6 Young Artists From Cebu You Need To Follow On Instagram
Recently hailed by UNESCO as a “Creative City of Design,” Cebu continues to take the spotlight with its vibrant art scene and vast pool of creators. Here are some of The Queen City of the South’s up-and-coming young creatives you’ll want to check out.
Bea Mahusay, 19
Grade 12 – Southwestern University PHINMA (school of design + communication)
Apart from being skilled in both traditional and digital art, Bea is best known for her online artisan shop BIYA LOKAL, where she sells banig bags she handpaints herself. Starting out as a summer project, her business slowly grew with the aim of promoting local art and supporting homegrown weavers. Her vibrant product designs reflect her eye for botanical art and her love for the flora around Cebu.
Bea aspires to create more platforms and safe spaces for young creatives to express themselves through art and design.
Rey Allan Orlanes, Jr., 21
BFA Advertising Arts, University of San Carlos, 2019
Artistically inclined since his younger years, Rey has always enjoyed creating—a passion which shows in his vibrant and childlike art style. Specializing in illustration, he gets inspiration for his art from nature, pop culture, and art history, often creating connections from far-off subjects, with the aim of showing people new perspectives.
Rey currently works in an ad agency and does freelance on the side, and he hopes to be able to make more personal art and collaborate with other artists.
Fleur Puao, 23
Graduated Associate in Arts, UP Open University, 2019; currently applying for a local art school
Fleur has gained quite a following for her fresh and vivid illustrations. Her art is a mashup of numerous influences, from her childhood heroes such as W.I.T.C.H., to her favorite anime and Disney movies. She also gets inspiration from her idols in the illustration industry such as Loish and Wouter Toup. She loves drawing people and creating characters, always interested in the stories that come with them.
She’s currently working on drawing characters that exhibit local culture with Western influences. Apart from accepting commissions, Fleur also has some of her prints and stickers sold at Dear Paper in Mandaue City, Cebu.
Joyce Belasoto, 21
4th year - Fine Arts, University of the Philippines – Cebu
Known for her distinct illustrations and mastery of different art styles, Joyce’s ever-evolving work is always fun to keep up with. After exploring realism and other genres, she is currently leaning towards creative lineart and graphic illustrations, having been inspired by the works of several Japanese and Filipino illustrators. She takes a lot of artistic inspiration from mundane things she encounters in her daily routine or in public.
Joyce hopes to be able do some solo exhibitions for her art in the future and collaborate with her favorite brands. As a fine arts student, she considers art her therapy, and always makes time for drawing in her daily routine.
Jon Ahmed Durano, 22
BFA Advertising Arts, University of San Carlos, 2018
Always exploring boundaries as a visual artist, Jon considers his art as highly experimental, mixing influences from photography, illustration, and graphic design. Apart from getting inspiration from music like hip-hop, jazz, and lo-fi, Jon also gets ideas from philosophy, transforming his interpretations into unique, visual formats.
Currently working as a co-founder and creative director of an independent design studio, Jon hopes to learn and experience more in order to spark ideas, innovation, and progress as an artist, while enjoying the process.
Winona Chan, 22
BFA Advertising Arts, University of San Carlos, 2018
Winona’s soft yet whimsical art is the burst of sunshine you need on your IG feed. As a work-from-home freelancer, she specializes in illustration, while dabbling in animation from time to time. She gets a lot of inspiration from films, music, daydreams, and real life events, and describes her art style as somewhere between anime and cartoons, a result of heavy influence from both.
Apart from accepting commissions, she’s also sold her art at conventions, having recently tabled at ARCHcon Cebu’s Artist Alley. Winona’s goal is to keep improving her skills as a creator and produce more art along the way.
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.