fanstastic painter of modern art
Emmanuel John Santos Y Mediana or Eman Santos is an artist in figurative art. Born in 1978, his early training was in Architecture which he earned from Far Eastern University. Later, he was schooled his final step at Philippine School of Interior Design.
At age 7, he already showed signs of artistic potentials from his young soul. While he did artworks common in his age, whether images of the typical bahay kubo with a familial bonding relations, coconut trees and rice fields, his talent simply radiated. He did a miniature of the light rail transit (LRT) complete with buildings which included the whole stretch from Monumento to Baclaran and he also did a visual version of diminutive type of the Holy Bible.
Santos began his art career as a portrait artist. In fact, he had rendered portraits of many celebrities, politicians and other personalities. At presents, although occasionally he would turn to his other career as an interior designer, he handled the interior design of commercial and private residences across the country. His passion for the visual art rules his creative engagements. Through the years his talent continued to be refined, honed and reinvented.
He had his first one-man exhibition at the Galleria de las Islas in 2006, after 2 years Eman took his next art solo exhibition at SM City North, SM Mall of Asia, PICC Forum Manila, and fifth solo at Bellissimo Ristorante owned by Cesar Montano. And since then has shared the walls of many local galleries with other young, midcareer and established artists.
While in Europe in 2009, he did a string of group and solo shows under the Young Art Philippines Group Show which mounted in several countries like UK, Luxembourg. His solo exhibitions include: United in One Faith, Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, Love and Emotion, Museum of Young Art, in Vienna Austria and One Community â€œUrania in Berlin. Later in October 2009, he was again exhibited his work in Vernissage which was mounted at the Wimbledon Art Gallery. He participate shows in Japan and Korea as well.
Besides his thriving art career, he is very much concerned in advocacies and community projects thru donations of paintings and free art workshops. He was once involved with Philippine Art Central for Community Empowerment Inc. which funds among others a football team composed of street children taught how to play the game. Funds raised from donated art works help the team for other expenses. Also Santos handled art workshop program at Malayang Anak ng Sining Community Theater (Masscomthea) which is the Samahang Kabataan at Sta. Ana, Manila. In the 4th quarter of 2009 he supported Color Me Life program the L.I.F.E or Leukemic Indigents Fund Endowment for giving hope to children whose lives deserve a second chance. Likewise Santos supported the Diorama and donating art works project under the ISM group and Umagang Kayganda hosted by Ms. Bernadette Zembrano for the benefits of Madre de Amor Hospice Foundation, a home for the aged.
During the wake of typhoon Ondoy, he was also actively engaged in donating art works for the benefit of typhoon victims which was channeled to ABS-CBN and to the efforts of the Kunst Gallery. He also had works donated to the Philippine embassies in London, Vienna and Berlin. He extends his talent to the community by teaching and helping realize the dreams of young potential artists by imparting his skills and encouraging them to pursue art. In 2004 and 2008 respectively, he used to hold art tutorials where he taught kids and teenagers in the basics of water color, pen and ink, pastel, acrylic and oil. Among the art workshops abroad where he was involved included those art tutorial lessons in Vienna Austria and another one with Fachklinik Kamillushaus Gmbh, an art workshop-therapy for alcoholics in Essen Germany.
He with his wife, leads the group Samahang Artist ng Ibat -Ibang Birada or Sanib, an art which they hope can be a venue for collaboration and exploration among other like minded artists whom he shares the same creative passions. As a group, they had their debut exhibit at the Manila Fame International, ART-MANILA 09, at the World Trade Center in Pasay in October, 2009.
He received the Gawad Recom Award in 2010, awarded by the City Mayor Enrico Recom Echiverri, an accolade conferred to him by the city government of Caloocan for his historical contribution to the community through the arts. As an active member of the local art community, he often joins art contest like the Metrobank, DAR, Star Paper/National Bookstore, Manila Yatch Club Sailboat, Philippine Star, ECCA-AAP, and GSIS where he had been shortlisted as winner, honorable and finalist in some years. In 2008, he also received one of the Dangal ng Bayan Award and Global Excellence Award by Philippine Art Central called Artist for a Cause.
He has also been exhibited abroad and cited in one of Manuel Duldulao's coffee table books. Santos is an active member of the Art Association of the Philippines. He lives in Manila.