Joan Honoridez aka Joan of Art

Joan HonoridezJoan Honoridez aka Joan of Art is one amazing artist. Let her achievements speak for herself.

Art Director – Cre8! Art Workshops, since 2007 up to the present
Vice President – Art Association of Bacolod-Negros, 2010-2012
Founder – Alla Prima Art Circle, May 2010
Incorporator – Pinoy na Pinoy Visual Artists, 2012
2012 Chapter President – PPVAAI Bacolod Chapter, 2012
Founder – UnGroup Artists Collective, Bacolod City, 2012
Member – Artist@Heart, 2012
Member – Euro Asian Philippines, 2012
Member – Kunst Pilipino Bacolod, 2012
Member – Canvas (Christian Artists of Negros Visual Art Society), 2012
Painter, curator, cartoonist, writer, public speaker. Bacolod’s Famous choice for Top 5 Named Artists
Artistic style: Impressio-expressionist, landscape, figurative, known for her small oil or acrylic paintings she calls “quickies” because they are done with the least strokes in the shortest time possible.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

1982- 1st Place, National Level, KKK Poster Design Contest, PICC, Manila.
1995 – 2nd Place, Ely Santiago Memorial Award, Editorial Cartooning Contest, Bacolod City.
2011 – Visayan Finalist, 1st Fernando Amorsolo Nat’l. Art Competition (Mentor Category), Cebu City.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2007
Art is Tourism, Negros Museum, Bacolod City
Lumbayag Sa Telon, Balay Negrense, Silay City

2008
Art & Soul:  A Four Woman Group Art Exibition, Moravia Gallery Bar, Bacolod City
Four in One:  A Four Woman Group Art Exibiton, Art is Fine, Gaisano City, Bacolod City
Sinugatan, VIVA Excon X, SM Trade Center, Cebu City

2009
1st Artekalye Art Festival, Namit-Namit Pagkaon kag Taliambong, Bacolod City
Hidlaw Tipon (The Reunion):  An AAB 34th Anniversary Exhibition, Negros Museum, Bacolod City
Color & Blood in Cockfighting:  A Satellite Exhibition on the Harvest of Amorsolo, Museo La Salle, Bacolod City
Mag-Iloy:  A Two Woman Art Exhibition by Mother and Child, Aida’s Restaurant, Makati Cinema Square, Makati City
Pagpanikasug (Struggle) Group Exhibition, Ateneo de Manila Law School, Rockwell, Makati City
Syano Artlink Presents, CITEM, World Trade Center, Manila

2010
Kasadya Group Art Exhibiton, GSIS Museum, Pasay City
Manilart10, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

2011
Bangis 1st World Gamefowl Expo Exhibition, World Trade Center, Manila
Parada de las Reynas, SM East Bridgeway, Bacolod City
Alla Prima sa Estancia, Paon Beach Resort, Estancia, Iloilo
Art and Soul (Casino Filipino Hotel-Bacolod), Bacolold City
Remembering Ely Santiago, SM Artwalk, Bacolod City
In the Eyes of the Child, UP Visayas Art Gallery, Iloilo City
Maharlika, 8th Sunrise Festival, Gbox, Robinson’s, Iloilo City

2012
United Colors of PNPVA ECCA Gallery, Pasig City
Beauty and Art, SM City, San Pablo, Laguna
Buy Pinoy na Pinoy, SM Megatrade, Mandaluyong
Pinoy na Pinoy, Casa Conchita, Taal, Batangas
Dugtong (Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City
Ang Lipunan sa Mga Mata ng Batang Juan, Conspiracy Art Gallery, Quezon City
Kalayaan 2012: 114th Philippine Independence Day Celebration Art Exhibition and Competition, International Philippine School, Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
20th Defense and Sporting Arms Show, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Manila
UnGroup, Dizon-Ramoz Museum, Bacolod City
Alay Sining Para sa mga Munting Chikiting (Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Manila)
Coffee Break (Chef’s Bistro, Quezon City)September
Pitong Lawa, Pitong Sining (Ultimart, San Pablo, Laguna)
Kari sa MassKara (Grill Guru, Bacolod City)

Her artworks are quickly gaining attention and has been flown to the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Australia, Dubai, Japan, and South Korea.

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.

1996 1st GROUP EXHIBITION
Daluyan ng Sining sa Pagpipinta (DALUSAPI)
Asia Art Gallery, EDSA Plaza
Shangrila, Mandaluyong City

1997 2nd EXHIBITION
“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.

 

Renso David

Renso David“All things in this world start from humble beginnings. Everyone comes into being with a naked body and a nameless personality. Such a simple truth, but it is powerful enough to amplify a more important reality that speaks of nothingness at birth. Therefore, each person is essentially an artist in his own right, capable of transforming his life from nothingness to a work of art, a masterpiece.”

These are the words that an artist by the name of Rene choose to live by. He is so much in love with art that he incorporates it to the very essence of life.

Rene S. David, or Ney as most people would call him, was born on April 20, 1960. Back then, he was so clueless about what he really wanted in life. He just knew that he was a child named Rene. Until one day, at about the age of five, his grandmother taught him how to properly hold a pencil and write. Upon being able to hold a pencil, however, something snapped in him. He suddenly felt an urge to draw just about anything. Seeing how Ney seemed to love doodling on practically every piece of paper that his hands got to, his grandmother served as the source of motivation which became necessary in building up his potentials. For this reason, he would often make reference to his childhood as the canvas where he learned the basics and initial strokes of art and life.

This fresh potential of his was further nurtured when he entered formal schooling. He took every chance to join competitions such as poster-making contests. Sometimes he won; sometimes he lost. To him, it did not really matter that much. As long as he’s capable of doing what he loved, he would be happy.

In June 1978, he took up Bachelor of Science in Architecture at National University. It wasn’t long when he felt that this course just did not fit him well. Although it involved drawing, he found it to be restricted in that it’s confined to buildings and infrastructures.

Due to some constraints, he was not able to pursue another course. Instead of wasting his time and staying home idly, he tried looking for a decent job. He landed as a comic illustrator.

In 1988, he moved to Guam in search of a greener pasture. There, he was able to work in various companies which include Tropic Tees Shirt Printing Company, Color Plus Sign Company, Designers Local Tees Company, Hakubotan Company, and Pacific Charlie. The tasks he successfully completed were designing brochures and promotional poster for key company clients; conceiving and furnishing the layout for children’s magazine; stylized lettering that was much appreciated when used in client projects; designing t-shirts and logos.

A period of global recession was experienced at around year 2002, the effects of which still felt up to the present. Because of this, he shifted from jobs related to visual arts to those involving construction, specifically working as a house painter. But then, this did not wreak havoc to his passion. Whenever he found free time, he indulged himself to sketching, painting, and digital arts. He even joined various internet groups where he could interact with fellow artists.

In the end, these experiences only proved the art of transforming life from nothingness to a masterpiece – that Rene who’s only a clueless child now became this defined Rene who found meaning and passion.

The above profile was written by Ney himself, making me wonder whether he is a visual artist or a writer… 🙂

 

 

Edgar Bercasio

This profile is submitted by the artist himself to this site. This same profile is also posted at Wikipedia.

Edgar BercasioEdgar Bercasio was born in the Philippines.  He is a portrait artist, a comic book illustrator, and an animation artist who brought to life comic characters and superheroes on the drawing board.

“The human face has fascinated me whether it belongs to royalty or the average person on the street. Each person is unique and has a story to tell.”

When Edgar was 15 years old, his boyhood dream was to be an artist. At 17, survival took precedence over that goal. He struggled to pay for school as grants and scholarships were few and far between, and at times, he had to go without food to pay for art supplies. He found himself often relying on what he called “fast food art:” pen and ink illustrations for magazines, quick sketches and personalized cards, which required little imagination.

Nestor Redondo and Rudy Nebres, then considered the Philippines’ masters of comic book illustrations, took notice of Bercasio’s talent and started bringing work his way from as far away the U.S.A. They were also mentors helping him to sharpen his skills teaching him the basics of comic art. He further honed his talent by taking fine arts at FEATI University (Far Eastern Aeronautical and Technological Institute – Philippines) where he was privileged to study under more talented artists. During his years as a student, he won awards in pen and ink drawing, anatomy and commercial design.

Later, Bercasio obtained commissions from DC National Comics, an American comic book publisher, to do short stories like G.I. Combat, Ghost stories, Tales of the Unexpected series, and House of Mystery. His best work was a stunning “Golden Age Flash” strip in a four-star spectacular comic book he drew when he was 27 years old. Since then, Bercasio’s work has also been published by “Superyor Komiks, “Palos Komiks,” Hiwaga Komiks,” and “Pilipino Komiks.” He also worked on real-life stories of sports icons like Ken Griffey Jr., Wayne Gretzky, Roberto Alomar, Roberto Clemente and Mark Mcguire, all for Revolutionary Comics of San Diego, California.

In Spring 1990, Bercasio and his wife and four children emigrated from the Philippines to Winnipeg, Canada. He was one of the ten Manitoba immigrant artists who participated in “E-merging Cultures,” a juried exhibition of the work of different artists from November 19 to December 11, 1993; his work was shown and exhibited in the Main/Access Gallery (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Edgar lived in Vancouver for more than two years (1996-1998) in collaboration with local Vancouver artists during which time, he was awarded Best Producer for his “Nilus the Sandman,” ” the Littlest Angel,” and “Shop ’till You Drop,” animated series done at Delaney & Friends Animation Studio. He has been back in Winnipeg for the last seven years working at Palliser’s Logic Division. In his spare time, he continues to pursue his passion, in addition to commissioned art work.

As well, Bercasio has done work for the Filipino community, such as a cover design and illustrations for a language book used to teach children about their Philippine heritage, and a cover illustration for a Philippine Independence Day celebration.

In February 2005, Edgar was chosen from among six talented artists in Winnipeg to create a piece focusing on the immigration and everyday life of Filipinos in WInnipeg. The occasion celebrates a 25-year relationship with Winnipeg and Manila, headed by the then Deputy Mayor and Councilor Mike Pagtakhan, who went to the Philippines to mark the Winnipeg-Manila Sister Cities’ anniversary and strengthen social, cultural, educational and economic ties. Edgar’s painting is titled “Panday Lahi” (Shapes of Generations), depicting the life of Filipinos in Winnipeg, shaping a better future for the next generation of Filipinos growing up in the city. His art work is currently displayed at the Winnipeg Millenium Library as a permanent collection.

Edgar works with different mediums and has a collection of art work, including many sketches, charcoal portraits, oil, water colour, and pen and ink drawings. His themes are varied in nature-people, events and places.

Today, Edgar is happy with what he has achieved for himself and his family. He has once again taken up the brush and is painting furiously. He now finds more time to create and pursue the dictates of his heart and conscience.

 

Romeo Manalo Castro (aka Wally)

Wally CastroRomeo Manalo Castro ( a.k.a Wally )
Born on January 25, 1963 and raised in Pampanga
Studied Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the National University.
Married and blessed with  3 children –  now living in Pasay City with his family.

Visual artist, illustrator, interior and senior graphic designer in one of the private companies in Al Khobar K.S.A since 1995.

Draftsman & Mural artist, in Victoria Court & Anito Group Drive In Hotel Manila from Dec. 1985 to 1991.

First Art Group exhibit held in Jeddah Sept 2000 ( Kulay Pinoy )
Second was in Food & Art Gallery 12f GT Tower, Makati City April 2011 ( Lakbay Kulay Art Group )

Wally says:

“From a young age I had an interest in drawing and painting. As a child I spent many hours in my father’s barber shop observing him and drawing western cowboy while he is waiting for  costumers. Studied and developed the accomplished skills and techniques now so evident in my work. I have been influenced by the Filipino & Italian master painters.

I describe myself as a ‘contemporary realist’. Although my art appears detailed, it is not the detail that interests me, but rather to create paintings that look spontaneous and convey a sense of life. ‘My art covers many aspects of our nature and lifestyle’. Drawing forms the basis for all my work no matter the final medium or application. I’m interested in combining the experiences of observation and imagination and I’m inspired by the potential of small natural forms and structures to suggest vast or other worldly realms.

For me, art is a gift that comes from GOD, He is the Master Supreme Creator of all universe… love & share it … until now I’m still learning to create different dimensions of art.”

 

Fernando M. Salazar

Ranie SalazarFernando M. Salazar (aka Ranie Cute), born on August 23, 1967 under the Virgo sign,  is a native of Lawan Alcantara, Romblon. He came from unpretentious family who left Romblon to live at La Loma, Quezon City where Fernando finished his elementary and secondary education.

Though living comfortably in Romblon, the family chose to rent a small room where they had their kitchen, sala, and bedroom — all rolled into one. This turn of affairs was due to the desire of the family to be with Fernando’s father who at that time was working at the Quiapo Market as pork retailer.

At a young age, he usually passed his time drawing – he started copying komiks left and right, and dreamed of becoming a famous illustrator, just like the brothers, Boy and Mel Capital, Mar Santana, and Hal Santiago.  Pursuing his childhood dream was not that simple. He was filled with misgivings that fine arts was a course for the rich, and even if he would get the opportunity to get through it, he was bothered by the fact that he might not get a job. It strengthened his idea that fine arts was a hobby, not a career. Added to his uncertainties were the expensive materials needed such as canvass, watercolor and other mediums which were necessary to master fine arts.

Some of his classmates in high school took an elective in drafting and they knew how expensive drawing materials were. He did not take the elective because his family was in a bit of a financial crunch. There were six of them going to school and whatever extra the family made was just enough for food.

It was in high school that he got sucked into those “on-the-spot-contests” which pitted him against the more proficient drafting students with their pricey gadgets specifically suited for the contest while he was armed only with a colored pen – but his remarkable talent usually land his entries on the 1st prize.

In spite of his obvious talent in arts, he had to take another course in college. He took up  architecture hoping he can still achieve his dream by applying his talent in drawing to the course. He was right because in architecture there were plates and he did utilize his skill in drawing even if they were only lines and putting colors in them, but it limited him so much as an artist.

Nevertheless, he graduated from architecture and eventually built his own family. He worked for a well-known architectural firm, a company credited for designing high-rise buildings in the Philippines, with such clients as Federal Land, the property unit of Metrobank Group.

As an artist, he pursued his passion by doing portraits for his siblings, his parents, and his friends but due to the demands of his job, he could not have enough time to really get into it —  so he had to set it aside.

When he worked in Saudi Arabia, he had to find something to get his mind off the loneliness of being away from his family, so he used most of his free time to draw. He was able to draw 250 portraits, more or less, for his batch mates in high school. He did not stop there —  he also did portraits for his colleagues at Zaid Al Hussain – he did the portraits of his Filipino and non-Filipino colleagues, and even the managers enjoyed a portrait from him – for FREE!

At the moment, doing portraits is how Fernando battles homesickness – his way of keeping himself occupied so as not to dwell on his loneliness. Arts has always been his passion and so much a part of his being,  and no one can take that away from him. Wherever he is and whatever he does, his art comes out –  his work as a landscape architect in Saudi Arabia proves without a doubt that Fernando Salazar is a natural born artist.

Rusty Tabo is credited for inviting him to join the fun at FPAE. He has picked up some tips and bits from the group to hone his skill in doing portraits.  Now he has joined the Styles, Strokes and Sketches Society as its Technical Head.

 

Arnaldo C. Ramirez, Jr.

Arnaldo RamirezBorn 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)

Romeo Tanghal, Sr.: Comic Con Celebrity

Romeo TanghalAt first, I was totally impressed by the sketch that Romeo Tanghal, Sr. did for me. It was stunning. I thought I was looking at my reflection in the mirror… it’s really me – I would strike that pose many times without even knowing it.

Then I got his profile. I almost fell of my chair.

I have a nephew who loves comic books and comic characters. He keeps telling us about the Filipino artists at DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Little did I know that I am going to have the honor of being acquainted with one of them.  There was a time when I did not even know that Comic Con means Comic Convention. This is too exciting for me. My son, my 2 nephews, and one niece are all agog over these comic characters. Even my sister’s 5-year-old grandson already loves Thor, Green Lantern, and Flash Kid. They are all going to have a kick when they see Romeo’s drawings.

I have the honor of having my portrait done by a celebrity – whom fans would line up at Comic  Conventions just to get his autograph.

Romeo Tanghal, Sr., a native of the Philippines and a self-taught artist, started comic books illustration at an early age. He migrated to the USA and earned fame when “The New Teen Titans”, a comic book he was assigned to work on,  with writer Mary Wolfman and penciler George Perez, became the best-selling comic book at DC Comics.

Though a freelancer, DC Comics offered him an exclusive contract with better pay and fringe benefits, usually offered only to regular employees – plus royalty to his works.

Due to the speed at which he was doing his job, DC Comics assigned him to work on other comic books, such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and many more. After 8 years of working under contract, DC Comics gave him permission to work outside the company.  That was when publishing companies such as Marvel Comics sought his talent and were pleased with his services because he never fails to turn in quality assignments in time.

His desire to achieve more took him to Hollywood where he joined the Animation Artists and landed a job as character designer and storyboard artist of TV animated series, such as: The Transformers, GI Joe and Jem.

While working as regular employee in Animation Studio, he still inks “The New Teen Titans” and other books from independent publishing companies, while at the same time doing freelance storyboarding. He is considered the fastest inker on the planet (deadline buster) for promptly turning in books on top of his day job.

Then it dawned on him that he could also take penciling assignments instead of just inking. Because of his exceptional speed, he could do 3 to 4 pages a day without compromising quality and he could even earn more. It was possible to do that back then when drawing comic books were not as complicated and detailed as they are today.

He worked during those times almost  18 to 20 hrs a day. While other artists were having fun, he was working — alone and missing his family.

Although according to him nothing is impossible, he also admitted it is not easy to be away from family.

After years of hard work, he was so burned-out. He decided to go back home to New Jersey and enjoy life with his family. He slowed down and worked as freelance comic book illustrator — until his wife’s untimely death in 2004. He then decided to retire.

Finding himself idle and free from dreadful deadlines, he started to do painting, writing,  and traveling.

That was when all these countryside/Filipiniana paintings were created. You can view these paintings on his Blogs: Sariling Atin Komiks and Romeo Tanghal Sr. collection of sketches. He also created his own komiks titled Sariling Atin Komiks– featuring his novel “Malignos” and many short stories in Tagalog language.

He is currently working on a project to publish his own artbook of paintings, illustrations, sketches and portraiture. This is his legacy to the world of arts.

Recently, he started accepting invitations again from Comic Convention organizers as special guest. He attended the Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC last June 22/24 2012 and is scheduled to appear at SDCC- San Diego Comic Convention in July 2013. Many more invites will come before SDCC and he will likely be attending too, to sign autographs for fans, be interviewed, sell artworks, and accept commission.

“I’ve been to many places around the world and starts enjoying life to the fullest. I did a lot of sacrifices during my prime, it’s just about time to savour the fruit of my labor while I still can.” – Romeo Tanghal Sr. –

These are just some of the artworks of Romeo Tanghal, Sr. His countryside paintings  create in every Filipino a nostalgia of the past when life in the countryside was simple, fun, and idyllic. For Filipinos who have never experienced the countryside, this could just be your only way of getting a glimpse of the Philippine countryside as it was before.

Check these out:

Sariling Atin Komiks

Collection of Sketches