Photo by Rhenwill James G. Santos/The Varsitarian

A THOMASIAN artist mounted his exhibit “Life is Beautiful” at the Art Center Gallery of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City last March 20.

Aljo Pinggol, an alumnus of the College of Fine Arts and Design, said his exhibit took two years to finish, recalling how he used art to combat the cloud of depression that slowly engulfed him.

“You can’t appreciate life kung walang sadness, di ba? ‘Di mo maa-appreciate ang light kung ‘di mo naranasan ang darkness,” said Pinggol in an interview with the Varsitarian.

“Precious Moments” shows two kids reading under a tree on a warm, lazy afternoon.

“The Golden Rule” displays joyous emotion in a family gathering. This 48×48 inch painting uses bright hues of yellow, pink, and blue.

“Infinite Love and Still Life” is a surrealist 30×30 painting that shows a couple in the middle of bouquet.

Also included in the exhibit were several sculptures in a style similar to that of the paintings. “Fisherman’s Pride” is a miniature sculpture of a fisherman with his fresh catch. Pinggol’s sculptures are made of epoxy, metal, and wood.

Pinggol said “artists should never stop learning and studying.”

“Ang ‘style’ na ito ay produkto lang ng mga naranasan ko,” he said.

Pinggol has been featured in several exhibits here and abroad, including the “Ginintuang Biyaya,” Buhay Pinoy,”  “Folkism,”  and “Traces of Memory.”


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