Artists + Icons

T H E   A R T I S T S

Bayani Ray ACALA
Grandier BELLA
Rafael CUSI
Aba Lluch DALENA
Simkin DE PIO
Vincent DE PIO
Julian DE PIO

Paulito GARCIA
Anthony PALOMO
Christel PICHAY
Juanito TORRES
Orley YPON

T H E   I C O N S

Carlos Santana
Kurt Cobain
Lirio Salvador
Michael Jackson
Jim Paredes
Dong Abay
John Lennon
Ramon Jacinto
Cynthia Alexander
Joey Ayala
Jimi Hendrix
Mick Jagger
Lirio Salvador

Jim Morrison
Eric Clapton
Gwen Stefani
Jimmy Page
The Beatles
James Taylor
Eddie Vedder
Joey Pepe Smith
Elvis Presley
Lolita Carbon
Janis Joplin
Joan Jett
BB King
Ringo Starr
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Erykah Badu
Lirio Salvador

Simkin de Pio's (b 1976) working style + techniques + icons offer unique insights into the human condition in a narrative of forms and color that breathe life into thoughts, concepts and emotions from which emerge a striking realism. Scion of Cebuano artist Gig de Pio, Sim graduated from the Ateneo de Manila High School in 1994, and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting at the U. P. College of Fine Arts, Diliman in 1998.  He has garnered a number of awards including a two time awardee at the Shell National Student's Art Competition.  His fascination with human anatomy, figures and the portrait led to several significant works all throughout his career.  He was also one of the 100 UP Centennial Artists during the centenary celebration exhibit and coffee table book "100 Nudes, 100 Years".  He is currently holds a faculty position at Xavier School's Art Department in Greenhills, San Juan.

After graduation from the prestigious University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, Danvic Briones headed his own design studio. A painting major in college, his art took a backseat to computer graphic design, which was in high demand in the Philippines. However, after a series of successful exhibits in New York, San Diego and Los Angeles, he rediscovered his art and his desire to create masterpieces.

Briones' art draw onlookers and binds them in an ancient rhythmic spell. An eclectic mix of the sun, the moon and the stars are often the main characters of his canvas. A technique using woodcuts, acrylic, water color, special paper, found objects, varnish and oil paint gives his works an impression of old-worldliness, while being fun, mystic, ambiguous and soul-searching at the same time. Briones' oils, on the other hand, give an impression of vitality, the brush strokes and the vivid colors stoking an enamored audience.

Edwin Tres Reyes studied Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Edwin Tres Reyes worked as paste up artist, illustrator, visualizer and art director for one of the country’s largest advertising agencies, Ammirati Puris Lintas now (LOWE). After seven years in the advertising agency, he became a full-time artist and mounted his first solo show at Galerie Joaquin in 2003. From his abstract acrylics to his more recent light-hearted depictions of political figures, the innate wit and openness to interpretation of his paintings make his works conversation pieces.

While friends and associates who have known Christel Pichay may sometimes find him with a dry sense of humor, this prolific artist has a self-deprecating one, sharing, "I have just learned how to paint. Now, I may aspire to become an artist."

Christel has had a long winding journey with his skills and talent with the brush prior to where he is now. Born from supportive parents --- mother Jane and known painter David Pichay in Vigan--- he grew up to an environment reminiscent of European, specifically Spanish, influence. A UN Heritage Site, Vigan exudes of antiquity, historical architecture, and a witness to the morphing of negligence to almost glorious restoration, so much like the child Christel who has grown to capture the international art enthusiast. While Christel may have rendered modern, albeit commercial murals, commissioned paintings, and many other types, subjects and themes of visual arts, he remains a humble devotee to the Renaissance as the majority of art connoisseurs and patrons will always be.

Daniel “Dansoy” Coquilla (born 1970, Panabo City, Davao del Norte) majored in painting at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Fine Arts, where he also received the UP Gawad Chanselor para sa Sining Biswal in 1998. He garnered two Juror’s Choice awards ( top 5 ) in the 1997 Philip Morris Philippine and ASEAN Art Awards, and has also been Grand Prize and Juror’s Choice winner in AAP Competitions, as well as a finalist in the Metrobank and Shell National Painting Competitions. He was likewise a Philippine Finalist to the Windsor & Newton World-Wide Millenium Painting Competition. In 2006, he was made a Thirteen Artists Awardee by the Cultural Centre of the Philippines . Top Shot is his eighteenth solo exhibition and second in Singapore .

Vincent de Pio is the son of Gig de Pio, from whom the young artist must have inherited his artistic prowess. Exposed to the painting craft at a young age and being exposed to his father’s work right in his studio, de Pio was bound to become an artist in his own time. Thanks to his father’s encouragement and support, there was no stopping the budding painter from pursuing his dream.

Having associated with other budding talents and mentored by the more senior painters, de Pio has taken keen interest in the painter’s craft, from on-the-spiot sketching sessions to landscape and portraiture, a skill he picked up from his own father. Add to that his own precocious interest in weaning himself of undue influences, de Pio has finally evolved a style that is most distinctive.

Recently, he has been captivated by classical music and fine art particularly ballet. Inspired by expressionism, his current works on women playing the cello were sold-out at a recent exhibit in Manila.

Joseph Jubilee P. Balderas (b 1968 Naga City) Majored in Painting at the University of Santo Tomas ( UST ) College of Fine Arts. He received numerous awards and recognitions in painting compititions. He joined several group exhibits from time to time. Currently he is the Supervising Director of Toon City Animation Inc. The leading and premier animation studio in the Philippines. ( which caters Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon and other big studios in the US and Europe as a client ).

Anton Del Castillo, a multi-awarded artist and Grand Prize winner of the Metrobank Foundation’s National Young Painters’ Annual Art Competition in 2003. He is a visual commentator narrating various episodes of war such as that of a theater play reflecting themes of heroism and self sacrifice, tragedy and loss of lives, chaos and violence, battles and superiority and finally equality, unity and peace.

Anton Del Castillo graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Q.C. He also has a Masters in Fine Arts from the same University.

Prior to these, Del Castillo was outstanding student artist in 2004 and has joined a number of notable group exhibitions since 1997.