Systems, Inc. that developed business software for an international NGO based in Switzerland, United Nations agencies in Geneva, and business corporations in the US. In addition to winning awards from international photography competitions, he was also the recipient of the following awards:
- 2008 “Pamana ng Pilipino” Presidential Award, the highest award given by the President of the Philippines to Filipinos overseas who had excelled in their chosen fields of endeavor.
- 2011 “Ani ng Dangal” award given by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to Filipinos who have brought honor to the country by winning awards in the arts.
- 2014 “Distinguished Alumni Award in Culture and the Arts” from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
- 2015 “Jose P. Rizal Award for Excellence in the Arts” from the Order of the Knights of Rizal, New York Chapter.
Ysabel is a copywriter and photographer born in Manila and now based in New York City. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah and Provence locations, where she graduated with a degree in visual communications and a minor in copywriting. Since then, her advertising projects have been recognized by the Effie Awards, the Clio Awards, and the Global Awards. She also works on assignments for CNN, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, and I Love The Upper West Side website. Ysabel’s photographs have been exhibited in New York and Manila. She was recently awarded Best in Show at the SPAA 26th Annual Exhibit.
Starting with pre-production and post-production in the digital age, which has made it easier but also more complicated, the results speak volumes, simple to surreal, from the delicate process that comes close to our concept to reality – with unlimited vision, complete with the passion of a craftsman and artist.
Commissions: Official portrait, President F. Marcos, Malacanang – Savile Row of London Portfolio for US Market (received the award) – AT&T Calendar Sayaw: Philippine Dance Company of NY 50th Anniversary (received the award) – AT&T Folio Kasaysayan ng Lahi, by artist Zny Laygo for the Philippine Centennial.
Awards: 1stand 2nd Places, National Shell Art Student Contest, 1970 – 3rdPlaces, Philippine Open Photo & Rockefeller NY Photo – Spot Award, 16thLucie Awards, Carnegie Hall, 2018 (with CCP).
Books: The Afterglow of Artist, Lenore RS Lim – The Life and Art of Manuel Rodriguez, Sr. – The Art Collection, Philippine Center, NY.
Exhibits: Joya and Friends – Sonata for our Heroes, NY and Washington DC – 20 Years of SPAA, Philippine Center, NY – Celebrating Camera Club of the Philippines 90thAnniversary, UN, NY.
Godfrey C. Pinder, a Cardiovascular & Thoracic surgeon by profession, has been an art lover from an early age. He began painting many years ago while a surgical resident. Even though he is still actively practicing his profession, he finds the time to pursue his love of painting. At the invitation and urging of his fellow physician and friend, Dr. Marcelito Custodio, he joined the Society of Philippine Artists in America (SPAA). He is a member of his local West Orange, New Jersey town art council and has exhibited his paintings at their art shows.
Most of his works use the medium of oil on canvas, which he believes allows for the greatest expression of what the artist wants to convey. His paintings deal with a variety of subjects, but most depict tropical scenery and action. He also loves to paint flowers, another passion of his. His other artistic interest is photography.
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