Former CFAD dean mounts first solo exhibit

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Jaime de los Santos, former dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD), tackles subjects of women and flora in his first solo exhibit titled “Solo” on Dec. 22 at the SM Megamall Art Center in Mandaluyong. (Photo by Genielyn Rosario M. Soriano/The Varsitarian)

JAIME de los Santos, former dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD), tackled subjects of women and flora in his first solo exhibit titled “Solo” last Dec. 22 at the SM Megamall Art Center in Mandaluyong.

“I’m an advertising artist; I used to work for other companies. I prayed a lot for this [exhibit],” de los Santos said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

In several of his paintings, his wife was his muse and subject, such as in “Dewi with Peonies.” The work showed his wife, Dewi, painted in light and rosy colors with a giant pink peony flower spread across the background.

His works revolve around the figure of a woman and the colorful, liveliness of flora, both of which are, for de los Santos, among the “most beautiful of God’s creations.”

“As artists, we try to imitate [God’s] creation. You may draw something beautiful, but it doesn’t matter if you can’t connect it with the creations of God; only when you connect it does the true artist come out,” he explained.

De los Santos, dean of CFAD from 2002 to 2009 and a veteran of group exhibits, is a co-founder of the Benavides Art Group, a group of six CFAD alumni formed through their sketches of the University’s structures and landmarks in their distinct, surrealist styles.

The exhibit was organized by the UST Research Center for Culture, Arts and Humanities and was curated by researcher and CFAD professor Mary Anne Venturina-Bulanadi.

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