Some Pinoy celebrities take a break from the lime light to indulge in their passion for visual arts. Many of them consider art as a self-expression and a way to reduce stress.
Solenn Heussaff is a model, host, actress, fitness enthusiast, entrepreneur, and an artist. Last April 8 to May 8, 2016, Heussaff showcased 25 of her paintings to the public at the Pineapple Lab, 6071 R Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati.
Heussaff took different kinds of art and crafts classes when she was growing up including painting using various mediums, tapestry making, and pottery.
Her first solo exhibit called “Our People” is a product of three years of painting. It’s a dream come true for the lovely artist.
Her line of work and busy schedule makes it hard for her to focus on her art regularly. She uses whatever free time she has to paint. After 3 years of hard work and dedication, Heussaff finally fulfilled one of her aspirations in life.
“Our People” exhibit featured different faces. Heussaff told Rappler that some of her artworks were inspired by her friends; others based on people that she or her parents have photographed during their trips (Africa, Myanmar, Chiang Mai, Somalia, etc.); and some are products of her imagination.
She also said on the report that she loves painting faces but she is not too keen on doing hands and feet.
Heussaff shared a photo of three of her chair creations on her Instagram account with the caption, “Designed these chairs with Philux. The Cumbia chair inspired by my argentinian adventures and filipino lifestyle. Accacia wood with metal details, cow hide cushion hand embroidered by Our Tribe.”
Aside from canvas and wood, Heussaff extends her creativity on fabrics and jewelry. During the opening night of “Our People,” Heussaff and some of her guests wore clothes and jewelry that she and Mia Arcenas designed. Heussaff donned pants with one of her paintings printed on it.
Her husband Nico Bolzico and brother Erwann were there to support her art exhibit. Some of her celebrity friends who graced the event were Lovi Poe, Georgina Wilson and Carla Humphries.
Actor and sportsman Ian Veneracion who played Eduardo Buenavista in the hit ABS-CBN teleserye “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” is also a talented artist. His father, Roy Veneracion was a renowned abstractionist. Even though Veneracion was exposed to art at a young age, he did not study to be a painter. His love for art comes naturally.
In November 2014, a few months before his 40th birthday, Veneracion opened his 3rd solo exhibit called “Primordial” at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center. The exhibit featuring 55 paintings is his biggest so far. Like his father, Veneracion enjoys abstract painting.
In an article in Interaksyon, Veneracion described his art as, “Parang mga bata. Di ba meron silang fear of loud sounds or fear of falling na hindi naman sa kanila tinuro pero nandu’n? Or parang tribal art na merong mga similarities kahit na ba they were made by artists from different parts of the world. These visuals seem to be primordial at ‘yon ang hinahanap ko.”
He looks up to visual artists from his father’s generation namely BenCab, Lao Lianben, Gus Albor, and Jose Joya. He also appreciates the works of Fernando Amorsolo.
Actress and model Heart Evangelista uses her name birth name Love Marie in the world of art. In an interview with Philstar.com, Evangelista explained, “The art industry is a totally different world, and to be appreciated in that different world is what matters to me. I feel more accomplished when I use Love Marie than Heart.”
In January 2016, Evangelista launched her 4th solo art exhibit called “OCEANS APART: A Solo Art Exhibition by Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero” at the Ayala Museum. Featured artworks were inspired by colorful creatures of the sea, bodies of water, and the push and pull of tides.
Just like in her past art exhibits, all her paintings were sold on the opening night, January 29, 2016. Her parents, husband Senator Chiz Escudero, sister Camille Ongpauco, relatives, friends, and colleagues of the couple attended the gala night on January 29, 2016.
Evangelista dedicated the exhibit to her father. “This is dedicated to you, dad. Thank you for giving me such a colorful childhood,” she said.
The exhibit was formally opened to the public on January 30 to February 10. 2016.
Former teen heartthrob turned Indie actor Jao Mapa, a Fine Arts graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, enjoys painting using acrylic and oil on canvas.
As an artist, Mapa likes to try different things. He tried experimenting using wood instead of the typical cloth as canvas. In an article in Inquirer.net, Mapa said that he has painted pictures on the cement walls and wood ceiling of his parents’ house in Antipolo.
Mapa refers to his style as “figurative expressionism.” His last exhibit titled “Jao Mapa the Artist” was held on Oct. 16, 2014 at the Globe Hub Serviced Offices, Inc., 6784 Ayala Ave. corner VA Rufino St., Makati City. Featured paintings were mostly urban setting and everyday scenes in bright colors.
Actor, musician, director and sportsperson Cesar Montano is also passionate about art. In April 2016, Montano staged his 3rd solo exhibit at the historic 77-year-old Kamuning Bakery Café owned by Wilson Lee Flores.
Montano showcased 13 artworks from his collection featuring diverse subjects, including life and nature. Producer Lily Y. Monteverde was one of the firsts guest to purchase Montano’s paintings during the opening. The producer paid in cash.
Montano plans to organize another art exhibit within the year at the Ayala Museum. He also wants to produce a coffee table book featuring his art works.
Actress Valerie “Bangs” Garcia’s love for art began as a hobby. She also paints as her way of relieving work-related stress.
In February 2015, Garcia showcased some of her artworks at an exhibit at SM Megamall. She reportedly sold one of her paintings for P380,000. It was a painting of seven horses in a row. According to the actress, it was the most difficult painting she has done so far.