Jose C. Capital aka Boy Capital

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Bot CapitalJose C. Capital, Jr. (aka Boy Capital) was born on October 1, 1950 in Tabaco, Albay and grew up in Pasay City. At the age of 5, he already showed interest in drawing.  Influenced by his older brother, a comics illustrator himself, Boy Capital became the youngest comics illustrator at the age of 13.  His first illustrations were published by BAL Publications.

After high school at Southeastern College, Boy Capital took up Fine Arts at Feati University. He became a fulltime comics illustrator and his works were published by Atlas Publications under the mentorship of Hal Santiago, Nestor Redondo, and his brother Mel.

He was commissioned to do the illustration of a family planning comic book for the  Papua New Guinea government. His achievement did not stop there. With the recommendation of mutual friends, he got into a major advertising firm and became its Art Director.

He moved to the Middle East and held the position of Art Director of BBDO, an international advertising company based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where some of his artworks, concepts and ideas won the most-coveted “GOLDEN SWORD AWARD” in advertising.

He started painting while in Jeddah and among his inspirations were the works of Fernando Amorsolo, Botong Francisco, and Vicente Manansala.

Together with other members of  Pinta Pilipino, they held a group show exhibit for the benefit of lahar victims in the Philippines. The entry piece entitled “A DAY AND THE LIFE”  depicted a busy street just like “Spice of Life” by Larry Alcala. His work was appraised by one of the guest media columnists who compared  it to the works of the famous painter-illustrator Norman Rockwell. His artwork was eventually published in the Saudi Gazette which inspired him even more to pursue his painting career.

In 1998, he decided that Philippines is the place for him to  pursue his passion for painting.  He joined the AAP (Artists Association of the Philippines) and launched his first solo painting exhibit in 2004. The successful exhibit was held at the GSIS Museum with special guest Senator Manny Villar cutting the ribbon.

His next solo exhibit in 2005 featured his sons Joselito and Jonathan as guest artists. It was held at the Manila Adventist Medical Center and School of Arts (formerly Manila Sanitarium and Hospital).

 

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