Friday, July 1, 2016

To a better place

After several months of finding inspiration and motivation what to paint for our second two-man show with Rommel at the Galerie Stephanie, I feel semi-relieved that I'm surviving those grueling periods of creative drought. Or maybe it was more of gaining my self-confidence back again, working on to dissolve fears, loneliness, and insecurities. I realized nobody can really help you, not even family and close friends even if they're willing and supportive, except yourself. It also doesn't fade away in a snap just like that. 

Went on to paint anyway. Life and the show must go on. 

Glitters, iridescent paint, phosphorescence, glossy, and glassy. I tend to be fascinated on shiny, shimmering, and splendid somethings at the moment. 

I think gold is my fave color right now.

The whale's relationship with giraffe isn't working so it moved on.

Heartbroken paintings, I mean a diptych scene in progress.

I'm so curious what's gonna happen on July 5.


From :

“Rommel Joson and Sergio Bumatay III Explore the Idea of Parallel Universes”
Ricky Francisco
Galerie Stephanie proudly presents Parallel Universes, a two-man exhibition of the multi-awarded artist-illustrators Sergio Bumatay III and Rommel Joson from July 5 to 19, 2016. In this exhibition, both artists explore the idea of parallel universes: self-contained realities co-existing with ours, which may or may not have any relationship with ours, opening viewers to fantastical worlds that embody the limits of possibility.
In his [8]-painting body of work for this exhibition, Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) Grandprize winner Sergio Bumatay III contemplates and continues from his winning piece entitled The Extraordinary Manifestation of Something Undeniably Possible, which is in essence a meditation on the afterlife. Focusing on transcending the limits of our existence, Bumatay, posits mortality as the doorway to enter the other world. Building on the award-winning piece, Bumatay creates glimpses of this world through diaphanous beings blending with ethereal blue environment, seeming to imply the essence of existence, or the soul. In the piece, [I Chose You To Find Me], a deer-like creature prances about, carrying in its womb an embryonic winged child. Passage and movement are a predominant theme in his works, where winged creatures appear to either float or fly in dreamy abandon.
In contrast, Rommel Joson, a magna cum laude graduate from the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, presents pairs of human-like beings entangled in ripples of luxurious cloth. In these pairs, notions of connection and disconnection are apparent. While the ripples of cloth physically bind them, all but the paintings Blackhole and Our Strange Gravities show them gazing into each other’s eyes, implying the nature of relationships – where sometimes, there is communion between two distinct individuals, but more often, there is the insufferable distance that gets in between them, making individuals run parallel lives, lived beside each other, but never to intersect.

Parallel Universes presents paradoxical aspects of both limits and unbounded potential.
To view the exhibit, one may visit Galerie Stephanie from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm. For inquiries please call 709 1488 or email Galerie Stephanie is located at Unit 1B Parc Plaza Bldg., 183 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Libis, Quezon City.

A fave from Rommel's collection:
oil on canvas, 36" dia.

My work:
"In The Moment"
acrylic, phosphorescent paint (glow-in-the-dark), interference paint, and glitters on canvas
32" dia.

Friday, January 22, 2016

ANIMA: A Picturebook in Space

Anima: A Picturebook in Space is an exhibition that proposes an alternative approach to the medium of book illustration. By combining illustrations as paintings and drawings, with selected objects of personal significance and materials from the Vargas Collection, Bumatay creates an installation of a fantastical children’s “picturebook” on the three-dimensional space of the museum. Objects reminiscent of childhood play and personal fantasies are built in a suggestive state of animation, piquing the imagination and enabling the viewer to construe the stories behind every clue seen in the space.

The exhibit runs until January 29, 2016. 

Sergio Bumatay III (b. 1979) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in 2000 and is currently doing his Master’s at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. He is a member of Ang INK (Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan), the Philippines’ first organization of illustrators. Bumatay is a children’s book illustrator, book designer, and painter whose works have garnered local and international awards in Japan (2008), South Korea (2012) and Sweden (2013).

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to You may also check our website at or like us at and follow us on Twitter via @UPVargasMuseum for updates.

Sergio Bumatay III will have a walk-through of "ANIMA: A Picturebook in Space" on January 26, 2016, Tuesday, at 10am. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Pre-register to the event by sending a message to UP Vargas Museum in Facebook or call at 928-1927 during office hours.

Share your versions of the story, your photo-captured scenes, or your thoughts on ANIMA using the hashtags #animaproj #anima and follow them to Instagram @animaproj

A scene from ANIMA: A Picturebook in Space, University of the Philippines-College of Fine Arts Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition by Sergio Bumatay III at the UP Vargas Museum.