What is home? For many of us, it’s family, friends, and loved ones. When asked, we can easily dig up stories of past experiences when we were kids, both good and bad, and always with nostalgia. Cebuano artist Wyndelle Remonde captures exactly that in his artworks shown at his solo exhibit in the Contempo Art Gallery at Bamboo Bay. A Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from UP Cebu, Wyndelle has been in the art scene for close to a decade now and has been involved with apparel/clothing design, murals, and graphic design, aside from drawing and painting.
In his latest solo exhibit, Wyndelle Remonde shows his vulnerable side, giving the audience a glimpse of what, for him, is home. Evident in his artworks are his past and present, as well as hopes and dreams, frustrations and fears, and most of all his passion. And that passion is something that he hopes will inspire others. I believe that an artist’s greatest strength lies in his vulnerability for in that moment, he can truly communicate a shared human experience.
We had the pleasure to visit and talk to the man behind the HOME exhibit. Check out our interview below.
What is HOME all about?
Home is a collection of new and past works, from previous shows outside Cebu that I have brought home in the hopes of sharing my art to fellow Cebuanos.
What was your inspiration for this exhibit?
It’s been a while since my last exhibition in Cebu. Ang ako-a lang jd is ganahan ko i share ako’ng works sa mga taga dri sa ato sa Cebu. Hoping to inspire some.
What do you think of the Cebu Art Scene?
I’m so happy on what’s going on sa scene. Everyone’s doing their very best para I saka ang scene sa ciudad. We are slowly but surely getting there. Nindot kaayo.
Any upcoming shows around the country?
Naay mga upcoming group shows in Bacolod this year, Pop up show dri sa Cebu, then hopefully ma okay ang solo show sa Manila sometime next year. I’m still working on it right now.
“Like you, my story begins at home. I have been making art since I was a kid and yet my career as an artist only began from the moment I graduated and earned my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Major in Studio Arts. Through the years, I have been juggling my career as a professional artist by day, and a struggling artist by night. From illustrations to animation, acrylic paint to textile paint, silk screen to digital, group shows to solos, uncertainties to possibilities. The list is endless. And I’m not just talking about my unpaid bills.
Last year, I was given the opportunity to have my second solo exhibit at House of Frida in Bacolod and a couple more of group shows at Gallery Orange in Bacolod as well. It has been a surreal experience—pop surreal, to be exact! Displayed here are a mix of new and past works from previous shows that I have brought home in the hopes of sharing my art to fellow Cebuanos. That my story is just a thread woven into this bigger canvas that we share. I hope to inspire the young local artist in you to not only create but also grow. May you uncover the path that leads to your own story, your soul, and ultimately, your art.”
Catch Wyndelle Remonde’s solo exhibit HOME until June 30, 2017 at Contempo Art Gallery located at Gallery One, Lobby Level of Tower One, Bamboo Bay Community in Hernan Cortes, Subangdaku, Mandaue City. Viewing times is from 9am to 6pm daily.
Photos: Bait Nicart