Rico Aunzo & Ramil Tumampos extol Filipino workers 

Artists Naptalie “Rico” Aunzo and Ramil Tumampos share an affinity with unsung labor heroes—farmers, fisherfolk, construction workers, health workers, and those who own small businesses, etc.  

“Fruits of Labor”, a two-man show of Aunzo and Tumampos that opened on Easter Sunday at the Robinsons Land ARTablado, Level 3 of Robinsons Galleria, is a homage to these heroes that the artists consider the backbone of the nation.  

The show is also celebration of artistry and a form of thanksgiving for the bountiful blessings that the two had received through their art. Each painted image represents the gift of life, the fruit of one’s hard labor, and the endless possibilities that life has to offer. 

Born in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Tumampos showed his love for drawing at a very young age. As a teenager, he worked with his father doing hand-painted billboards for various movie houses. When the demand for the billboards dropped, Tumampos shifted to painting on canvas and explored a style characterized as “impressionist transparency mixed with Cubism”. It was an inspired move.  

Tumampos has since relocated to Magalang, Pampanga. He actively joins art exhibits to showcase his work and to meet fellow artists. 

Aunzo sees the country as filled with Pedro Masipags, not the Juan Tamads of Philippine folk stories. His work depicts hard-working Filipinos as angular or slightly distorted figures that appear “idol-like, introspective, with long necks and portentous eyes that are shut”. 

One of the artist’s watercolor paintings was included in then Ateneo president Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin’s book of reflections, “Siya Nga!”, in 2020, together with works by National Artist BenCab, Betsy Westendorp, Justin Nuyda, Wig Tysmans and Elmer Borlongan. 

Aunzo’s art draws inspiration from a humble world where people like the balut vendor, the farmer, the fishermen are not afraid to take on big dreams for the sake of “home”, which animates the artist’s works. 

Established in 2020, Robinsons Land ARTablado, a portmanteau of art and entablado, is Robinsons Land’s very own stage for showcasing Filipino ingenuity and creativity. The platform allows emerging artists to freely express themselves through art and paves the way to greater recognition of their talent and hard work.  

 

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