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.
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.
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.
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