“My paintings are manifestation of my found own identity. The Philosophy that guides me in doing my work is “break the rules””.
A true blooded Marikenyo, Isagani “Gani” Fuentes was born and raised here in Marikina.
He was a public school teacher for 20 years in different schools here in the City teaching Math, English, History, Physical Education, and Arts appreciation. During those years, he would do his art works on the side, after school or during weekends. But this year, 2014, he plans to be a full time artist.
He started with watercolor doing landscapes and still life. But now, his works are done mostly in acrylic and ink with pots and jars, Bul-ols, Bamboo, and heritage objects as his subjects.
The first thing I noticed about his paintings is that it seems to have a life of its own (but not in a horrifying way). Gani was able to put “soul” into his works. He’s also a very humble man with a good heart. Maybe that’s why his paintings are these good.
His paintings has been featured in different lifestyle magazines as well as art exhibits. He said that his clients display his art works mostly at hotels, offices, and condominiums.
You can see more of his works on his Facebook page. You can also contact him there if you wish to buy any of his art works. Don’t worry, its not that expensive.
Special thanks to Marikeno for introducing me to Gani and to Gani’s lovely wife Liza for the delicious Carbonara.