Introducing the acclaimed Pinays whose art graces Slicing Tomatoes. Please visit their artist pages and websites and dare to be further astounded.
caren ang-oayp is a painter, development worker, mother, and breast cancer survivor. Her writing has been featured in Good Housekeeping Philippines. caren’s visual art explores sickness, healing, recovery, femininity, and women’s empowerment. While watercolor and watercolor pencils on sketchpad are her primary medium, she also utilizes digital media. Affectionately, caren names her pieces simply, “Obra.” Nowadays, her “art time” constitutes sharing with her work organization that helps women help themselves, their families and their communities. Her home is split between Bacolod, Aklan, and Manila.
Trinidad Escobar is a poet, illustrator, mother, bruha, and educator from the Bay Area, California. Her writing and visual art have been featured in various publications such as Rust & Moth, The Brooklyn Review, The Womanist, Red Wheelbarrow, Solo Cafe, Mythium, TAYO, the anthologies Walang Hiya, Over the Line, Kuwento, and more. Trinidad has been a guest artist and speaker at the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, LitQuake, and The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Her graphic memoir CRUSHED will be published in 2018. Trinidad teaches Comics & Race at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.
Having been born in the Philippines during Super Typhoon Gading in 1986, Trinidad’s work weaves the lush – and often violent – nature of her homeland with class, race, trauma, myth, and magick. Her in-progress graphic memoir, CRUSHED, is a biomythography that explores the interior landscape of her experiences as a magickal transnational adoptee, and the intersecting worlds of Western science and Filipino spirituality.
You can read more about Trinidad and her art at www.trinidadescobar.com.
Isobel “Iso” Francisco is a Filipina visual artist. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a major in Humanities (Literature and Fine Arts) and minor in Japanese Studies. With oil and graphite as her primary weapons of choice, she is also well versed in ink, charcoal, and digital tools.
Her liquid flexibility with art styles often takes the shape of the theme and occasion. However, one can also recognize her preference with vivid shades of red, blue, and purple, as well as the piercing expressions of her subjects: strong, stubborn, and struggling. She has been participating in various group exhibitions and art events immediately after her first group show in Metro Manila in December 2011.
You can read more about Isobel and her art at www.stainedpaper.me.
Eliza B. Gano is a Filipina-American communications professional based in Southern California. She has worked for entertainment, lifestyle and trade magazines, domestic and overseas newspapers and online outlets. She has a Masters in Journalism from USC. While an LA native and world traveler, it was a brief stint in Little Rock, Arkansas, which would shape her outlook on photography and herself, not just noticeably being one of the few Filipina-Americans in the deep south, but how she believes beauty is everywhere, humbling but still elevating the soul every day.
As a photographer, Eliza loves being able to see what will unfold in a shot. Despite living in sunny Southern California, she prefers shooting under cloudy weather, but especially right before and immediately after a sunset, which is her forte. Other shooting subjects include the ocean, trees, sweeping landscapes, stunning architecture, as well as candid intimate shots with people and her adorable furry children, Hobbes and Ripley.
Genice Grace is a Bay Area-based Filipina-American visual artist. Her story can be found between each brush stroke. Emotions of a turbulent coming of age and the integrity of a spiritual awakening gave way in March of 1999 when she picked up her paintbrush for the first time in ten years and transformed herself through her art. The passion that her work evokes is a phenomenon as audiences viewing her work have been noted to become emotionally overwhelmed in gallery exhibits.
Genice began to rediscover herself as an artist by studying the great masters such as Dali, O’Keeffe, and Magritte in libraries. She started painting with oil on canvas and discovered a distinctive style she could call her own. A transition that gave resounding volume to a once muted voice, Genice has much to say about love, consciousness, beauty, pain, and the resourcefulness of the human spirit.
Since then, Genice has received many accolades for her art.
You can read more about Genice and her art at her Facebook artist page at www.facebook.com/Genice-Grace-164688973636421/.
Gabrielle “Gab” Clemente Lopez graduated from the University of the Philippines – Diliman with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Visual Communication and currently works from home as a graphic designer.
A defining trait in her work, whether it’s on paper or wood panels, are her bold lines. Her subjects are often feminine and alluring, in waves and curls; greatly influenced by her love for myth and legend, tattoos, Art Nouveau and comic books.
She participated in her first group show in 2012 and has exhibited in venues such as Secret Fresh, the UP Diliman Bulwagan ng Dangal Museum, and the SM Megamall Art Center.
When she’s not in the ocean wiping out, she can be found holed up in her home in Makati.
You can read more about Gab and her art at www.gabcanfly.com.
Katrina Pallon is a visual artist whose strong imagery and conceptual vocabulary inspired distinctive paintings and drawings using a variety of mediums. She has carved a name for herself in the Philippine art scene for her creative pieces that embody the beauty of Pan-Asian culture. Influenced by her solo sojourns across the continent, Katrina injects her work with exotic imageries and breathtaking patterns that immortalizes the mystical quality that form the essence of the East. She also works as an illustrator and muralist.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of the Philippines- Diliman, Katrina Pallon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication. Known for her maximalist style heavily influenced by the intricacies of Viennese and French art nouveau, her paintings, illustrations, and photographs reflect her strong affinity for elaborate designs and love for elevating even the simplest of subjects through her meticulous attention to detail.
Specializing in portraying cultural hybridism that weave into the unified fairy tale that denotes the history of Asia, Katrina fuses feminine subjects that enthrall viewers for its dark, melancholic, and almost ethereal figures depicted amidst a backdrop of stunning oriental motifs and exquisite blooms crafted in warm and vivid tones.
Ala Paredes is a visual artist, mother, performer, and teacher based in Sydney, Australia. Working mainly in watercolour, Ala examines her relationship with cultural tradition and inherited memory through portraiture. Her work explores themes of transplantation utilising familiar elements from religious iconography and her traditional Filipino upbringing.
In 2010, Ala received international publicity as a courtroom sketch artist for the high-profile Ampatuan Murder Trial in Manila. She is also an annual participant at the Chalk Pavement Art Festival and took home the prize for Best Novice that same year.
In 2013, Ala had her debut solo show, “Without Memory, Without Desire,” at Gaffa Gallery. Inspired by the radical spiritual disciplines of Japanese Buddhist monks with the aim of exploring repetition as a path to enlightenment, the show featured a collection of 365 self-portraits, each portrait created on each day of the year.
Ala is a resident artist at May Street Studios in Sydney.
You can read more about Ala and her art at alaparedes.wixsite.com/alaparedes-art. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Malvar.)
Mek Yambao (°1989) lives and works in Manila, Philippines. She earned a bachelor’s degree in painting from University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design in Manila. Her works are oil paintings that are predominantly intersected with surreal automatic drawings on wood; this is in consideration of having a compatible acidity level with paints, and also reinforcing the natural element in her pieces. Themes of nature, introspection, multiverse, and feminism are central to her work. Further developing her art, she is expanding her media across painting and installation.
You can read more about Mek and her art at www.mekyambao.com.