When I featured Ilocano visual artist Mike Kairuz in 2010 (here), it was after a random visit at his home. At the launch of his own exhibit at the Samtoy Books in the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center last night, I was finally able to take photos of him and his art. I didn’t know he left his tools only to come back after four years of absence in the art scene. Once an artist, always an artist. But Mike’s got new verve.
If you look closely into the painting, Begin The Journey, you’d notice a woman with an umbrella, kind of resembling Imelda, and a Pablo Picasso-like figure on the other side. There’s also a calesa which could fit into the entrance of the legendary Laoag Sinking Bell Tower.
Mike has added a child to his tres Marias. He wishes to do an all black and white series next.
“Four Years After” Multiple Perspectives runs until the 12th of December.
My blogger bestie, Marianne Gaces Pasion. We tend to meet unexpectedly. She took some of the photos.
It was nice to have met another artist, Nicole Rudio. I chanced upon her beautiful work at Samtoy Books in August. I’m looking forward to meet with her again for a feature in the blog.
I also got to meet the bookstore’s gracious manager, Gee Foronda Diaros.
Complementing each other, Eric Cayetano is a musician/videographer. Aren’t they a lovely couple?
I’ve known Stella Gaspar since about 8 years ago, here in the net:) She’s all grown up.