03 October 2012

Subang: the rise of a Cebuano artist

Back in college in my Humanities class, we were introduced to the works of the great masters from the Renaissance period: Michalangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. They contributed a great deal in the world of art and made history with their famous works.

Aside from admiring and learning the various works of the masters, I had the honor of meeting the Filipino National Artist for Visual Arts, Benedicto "BenCab" Cabrera, in an art show during his first solo exhibit (after being declared a National Artist) in Bluewater Maribago in Cebu last May 2011. It was an exhibit of his Life Drawings collection of portraits and nudes. Almost all of his works were sold during the opening night.

Though I admire famous artists and their works, I also believe that there is an artist in every one of us, waiting to be break out of our shells. I was lucky to be invited to a debut exhibit this November by a friend and a promising Cebuano artist. Because of his passion for art, he was convinced and supported by his friends from the Portrait Artists Society of the Philippines to share his talent through an art exhibit. He is Roderick "Rico" Maranga, a multi-talented person who does graphic designing and photography. We used to work together last year. He is into martial arts but I didn't know that he was a protege to the late Boy Sagario and created the first oil on canvas "Bata" and "Prutas". 

Roderick "Rico" Maranga
I am inviting you to support one of our local artists and witness his first one-man exhibit this coming November 3-15, 2012 at the General Echavez Street (beside Wafer Modeling Agency, right across Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion school). His show is entitled "Subang", which means "rise" in Cebuano dialect. Rico will showcase his artworks using different mediums such as oil, charcoal, watercolor and acrylic. Art aficionados will have the pleasure of meeting him in person during the opening night on November 3, at 4pm.

For inquiries, you may contact Jun Impas at 09176235744 and Boy Briones at 09165312175.

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