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COLOURS BEYOND LIFE | Jun Caingat

Amado “Jun” Caingat was born on May 18, 1944 in the city of Manila. Predominantly a self-taught artist, he developed an extreme interest and passion for the visual arts. In 1964 his desire led him to study Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.

Caingat’s distinctive style of geometric neo-figures is edgy and surging with energy. The technique he uses originated from his graphic cartooning of line-drawing, allowing the lines to give emphasis to other elaborate details which creates other forms of design. He mostly applies the paint with a sponge, giving a porous effect that adds tactile element while creating a composite of layers, some over lapping, others not; allowing portions of the undercoating to emerge. Vicente Manasala, Cesar Legaspi and Ang Kiukok mostly influence the techniques and style he uses. In 1991, he and his family moved to Sydney Australia. His belief to always seek self-improvement prompted him to enroll at Julian School of Arts in Sydney. In 1996, the State Rail Authority of New South Wales selected him as the migrant artist to execute the mural titled, “Journey of Blacktown” that was unveiled in a ceremony presided over by Kevin Moss, a parliament secretary to the Minister for Transport, City of Blacktown Mayor, Michael Corvin and Honourable Pam Allan, Minister for the Environment. The artwork is on display at the Blacktown Bus /Rail Interchange. He had numerous solo exhibitions that included “Officers Club” at Clark Airbase, 1988 and Heritage Art Center, Megamall, 2000. He won 1st place in the Pathers, Annual Australian Day competition, Penrith, NSW in 1997 and 1999. According to Caingat his art has experienced many changes but his thirst to constantly express life through lines and colors will always remain the same.