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The Color of Green and Orange | Bueno Silva. 14" x 18", Oil on Board. buenosilva.com
Bueno Silva is a Filipino-American treasure. His 40-year, self-taught career spans three continents and generations of genres. He has painted the portraits of presidents, popes, politicians and other dignitaries, including Ferdinand Marcos, Pope John Paul II, founder Maria Ignacia Del Espiritu Santo of the Religious of the Virgin Mary in Quezon City, Philippines and Our Lady of Beaterio, which was featured in a Philippine postage stamp. He has a painting at the Lopez Museum in Pasig City, seven at DePaul University, Chicago and is preparing to exhibit in the Netherlands. Silva, 70, credits his success to wife Patria Silva and their four children.
Silva counts “The Color of Green and Orange” part of his transition period from classical painting to expressionism that began in 1991. From his Web site:
Drawing and painting from childhood… leads me towards a retrospective career spanning more than five decades of creativity.
Quasi-retrospective concept of duality seen in my current works features “negative” rendition of images and sometimes a reversed-mirror reflection. …
Blues deterred by oranges. Yellows with purples. Reds with greens. And blacks with whites.
It is also symbolic of my adaptation of new life found while being transplated here in the U.S. since the early 80s.
rizal: beyond the stinky fish! by fabie de silva
Fabie de Silva explains: “Rizal: Beyond the Stinky Fish!” is a parody from the popular line, “mas mahigit pa sa mabahong isda” (worse than a stinky fish).
This visual idiom goes beyond that cliché, its political inkling goes about further parodying the Filipino identity, its artificiality rests on the seemingly ironic “grass roots” Filipiniana whilst Rizal himself was a product of a foreign educational system and the bourgeoisie.
This piece was included in the Philippine Consulate General Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events exhibit at the Daley Center, “The Philippine Renaissance Man: Jose Rizal,” August, 2011.
The School of the Art Institute-educated Silva has been exhibiting extensively in Chicago for more than 20 years. Eight of his works had recently been acquired by DePaul University and an architecture firm in Chicago. He is preparing his series “Waiting to Medidate” for exhibit at Benedictine University in February.
dalawang koi: fred deasis. 16 x 20 matted | Glass framed original enhanced mixed media on card stock. fdeasis.com
Koi symbolizes perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. It also represents good fortune.
The Sendong victims will overcome the obstacle. Filipinos have the inner strength and determination to do so.
Fred DeAsis received the much coveted 2010 Presidential Award from President Benigno Aquino III, for outstanding achievement and service in the field of Arts and Culture. The international award is given every two years to highly selected individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements on their given field. Awards were presented to 7 individuals of 24 recipients from 13 countries.
DeAsis is known for his hands-on art workshops in Chicago, which include teaching parol (Christmas lantern) making and the lost art of kut-kut.