The Padilla Brothers are my next features! I came across Roman’s art at B Side Makati near the beginning of my trip. I was immediately intrigued by his jewelry’s style, and when I found out that he also painted I immediately knew that he had to be featured. I later found out that both he and his brother get involved in art, which is absolutely amazing. It’s always so nice seeing siblings doing work together.
Here is information about their work:
Roman Padilla (24) and Angelo Padilla (22) are self taught artists whose artistic backgrounds were molded entirely in their rocky childhood days. As children, they were often in search for a permanent place to settle in, moving from several places back and forth, switching of schools one after another, limited playtime and never having that chance to establish healthy relationships with other\ \adults and children the same age. The two brothers often escaped this unrelenting reality by inventing their own world, a place where they can roam freely, a mystical place place where they can create imaginary creatures who give comfort and limitless understanding. For them, “PARACOSM” was invented to help them orient themselves gradually in reality.
Such a scenario, paracosms function as a way of processing and understanding their early loss and troubles, the world paracosm consists of intricate geography, odd language and alien like creations. The Padilla brothers had made their own twisted version of the world itself, with them digging into their past, reviving some familiar good memories and then intertwining them into their present realities. As an adult, exposed in a perserving world full of vices and influences, they created this reality.
Even as an adult, these two brothers are self professed “paracosmists”. They still invent and widen their paracosm world, creating creatures and places that is a physicality and metaphysically of their daily life experiences, wordplay of highly imaginative experiences that bloom profusely in their heads.
The artworks of Angelo and Roman have a hint of botanical and animal influence, from intricate leaves, protruding horns, and eclectic variety of flowers for Angelo as to odd shapes, habits of a cacti full of hypnotizing colors and unexpected patterns for Roman. Thus, they create the strangest form of alien like hybrid creatures that live exclusively inside their make believe fantasy land enveloped in a mist of hallucination and day dreaming.
The light in their sculptures symbolize a strange beacon, wandering infinitely in the darkness, luring them once more inside the paracosm world. It also serves as a calling light for adults who retain an innocent fragment of their childhood, to visit once more into their own past playground of colorful and strange imaginations.
If you would like to get in contact with them, their email is: firstname.lastname@example.org