Nonilo G. Comoda

Nilo ComodaNilo Comoda (Nonilo G. Comoda) is a Watercolorist/Cartoonist who is currently working as contributing editorial cartoonist/illustrator in PM-(Pang Masa) and Pilipino Star NGAYON tabloids. He also is a freelance graphic designer.

He was born at Badiangan, Iloilo on August 13, 1952. He took up Bachelor of Fine Arts and graduated from Feati University Manila Class 1975.

He became a student of the famous Filipino cartoonist Liborio “Gat” Gatbonton, Isaac Tolentino, and impressionist painter Ibarra de la Rosa.

Hereunder is a list of his achievements in the field of visual arts:

Senior Illustrator – National Manpower and Youth Council ( Now TESDA) from 1972 to 1977.

Art Director – THE WORD ASSOCIATES INC. Public Relations and Advertising, Manila (1985).

Creative Artist – TIHAMA Advertising, Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1985 to 2000.

Not to be content with his success as a visual artist, he got himself into the field of martial arts and co-founded the Flying Tigers International Martial Arts Organization.


Grand Prize : National Watercolor Painting Contest/Sponsored by: UNESCO/CMLI December 12, 1968

First Prize: Photography, Feati University Student Annual Exhibition 1974

First Prize: Poster Contest. SPCA week Gregorio Perfecto High School,1968

Third Prize: Graphic Arts, Feati University Student Annual Exhibition 1974

Honorable Mention:  Editorial cartoon contest/Earth survival, Climate change solutions, sponsored by: National Commission for Culture and Arts – 1997

Honorable Mention: Watercolor Competition sponsored by the Manila Rotary Club 1975

Honorable Mention: H.C. Tsai Filipino/Chinese watercolor painting competition, Manila 1969

Honorable Mention: Poster Contest sponsored by the Philippine Motor Association-1969

Artist of the Year: Gregorio Perfecto High School, Manila 1969


BLACK & WHITE- Manila Peninsula Hotel, Makati/ June 20,1979

Second Annual Watercolor Festival-Manila Peninsula Hotel, Makati/ July 11,1979

Group Show-Diplomatic Quarters,Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia/ November 30,1992

Filipino Expatriates Painting Exhibition-Al Khozama Hotel Riyadh, KSA/ November 30.1992

Multi National Plastic Art Exhibition for a Cause- Cultural Palace ,Riyadh,KSA/ Dec 1-15,1992

Group Show Watercolor Paintings- Al Khozama Hotel, Riyadh, KSA/ January 8,1995


Rodolfo R. Rodriguez

Rodolfo RodriguezRodolfo Regalado Rodriguez‘s artistic talent could have been inborn because after earning his bachelor’s degree in commerce, he landed a job as a staff artist for a big insurance company in Manila.

Based on raw skills alone, he was tasked to lead a group of artists to produce various training materials for the company. That position gave him an opportunity to enroll at the PWU College of Fine Arts night school and took a BFA course major in Painting.

After two years in art school, Rody gained enough skills which helped him start a career as a graphic artist in Saudi Arabia. In his spare time, he continued to improve his painting skills by entering community sponsored art competitions.

In the early 80’s, he got his first big break as a mural artist when he was chosen by master painter Leonardo T. Cruz to assist him in executing four large murals commissioned by the Philippine government for the Lung Center hospital in Quezon City.

Rodolfo refused to rest on his laurels — he developed the skill of illustrating single panel cartoons which won him awards in the World Cartoon Festival in Belgium. As a result, he received a lot of positive feedbacks and job offers, boosting his confidence as a cartoon illustrator even more.

Today, Rody as he is fondly called, is still working in Saudi Arabia as a graphics consultant at Saudi Aramco, but his dream to someday be able to paint full time, still lives on.

Maria Conception C. Talinao

Connie CabalarMaria Conception Talinao, aka Connie Cabalar was born in Makati City on December 8, 1976. Her love for arts started at a very young age and in the most peculiar way. When her parents would get into heated arguments or into a fight, she would escape into her room, grab a pencil and just start drawing. Her intention was to divert her mind from the situation outside her room, but little did she know that something in her started to develop – her passion for the visual arts.

She would have given anything to get into Fine Arts in college but like most Filipino youngsters whose families face financial setbacks, she had to give her dream up and follow a different path. She enrolled at the Pasig Catholic College and took a course in Business Administration major in computer management. While in college, she had to work to support her studies and slowly forgot about her love for drawing but in 2011, it came creeping back to her, nagging her to give it one more try.

She decided to research and self-study the basic techniques of charcoal and pastel using brush which eventually lead to oil. Her love for visual arts made her utilize these mediums brilliantly. When she suffered a stroke a decade ago,  she considered working on her art a good therapy for her recovery.

Until now, it still does – it relaxes her and makes her happy.

Her affiliations:

Member – Association Art of the Philippines (AAP) –November 2012

Member – Style, Strokes and Sketches Society – November 2012

Judge – Mural Competition in Pasig (2011)



Liza Faunillan

Liza FaunillanIt’s very rare to meet a person skilled in so many disciplines of art. I am fortunate to make the acquaintance of one Liza Faunillan, a pastor and a prayer counselor, a writer and published author, a songwriter and a composer,  a recording artist,  and a visual artist.

Let me introduce this amazing all-around artist. Her name is Liza Faunillan and below is her Profile which she has written herself.  I have utmost admiration for published authors!

Pastor / Prayer Counselor
Finished her course in Christian Ministry at Immanuel Bible College in City in 1988.  She also trained for media ministry in APTS, Baguio City in 1993. Took a specialized training in prayer counseling under Nehemiah International  School of Ministry in Bordertown, South Australia in 2004.  Took BSIE subjects in MSU- MSAT in Maigo, Lanao del Norte in 2001 to 2003. She is now pastoring a Christian congregation in Kolambugan together with her husband and her mother.

Published Author
Her work “DANCING IN THE SON” is a Vacation Bible School teaching kit which includes all teachers manuals, a director’s handbook, art, activities and music, circulated nationwide in major Christian bookstores. The rights to the material are owned by the publisher, PCEP.

Published Recording Artist
Her first album HE LIFTED ME was released in 2010 under ETS Records. The album contains 9 of her original compositions and a 100 year old Christian hymn which she revised for the album. This song can be found in this youtube link

Songwriter / Composer
Has written more than 50 songs, some of which have already been published. In 1995 she wrote “It Takes A Little To Start” which reached top seven in the national search for the Volunteers Song launched within that year. In 1996 she composed the municipal hymn of Kolambugan, and not long after, composed the alma mater hymn of the town’s pilot school.
Liza Faunillan is also the composer of the alma mater song of Cebu Trinity School. She also writes Cebuano Worship songs, some of which are already sung in many Christian congregations. Liza Faunillan’s songs include unpublished romantic ballads, Christmas songs and musical, toddlers teaching songs and other genre songs.

Visual Artist
Has never been to formal art school, but started drawing as a toddler, practiced drawing human body parts when she was in grade one. She admired the sketches of Napoleon Abueva in her elementary years, and loved the  art of Joan Walsh Anglund. She is a member of BINHI group of Christian Artists in Cebu City, joined one exhibit in 2005 bearing the signature Liza Faunillan.


George Bogiatzidis

George BogiatzidisGeorge Bogiatzidis (Boya) is a member of Styles, Strokes and Sketches Society.

He is a Greece-based freelancer collage artist and illustrator. He studied Interior Design, Art Conservation & Restoration.

His artworks blur the lines between collage, painting, stained glass techniques and photography.

He visually deconstructs parts of the real world that we normally think of as stable in order to create a new balanced collage compositions.

For the past 8 years he participated in solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

He accepts commissions for ad campaigns , book covers and interiors, press and magazines and private.


Diana Riukas

Diana RiukasWyncote, PA 19095-0038
Mobile # 215-519-9089

Styles, Strokes and Sketches Society – Welcoming Committee

2004 M.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore , MD.
1992 M.Ed. Art Education with PA and NJ Instructional Certification.
Tyler School of Art/ Temple University , Philadelphia , PA.
1986 B.A. Art. Minor, French. West Chester University , West Chester , PA

Women’s Caucus for Art
Fine Art America
Wyncote Arts Collective
Fairmount Arts Collective

2009 “Neurotica: New Paintings by Diana Riukas” Solo show, Plastic Club Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2008 “Centennial Celebrations ” (Public Mural) Trenton Board of Education, Trenton, NJ.
*Funded in part by a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
2006 Long Gallery, “Alumni Exhibition: Diana Riukas and Bryan Hopkins”,West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
2004 “Diana Riukas: M.F.A. Solo Thesis Exhibition,” Fox 3 Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art , Baltimore , MD.



Dennis Battad

Dennis BattadDennis Battad was born on June 17, 1975 at Balintawak, Caloocan City.

He is currently working at NYK-FIL as a seafarer. He is married to Segundina Fabreag and has a cute little daughter who is turning 8 this month (September).

His passion for art was developed early – he was just a kid when his uncle showed him a sketch of “Robin in a Bike” – yes, Batman’s sidekick Robin! He was so impressed by the sketch and inspiration hit him – he wanted to learn the stuff himself so he embarked on a mission to sketch and that’s just what he did. He sketched and sketched and sketched. He enjoyed looking and gazing at his drawings.

At grade school, he drew on his notebooks at every opportunity. His mother often reprimanded him about the drawings on his notes but he did not stop. He loved sketching and wanted to learn more.

Once, their teacher asked the class if there’s anyone who could draw for her on the board. Of course, Dennis’ classmates volunteered him. His teacher was impressed and encouraged him to join the ‘school journal’ where he was assigned to do the editorial cartooning. He was then sent to represent the school in competitions and one of the most memorable was when he competed in the 1988 DepEd Science and Technology Art Competition. He did not win but the experience was incomparable as it was his first exposure to competitions – and he did a lot of them.

He joined the Primary School Journalism Competition held at Tala Elementary School where he bagged the 2nd place for editorial cartooning. He was so proud of himself then and he followed the same path in high school where he also became part of the school journal group. His last competition was the NSSPC (National Secondary School Press Conference) held at Malabon High School when he won 3rd place for English Category Editorial Cartooning. He was pitted against all division level schools at the NCR Region. Winners were sent to Bicol for the Regional competition. Though he did not win, he was content to think that he did his best and just to be part of the competition was all worth it. He felt fortunate to be there – the last one standing among all the members of his journal group who joined the challenge.

In 1992, he graduated from high school, and prepared for college. He would have loved to take up Fine Arts but he enrolled in BSMT instead – for his parents. He graduated in 1995 and landed a job that took him away not only from his family and friends but also from his art. He resigned to the fact that “it’s over for him as an artist.”

But as fate would have it, his art came crawling back to him. In 2007, A colleague at work was ‘making some paintings’ to be displayed at the crew lodge so Dennis asked if he could help. Little did he know that it was the bridge he needed to reconnect with his art.

Five years later, in 2011, that same guy who became his Senior Officer asked if he could make another painting for the ship’s crew lodge –  then it spread like wild fire that he could do painting and everybody started asking him for one.

He likened his hand to a “rusted joint” which needed practice but “once an artist, always an artist” – it did not take him long to get pumped up and get his old rhythm back.  Now he can honestly say that he’s a better artist than he was before.

Since he’d been painting more to combat his boredom, he decided to show his works to his wife and kids by posting them on FaceBook. Without even meaning to impress, his artwork got the attention of many of his friends who gave positive comments.

One of those who spotted his work was his wife’s cousin JP Faderagao, an established artist who gave his works nice comments. They became friends. In Faderagao’s profile, Dennis saw his artworks and the artworks of JP’s friends as well.  That is how he came to know about an upcoming exhibit. Long story short, he was invited to join the exhibit which was in perfect timing because his job contract was about to expire. He came home and worked on his piece.

The exhibit entitled “Glimpses” was held at PWU, Manila. It was through his friend Mr. Jess Santos, one of the best artists he knew, that Dennis had his first exhibit experience. Through that exhibit, he met artists who became his friends from whom he learned more about the art business. Since he is new at the scene, he also met up with other artists online.

Where is Dennis now as an artist?

“I am now a member of MUNTING GUHIT ART ORGANIZATION with Giovani Acero (where I do portrait job most of the times) and sometimes we make co-project with PAGSIBOLI ART ORGANIZATION (who teaches art to kids). I am very grateful for those who have been part of my rebirth as an artist.  I owe it to them and I want to give back the favor by teaching the younger generation of artists reach their potentials. I believe talent is  God’s gift and nobody could take it away from you, should you use it? It is totally up to you….”


Geraldine Arteza

Geraldine ArtezaGeraldine Arteza or ‘Ge’ is a Singapore-based artist, originally from the Philippines.

As a child, Ge showed interest in drawing, and demonstrated a natural creative ability and artistic inclination. She grew up watching her uncles draw portraiture during weekly family visits.  However she preferred drawing characters inspired
by fairy tale books.

Later in life, she began to show interest in painting portraiture. She learned to explore her creativity & to improve her skills through the mentorship and guidance of Mr. Fernando Sena.  She took Fine Arts at College of the Holy Spirit but had to stop after 2 years, in order to work for a year as a Head Colorist at a local Comics. She pursued a career in digital pre-press as a professional graphic artist  and later moved to animation doing compositing. She also had a brief stint  doing commissioned digital backgrounds for animation series before moving to Singapore.

Recently, her love for art prompted her to volunteer as art presenter, teaching  art appreciation & promoting visual literacy to primary students.  It was a turning point in her life because the training she received rekindled her passion for art.

Ge then seriously considered visual art as a career, returned to her original passion and started painting again.

Daluyan ng Sining sa Pagpipinta (DALUSAPI)
Asia Art Gallery, EDSA Plaza
Shangrila, Mandaluyong City

“Ibat-ibang Kamay, Sari-saring Kulay”
Asia Art Gallery, EDSA Plaza
Shangrila, Mandaluyong City


Raquel Sturges

Racquel SturgesRacquel is an artist from San Francisco, California who had not taken any formal training in the field of art.  She started drawing last July 2011 to help her cope with depression due to PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).  She suffered from childhood abuse.

She realized that art brought her peace of mind, giving her relief from the memory of the past which continually haunted her. She found an avenue to tell her story – she was able to express her sadness and pain on paper, not by writing but by producing amazing works.