Since its completion in 1972, the Quezon City Hall has continued to grow and evolve from just the seat of Quezon City’s “power” and center of government transactions; it has also served as a hub of cultural activities and a repository art over the decades. This may have been initiated by Eugenio Bunuan’s monumental adobe relief of the “Life of Pres. Quezón” on the façade of the Arch. Ruperto Cecilio Gaite’s Quezon City Assembly Hall. And in the passing years, the Quezon City Halls has accumulated more artworks that relate the history of the city and the country, by noted artists such as Anastacio Tanchauco Caedo (1907-1990), his grandson Frederic I. Caedo, Jose “Al” Rabino Giroy (born 1962), Francisco Maravilla Verano (born 1938), Luisito “Chito” Katindig Villanueva (born 1938), and Jose Miguel “Jomike” Tejido (born 1982).
In 2014, ten members of the EREHWON Art Collective contributed their talents to create a series of murals that relate key periods in Quezon City’s history. The EREHWON Art Collective was established in 2012 by the businessman and art collector, Rafael Rivera Benitez (born 1953). Located in the Old Balara District, the EREHWON Center of the Arts has become a mini-cultural hub for Quezon City, host exhibitions, performances, and even cultural exchanges with artists from the Asia, Europe and America. One of the key one going projects of the EREHWON Center of the Arts is the American Museum of Philippine Art, in Chicago, which is a joint project with the Field Museum of Natural History.
Ang Katipunan at ang Sigaw ng Pugad Lawin (The Katipunan Revolution and the Cry of Pugad Lawin) by Dario Boado Noche
Dario Boado Noche (1949-2015) is a noted illustrator, editorial cartoonist, and art director of many noted publications in the Philippines. Noche first took his creative studies in architecture at the Mapua Technological Institute, before transferring to the FEATI School of Fine Arts. While a student, Noche started working for the Philippine Free Press, and soon his work could be seen on the pages of Jingle Magazine, and later the Manila Standard, where he was part of its founding in 1987 all the way towards his retirement in 2009. Noche also worked for foreign publications, such as Asiaweek, the Singapore Strait Times, and even the US Embassy Publications Department. At a latter point in his career, Noche started painting seriously and exhibiting his works. He later joined the Art Ventures @Conspi and the Erhwon Art Collective, until his untimely death in 2015.
Ang Ina ng Katipunan: Melchora “Tandang Sora” Aquino (The Mother of the Katipunan Revolution, Melchora “Tandang Sora” Aquino) by Jun Impas
Florentino “Jun” G. Impas, Jr. (born 1970) is a noted portrait artist, based in Cebu. Impas made his mark as a child, by winning local art competitions and becoming the youngest member of the Cebu Artists Inc., in which he would eventually serve as its president in the years to come. Educated at the Surigao del Norte School of Arts and Trade, Impas would later study under the Cebuano artist, Celso Duazo Pepito (1956), who would influence him to pursue the life of a painter. Exploring various themes of classical art, Impas would later be later known for his portraits, and would lead to his becoming the president of the Portraits Artist Society of the Philippines. Beyond portraiture, Impas would delve into Filipiñana themes, creating dynamic images of festivals, historical events, and the occasional commentaries in social realism.
Si Hen. Licerio Geronimo at ang pagkamatay ni Hen. Henry Lawton (Gen. Licerio Geronimo and the death of Gen. Henry Lawton) by Egai Talusan Fernandez
Edgar “Egai” Talusan Fernandez (born 1955) is a renowned social realist, who made his mark during the Marcos’ regime’s Martial Law era. A graduate of the Philippine Women’s University College of Music and Fine Arts, Fernandez started actively painting in 1974, and slowly developed his classically rendered images in juxtaposed layers of scenes in the background montage and Filipiñana symbols, which include the ancient script called the Baybayin. Frenandez’ activism has led to his co-founding the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), and joining other cause-oriented groups such as Center for the Advancement of Young Artists and “Kaisahan”. Aside from participating in activist organizations, Fernandez has be an active member and officer of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), the Christian Art Society of the Philippines, AGOS KULAY (a watercolorist group), and the National Committee on Visual Art of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA). For all his work, Fernandez was awarded the 13 Artists Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and the Araw ng Maynila Award for Painting in 2006.
Ang Pagbuo ng Kaisipang Punong Lungsod (The Creation of the Dream of a Capitol City) by Simkin de Pio
Simkin Sarabosing de Pio (born 1976) is a figurist painter, who comes from an artist family led by his farther Gig Completo de Pio (born 1951). Although de Pio is adept in traditional styles and portraiture, his paintings are symbolical explorations of the human form. De Pio took his basic education at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), before continuing his art studies at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Fine Arts (CFA). As de Pio slowly built his reputation in the artwork, he worked part time as a graphic artist and illustrator at the UP NISMED, the AMA Computer University head office, and PetPlans. De Pio has also taught at the De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde School of Design and the Arts, the Xavier School and FEATI University; while managing the graphic and web content of Xavier and FEATI. De Pio has been a part of many art communities collaborations, such as the Forma Fuego Artist Space, the EREHOWON Art Collective, as well as the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Fine Arts (CFA) alumni’s museum on murals on Philippine history, entitled “Sining Saysay”. De Pio was selected as one of the 100 UP Centennial Artists, as part of the UP CFA centenary celebrations and exhibit, with the coffee table book “100 Nudes, 100 Years.” De Pio currently maintains his own studio, the Prometheus Atelier, in Quezon City.
World War II by Grandier Bella
Grandier Gil Bella (born 1972) is a hyper-surrealist painter, who originally hailed from Cebu and currently lives in Quezon City. Bella completed his basic education at the Lourdes School of Quezon City, before taking his formal art studies at the University of the Philippines (UP), where he graduated cum laude. Bella traveled to American and take further studies at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, while acting as the art director of the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington. Back in Philippines, Bella has also worked as a graphic designer for Alecon Realty, Hope Publishing, the International Artist Magazine, the Pastel Journal, Phoenix-SIBS Publishing House, Quarter Group Publishing, Saint Francis of Assisi Publications, and Tawid Publications. Bella is also adept in traditional styles and is a member of the Filipino Portrait Artists Guild, Philippine Pastel Artists, and the Artalyer Workshop and Studio. Bella currently serves as a faculty member of the UP College of Fine Arts (CFA), and also gives online tutorials on artmaking.
Pagbangon Bilang Isang Punong Lungsod (The Rise of the Capitol City) by Lourdes Inosanto
Maria Lourdes Prado Inosanto (born 1971) is a figurist painter of color expressions of the human form, as well as a symbolist historical painter. Inosanto graduated from the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) majoring in Advertising, and focus mainly on graphic design. Inosanto shifted to exhibition art, after garnering honors during the 2010 Philippine Air Force-AAP Competition (Art Association of the Philippines. Since then, Inosanto has been active in the art world, participating with the AAP, the FILVADRO (Filipino Visual Arts and Design Rights Organization), the UWAAP (United Women Artists Association of the Philippines), the PPAPA (Philippine Plein Air Association), the DAAN photography group, the EREHWON Art Collective, Sining Ubando, and the KUNST Phil. (Kapatiran at Ugnayan ng Natatanging Sining at Talento ng Pilipino), where she served as its PR Officer.
The Diliman Commune by Leonilo Doloricon
Leonilo “Nil” Ortega Doloricon (born 1957) is a painter, who is more known for his social realist prints. After graduation from the University of the Philippines (U.P.) College of Fine Arts (CFA), Doloricon worked as an illustrator for various dailies, such as the Manila Times. Doloricon started teaching at the CFA, and served as its dean for a time. In his service to the university, Doloricon received the 1999 Jose and Asuncion Joya Professorial Chair; the 2004 Guillermo Tolentino Professorial Chair; and the Fernando Amorolo Professorial Chair both in 1994 and in 2011. In 1990, Doloricon was honored the Thirteen Artist Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Batas Militar (Martial Law) by Eghai Roxas
Edgardo “Eghai” Roxas (born 1955) is a painter, musician, performance artist, and curator. Roxas first took his collegiate studies at the Philippine Women’s University (PWU), before continuing at the University of the Philippines (U.P.), and started painting social realist works. But after an exposure to the contemporary art scene in Europe and America, Roxas soon developed his illusionary abstract paintings. Roxas has worked with many artists’ groups and has served as an officer of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), heads the Visual Art Department of Dakila’s Climate School Project, the Erehwon Art Collective, and is a founding member of Kaisahan. Roxas has garnered recognitions in various competitions, and he has represented the Philippines at the 22nd Art Biennale in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in 1994.
1986 People Power Revolution by Pablo Baen Santos
Pablo Baen-Santos aka Adi Baens Santos (born 1943) is a known social realist, whose paintings were inspired by his exposure to the ills of society during his stint as a photographer for the Manila Times. In his first exhibit in 1974, he also founded the KAISAHAN (Unity) art group of social realists. Santos has garnered many awards for his paintings and photography, but his highest accolade was the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Thirteen Artists award, in 1990.
Quezon City: Ngayon at Bukas (Quezon City: Now and Tomorrow) by Othoniel Neri
Othoniel M. Neri (born 1985) was a self-taught social-surrealism painter, who would later earn a Fine Arts diploma through the ICS Learn International Correspondence School. In the beginning, Neri would join and win several art competitions, and slowly gain recognition in the art community, allowing him to join noted groups such as the Durian Collective, FILVADRO (Filipino Visual Arts and Design Rights Organization), and the EREHWON Art Collective. Neri uses a mash of pop culture, historical imagery and everyday life to make commentaries on socio-political issues of the day. Currently, Neri manages his own studio in Cloud 9, Antipolo City, Rizal Province.