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When the artist travels he brings the world back with him (The visual travelogue of Pancho Piano)

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Written by noelbarcelona2017   
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 19:34

Pancho Piano has travelled that much. But he does not travel for the sake of traveling. He travels because he wanted to explore the beauty of other countries—its culture, its sceneries, its peoples. At the end of those travels, he would have a bunch of memories—memories which he will immortalize for the other people to see and enjoy in his paintings.

Last July 1, at the Galeria Alvero in Quezon City, Metro Manila in the Philippines, Piano has launched his solo exhibit entitled "Isang Paglalakbay sa Sining" (A Travel in Arts). 

Piano has been known for his myths and legends, the stories of his beloved region—Bicol, that strip of land at the tail of the biggest island of the Philippine archipelago; a region of more than 5.7 million peoples and home of the majestic Mayon Volcano and Caramoan beach; where abaca and pili grow; oftentimes, suffered violent and harsh weather due to typhoons and monsoon rains; and from time to time, experiencing the anger of the Mayon. But “oragons” as they are, they keep to stay afloat despite the difficulty.

In his travels, Piano is not only bringing himself and his family, if he can. But he brings the entire Philippines with him—the values of his peoples, their beliefs and customs, and of course, that warmness that the foreigners loved—and continue to love—whenever they visit the Philippines either for vacation or for business, or both. As one foreigner who visited the Philippines for short eight days—it’s more love in the Philippines. And when he comes back, as mentioned before, he takes with him those wonderful memories of the countries he has visited and enjoyed—the beauty of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and the skies of Georgia or its 2,000 mineral springs, or its 12,000 cultural and historical monuments; the mountains and springs and rivers and tulip fields of Holland; the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, where some portions of its, literally fire and water meet (in the Hawaiian legend, they were the sisters Pele and Namakaokahai); and the fishing villages and the burgeoning commerce and national parks of Hokkaido in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. He has seen lots and lots of places and he paints and paints a lot of sceneries, but his first love is still the sceneries and the peoples and the customs and traditions of his beloved Bicol.

Aside from the myths and legends, Piano is also fond of doing stained glass for churches, depicting the most important events in Christianity’s history. In fact, he had worked on 70 churches, helping the faithful to remember their faith and commitment to the church founded by Christ himself, and to live a pious and a good life so that the promises of Christ will become a reality for them. As the Apostle’s Creed says, “the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”

As a habit, he always renders his paintings using his “standard” visual music. The lines and colors, with all of its hues, the light and the shadows dance in the perpetual rhythm of the music of the Cosmos. If you personally know Piano, he was into music but painting was his first love. He studied at the University of Nueva Caceres to become an economist, however he ended up painstakingly finishing a Fine Arts Course in University of the Philippines in Diliman, where numerous National Artists either studied or taught—José Joya, BenCab (Benedicto Cabrera), Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Cesar Legaspi, and Vicente Manansala. Actually, he came to UP to have his second course with a scholarship from Joya himself.

And thus, he became a painter, a good painter that his paintbrush and palette have brought him to foreign lands, gave him accolades and recognitions, and of course, satisfaction for it has given him the power to record, in the most colorful way, his advenPancho Piano with his guest in his one-man show at Galeria Alvero in Quezon City, Philippines last 01 July 2017.tures and experiences in the countries that he has visited in the past.

Now, he is showing again the audience the beauty about traveling and exploring new cultures, and experiencing it first hand.

“Travel brings power and love back into your life,” says the Sufi mystic and poet Rumi. Now, Piano is bringing that love, immortalized on canvases, with “music” and all, together with his soul and wisdom and spirit as an artist.

 

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