Multimedia Artist, Curator / BMLab
J. graduated Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas, he is a multimedia artist, a teacher and a curator. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions both in Manila and abroad; and his curatorial projects have extended from Manila to Japan and Australia. He also works as a video director for the advertising and the music industry in the Philippines and continues to encourage and guide multimedia arts students in Asia Pacific College-School of Multimedia Arts.
In 2010, he was a grantee of the Jenesys Programme for Creators by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Jorge Vargas Museum-Curatorial Development Program, a 3 months Curator-in-Residence Program in Aomori Contemporary Art Centre and in Tokyo. This program led him to co-curate an all Japanese Artist Exhibition last 2011 in Perth Institute of Contemporary Art(PICA) in Australia. On the same year he also participated in the Asahi Art Festival Travel Study Tour in the Tohoku Area 5 months after the Tsunami incident. In 2012, he curated a Major Exhibition in Vargas Museum entitled Bliss Market: Exchange in Time / Space in Transience, focusing on a community based project in U.P. BLISS in Diliman. On 2013, 2014 and 2016 he attended an Artist-in-Residence program in Rikuzentakata, Japan, a city that was wiped out last March 2011 Tsunami incident.
He is active as the in-house Curator for CANVAS gallery which focuses in Creative Opportunities, Open Dialogues and Meaningful Change in the Philippine Art. He is the founder and creative director of an independent creative and technical support group called Bliss Market Laboratory or BMLab... and a passionate father to a boy named Sunday.
"Why did I rush? I decided to rush because Ate Erica was my FIG Mama/Leader and gave me encouragement! She told me that she thought I would be great for PNI and it meant a lot. I did a little extra research and learned about the Ates' love for community, their philanthropy and their love for one another." -Ate Tori 🤗 #LambdaFallRush2k17
Eya is an interdisciplinary art practitioner concentrating on community-engaged art projects. He is based in Manila, Philippines and have actively pursued his local career in art since 2012 through artist-run exhibitions. His creative work thrusts mostly in public art through community involvement and collaboration. Comprising of partnerships with educational institutions and organizations, his practice integrates alternative education, visual arts for development, and social transformation.
Living in a life of continuous motion and change, he regards that we should never cease to ask the value of our art to the world. With the power of art’s indefinite forms, limitless roles, and definitions, Eya’s artistic discipline becomes an exploratory method of progressing our humanity through art and the critical process of constant creation of identity by self-determination, empowerment, and activation of the sectors and communities he has worked with. He has organized, curated, and participated in several collaborative exhibitions for his body of work in installation, photography, new media, and performance in various alternative art spaces and institutions in his country including the Gallery of Peninsula and the Archipelago, U.P. Vargas Museum, National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Filipino Aquaman😧Once upon a time, there was a tribe of people who lived on the sea. Known as the Badjao, their children learned to swim before they could walk. As adults, they could free dive to great depths and hold their breaths for five minutes while hunting along the ocean floor. And, their eyes could focus under water.
Now, only few Filipinos are in the Badjao Tribe which is close to extinction #Filipino#philippines#aquaman#insider#bbc#insanity#crazy#superhuman