Maria Lourdes Prado Inosanto: The People’s Choice


Ma. Lourdes InosantoThere is one woman who is slowly but surely making a name for herself in field of Visual Arts.  Her name is Maria Lourdes Prado Inosanto … and here is her story (Maalaala Mo Kaya material…. 🙂 )

At a young age, her artistic ability came to the fore.  The walls of their house and the nearby  streets  did not escape her creativity – on them she would draw her favorite subject then: a human face.

Since she excelled in arts at school, she dreamed of being an illustrator and started copying comics illustrations but did not pursue it seriously.

In college, she enrolled in a state university where she got interested in oil painting through the influence of an instructor who was into painting. She also studied charcoal portraiture, thus her interest in doing portraits. She got jobs from people who commissioned her to copy the works of old masters.

Life hit hard when her parents died with only 3 years interval from each other — she was forced to take care of a younger sibling. She lost interest in her art and worked instead as a computer graphics artist for 14 years in several companies. When the last company closed, she opted to rest from being a computer graphics artist. It was then that her interest in arts came back.  She started practicing more and more.

In 2010, she joined the Philippine Air force Painting Competition in cooperation with Art Association of the Philippines. The competition theme was: The Role of Philippine Air Force in Philippine History. On Dec. 4, she bagged the People’s Choice Award. She was invited to the Art Association of the Philippines, and that was the start of her life as a visual artist.

She joined group art exhibitions and consistently joined painting competitions.  Two of her paintings won and was featured in Artist World Magazine this year. She added photography and sculpture to her interests.

This month, August 2012, she became a Finalist in the Cebu National Painting Competition, a painting competition with the theme Filipino Way of Life, sponsored by Ka-alyado ng Sining in cooperation with The Portrait Artists Society of the Philippines and Cebu Academy of Arts.

Details of her winning art work:
Title:  Maja Blanca
Medium: Oil on canvas 30”x40”
Subject:  Woman preparing ingredients for maja blanca on kawayan floor – in rural setting

It has only been 18 months since she got back into the arts scene and she has been getting positive feedback for her art works. This has inspired her to continue to explore all possibilities of growth in the field of visual arts.

As of the moment, she is working on commissioned portraits in oil and charcoal and is busy studying and practicing even more to hone her craft even further. She is going for contemporary art style which she may release in her forthcoming exhibitions.

In her own words:

Why do I create my art?
“To show the beauty of God’s creation, to glorify Him through my art, to give thanks sa talent na binigay nya, to send positive message that life is good and beautiful, that God is good. To explore and experiment with different techniques and mediums.”

Motivations to paint:
“Times when I was emotionally challenged, when I was  heartbroken, the beauty of nature, poor people…being thankful everyday for the breathe of life, for all the blessings.”

Present art style:
“Realism, pero want to do contempory art, pinag-aaralan ang Abstractions ngayon.”

“Want to experiment with different subjects…but not ready for subjects na may message about Death and Darkness. Sa ngayon my subjects are, nature, children, mother and child, street scene, everyday life.”

“Still in the process of experimenting….want to come up with a style that I call mine.”

“Oil painting the medium I learned from college days…now experimenting with  different mediums… acrylic, watercolor, pastels…”

Maria Lourdes was born in Caloocan, Philippines and is now based at Novaliches, Quezon City.  She graduated from Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Major in Advertising  at Technological University of the Philippines, Manila

Her Affiliations:
Officer  –   KUNST Pilipino
Kapatiran at Ugnayan ng Natatanging Sining at Talento ng Pilipino
Member – Art Association of the Philippines
Member – DAAN (Group of Street Photographers)
Member – The Galing Photographers                                                                                           Member – EURO-ASIAN PHILIPPINES

Finalist – The Cebu National Painting Competition 2012 (Cebu City, Aug. 24, 2012)

On-the-spot Acrylic Portraiture Demonstration –  Abrenian, Kawayan, Festival 2012
Abra, Bangued  March 6, 2012

First Place –  Artist’s World Magazine Art Competition (January Issue)

Best of Show – Artist’s World Magazine Art Competition (March Issue)

People’s Choice Award – Philippine Air Force Painting Competition
Villamor Air Base, Pasay City December 4, 2010

Finalist –  PLDT-GTC Telephone Directory Cover Competition
Technological University of the Philippines, Manila


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