THE disparity between the light and the dark does not divide but instead keeps them both together as one cannot exist without the other. Despite the striking difference, contrast does not distinguish; instead it converges and creates something beautiful from two very different things.
Boy Carvajal Kiamko is one of the people who see beauty in divergence and variance. His 24th one man show entitled Contrast was held in Qube Gallery until Feb. 28. The artist enlightened Cebuanos by displaying his works of art showing beauty in a different perspective.
Using pointillism in his black and white paintings, the artist uses small distinct dots of black and white forming images. Predominant in his display are images of Mother and Child and themes from nature showing tranquility in the convergence of darkness and light. In an interview, the artist admitted that he paints to show his gratitude to God who has given him life and talent, to nature which has given him inspiration and man who has given him encouragement depicting humanity in the light of love, unity and protection just like how a mother is to her child.
The artist also included in his exhibit three other sculptures depicting contemporary controversial issues. The sculptures are entitled Doble Kara, RH Bill and Pork Barrel Scam. The sculptures depict an imaginative commentary on the present issues that the country is facing.
The world renowned artist has had solo exhibitions in Hollenbach, Munich and Mainz, Frankfurt in the years 1994 and 1995. During his exhibit in Rome five large paintings of his were collected for the Philippine room in the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization under the United Nations. It is the home to 74 member-countries.
The St. Bonifaz Cathedral in Munich owns three of Boy Carvajal Kiamko’s sculptures: The first one titled This is My Body, This is My Blood is a hi-relief modern sculpture weighing 400 kilograms in the dimension of 6.5 x 8 feet. The second sculpture is a candle stand titled The Offering Hands made of reinforced concrete laid with Italian carrera marble. The third sculpture is a pedestal where the statue of the Lady of Pakil now stands.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 21, 2017.
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