Pinay painter holds first international exhibit in NY

By LENN ALMADIN-THORNHILL, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Mar 17 2009 11:09 AM | Updated as of Mar 17 2009 07:14 PM

A self-taught Filipina painter, Maria Pureza Escano, has her first international exhibit at the Ico Gallery in Tribeca, New York.

Considered as one of the most promising artists in Manila and known in the Philippine art scene for her realism renditions of rustic scenes in oil, acrylic and watercolor, Escano was chosen to participate in the group show “New Motions of the Figure” which runs from March 5 to March 28.

“It was the unique sensitivity and delicate nature of her work. It was an angelic perspective on life we thought was very unique. Now I can see why. She is as angelic and delicate as her work,” said Dalia Chako, owner of the Ico Gallery.

Escano, a mother of two young kids, was born in Sariaya, Quezon, where she said her love for soft colors and painting nature came from.

But these images were inspired by something else.

“Childhood memories, the feelings really how they look, they’re all blonde and European looking those settings as I read growing up, the classics like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens,” said Escano.

Her works are a big hit not only for the most discerning art patrons but with regular folks as well.

Terry Metia, a gallery guest from Belleville, New Jersey, remarked “Maria’s work comes straight from her heart. It’s what’s in her heart she puts out on canvas.”

Meanwhile, Escano’s new fans will have another chance to see her other works because the Ico Gallery invited her to show her surreal paintings this May.