The studio gallery is a ground-breaking project coinciding with the 80th birthday of one of the respected icons of Philippine visual arts, Raul Lebajo.
This year marks the 80th birthday of one of the respected icons of Philippine visual arts, master surrealist Raul Lebajo. What makes the celebration significant is that it coincides with the fulfillment of his ground-breaking project – a studio gallery – which now houses his masterpieces, old and new, and is able to showcase it to a range of art lovers and collectors, even to up-and-coming artists.
Nestled inside the sprawling Lebajo ArtFarm in Alfonso, Cavite, the studio gallery is a two-floor edifice with wide spaces. The roof interior is made of bamboo sticks, which emits a cool atmosphere and looks exquisite aesthetically.
The first floor serves as the main gallery. It has displays of various works of the Lebajo patriarch and his two sons Nikulas and Gio, who both pursued their father’s artistic inclination to arts. The second floor or the loft is where the studio can be found. It is here where Raul stays most of the time painting to his heart’s content while having a view over the verdant surroundings of the farm.
“In fact, inspiration comes from a wellspring of imagination – what I see from my surroundings – from simple to the most extraordinary, things I can draw motivation from,” Raul shares. “I just keep on painting. No one forces me to paint. It’s like a stream of thoughts, which keeps flowing when creativity is at its peak.”
Raul believes that being an artist is someone who is creative, passionate, and effective. He is someone who is not constrained by money. Ultimately, the reward will come when people see the value of your work, he quips.
“I’m grateful that I can leave behind a legacy that my children and grandchildren will carry on,” Raul muses.
Not too far from the main gallery are the basement, where the master’s bedroom is located, then the guest room, and kitchen area. The look and feel of the property all came from Raul’s ideas.
One of the best parts of having the studio-gallery in this location is to be closer to nature. The scenery is delightful and tranquil. The air is a lot cleaner and fresher, too. You feel totally relaxed. You can look forward to a picturesque sunrise and be fascinated with the chirping of the birds around you while doing your gardening activities.
Staying in this kind of healthy and comforting environment makes the artist more productive in creating masterpieces that resonate with his present views of the world in the time of the pandemic.
For the time being, the studio-gallery accepts visitors by appointment only. For inquiries, call +639296956656 and look for Gio Lebajo.
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