ARTipolo youth group shines in art show

In the art community, participating in group exhibits is a way to share one’s vision with others and explore one’s artistic capabilities, whatever the chosen medium. For a newly formed Antipolo-based group of young artists, it’s also an opportunity to foster and build the community after three years of pandemic restrictions.

The ARTipolo Youth Group was established in 2022 to give its members a platform to share their talent with a broader audience and reach out to one another.

“We now consider one another as family,” said group head Crishaira Peliño-Bode. “We are young artists who are finding our signature art style. At this point in our artistic journeys, we’re all still exploring how to express our concepts and creativity. That’s what binds us together,” she added.

For their ongoing exhibit at ARTablado at Robinsons Antipolo—incidentally, their second at the venue—the group chose “Introspection” as its central theme. Bode explained that introspection can lead to “discovering the individual expression or identity of an artist or individual.” The show is on view until November 15.

Self-taught artist Aminah Sioson has worked with mixed media like gouache, charcoal, colored pencils, and acrylic paint. Last year, she won the People’s Choice Award in the visual art competition at the 19th National Youth Congress. Alexandra Monserrat is a Fine Arts student majoring in studio painting at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She can juggle school and her passion for art.

Ashley Lleno is a young artist who tried abstract expressionism, surrealism, and realism using acrylic and oil paints.

Crishaira Bode graduated with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, which did not stop her from her creative pursuits. She has participated in various art exhibits held around the country.

Fine Arts major Dominic Fabio’s art style leans towards abstract and digital painting, focusing on lines and shapes. Music inspired his art. Jae Zyril Contridas, 15, works with both traditional and digital media.

Jayson Borlon draws, paints, and works with styro cutouts, rubber models, paper mache, miniatures, and murals. He also learned t-shirt printing and carpentry, which he now uses to repair and make the canvases for his paintings.

Fine Arts major Janella Medina has been painting for several years. Since joining ARTipolo, she now favors a more realistic approach when making art with subjects like various flora and fauna.

Jodel Francisco is drawn to and inspired by “the interplay of light and shadow, the brilliant colors of nature, and the rich tapestry of human emotions.” John Mark Navarro gets inspiration from realism and tries to capture current social reality when he paints.

Katlene Enriquez’s parents nurtured her interest in the arts, enrolling her in classes led by artist Fernando Sena at the UP Vargas Museum. Her first solo exhibit in 2015 consisted of 40 artworks.

Freelance artist Liana Mariz is a self-avowed pet lover who chose pets as her subject in a group show at Blanco Museum last year. She favors a contemporary style using acrylic paint on canvas.

Freelance artist Mark Joseph Beloria paints landscapes and portraits in realism and modern art style. He also does food painting. Marque De Leon works with different media like graphite, pen and ink, charcoal pencils, watercolor, soft and oil pastels, alcohol markers, and acrylic paints. He mixes dark and light tones to make his work look alive.

Visual artist Ma. Cerlina Dalida’s forte is realism and impressionism. A favorite subject is the sea. She also does portrait commissions. Architecture major Yurika Lhora Palmones continues to nurture a deep passion for painting and believes “an artist is born to create, express, and inspire other people.”

The decision to hold a second exhibit at ARTablado in Robinsons Antipolo was agreed upon because, as Bode explained, “it’s a great venue to display the group’s artworks.”

She added that “a lot of people visit the mall daily, so there are more chances for our works to be seen and appreciated. It will also help boost tourism in Antipolo.”

Established in 2020, Robinsons Land ARTablado, a portmanteau of “art” and “entablado,” is Robinsons Land’s very own stage in showcasing Filipino ingenuity and creativity. This platform allows emerging and established artists to express themselves through art freely. It paves the way to greater recognition of their talent and hard work. To date, ARTablado has mounted numerous exhibitions and hosted over 400 artists.

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