The Philippine Star
BIENVENIDO BAÑEZ, JR: SURREALIST, SYMBOLIST AND VISIONARY
Bienvenido Bañez, Jr. or Bones is, according to worldfamous surreal/visionary American artist Terrance Lindall, the “greatest living surrealist in the Philippines.” Bañez’s art revolves around the reign of evil in the world — the perpetrators of war, poverty, injustice, environmental degradation, cultural decadence and terrorism.
And he expresses all these in a kaleidoscope of psychedelic human and subhuman figures, described by fellow Mindanao artist Phillip Somozo as “translucent images and luminosities swirling, shimmering, or disintegrating in a world bereft of gravity.”
Born in Davao City, Bañez studied at the Ford Academy of the Arts, where one of his tutors was no less than National Artist Victorio Edades. He later taught in the same institution and the Philippine Women’s College in Davao.
In 2002, he won the Asian Fellowship Painting Competition of the Vermont Center in Vermont, USA. In 2004, Bañez moved to New York where he now lives.