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gelo espiritu ANGELITO "GELO" Espiritu studied art at the American Center in Paris, University of Santo Tomas, and University of the Philippines.

He has held several one-man shows and had participated in over a hundred group exhibitions in Asia, the Middle East, Paris, and New York.

The first three decades of his artistic career were marked by continuous experimentation and a constant evolution through varied themes and media.

By the turn of the century, following a pilgrimage to Israel, the Angeles-born artist was compelled to focus on the Holy Bible as his wellspring of inspiration.



THE ARTIST

Name: Angelito "Gelo" Espiritu

Birthdate: October 10, 1957

Birthplace: Angeles City, Philippines

City/Town currently based in: New York City, USA

Primary art: Mixed Media

Artshows/Awards/Affiliations:[Artshows] "Art of the Covenant", Town of Oyster Bay, NY; "Lenten Exhibition", New York University, NYC; "Iconography: History of Art and the Church", Hunter's College, NYC; "Tipon: Art Groups from the Regions", Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines; "Pamana ng Pinatubo", One Man Show; "Artruption: Art from Pinatubo", Cultural Center of the Philippines; "Laharian Experiment": Lahar as an alternative art material, Angeles City; Several exhibitions with Society of Philippine Sculptors; 11th Printmaking Exchange, Seoul, Korea; Several exhibitions with Printmakers Association of the Philippines; ASEAN Conference on Indigenous Materials, Cultural Center of the Philippines. [Awards] Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awardee in Sculpture; "Grand Prize", Float Design, Dubai International Formula 1 Grand Prix; "Most Outstanding Teen", Art Teen World. [Affiliations] Society of Philippine American Artists, NYC; Founding Member, Pampanga Arts Guild; Society of Philippine Sculptors; Printmakers Association of the Philippines.

Email: geloespiritu@yahoo.com

Webpage: http://geloespiritu.multiply.com



THE INTERVIEW

1. Describe your art and describe yourself as an artist.

Contemporary Biblical Art.

An artist as a servant.


2. When and how did you discover art? Who or what made you want to be in the arts?

Started scribbling at age 2.

Did casting, carpentry, and crafts at 10.

Just had those restless, creative hands as far as I can remember.


3. Complete the following sentences:

-a) Art is... a responsibility.

-b) Art is not... to be abused.


4. How does art come to you? Where do you get your best ideas?

Was noisy and destructive as a youth and thought that was ART.

In my 50s, in silence I sought inspiration through prayer.


5. What is, thus far, your proudest moment as an artist?

Now... Broken, humbled, and in the process of being restored through Christ


6. Is there such a thing as Kapampangan art? If so, what is Kapampangan art to you, or more precisely, what do you think makes art Kapampangan?

I think
eK! is Kapampangan art.
Ligligan Parul is.
Crisotan is.
Siuala ding Meangubie is.
Rafael Maniago's poetry is.
Roni Tayag's life is.
Pampanga Arts Guild is.
eK! cetera...

It is an undefinable state of mind, a certain natural frequency Kapampangans resonate with.


7. What should be the role of an artist in this day and age?

Art often outlasts other forms of human endeavor as Kingdoms and Empires come and go. Art is what has remained to tell the stories of ancient civilizations like the Etruscans, Celts, and Mayans... Such a lofty role there can be for the Artist!

In this 21st century, technological advancement granted us no holds barred access to self-expression. But there's a backlash to that.

We as creative practitioners have a delicate accountability not to contribute further to the moral decay of our society. We need to cast off our prevalent self-centered mindset in order to be able to contribute to the upliftment of the Soul of Humanity.

And if we believe that true Art is God-given, then by all means should Artists give the glory back to God.

Freedom of Choice (Art of the Covenant/2010) Freedom of Choice (Art of the Covenant/2010)
Noah's Hope (Art of the Covenant/2010) Noah's Hope (Art of the Covenant/2010)
Rainbow Covenant (Art of the Covenant/2010) Rainbow Covenant (Art of the Covenant/2010)
Ripping of the Temple Veil (Art of the Covenant/2010) Ripping of the Temple Veil (Art of the Covenant/2010)
Silent Lamb (Art of the Covenant/2010) Silent Lamb (Art of the Covenant/2010)
The Message (Art of the Covenant/2010) The Message (Art of the Covenant/2010)
The Star (Art of the Covenant/2010) The Star (Art of the Covenant/2010)
The Baptism (Art of the Covenant/2010) The Baptism (Art of the Covenant/2010)
The Cup (Art of the Covenant/2010) The Cup (Art of the Covenant/2010)
The Atonement (Art of the Covenant/2010) The Atonement (Art of the Covenant/2010)


[About Siningag. Siningag is yet another eK! coinage, a contraction of the words "Sining," which is pinoy for art, and "Sinangag," the popular pinoy breakfast staple, otherwise known as garlic fried rice. Siningag is quite simply our own small way of bringing "Kapampangan art" (if there is such a thing) to the rest of the world—stir-fried, piping hot, and fresh from the kitchen.]

-Posted: 3:20 PM 4/1/11 | More of this artist on eK!
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