Rex Aguilar

Philippines

Rex Aguilar’s interest in art started at a very young age. During his primary school, he became receptive to lines and colors of a Japanese animated television series entitled "A Dog of Flanders." In his college years, he participated in many art-related projects which introduced him to the realm of Fine Arts. One of his earliest mentors was Ms. Rita Badilla-Godino, a known Filipino ceramicist, whom he met in summer of 2003. Ms. Badilla-Godino advised him that ‘his works must speak for themselves’. This became Aguilar’s driving force in mastering the art of painting.

Style
Majority of Rex Aguilar’s paintings can be considered as abstract, surrealist and cubist. Aguilar simplifies figures from their real equivalents by applying textures and layering colors. His background in advertising, especially in graphic art, also influenced his method of painting. He usually borrows methods in graphic illustration to create figures of his subjects. Using a modern array of colors, he instinctively blends local and foreign cultural elements to create a rich imagery of modern life. He also explores other type of media like print and pottery. He is also open to installation art, sculpture and public art.

Inspiration
No specific painter influences his works but he is fond of several local and foreign artists of abstract and figurative backgrounds. Among local painters, Aguilar finds Jose Joya's abstract paintings interesting because of their 'musical' patterns and textures. Aside from Joya’s works, Ang Kiukok's paintings are also memorable to him because of their rich and intense expressionistic overtones. Romeo Forbes' works are also inspirational to Aguilar primarily for his use of colors and subject formation. Among foreign painters, Aguilar considers Paul Klee's small but striking works as informative in rendering his own small works. Like Kiukok's paintings, Aguilar also finds Oswaldo Guyasamin's works as triggering in his exploration of the affective side of painting.

Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting, University of the Philippines - Diliman (Jun 2011)- University Scholar, SY 2011Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Advertising), University of the East - Caloocan (Jun 2004 - Mar 2008)- Artist of the Year, SY 2006-2007 - University Scholar, SY 2006-2007 and SY 2004- 2005
Awards
PLDT-DPC Cover Design Competition (University of the East- Calooan), Winner (Nationwide), 2008
PLDT-DPC Cover Design Competition (University of the East- Calooan), Finalist (Nationwide), 2006
PLDT-DPC Cover Design Competition (University of the East- Calooan), Winner (Nationwide), 2005
Children’s Hour Painting Competition, Winner, 2007
Royal Elastics DekArt, Finalist, 2007
1st AMLC On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Finalist, 2007
Robinson’s Discover Nature’s Bounty Painting Competition, 4th Place, 2007
National Book Store and Lotus Pen and Ink Drawing Competition , Winner, 2007
Philippine Daily Inquirer Paint a Guyito Contest, 2nd Place (Robinsons Pioneer, SM Mall of Asia, Market Market), 2006
2nd ADB Key Indicator Cover Design Competition, Asian Development Bank, Finalist and People’s Choice Award, 2006
Nissin Cup Noodles Summer Adventures Design Making Contest , Finalist, 2004
Department of Agrarian Reform Nationwide On-the-Spot Painting Competition, Winner, 2004
Department of Agrarian Reform Nationwide On-the-Spot Painting Competition, Honorable Mention, 2003
Exhibits
Group Exhibition at “Flying Onion and the Deep Blue Sky” Exhibit. PETA, Quezon City, Philippines, 2014
Group Exhibition at “I.n.K Fest” Exhibit. 10 A Alabama, Quezon City, Philippines, 2014
Group Exhibition at “ Paracosm” Cevio Art House, Pasig City, Philippines, 2014
Group Exhibition at “Visible Merge” Exhibit. Rico Renzo Gallery, Makati City, Philippines, 2014
Group Exhibition at “Blast” Exhibit. National Kidney Institute, East Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines, 2014
Group Exhibition at “Dos por Dos” Exhibit, Galerie Joaquin, San Juan, Philippines, 2013
Group Exhibition at “Mabubulaklak na Dila” Exhibit, CANVAS Gallery, Tandang Sora, Philippines, 2012
Group Exhibition at “I.n.K. 20” Ayala Museum, Makati City, Philippines, 2011
Group Exhibition at “Sining Kamalig” Exhibit. Gateway-Araneta, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, 2011
Group Exhibition at “Reclaiming Innocence” Exhibit East Ave Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines, 2011
Group Exhibition at “Ibang Klase” Exhibit, Archaeology Wing, Power Plant Mall, Makati City, Philippines, 2010
Group Exhibition at “Untitled Strokes” Exhibit Sigwada Gallery, Manila, Philippines, 2010
Group Exhibition at “Paradigma” Group Exhibit Dos Pueblos Artes Gallery, Robinsons Place Manila, Manila, Philippines, 2009
Group Exhibition at “Pamilihang Bayan Noon at Ngayon“ National Museum of the Philippies, Manila, Philippines, 2008
Group Exhibition at “Bayani ng Bayan Ko “ Exhibit. National Museum of the Philippies, Manila, Philippines, 2005
Group Exhibition at “Meme na” Exhibit, Shangri-La Plaza Mall Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 2004
Group Exhibition at “Ala’ Alcala” Exhibit, The Corredor, College of Fine Arts Gallery, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 2003

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