Artist Alfred Galvez comes back to Davao

A RENOWNED artist, who is a proud Dabawenyo, has found his way back home once again to share his expertise in painting through the conduct of workshops on October 12-17 and October 19-24.

The workshops, which are aimed to further hone the Dabawenyos’ gift in art, particularly classical drawing, will be available as well in night classes.

Alfred Galvez, one of the three artists behind the establishment of Artalyer in Quezon City, has been keen about coming home in order to share the artist in him with his fellow Dabawenyos.

“While I and my friends are running Artalyer, a workshop and teaching studio, the idea of going home to Davao has always been in my mind because I know for a fact that we have a bunch of artists here. So here I am now, ready to unleash the artist in every interested Dabawenyo,” he quipped.

Galvez, who was born and grew up in (Dumoy, Toril, Davao City), narrated about his fond memories as a grader at Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) where he first discovered his inclination towards the arts.

“When I was still a little boy here, I used to draw portraits and I would hear comments like ‘I admire the likeness.’ And that was the start of my desire to develop this talent,” he shared.

With his innate interest in this craft, Galvez pursued his high school education at the Philippine High for the Arts in Makiling, Laguna. He then studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines.

With his practice that ranges from portraits and murals with faux finishes, he was able to transform their abode into a resplendent space. So in 2003, he set up AG murals.

Galvez’s exposure to arts is definitely vast considering that he has already worked with Philippine Women’s University’s Mariano Madarang in restoring the paintings of the great Filipino artists Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos Francisco, Felix Resureccion Hidalgo and Juan Luna.

“The workshop aims to develop a foundation in drawing based on traditional methods of the old masters,” he emphasized. It will be done at Art Portal, the art space which he launched around four months ago. It is located at the second floor of BGC Complex II, MacArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City.

The workshop is only limited to eight students per class so that he can “give enough attention and learning will surely be personalized” for everyone. Thus, enrollment must be made not later than October 10.

For inquiries, interested artists (existing and would-be) may contact mobile numbers (0925) 3338789 or (0915) 1806948. You can also check their booking link at www.artportal.articleanddesign.com or add them at Facebook: Art Portal, Gallery for Contemporary Art.

“All I want is for my students to discover their innate talent and to draw like a master at the end of the workshop," he concluded.

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