Oil on Canvas
“At a young age, I always knew that I was a warrior and that my greatest weapon was art", said Aleli Ariola. Growing up, pondered with full of curiosity, questions and rebellion about gender roles and acts of humanity, Alelia's paintings and murals have always been described as strong, bold, boosted with morale and is roaringly feminist.
A self-taught painter from Silang Cavite Philippines, Alelia depicts real stories of women and society. In her paintings show the details of images that elucidate struggles, pains, happiness, bravery and kindness of individuals. Most of her subjects are women showing fierceness and acts of resistance. ‘’I’d like to empower people especially women to roar louder, not only for themselves, but also for others.” She believes that women are getting stronger everyday as they resist and exist in a patriarchal society, raising fists to protect the humanity. Working on oil on canvas, she uses earthy colours that signify the natural beauty and morals of humanity. She has done several group shows in Manila and Cavite and a two-woman show at Kanto Gallery in 2017. She has also done commissioned murals for local coffee shops in Cavite and Laguna, as well as art initiative murals in La Union, Davao, Bicol, and Cavite. She is also one the female artists who is behind the artworks for several women’s rights groups in the Philippines.
Anna Escalona is an artist who had a passion to express herself through the use of watercolor. This media perfectly embodies her spontaneous and fluid persona, her transparency and rawness that candidly present all the layers of her life’s journey through struggles and triumphs beautifully. She has done 3 art exhibits, which was a one-woman show as the first at Big Bad Wolf, Fort Bonifacio, following her second at Life Yoga Studio, Fort Bonifacio, and her third at the Village Art Gallery, Alabang Town Center. Being a strong believer that the individuality of all women must be recognized and celebrated in all forms and all emotions, her first exhibit comprised of a theme surrounding their empowerment. She has also commissioned her artwork with a local brand called K&K Personal Store, turning her work of art into placemats. Her story journeys from her childhood where she explored her artistry and dedicates her life in continuing to tell stories through her works with the desire to reach the world with masterpieces that lingers in one’s soul. Now, as the President and CEO of Aesca, she continues sharing her love for art as she invites other artists to tell their own stories to the world.