I wanted to keep souvenirs of my work in refugee camps. This is how I started to paint – by painting portraits of refugees. Their image exuded such strength, in surroundings that offered such sorrow. And it gave me a lot of challenge and inspiration.
1993 - Ruper Gallery, Canton De Vaud, Switzerland
Pastis ou Pétanque, 27x22 cm, Watercolor
I often found myself waiting, so I started doing a series of people waiting in cafes, metro, trains.
1994 - Centre des Artes de Maputo, Mozambique
Wild in Kruger Park, 30x40 cm, Pastel on Paper
After the war in Mozambique, the borders were open, the Mozambicans were so happy to travel in neighboring countries.
1995 - Artistas de Maputo, Maputo Mozambique
My Life in Maputo, 30x50 cm, Acrylic on Canvas
There’s a brighter side of Mozambique and I was inspired to do this series of paintings in acrylic and gouache. And this was all about the positive life in Mozambique. Inspite of what the country has gone through ,there were Jazz music, dancing , so lively and........... life goes on.
1996 - Human Rights' Day, Maputo, Mozambique
Where Do I Belong?, 200x100 cm, Oil on Canvas
My days in Mozambique immersed me in a world where the color of one's skin instantly stratifies him/her in a class. This painting depicts the stress, anguish and confusion one feels when caged in such a world.
1996 - The French Cultural Center, Maputo Mozambique
Swaziland Here We Come, 40x30 cm, Gouache on Paper
This was my interpretation of how Africans celebrated their independence.
1998 - Palais des Nation, Geneva Switzerland
Harvest Time, 30x40 cm, Watercolor
This was about two sisters Ivatans (natives of Batanes, Philippines) sharing their lunch after a hard days' work, It's one of my favorite paintings as it reminded me of my sisters
1999 - The Ayala Museum, Manila Philippines ( 20x20cm and 30x30cm)
Batanes et Provence, 20x20 cm & 30x30 cm, Both Watercolor
This was a series of paintings that I wanted to show that Batanes is just as beautiful as Provence, France. It is at this point that people are astounded by the similarities and then begin to realize that this distant beauty they seek may not be too distant at all.
2003 - Carqueiranne Bibliothèque, South of France, France
The Door, 120x90 cm, Gold Paper on Rice Paper, Natural Pigment, Oil on Canvas
After trying several media, from oil,acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, I finally found my own technique,which I would like to share,that using Asian materials with natural pigment mixed with oil, on canvas or linen, establishes my identity.And since then from 2003 up to present. I never stop creating.and always want to promote materials coming from Asia.
2003 - Comptoir du chocolat, Divonne les Bains, France
My Life, 20x20 cm, Natural Pigment, Point heating on Rice Paper
I wanted to have my identity as an Asian by integrating Asian materials in my painting. Like rice paper, gold paper, banana stalks, bamboo leaves, batik… … and this is where my imagination begins.
2004 - Bahay Kubo, Geneva Switzerland
Railway, 30x40 cm, Rice Paper, Gold Paper, Natural Pigment, Oil on Canvas
2007 - Cultural Center of Jean Monet, St. Genis, France
The Red Sun, 30x30cm, Textile, Point Heating, Rice paper, Natural Pigment, Oil on Canvas
2009 - Maison Fusier- Ferney Voltaire, France
Stained Glass Window II, 37 X47 cm, Rice paper, ceramics,pointheating,mirrors,natural pigment, oil on canvas
This exhibition showed some of the use of ceramics,glass,mirror.Experimenting a variety of Asian materials integrated into the painting.
2010 - The Republic of the Philippines in Switzerland And Swisshotel, Oerlikon, Zurich, Switzerland
IVATAN ( native of Batanes, Northernmost part of Philippines) 80 X 100 cm Gold leaf, rice paper, pointheating, tinalak, abaca, natural pigment, oil on canvas
This exhibition is organized by the Republic of the Philippines in Switzerland in partnership with Swisshotel,Oerlikon, Zurich, it focuses on natural resources entirely recycible in
other words borrowing from mother earth craftfully transformed into natural vegetal fibers which are then integrated in my paintings.
2010 - Vahay Du Vatan
Size 40 x 40 inches, Medium : recycled materials,natural pigment, venes, batik, point heating,I kat, abaca, rice paper, jute, oil on canvas. This exhibition is part of my campaign to preserve heritage houses in Batanes.
September 2012 - Divonne Les Bains, France
The Chocolate Factory - 1m x 1m, Recycled Materials, Gold Paper, Jute, Rice Paper, Banana Stalk, Natural Pigment on canvas
2013 - Sumdep Kamu, Please come in, BATANES
3Ft x 12Ft, Taro leaves, rubber, Rice paper, white sand, Natural Pigment on oil.
March 2013 - The Ritz Condo
Houses In Batanes - 4ft x 12ft textile, rice paper, taro leaves, wires, rubber, natural pigment on oil
1990 - Anaconda Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Vietnamese Market, 45x50 cm, Oil on Canvas
This was my imagination of how a Vietnamese market would look like.
1995 - Tricontinental, Maputo, Mozambique
1914, 25x35 cm, Watercolor
Inspired by old colonial buildings in Maputo. Perhaps thru my painting, one would be convinced to restore and not to demolish.
1996 - The World Bank, Maputo, Mozambique
Villa Algarve, 25x35 cm, Watercolor
One of the typical Old Portuguese houses with blue and white tiles.
2000 - Arpadi, Divonne Les Bains, France
Lac de Divonne, 25x35 cm, Watercolor
Has anyone seen provençale trees in the lake of Divonne?
2003 - Galerie Jargelier,Mouvement Artistic de Pays de Gex, France
We Never Stop Dancing, 73x91 cm, Rice Paper, Point Heating, Bamboo leaves, Silver Paper, Natural Pigment, Oil on Canvas
It all started with the sway of bamboo leaves and rice paper. That's why we never stop dancing.
2004 - Mouvement Artistic de Pays de Gex, France
Utopia, 55x38cm, Point Heating, Natural Pigment, Oil on Canvas
A place I've never seen, and if there was such, it would have been crowded by now.
2011 - Basco, Batanes, Philippines
Yaru Nu Artes Ivatan, Cooperative Art Gallery Center
Established the Cooperative and Gallery Center for the artists in Batanes. Recycled wood painted by a group of local artists, joined together
by gathering recycled materials and formed as the front of their
Gallery. Each painting in the wood has their own creative identity...
Feb 2013 - Basco, Batanes, Philippines
There's no place like Batanes, 27cm x 47cm - Cans, paper, rubber, textile,tiles , Natural Pigment , Oil on Canvas
2015 - Vahay du Uyugan,
25cm x 30 cm, Watercolor. 2015 IMAGINING BATANES, AYALA MUSEUM, In Collaboration with Filipinas Heritage library, FIRETREE Press Inc and Asia Society
2015 - Higad
Medium: recycled materials, wood, tiles, plastics, glass, papers, stones. 2015 RECUP ART, Yaru Nu Artes Ivatan Gallery Naydi, lighthouse, Basco Batanes. Recuperated materials thus creating a piece of art work
2014 - Place Cigale
Medium : Lace, sand, natural pigment, oil on canvas. Size : 3.5ft X 4ft. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of Manila in collaboration with Bangko Central, Manila Philippines. An exhibition of rich cultural and artistic exchange between Filipino artists living in France and French artists, worked and living in the Philippines. For the benefit of education, exhibition and outreach program of Metropolitan Museum of Manila.