Visual Artist Mike Kairuz Is So Back

Mike Kairuz

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.

Subjectwith Ilocano-Lebanese artist Mike KairuzKairuz "After Four Years" art exhibitBegin The Journey

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.

Black and WhiteThe Fish Vendor  by Mike KairuzThe blogger/photog and the artistBloggers Unlimited

My blogger bestie, Marianne Gaces Pasion. We tend to meet  unexpectedly. She took some of the photos.

Thought Journals

Thought Journals!

Samtoy BooksPhoto by Marianne Pasion

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.

Gee Foronda DiarosGee Diaros and Mike Kairuz

I also got to meet the bookstore’s gracious manager, Gee Foronda Diaros.

Red and Blue

Complementing each other, Eric Cayetano is a musician/videographer. Aren’t they a lovely couple?

With Stella Gaspar

I’ve known Stella Gaspar since about 8 years ago, here in the net:) She’s all grown up.

Picture 2275Photo by Marianne G. PasionThat Dog
Photographed by Eugene, Gee, Marianne and Blauearth
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Knock, knock. Mike Kairuz says, “Who’s there?”

What’s the next thing to do when you’re too early for a carefree Sunday afternoon snack at the Stone House Café along the Airport Road? Let me think… visit Mike Kairuz who lives around the Laoag International Airport area. Good idea!

Mike Kairuz, who? Mike, a friend from way back, is a half Filipino half Lebanese weekend painter who considers himself an Ilocano. He started painting while growing up in Manila. After college, he moved to Laoag, and he’s never left Ilocos after he met and married his angel, Lita. They are blessed with three lovely Marias, named  Denise, Michelle and Nicole, the answer to why he is drawn to “Tres Marias” as his art subject. Not to mention, “Mother and Child” for the plain and simple reason that it is a global culture.

“Semiabstract and silhouette,” Mike said when I asked him to describe his art. He uses oil, and acrylic, and his palette, bold and striking. “And there’s always blue.”

I probed, “Ah, blau, I love blue, in fact my blog is named… But why blue?”

“Like the sky, it brings out all the colors, and it is earthly,” Mike answered.

I told him that we are mutual in that respect, parallel, as it were.

Among Filipino painters, other than Filipino National Artist (Visual Arts) BenCab, he looks up to painter-art teacher Fernando “Nanding” B. Sena, known for nude and stills. Among Mike’s art collection is a nude painting by no less than the master  himself.

He admires Pablo Picasso, French artist Paul Cézzane, and art star Jean-Michel Basquiat. The one thing I noticed about the artists he mentioned is the use of vibrant or explosive colors.

Mike  has joined about twenty-five exhibits around Manila, Bacolod and Laoag. He has a varied clientele. In Laoag, art-loving politicians and doctors are his usual patrons. His price is 3000 php and up.

Mike and I talked about other things besides art. He looked good and fit, so I asked him to share his secret. “I jog around the neighborhood every morning, and I eat less pork.” Mike is obviously into this healthy lifestyle, so I asked him if he cooks, and he said, “Yes, Mediterranean cooking, like I use a lot of olive oil. I use olive oil dressing for my avocado and onion salad.” I guess, that’s what you call Discipline.

So maladroit of me, I forgot to ask him why he used the very cool Smackwater Jack when he was radio deejaying. He had the hippest playlist, and I tell you, he had a large fan base, but that was way before iPods and other geeky stuff.

“Who’s there?” Radio Ga Ga. “Radio Ga Ga, who?”  Your former radio listener.

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Contact Mike Kairus at: Kai_arts@yahoo.com.ph
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