Disney’s only licensed Filipino artist holds one-man show in Manila

Photograph Courtesy of DISNEY+ | Filipino Artist Rodel Gonzalez.

The Fine Art of Rodel Gonzalez, a Manila Art Show grand exhibition for the first and only Filipino artist officially licensed to paint Disney, Marvel and Star Wars artworks, finally lands in the Philippines. The exhibition will be held at COLLAB Sheraton Manila Hotel at Newport World Resorts on 3 June at 5 p.m.

Gonzalez’s grand exhibition follows a string of international sold out shows in the United States and Japan. Manila Art Show presents opportunities for the Filipino public, art collectors and the media to appreciate these works of art up close or even bring home a piece from the collection.

The Manila Art Show of Rodel Gonzalez is presented by Newport World Resorts and Sheraton Manila Hotel. The collection is curated and organized by Kartini Asia Gallery with special participation of Uniquecorn Strategies.

“It is high time that an international Filipino artist, at the caliber of Rodel Gonzalez, becomes well known in this country,” said Kingson Sian, Newport World Resorts president and chief executive officer.

Gonzalez was first accredited by Disney in 2008 to reproduce the media giant’s iconic characters and scenarios through his paintings. Known for his dry-brush technique and having a keen eye for color, form and composition, Gonzalez’s detailed artworks have been sold across Disney Theme Parks, Cruise Lines and art galleries in Japan, North America and Europe.

“We are proud that the works of Rodel Gonzalez have found a home within Newport World Resorts,” Sian added. As a premier lifestyle and entertainment destination, Newport World Resorts champions Filipino artists and the performing arts through various initiatives including the long-running, all-Filipino hit musical Ang Huling El Bimbo.

Art pieces

The Manila Art Show will display and auction off over a hundred art pieces featuring popular Star Wars characters, such as Yoda, the Stormtroopers, Darth Vader; Marvel Cinematic Universe fan favorites like Iron Man and Spiderman; and Disney princesses’ Elsa, Cinderella and many others. The paintings are done in varying sizes and mediums, such as acrylic on black paper, acrylic on canvas, acrylic on gesso board, oil on canvas, oil on gesso board, oil on aluminum and giclee on canvas.

Gonzalez is born into a family of artists that catalyzed his early exposure to many forms of art through the teachings of his father, Rick Gonzalez, and grandfather, Felix Gonzalez, both painters. At nine, Gonzalez’s passion for arts began to flourish as he delved into learning its elements and principles. Gonzalez academically reinforced his knowledge of art as he majored in painting at the University of Santo Tomas and earned a degree in Interior Design from the Philippines School of Interior Design.

The artistry he had been enriching at a young age found its favor in the field of music. In 1985, Gonzalez co-founded the premiere band, Side A, that amassed various hit songs and brought the band to its icon status today. For decades, Gonzalez wielded his creative skills in music as a songwriter and former lead vocalist of the band.

With enthusiasm to establish a more profound way to express art, in 2002 Gonzalez pursued Fine Arts that later put him in an exclusive and international position as a licensed Disney and Lucas Films artist in 2008.

For inquiries, please contact Ria Malvar at [email protected] or call 0926-6899014; and Kathryn Joy Jeruta at [email protected] or call 0917-8728586.

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