Banal set to showcase influential Kapampangan women in exhibit

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Noted photographer Ruston Banal will showcase photographs of the most influential Kapampangan women as part of his women empowerment advocacy entitled the “Pinay Pride” at SM City Pampanga from March 12 to 17.

Banal said the event is his own contribution to the commemoration and celebration of Women's Month this March.

Banal will be using his technique on impressionesque photography in the event. He reinvents images from a mere outright photo portrait to an illusion of "impasto" (thickly textured paint) gets back to the orthodox approach and method of the Classics and Modern Period of European Impressionism using the digital technology.


"I am using the technology of the computer as a tool to make a rebirth of the style 18th century Impressionists painters like Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh did during their period but with a Kapampangan context," Banal explained. 

The event will feature women in politics, business, and high-society. 
Ruston Banal started out as an art photographer to some of the countries' top visual artists, documenting artworks and objects used for publication materials and biography-portfolio books.

His recent work is a book for National Artist Napoleon Abueva where he is a main photographer that graced the pages of the biography of the Premier Sculptor of the Philippines. 

Aside from this, he is an award-winning photographer to some of the world's contemporary photo competitions and had several published photographs featuring his photo journalism and portraits.

A graduate of Fine Arts (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a major in Art History and Minor in Painting, he went home to Betis in 2006 and has been staying there for good because of Kapampangan cultural advocacies where he has a great passion. Banal is currently a lecturer of Art History and Theory at the De La Salle University (CSB Design Foundation). He also holds teaching stints at the University of the East College of Fine Arts and Ateneo de Manila University.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 12, 2012.

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