Fermin's passion-A A +A
Monday, July 16, 2012
ANTHONY Fermin’s passion for art is as inspiring as his optimism. He’s quoted to be an “infectious” idealist because of his works, with his sense of play evident in his creations.
Born in a family of artists, he developed his gift by self-study. Anthony developed his skills in art at an early age. He won various accolades here and abroad. In 2000, he represented the Philippines in the Expo 2000 Ostrich Egg Exhibition held in Germany to support the Nelson Mandela Foundation for South African poor children participated in by artists from more than 100 countries.
Anthony started displaying his works in Badian town, Cebu. It’s also the place where he met his wife, Evan Fermin, and the significant person in his journey as a painter, Hartwig Scholzh, chairman of the Badian Island Beach Resort.
On his 24th solo exhibit, Fermin took inspiration from his many travels. He explores stunning places in the country and abroad, and preserves the memories through his paintings.
His exhibit was launched at the SM Art Center Cebu last July 6. It runs until July 19.
“I’m a traveler. When I travel I get inspired. Kinahanglan ko og environment nga muhatag nako og (I need an environment that would give me the) encouragement and energy to paint.”
His creative works are highlighted by the vibrant splashes of acrylic colors and his Filipino-inspired paintings.
During the opening of his exhibit, five paintings were sold. These are the “Unibike,” “Coton Dolce,” “Colon Street,” “Tartanilla,” and “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.”
“Carabao Race” is the most stirring painting in his 24th solo exhibit. It is one of his favorite works and is extra special because of its black and white theme.
A supporter of Anthony, who attended the opening of the exhibit, brought with him two paintings he had bought to get the opportunity of having these signed by the artist.
Among these paintings is the one Anthony won in the 2005 artists’ assemblage.
“I like Anthony’s works because they’re so unique. He has the style of his own, very colorful, joyful and a happy painting (exudes happiness),” said Alicia Plaza, a member of the Arts Council of Cebu.
“The purpose of my work of art is to spread smiles to the viewers. I put bright and multi-colored (paints) to my paintings because it represents happiness and light,” said Anthony. “I’m very grateful to God, to my friends who extend their support and to my guests who fly in from Manila...Carmela Geisert just to attend the show. Francis, Ingrid Dy and Devin Go. To my sponsors Spice Catering, Maribago Grill and Cliquepix.
To Hartwig Scholzh, my great art patron; Marissa Fernan, vice president of SM Prime Holdings; and of course, Mark Cusi who’s not just my friend but a person who gave unconditional support for my career as an artist.”
When asked about the traits and attitudes an artist should possess to be successful, he answered, “Patience, self-discipline and value for money management as an artist.” (Rytt Anthony Zabate, USJ-R Masscom Intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 17, 2012.