NORTH YORK, Ontario – Renowned Filipino artist Manuel Baldemor is touring Canada to showcase his art as part of continuing celebrations of the 117th anniversary of Philippine independence.
Baldemor's art exhibit titled "Doon po sa Amin" official opened to the public at the North York Civic Centre.
His Canadian tour started in Ottawa, Montreal, followed by Toronto with Vancouver as last stop.
"I have to count my blessings. I want to connect. I want to share my visions about Philippines to the Filipinos overseas," he said.
Baldemor is best known as a folk artist, using simplified geometric colorful forms. His paintings depict day-to-day activities of rural life.
"The most important for me is the colors and forms. Everybody has a color signature," he said.
For years, his works have been in the production on UNICEF greeting cards and distributed worldwide.
"We are very happy to share the artworks of Mr. Baldemor. He captures in his canvass glimpses of rural life and in that way he helps in perpetuating Philippine culture and tradition," said Hon. Rosalita Prospero, Philippine Consul General in Toronto.
Baldemor was influenced by his hometown Laguna where locals are known for their wood carvings.
By his travel around the world, exposing him to new ideas, he was also chosen as an artist in residence in Chile, France, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and Portugal.
"I'm like an archeologist. I want to learn everyday. I want to dig. I want to learn different cultures from different countries," Baldemor said.
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