Renz Baluyot

“I graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, major in Painting. Through visual arts, I attempt to continue to strive in bringing national issues to the attention of the local and international audience. I present narratives that center on urban decay, which at times may integrate the past and the present; evaluating what might constitute as important and trivial in the context of socio-political realms. My works are hinged on the effects of society’s ills without hopefully and consciously turning to propaganda. Through the arts, I hope to encourage awareness and profound understanding of our place in the society; how history can play in our continuous reassessment of our identity in the modern world, while responding to contemporary issues. By Sword and Fire, a one-person exhibition held at the UP Vargas Museum in 2017 was inspired by my art residency in Osaka, Japan. Using diverse forms of media, I encouraged and engaged the audience in discourses and conversations on the complicated relationship of the Philippines and Japan during World War II: an attempt to identify history by intervention and interaction with objects from the WWII era, while combining and assembling them with objects from today. I recently completed my residency at the Vermont Studio Center, USA where he was awarded a Fellowship. My works have been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the Philippines and in international stages in London, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia.”