One of the
few artists of his generation to have abstained from the more liberal modes of artistic expression to resort to more deliberate handiwork found
in cut paper, Ryan Villamael's method follows the decorative nature innate to his medium of choice. The province Laguna where the artist hails from is famed for the craft of paper cutting that originated from the Spanish era. However, from Villamael's intricately latticed constructions emerge images that defy ornamental patchwork found in the provincial craft. It instead becomes a treatise of a unique vision that encompasses both inner and outer conditions occupying the psyche - from the oblique complexity of imagined organisms to the outright effects of living in a convoluted city. A graduate of the University of the Philippines, Fine Art in 2009, Villamael has shown both locally and abroad, including locations such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. He has staged four solo exhibitions to-date. He persists
in sustaining a discipline that progresses in terms of handicraft skills, maintaining a primary interest in
the conceptual significance of craft in the process of creating contemporary art, and continues to look out for possibilities of how his works can continue to evolve in this light.