Dream of the nameless hundred IX
Ink on Paper
50 x 67cm
Pilipino artist Victor Balanon is a self-thought artist working in Quezon city. Victor uses ink as his predilection medium to create monographic surrealistic paintings. With sharp games of light, he puts his characters into life with great depictions. Geometric forms are recurrent in his compositions that he merges with human forms and everyday life sceneries, incorporating surrealism in realist scenes. Victor Balanon always conceals his protagonist faces, but the emotions are intact: one can feel anxieties, failures or melancholia by the simple position and surrounding of the personages.
- +Artist Bio
Victor Balanon started to study Dental Medicine at the University of the East in 1989. He left school, however, before he could finish his studies, choosing to pursue and develop his interest in art instead. A self-taught artist, he worked as an illustrator creating artworks for film, independent comics and underground music labels. He studied film and animation at the Mowel Fund Film Institute, producing two animated short films as a result. During this time he also created a self-published comic-book anthology and started working on serialized pen and ink drawings.
He was invited to be part of the seminal late-90's art collective Surrounded By Water, where some of the more prominent contemporary artists working in the Metro-Manila area have begun their practice. He has had various solo and group shows ever since, including prominent showings in overseas group exhibitions in Hong Kong, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo, while still being engaged with his day job as a (hand-drawn) key animator.
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