Erwin Leaño showcases a versatile portfolio encompassing landscapes, still life, and figures, each piece radiating a profound sense of calmness and tranquility. Finding solace in the serenity of landscapes and forest scenery, Leaño’s recent works have been dedicated to capturing the essence of nature. Notably, he was the featured artist of Pintô Art Museum during the Art Fair Philippines in 2020 with his solo exhibit, Silent Forest. His most recent solo exhibit, Forest Bathing, held at Pintô Art Gallery in 2022, further highlights his commitment to capturing the contemplative beauty of nature. In his featured work, Leaño delicately renders a ballerina quietly tying and fixing her pointe shoes, possibly before a performance. The soothing and contemplative quality of the piece is skillfully conveyed through his use of monochromatic tones, inviting viewers into a moment of serene reflection.
Ferdie Montemayor, a founding figure of the Antipolo-based artist group Salingpusa, has played a pivotal role in the local artistic community. Initially engaging as a collaborator among local painters and peers, he later assumed the role of a mentor, guiding and inspiring a younger generation of artists who would go on to achieve renown in their own right. Montemayor’s work is profoundly shaped by the influence of his surroundings, particularly his Antipolo abode, as seen in his iconic “Bayan” series, which critically examines the urbanization of key cities in the Philippines during the 1990s. Evolving from depictions of a town, Montemayor's subject matter has shifted to dynamic scenes of action, capturing the energy of triathlons and races. In his featured work, Montemayor’s frenetic brushwork takes center stage, portraying ballerinas seemingly floating in space. Through his evocative lines and strokes, Montemayor conjures a sense of grace and ethereality, showcasing the versatility and dynamism inherent in his artistic expression.
Gerardo B. Jimenez rediscovered the world of watercolors in 2015 after a period of sporadic painting. Renowned for his luminous watercolors, Jimenez possesses a unique ability to capture the ethereal play of light, creating mesmerizing effects that bring his subjects to life. Making the bold transition to full-time artistry in 2018, he draws inspiration from his passions, including gardening, business, and his background in athletics. Exhibiting a disciplined approach to art, Jimenez has presented two solo exhibits that eloquently reflect his diverse experiences in farming, restaurant interiors, and fencing. In his featured works, Jimenez showcases his mastery of watercolor, skillfully depicting ballet dancers in the intimate moments of practice, their backs turned to the viewer. The extension of their arms and legs conveys a mood of quiet contemplation and eager anticipation, capturing the essence of the art form with grace and eloquence.