Visayas Art Fair: Through the Canvases of Local Talents

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Our visit to Visayas Art Fair last November 24-26, 2023 at Oakridge Business Park in Cebu proved to be more than just a visual treat; it was an immersive experience into the lives and stories behind the canvases. As we strolled through the vibrant display of colors and forms, we had the privilege of engaging with some remarkable artists, each with a unique narrative and creative journey.


Fernando Kabigting: Capturing Life’s Essence

Mr. Fernando Kabigting (center)

Though we missed the chance to speak with the “Grand Old Man of Philippine Art” himself, his wife graciously shared their life story and shed light on the artistry and legacy of this incredible artist. Kabigting’s work breathes life into each canvas, capturing moments from his memory chest and preserving them in time, often on reclaimed wood, adding a layer of history to his creations.



Michael Dondoyano: From Tech to Canvas

Mr. Michael Dondoyano (right)

In the presence of Michael Dondoyano’s awe-inspiring paintings depicting the beauty of Camotes Island, we were fortunate to learn about his journey. A modest and unassuming artist, Dondoyano transitioned from the tech world to pursue his true passion in art during his college years. His story serves as a reminder of the transformative power of following one’s creative instincts.



Christian Regis: Bridging the Abstract and Figurative

Mr. Christian Regis (right)

Christian Regis showcased a mastery of blending abstract and figurative art. His vibrant and conceptual pieces bring historical landmarks and cities to life on canvas, transforming everyday scenery into a visual feast for the senses. Regis’s work is a testament to the power of creativity in reimagining the ordinary.



Isah Rodillo: Where Art Meets Science

Ms. Isah Rodillo (left)

Ms. Isah Rodillo’s artistry goes beyond mere skill, combining rigorous research and experimentation. With a background in chemical engineering, she produces top-quality resin art that is as technical as it is visually stunning. Her work exemplifies the fusion of science and creativity, resulting in unique and captivating pieces.



Gallery Down South: More Than an Art Space

Gallery Down South at the Visayas Art Fair

Led by Kublai Millan, Gallery Down South provided not only a visual feast but also a journey into the heart of Mindanao. The gallery serves as a beacon of support for underprivileged communities, fostering talent and mentorship. The artists here are not just creators but also mentors, emphasizing that the process of becoming an artist is as significant as the finished artwork.



Our journey through the exhibition was not just about admiring the strokes on canvas; it was about connecting with the soul behind each masterpiece. The artists we encountered are more than creators; they are storytellers, mentors, and advocates for the transformative power of art. Inspired by the stories unveiled in our recent Visayas Art Fair partnership, we invite you to join us in supporting local artists on their creative journeys.

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At The Company Cebu, we believe that art has the power to transform lives and communities. Join us in elevating creativity, supporting local talent, and making a lasting impact on the artistic landscape of our vibrant city. Together, let’s build a future where every artist’s story is heard, celebrated, and cherished.

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