Paint like a child

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


SPANISH painter Pablo Picasso once advised artists to “paint like a child.” He said, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

But our new breed of young artists is painting not only like a child but as a child— in pure and honest abstract expressionism.

Meet our 13 child-artists: Sandy Austria, Enzo Diamante, Yuan Hingpit, Naomi Lacson, Beni Lopue, Chase Simon Ong, Chance Skyler Ong, Jairus Poquita, Marcia Tan, Ianna Tanpinco, Alexa Uy, Colin Uy, Matthew Wong. Their ages range from 1 to 6 years old.

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They will open an exhibit called “Let It Go” at the Gallery Orange at the Art District today, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. The exhibition will run for three days.

The exhibit is presented by the Bright Kids Preschool and Joan of Art.

Artist Joan Honoridez will present the rationale of the show, while Gallery Orange co-owner Charlie Co will give an inspirational message.

Honoridez, who has been holding art workshops since 2006, said she was inspired to teach her first toddler student Enzo Diamante, then two years old, to use unconventional approaches in art-making.

Honoridez said she saw a YouTube video of a two-year-old Australian artist Aelita Andre, and thought that with a little help from her knowledge and training in abstract expressionism under her mentor Arturo Cruz who is also based in Perth, Australia, she would be able to guide young students to be able to express themselves in paintings.

Since then, she has partnered with Bright Kids Preschool that supports this new art movement.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 02, 2014.

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