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My works of art

My works of art is a process of examining the future and rediscovering the past to build the present, to envisage complex challenges in order to link between different culture, places, times and events.

The basis of my thought is concerned with the balance of high technology and indigenous life, and the growing rediscovery of the importance of indigenous environment as component and significance to the modern times in order to relate and communicate socio-economic and environmental problems.

My works are strongly influenced by social, cultural, religious, spiritual and political norms. Hence my works, whatever their forms and motives reflect the magical ritualism of my rich indigenous roots.

My ideas and inspirations come from my daily observation of the environment and events and interaction with the different people and culture. But I’m also inspired by things that may seem irrelevant to others as my ideas and energies constantly activated my mind and heart for a creative art work.

I believe that art as a ritual has a healing capacity and the artist as a healer will give valuable contributions to balance the mind for a meaningful future.

Bert is a Filipino visual artist living in Vancouver, Canada. A compleat artist -an educator and cultural worker doing designing,

illustrations, painting, murals, sculpture, installations, set and props for stage performances and TV shows. Internationally and nationally acclaimed, he is a recipient of the Western Australia Department of the Arts and Australia Council for the Arts Grants, Asian Artists Awards of Vermont Studio Centre, U.S.A., Philip Morris Group of Companies ASEAN Art Awards, GSIS Museum Artist Awards, Art Association of the Philippines Award, The Outstanding MSU-IIT Alumni Awards (TOMA 2008 in Visual Arts) Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology,Philippines, 2007 Winner of the International Mural Festival and Competition in Manitoba, Canada and won the 2009 Artist in Residence of the Leigh Square Community Arts Village Mural Project, City of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.

As an artist-educator he has organized art workshops in schools and communities, for skills development, art-as- therapy and peace building. He facilitated art workshops and lecture- presentations for art educators, social workers, artists, fine arts students, art enthusiasts, street children and out of school youth in different places and venues like, University of Western Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of the Philippines, Vargas Museum, Vermont Studio Centre, Leigh Square Community Arts Village, Children’s Rehabilitation Centre and different Communities.

 

www.bertmonterona.com
Vancouver, Canada