A true-blue Negrense, Edbon Sevilleno, grew up in the quiet town of Saravia in Negros Occidental, Philippines. In his senior year at St. Joseph’s Academy, that was when he met our brother Emil. He later on pursued to study Fine Arts at La Consolacion College and then the rest is history. They have been friends for almost four decades now and have been in touch with each other since. They make it a point to meet up whenever both their time and availability permit.
Just a few weeks ago, we had a great pleasure of meeting Manong Edbon and his doting wife, Chen, in Manila. Although we only spent a very limited time with them, we were able to get to know them more. Manong Edbon even showed us images of some of his works from his mobile phone. His artworks come in various forms and medium—from comic strips, illustrations, portraits, sketches, and, of course, paintings.
Here are just some of our favourites:
This multi-awarded artist is now based in the Middle East where he works as a Creative Director at a multinational advertising and branding agency. With several one-man-shows and group exhibitions in his portfolio, he takes pride in giving back to the community, especially to his roots—Negros Occidental province.
During his annual vacation in his hometown, he would conduct Master Classes in Bacolod City. These hands-on workshops aim to teach young artists and even those who wanted to start to learn how to paint. This gesture of giving back and sharing his talent is truly admirable; and since it is innate in him, he would occasionally post bits and pieces of tips and tutorials on his Facebook Page.
While Manong Edbon humbly describes himself as “a prolific art nomad,” he is very well-respected, too, by his peers not just for his artistry but also for his kindness and humility. His works were featured in various art exhibitions abroad, and, in his homeland, The Philippines.
Author’s Note: All images used with permission from the featured artist.