I joined Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (The Children’s Illustrator) two years after it was founded in 1991 by a talented group of artists who were drawn (pun intended) to pour their creativity onto celebrating and educating the younger generation of Filipinos.
It was a creative group unlike others I had joined. Most studio artists are morose, bore loads of angst, and tend to be temperamental. While most creative writers I knew were serious 24/7 and guarded their ideas with an insecurity that rivals the local Central Bank. Must I mention the way they critique, my God! It was like you did a crime and ought to be shot. But INKies (that’s how we called ourselves) were a happy, cozy bunch. Generous with ideas and techniques, we love to show off what marvelous things we can do… and we don’t mind if the other INKie might do it better. In the end, what was most important is that we communicate to children.
I served as past President once, almost 3 years. That was a blast.
This year, Ang INK celebrates its 20th year with a retrospective exhibition at Ayala Museum, one of the country’s prestigious cultural institutions. Only near-death artists, dead artists, or artifacts are exhibited there. And yet there we are!
The most precious thing about the opening night 2 nights ago (Nov. 21) was that a boy came up to me after people started viewing the works and asked, “Are you the one who made Boy with No Face?” I said, “Yes, I am. Why?”
“Because that is my brother’s favorite book.”
God bless you. I needed to hear that.
Photos from the exhibit opening below. Exterior shots are by Liza Flores, one of the few gifted people I know who carries a smile while all of her one hundred arms are busy doing separate things.
The concourse toward the Ayala Museum front door.
We have street banners!
At the exhibit area entry.
With young illustrator Victoria Laguindanum. She is funny, quirky, with her own sense of style (both fashion-wise and illustration-wise).
Watch out, world, for Pergylene Acuna. She is re-defining what needles and threads could do. Same goes for narrative illustration.
With James Abalos, seemingly quiet but his works sing symphonies! His illustrations for Tsinelas ni Inoy published by Lampara Books are on his left.
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