Filipino artist stages exhibit in Phuket


PHUKET, Thailand – Renowned Filipino artist based in Bangkok showcased Filipino artistry in Phuket as he held another successful exhibit in Central Phuket last week.

Josh Roxas, in an effort to spread awareness on conservation of marine life, captured the colors and movements of the underwater world in his art using acrylic and mixed media as his platform. He was joined by two equally talented artists based in Phuket – Maria Klepchenko, a Russian artist and Neil Ornido, a Filipino teacher who found another calling in the arts.

” We believe that when people appreciate nature , they should think and uphold responsibility on taking care for it. Let’s save our marine life from further destruction,” Roxas said in the event official Facebook page.

The exhibit, titled: “Submergence” opened at the Swissotel Resort at  Phuket’s famous Patong beach Wednesday, April 12 and will run for more than two weeks until April 30th.

According to her Facebook page, Klepchenko works as a  model, personal fitness and bodybuilding trainer, fire performer. “I love Art because it is my life. It helps me to speak with the world, shows my fantasy and shares my moods,” she shares.

Meanwhile, Ornido who is also an art and design coordinator and a graphic artist, hopes to impact change among his audience. ” Art has a powerful capacity to to translate colors, shapes and shades into a message that can bring transformation to individuals, people and nations,” he says.

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The opening night on April 12 featured Josh Roxas in a live painting performance in the company of a Russian pianist Alex Glinksy, a member of Moscow Orchestra. A fire dance performance from an Italian performer Michele Gordini also highlighted the gala night while kids and adults alike were treated to a mermaid display modeled by Russian artist Helly Kha.

Roxas is an award winning Filipino artist who graduated from Philippine Normal University-Mindanao in the Philippines. He has done several exhibits in different parts of Thailand including Bangkok and Phuket among others. Last month, he was one and the only Filipino artist among the nine featured in Kalwit Studio and Gallery in Bangkok which gathered Thai and international artists.

Mr. Roxas’ works have found their way to the gallery of local and international collectors. In February, the Irish Ambassador in Thailand bought one of his paintings.

Just recently, Roxas was given a full page feature in Big Chilli Magazine covering one of his art events in Bangkok.

Photography Credit: Steve Stephen

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.