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|Elito "Amangpintor" Circa|
Elito "Amangpintor" Circa
|Born||Elito Villaflor Circa
January 28, 1970
Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
|Education||No formal education in painting|
|Known for||Hair and Blood Folk Painter|
|Notable work||Blood painting of Manny Pacquio, Pantabangan History Mural|
|Awards||Folk Artist of Pantabangan|
Elito Villaflor Circa (born January 28, 1970), better known as "Amangpintor", is a famous Filipino painter and internationally recognized folk artist, acclaimed for his indigenous human hair and blood medium for paintings with mythologism and mythicalism subject matters. He has been noted as "First Hair and Blood painter” of his generation and known for his signature subject of Legend of Minggan. He also popularized Hand Painting performances done within five (5) to ten (10) minutes in a canvas of 432 square inches using the three (3) primary colors.
Early life and education
Amangpintor was born to Juan Circa and Josefina Villaflor in the old town of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines on January 28, 1970. He was the youngest of seven children. His education was ensured through a scholarship from World Vision Foundation Inc. under poster parents Cynthia and Leigh Brown from Perth, Australia who supported his studies all the way through secondary school (awarded Artist of the Year) until he graduated at the Central Luzon State University with a degree in Elementary Education.
Amangpintor has no formal training in painting. He started drawing, using charcoals from the stove in their kitchen, on the walls of their house in Pantabangan town while he was six years old. Estimated 600 works of arts since 1980, which he gave to some of his teachers, friends and neighbors during that time. He also painted a series of 15 paintings for the “Legend of Minggan” which depicted the courtship of the giant “Minggan” to “Mariang Sinukuan” who was supposed to be dwelling in Mount Arayat. Amangpintor also made a series of paintings about the place of his birth, depicted about the evacuation of the residents of Pantabangan when their town was about to be submerged by Pantabangan Dam.
In 1992, Amangpintor recognized by Central Luzon State University (CLSU) through College of Arts and Sciences as first student artist and received Cultural Award during graduation in 1993.
In 1998, Amangpintor has been seven years Board Chairman of the Samahang Makasining(Artist Club), Inc. National Level a tourism Adviser of Pantabangan local Government Unit, Visual Arts Chairman of Association of Nueva Ecija Artist group project of Provincial Governor's Office.
In 2007, Amangpintor awarded and recognized by his home town as Pantabangan Folk Painter.
In 2009, Amangpintor recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as first Filipino hair and blood painter and feature him on NBN TV4 episode title "Sining Gising".
In 2010, Amangpintor also received "Gintong Butil" award from CLSU Alumni Association, Inc. in celebration of annual alumni homecoming.
As an artist
Amangpintor's artistic inclination was encouraged by his father, a carpenter who bought him his first painting materials. Most of his paintings have a story behind. He loves to paint based on the story, history and based on his philosophical articles written before the paintings.
|“||He is the human in love with the concept of love, with art. He adores brush strokes and dripping paints, he finds everything in the betweens of blood and water. He lives upon the four corners of canvas, in a world he describes as his own vague Utopia. He finds beauty in a monochrome surrounding and the contrary. He breathes for art. He gasps for reality. He is submerged in the pool of creativity. He lives for it. Maybe that’s the thing when you’ve fallen in love with an obscured environment, you felt everything as your own. It may not be visible to your eyes, it may be too fictional.. but it was a certain bliss on an uncertain world. And for him, it’s all that matters.||”|
|“||His works revolved upon the idea of superficiality, beyond the extent of what modern art has done; it is better than fiction, braver and much fiercer. Every painting beholds an urge to fight, an alarm in such contagious and sinuous world of philosophy and beliefs. His paintings are all etched upon the passion of love and patriotism. He paints for his works to live−to felicitate, to cry, to remorse, to bliss out.
You may think, nothing ever stays when you’re already dead. People will eventually forget you, skies will never be beautiful for you, and moon will not always there to light you up anymore. Somehow, pity will always be there but physical ones? Would there be? This has been his philosophy: life after death
Medium and Philosophy
In 1978, Amangpintor started to use his own hair to make his paintbrushes with the help of his father, a carpenter during that time and started bringing home small pieces of plywood and some paints. He is a unique Filipino folk artist who uses his own hair for his paintbrushes. At the age of 15, Amangpintor continue to paint with large canvases using water color and enamel paint as medium. From his brush, some strands of his hairs left on paintings unknowingly that maybe someday it will be his style. As time goes by, he adopted this as style, incorporates some strands of his hairs in his painting which he thought the effect would be more real.
In 1985, as the beginning, Amangpintor also started signing his drawing using his own blood to authenticate the artworks and later explore and experiment it as a medium in paintings especially for flowers and related heart love feeling subjects. He calls it "Blood is life and love, love with sacrifice".
|“||as a child, because I devoted and so much in love in everything. So when I injured, I would not dispose my blood because I regretted every single drop of it, so I just using it on my canvas instead. No matter what people say, my work of art is not meant to become famous. What matters most is to leave mark and prove the reincarnation||”|
In 1992 Amangpintor continue to paint "Lukso ng Dugo" (Filipino term) he uses his blood as medium for some of his painting and incorporates his hair in capturing on the canvass images of human persons or nature’s view, one who possesses the characteristics of truth in himself and he who refrains from colonialism in thoughts and materials. Combined with the philosophy of the painter who molded his thoughts and well-being, he is able to build self-confidence and self-esteem since his childhood.
First Filipino artist uses own blood as paint and hairs as brushes and mix it with paint to have an effect on canvas. He believed in reincarnation, which he will be reborn and recognize his paintings. But even if blood is not used in painting his subject, he always signs his name in his work of art with his own blood. The significance of his works connects arts and sciences principles through DNA (the Hair and Blood) as authenticity and also his unique spiritual beliefs especially in God.
"Lukso ng Dugo"—when a loved one left a family and have not seen each other for a long time, and an unexplainable feeling of happiness when they see each other again. This is a basis that the blood connects the family and the mutual feelings in this situation.
Art of Healing
He is also known for actual hand painting performance of nature view. Using four colors (Red, Yellow, Blue and white) on a 24 X 26 inches canvas, he will be finished the painting for almost 5 to 10 minutes. Amangpintor is always invited to perform in different events and occasions like provincial, town, school, university and agency foundations even in wedding and birthday.
Most of his acrylic and oil paintings depict the cycle of life, spiritual belief and incorporates healing colors, lines gestures and symbolic shapes that he belief these will be a key for future.
In 2015, Amangpintor also started to new indigenous painting innovation title "A Thousand and One Lives" as a gesture of dedicating of life in this noble profession of educating the youth. The 1001 teachers and DepEd employees was participated and literally donated parts of their body, their hair and blood incorporated in the mural. This masterpiece is not only a great work of art but also the first of its kind in the whole world.
Amangpintor as a writer: One of the popular written articles of Amangpintor that gives significance to the history of his town is the Legend of Minggan noted as “Sulat babala ng panahon sa bayan” in filipino. He relates the story of Minggan to the actual history relocation of submerged old town in 1973. Based on his article, giant Minggan returned in 1973 to finish his promises of love to Mariang Sinukuan, a goddess of nature who lives in Mount Arayat Pampanga. His articles gives big impact and encouragement and inspired the people of Pantabangan and the Mayor during year 2007 and adopted this legend as landmark that can be seen now in town arch and he used this article to promote the Pantabangan as Tourism destination.
Amangpntor influenced many other Filipino painters for using indigenous materials as paint such as extract from onion, tomato, tuba, coffee, rust, molasses and other materials available anywhere. Human blood as medium has also influenced the american artist Vincent Castiglia .The finger and hand painting performance also influence other young visual artists especially students. The Filipino identity can be preserved through the use of indigenous materials and native way of arts.
Paintings and Drawings
On December 29, 1998, Amangpintor married Teresita Calara Martin, a teacher and theater art director from Rizal, Nueva Ecija.
Published Collections of Works
- First CLSU Student Artist (1992) by Aiza;
- As an artist in Small Ponds make a big difference by Mathias Halwart
- Hair and Blood painter Obrang Dugo by GMA 7 TV Feature show
- Live Masterpiece on Philppine Star Newspaper and GMA 7 i-witness
- Hair and Blood painting on Philppine Star Newspaper 2011
- Hair and Blood painter feature in Ripley's Believe It or Not Philippines
- A Thousand and One Lives on TV 5 News
- "The Pantabangan Folk Painter: Elito V. Circa". The National Committee for Culture and the Arts Website. National Committee for Culture and the Arts. 2004. Retrieved 2004-10-18.
- "Filipino Painters". Amazon Inc. Hephaestus Books. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-28.
- "Folk Arts: Elito V. Circa". Ebay Inc. Ebay Inc. 2002. Retrieved 2002-08-11.
- "Artist uses own blood, hair in paintings". The Philippine Star. Philippine Star. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
- "Sponsoring a child over the years and seeing them through the completion of their education is a testament to a donor's commitment". World Vision Philippines. World Vision Philippines. 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- "Ripley's Believe It or Not". Ripley's Believe It or Not. Ripley's Believe It or Not. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
- "A Thousand and One Lives TV 5 feature". TV 5. TV 5 Website. 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
- "Teachers paint mural with own blood, hair". Punto. Punto Website. 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
- "Pantabangan Arch". Municipality of Pantabangan. Pantabangan Website. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-01.