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.”
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.