Born on February 10, 1956 in Manila, Philippines, Arnaldo C. Ramirez, Jr. grew up in HACIENDA LUISITA , San Miguel, Tarlac.
Even during his elementary days at Don Bosco in Tarlac, he spent his time doodling and sketching everything around him that caught his fancy. He took up architecture in college but instead of drawing and drafting building plans, he started painting “still life” and landscapes. He then realized that architecture was not for him, so he shifted to fine arts with a major in advertising at the Far Eastern University.
In his 2nd year in college, he started working as a junior artist at AVELLANA & ASSOCIATES, INC. where he learned everything there is to learn about an Ad Agency and eventually mastered them.
In 1986, he started doing serious portrait painting and moved to AVIA COMMUNICATIONS, the ad agency handling the account of PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL). In September of 1988, he got his biggest break when he directed the air-to-air shoot of BOEING 747 in SPOKANE WASHINGTON, U.S.A. for about a month.
In 2007, he decided to return to his passion for visual arts, specializing in portraits, murals, decorative paintings using oil and acrylic, and participating in art competitions and art exhibits.
His ACCOMPLISHMENTS are:
*ART EXHIBITS :
*1976 Far Eastern University week art exhibit, Manila.
*1984 Association of accredited Ad Agencies Group Art Exhibit, Rizal Theatre, Makati, Phils.
*2010 1st SUSI at Agnos Group Part Exhibit, San Pedro Sports Center, San Pedro, Laguna, Phils.
*April (2011) 1st Lakbay Kulay Group Art Exhibit, Food & Art Gallery, GT Towers, Ayala, Makati City
*May-June, 2011, 2nd Lakbay Kulay Group Art Exhibit, SM Muntinlupa City
*December 2011, 3rd Lakbay Kulay Group Art Exhibit, GSIS Museum, Pasay City
*February 2012, 2nd SUSI at Agnos Group Art Exhibit, New Municipal Hall, Sn. Pedro, Laguna
*COMPETITIONS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS :
* 1975 Development Academy of the Philippines , on the spot painting competition and postal design contest. (3rd Honorable Mention)
*1976 University of the East Foundation Day, on the spot painting competition (2nd Honorable Mention)
*1977 University of Sto. Tomas Foundation Day, on the spot painting competition (participant)
*1978 Far Eastern University Brochures Design contest for an industrial company (2nd place)
*1979 Luneta T-shirt Design Competition (Professionald Category) entry; Island Cement (1st place)
*l980 Cebu Float Design Competition, entry: Sterling Pharmaceuticals (1st place)
*1981 Heart Center for Asia, Poster Design Competition, No smoking campaign (Jurors choice)
*l986 Rotary Club of Makati Save Mother Storyboard & TV Commercial, (1st place)
*1989 Phil. Airlines destination Ad Campaign (Ad Congress, Gold)
*1991 Phil. Basketball Association (PBA Logo Design Competition (Finalist)
*2003 Flame Ministries, Inc. T-shirt Design Competition (Finalist)
*2008 GSIS Art Painting Competition (Participant)
*2009 GSIS Art Painting Competition (Participant, Finalist)
*August 2011, 1st San Pedro, on the spot painting contest theme: Buwan ng Wika (Grand Prize)
*August 2012, GSIS Art Competitions (Participant)