PANORAMA: Urban|Forestry

Chris Pizarro: Urban Panorama

The View from the Sky

Chris Pizarro looks down from a vantage point, high above, and surveys the sprawling expanse of lights, buildings, and streets. The view is exhilirating from up there, and he paints what he sees.

Tempered by his classical art training in Fine Arts from the University of Santo Tomas, Cris Pizarro sought to fully realize his constantly evolving artistic expression by capturing abstract. “Contrary to what people believe, abstract is the hardest to pin down – it refuses to be bound, it is limitless in its meaning. So it’s the duty of the artist to capture all that without losing its unlimited essence.”

Inspired by Manansala’s cubism, Olaso’s patung-patong, Joya’s abstractions, to Baldemor geometric ruralscapes, Pizarro describes his style not as derivative, but transformative. His artistic journey is marked by different style and themes: from koi fishes to kaleidoscopes, he commits to self-discovery in every one of his works. “As artists, we endeavor to look for ourselves in the work that we do, and it is a process.”

Abstract Restraint
Pizarro’s abstract is an exercise in careful and deliberate restraint. And the discipline comes in knowing when to stop. His urban greeneries are inspired by aerial drone shots, like a survey of the lay of the land. This he assembles via an array of mixed media, from Japanese paper to add embellishments and texture, water-based acrylic, among other things.

Drawing from his many idols and from all the techniques he is able to hone and master, Pizarro’s breathaking urban panorama bears the mark of his skill and expertise and his latest undertaking into realizing his full artistic potential.

Early Summer
72 in x 48 in
Oil on Canvas

REYMAR CONMIGO: Forest Panorama


The View from the Trees

Raymar Conmigo looks at the scattered leaves beneath his feet, and sees the intricacies of their veins, the lifeblood in their foliage, and infinite layer of colors and details. And from a single leaf, he is able to grow a forest.

Conmigo’s artistic journey is one marked with fateful encounters. While working as a mechanic in a car repair shop, he found himself looking at paintings from the back of the car of a customer, who turned out to be Hermes Alegre. Another was a meeting with Loreto Racuya. Each chance meeting would ultimately alter his fate and set into motion his journey of becoming an artist.

And his signature style is also one of accidental discovery. A sketch of a solitary leaf and in his workshop, leftover materials. It was spontaneous and it grew like wildfire. Spreading from the middle until it bursts outward, Conmigo weaves a fine tapestry of flora and fauna. His pieces are not without pops of bird species standing with the leaves – myna, malaguto, maya, and hummingbirds – childhood inspirations from hunting the forests of 1970s Parañaque and Las Piñas.

Figurative Spontaneity
His process is infused with spontaneity, but it will always start at the middle, blooming outward. The under paint is textured with gesso and acrylic, and the outer layers done in oil. Thick black outlines are added as a final step in his process. He then proceeds to add little embellishments, in small swifts streaks of paint to show insects flitting about the foliage.

Conmigo’s panorama is an exploration of the sheer majesty of nature, a rare spectacle captured and immortalized in a canvas.