From the hands of Jovito Hecita-A A +A
By Mimi Olarga
Saturday, August 17, 2013
WITH his hands, he does not only cut man’s mane of a long or stray hair, but makes circles and lines in varying sizes to draw distorted, or surrealistic figures and forms clay and other mixed media to sculpt his icons.
A native of Talisay City, Jovito Hecita is the most popular “Otay,” the local barber in his area. Just like the typical guy, Sir “Otay” gives each of his customers the real man’s cut commensurate (or even cheaper on friendly terms) the fee. Yet, despite this ordinariness of a way of living, Sir “Otay” gives heed to his three passions: drawing, painting, and sculpting.
His early years of doodling were honed the more with his two-year stint in drafting at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College. The course gave him the correct foundation for the basics of drawing. But the works in the show “Art Angel” provided the turning point in his life. His meaningful sketches of circles and lines in different sizes and shades of gray and black are reflected in his “If I Could Turn Back Time”; “The Arrival”; and other head-turner sketches. Sir Otay’s passion for sketching continued through time that the pages of his sketchbook is filled with a lot of drawings. Yet, dismay filled Sir “Otay’s” voice when he sentimentally recall the other works he had made but which were destroyed by the wrath of the heavy rains.
But this artist does not stop giving vent to his fervor. Despite such circumstance, Sir Otay continues doing his craft. And like the potter molding his jar, Sir Otay does not hesitate to re-do his work once he sees flaw in it. And when stress seems to overcome him, his hair-cutting job provides the much-welcomed respite he needs to re-gain strength and inspiration to finish his art.
In 2000, Sir ”Otay” started doing painting on canvass. A former member of “Pwersa Pintura,” and “Signos,” Sir “Otay” claims to have made 200 and more artworks.
For this year, sculpture-making is a wonderful diversion for Sir “Otay.” Experimentation with several mixture of art media and innovations on several life’s themes are avenues for growth for Sir Otay. With the terra cotta (the clay) in hand, Sir “Otay” experimented its use together with cement, cloth and epoxy strips on his art works. Such experiment resulted in ”Acceptance” and “Couple’s Feet" which are indeed wonderful sights to behold. The interwoven strips mingled with cement or clay provide an aesthetic, eclectic and novel effects on Sir “Otay’s” sculpted works.
After a successful “Art At the Park” exhibit in Makati last March of this year, and another one with other artists at The District in Ayala North in Talisay, “Otay” Hecita’s works are now in exhibit, together with the works of other artists from the nearby Cebu and Iloilo and from Manila at the Orange Gallery in Lopue’s Mandalagan.
“Willingness, perseverance, and passion: these are the greatest keys that must be imbibed by an artist to become successful”, advised Sir “Otay.” Meantime, despite his busy art making, he still has to tend to the hair-cutting needs of a just-came-in-customer. And with his hands doing well the hair-cutting work, Otay Hecita is all but candid, gentle and true to use the other gifts of his hands: sketch artistic and meaningful themes, and do innovative and significant statues and artworks for people to appreciate.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 17, 2013.