A Chicago-based Filipino American artist bagged the top award at the 4th Annual Highland Park Art Walk festival in Illinois, USA.
Fred DeAsis’ artwork titled “Trois Koi” is a 36” by 48” heavily textured acrylic impasto on hardwood. It is currently on display at Macy’s Department Store on Greenbay Road, Highland Park.
“Sharing our rich arts, culture and history to mainstream America is my way of giving back to the Philippines,” DeAsis said in a press statement.
The Art Walk officials announced the prestigious award on June 1, 2009. All juried artwork will be displayed in downtown Highland Park storefront windows for the whole month of June 2009.
The Highland Park Art Walk is a juried exhibition of artwork by top Illinois artists presented by Anatomically Correct Organization and is supported in part by the Highland Park CBD Alliance, a partnership of the downtown Property Owners Association, the City of Highland Park and Highland Park Chamber of Commerce.
“Mr. DeAsis is one of the most prolific Filipino artists around. His artworks are so distinctive in style, depth and color schemes,” said Manila-born Chicago artist Manny Aguilar, who has attended Fred DeAsis’ parol and kut-kut workshops.
“It is so tough competing in the art world arena. There are so many good artists to go head to head with. I’ve been in the art field for more than 10 years and have no ribbon yet. I am proud of Fred getting the top award. I am proud to be a Filipino,” Aguilar said.
Known for his Philippine cultural workshops and lectures, DeAsis is conducting a kut-kut art workshop during the “Gateway to the Philippines” celebration at the Chicago Children’s Museum in Navy Pier, Chicago on June 14, 2009.
DeAsis is the executive director of Asian American Arts and Culture Foundation, a director of Philippine American Cultural Foundation and the Arts Commissioner of the Village of Arlington Heights.
Reception and award ceremony will be held on June 6, 2009 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Las Palmas Restaurant, 474 Central Ave, Highland Park, Illinois.