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Each year, the Masskara Festival is held in Bacolod, Philippines every October. This exhibit is a response to the typhoon devastation in the Visayan region last year. Historically the Masskara Festival has been used as a way to uplift the spirits of people in the face adversity. Through art, the artists aim to do the same. Artists will also be creating artwork live at the pavilion on masks and balikbayan boxes. Just like previous years, Baybayin, the indigenous Philippine script will be taught. This year's featured artists include Kristian Kabuay, Ray Haguisan, Bryant Sina, Melody Shaiken, Nicky Gervacio, Coco and Onedr.
As a leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the Philippine script, Kristian Kabuay (Christian Cabuay) developed a modern performance style of the writing system called Tulang Kalis (Poetry of the Sword) and introduced it as Filipino Calligraphy with a series of live demonstrations and lectures at the Asian Art Museum in October 2012.
Currently based in San Francisco, Kristian launched his own company around the script specializing in custom art, translations, books and apparel. This led to collaborations with t-shirt, hat and skateboard companies. Kristian completed a European tour of Paris, Madrid, London and Brussels in July, 2013 and is currently working on his 3rd book.
Nicole Gervacio is an artist based in Oakland, California.
Coco is a San Francisco based artist and design student with a passion for international cultures, street art, and architecture. She was introduced to Polynesian culture while studying at the University of Hawaii which sparked a desire to explore the rest of the world.
Most of her illustration uses a mix of patterns and motifs from cultures around the globe to symbolize the world we get to live in. Being in California gives her the chance to experience different cultures in both traditional and new forms. She is inspired by architects like Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid—their limitless views of the future are an inspiration to continuously push the way we think.
Ray Haguisan is an artist who specializes in a technique called Pyrography, “writing with fire” using a wood burning tool. His art is primarily focused on the ancient Philippine script, the Baybayin, and has been an avid Baybayin practitioner since 1994. Through his art, he aspires to preserve, promote, propagate and educate in the discovery of a rich Filipino culture and identity.
Ray founded Malaya Designs, a cultural brand that serves the people through educating and promoting the preservation of a unique writing system and helps empower Filipino identity through consciousness.
Melody Shaiken is a multidisciplinary visual artist specializing in murals, illustration, and animation.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Melody left the West Coast for New York City to attend The School of Visual Arts and received her BFA in traditional animation.
Melody has lived in San Francisco, Arizona, Seattle, New York City, Bangkok, San Juan (Puerto Rico), and Koh Phangan (Thailand). The multi-dimensional experience she has acquired from living in a diverse set of locations heavily influences her work, in addition to other strong themes of nature, culture, and concepts about women in various societies.
She is currently working on a personal project that she plans to execute in Europe.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Onedr is a DJ and graffiti artist. His colorful, bug-eyed characters often take the form of little anxious devils, a way of conveying the idea that we are living in Hell already and we need to make the best of our time.
Onedr is a self-taught artist, whose style comes from being "babysat by a television" as a child. His style is inspired by Jim Henson’s muppets, cartoons like Ren n' Stimpy, old Hannah Barbara characters, and the Bay Area graffiti and street artist Twist One.