Ang mga KOMIKS Drowing ni Nonoy Alob at ni Edbon Sevilleno will open on January 5, 10:30 am at the Museo Negrense De La Salle of the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. This pioneering exhibition on contemporary comic arts held in cooperation with Guhit Pinoy Saudi Arabia will run from January 5-17, with mini lectures upon scheduled requests. Around 60 works will be exhibited composed of a compilation of outputs from published Darnoon books, works under Guhit Pinoy on Philippine Comic Heroes, and selected Fantasy Art pieces.
What is the relevance of this seemingly childlike fascination that it actually gained entry to a cultural mindset that is the Museo Negrense De La Salle? One, comic arts is a strong contemporary form of visual expression held in high esteem in the world today, and two, the Filipino is an acknowledge world class talent in the field of comic arts. These, to the artists, is the core of hope that they bring back to our highly creative Negrenses who may think that there is no future to the visual craft aside from the rare occasional sale of a painting. Cartooning and illustrations are collaborative art forms that lean heavily on the input of an author and the social realities of the times it comment upon. There is a high level of truth as far as human nature is concerned and so therefore has legit claim as an art form.
Featured in Ang mga KOMIKS Drowing are two of Negrense’s pride, Edbon Sevilleno, an Associate Creative Director of AP7 Riyadh affiliated with McCann-Erickson Worldwide and Natalio “Nonoy” Alob, Jr., painter, sculptor and in-house illustrator of Darnoon Book Publishing, who both presently work with the royal Princess Maha Faisal in the production of a 10-book series on The Adventures of Saif Bin Dha Yazeen, an ancient Arabian folk hero during the pre-Islamic era.
EDBON MARAVILLA SEVILLENO, 42, was educated in La Consolacion College of Fine Arts and is formerly connected with Director Chito Roño’s Optifex for its Hanna Barbera animation projects in the 80’s. He was also the cartoonist of Borjok Comic Strip Series published within Masa magazine, sister paper of Malaya and was formerly illustrator of award-winning books for children under Phoenix Publishing. He has worked in Riyadh for 15 years and is married to Sveth Lana with two daughters Yara and Ezel, both studying at L’Ecole Kinder School.
NATALIO GELISANGA ALOB, JR., 36, is also an LCC Arfien product whose diverse creative talents were several times affirmed as 3-time PLDT Regional & Palaro Centennial Cover Design champion, as well as in national competitions like the Philip Morris Papier Mache category, Shell sculpture category, and Mud Pack competitions. He has proved to be a creative force to reckon with in any local creative competition, a talent that eventually landed him his present choice position in KSA. He is newly married to Graciela Villaluna.