“The Smile Painter” is a hyper-realist Filipino painter and visual artist. He was born in San Andres, Manila in 1959. During the papal visit in the Philippines, Hipolito was commissioned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to create a painting titled Salubong as a gift for the Pope.
He Studied Fine Arts at Philippine Women’s University. During the middle of the 1980s, Hipolito worked under Kalaro Publishing as an illustrator for a children magazine. After he became a seaman in Singapore, he went back to work as an artist and worked at Adformatrix Agency and then FCB International. In 1993, Hipolito worked as an art director for a Saudi Arabian advertising firm and was an active member of the Pinta Pipino Art Group.