A group of young “undiscovered” artists in Negros Oriental exhibited their self-portraits Nov. 17 to Dec. 1 at the Foyer Gallery of Silliman Hall.
“TUMAW” featured the self-portraits in acrylic paint, water color, oil paint and coffee by Guhit Pilipinas Negros Oriental (GPNO), a local organization of young art enthusiasts.
Iris Tirambulo, a founding member of the project, said the exhibit should encourage young artists to come out and show the province their own brand of art.
She said some artists who were discouraged to pursue a career in arts became part of the “underground art,” hence, the project title Tumaw, which is derived from the Visayan vernacular meaning to arise, to come out, to emerge.”
GPNO counts among its members students in information technology, architecture and high school. Others are call center agents, fine arts graduates as well as graduates of other courses.
Maej Anfone, head of GPNO and SU BS Information Technology student, said they wanted to showcase Negros Oriental’s undiscovered artists.
“It is true that there are already well-known artists here in Negros Oriental but a group of young talented artists should also be put into the spotlight.”