Spotlight– “Horizon” Art Exhibit by Rodney Martinez

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Spotlight– “Horizon” Art Exhibit by Rodney Martinez

 

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

 

Growing in the beautiful province of Albay where the picturesque Mayon Volcano has been lying peerlessly, I have grown to love art as a form of self-expression and a way of taking advantage of the “muses” that are all around me. After all, nature has always been a great subject for artworks–may it be in painting, poetry, song, and so on. Creating art makes me both human and divine. And I guess that is the same thing that Mr. Rodney Martinez has in mind when he made his art exhibit, “Horizon.”

 

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Mr. Martinez was born on December 18, 1939, in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental. It is in University of Santo Tomas (UST) where he finished his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts major in Advertising Arts. But it is when he returned to Negros Occidental that he nourished his passion in painting.

 

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Mr. Rodney (wearing a hat), his wife Mrs. Martinez (on his right), Gold Tantoco-gallery owner (beside Mrs. Martinez), and friends during the ribbon-cutting unveiling his latest masterpieces at Prism Gallery.

 

When asked when did he decide that he wanted to be a painter, Mr. Rodney said, “I took up Advertising Arts and when I went back to Negros, there was no field really in Advertising. So I ventured into painting. And I made it my profession.”

 

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Before he became a painter, Mr. Rodney taught Advertising and Architecture at La Consolacion College-Bacolod for 16 years. He then transferred to Manila and pursued painting. He stayed here for 2 years. Mr. Rodney also told me that he really does not want to stay in Manila, to be honest. 

 

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Mr. Rodney’s list of exhibitions.

Q: What would you do if you could not be a painter?

Mr. Rodney: I don’t really know. One thing I know is that I don’t want to stay here in Manila. I want to stay in the province. Probably a teacher because I have been into teaching fine Arts. So more or less my orientation is more in the arts.

 

Obviously, his painting exhibit, Horizon, manifests how he really loves to stay in the province. The exhibit showcased nature and rural life. Some of the subjects of his paintings are wildflowers, seascapes, rivers, the fields, and anything that fascinates him in nature.

 

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Yours truly and Mr. Rodney.

 

As a painter, Mr. Rodney has already staged numerous exhibits. There are more than 10 solo exhibitions and more than  30 group exhibitions that he participated in.

 

Q: What is more important, the job/passion or the money?

Mr. Rodney: Passion. If you’re passionate with what you’re doing, money and success will just come later.

 

Of all the exquisite and breathtaking paintings that were unveiled in this exhibit, there are two paintings that caught my attention.

 

The first one was “The Quiet Life.” It was a picture worth a thousand words and longings that awakened in me. I just came from a 2-week vacation in the province and this picture reminded of what I really wanted in life–a simple and quiet life. And this has been aggravated by my quarter-life crisis that made me long for a life that is far from the noise not just without, but more especially within.

 

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“A Quiet Life” / 2015 / Acrylic on Canvas / 16″x12″

 

And the other painting worthy to be praised among others was “Wild Flower 2.” Flowers never fail to amaze me. And I guess being gay proves my affinity and love for flowers. I associate this painting to all my LGBT brothers and sisters. I consider our community as a garden of wildflowers–growing freely in beauty and joy each day despite respite.

 

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“Wild Flower 2″ / 2008 / Mixed Media / 16″x20”

 

Me: Where do you see yourself as a painter five years from now?

Mr. Rodney: I don’t really want to project myself as something or to be known. However, time will just tell what I have done in this field. I will just continue painting. You know, as you go on painting, you progress. So it’s a never-ending challenge to paint. It is a continuous process.

 

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Art enthusiasts lavish the masterpieces at Prism Gallery.

 

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Check out the complete album I was able to take during the private viewing of Horizon by clicking here.

 

Immerse yourself as well and have a glimpse of “HORIZONS” – a collection of recent works of Bacolod artist RODNEY MARTINEZ at the Prism Gallery. Open for public viewing starting April 9, 2016. Exhibition runs until April 30, 2016.

 

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