Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FEATURE: Reaching for the SKY

What does it mean to be 13? For Ram Skyler De Leon or “Sky,” it’s about art. It is the age of prodigy. He wields a paintbrush like a pro and paint cherries, flowers, and icon, anything under the sun. He paints with such passion and raw talent, that one can only gape, amazed.  Colors so vivid and subjects so realistic, one cannot help but wonder how he does what he does. His is not a childhood steeped in play, of artwork posted in mom’s refrigerator, but one that is focused on the wonderful world of art. Put in the mix the mentoring of renowned Filipino artist Fernando Sena, and contemporary artist Philip Badon, voila, the makings of an art master. 

Ram Skyler (“Sky”) De Leon, a consistent honor student is in 8th grade at La Salle Greenhills and has garnered numerous art awards. He has held one-child exhibits in Museo Pambata, Eastwood Cinema Libis and Palms Country Club, Alabang, and has joined several group exhibits since he was 10. He has been featured in newspapers and TV shows. He is also a member of the Art Discovery and Learning Foundation, Inc., and the Art Association of the Philippines.

Sky has been painting since he was six, starting from religious scenes gleaned from the Bible. He is adept at impressionism and loves doing Philippine landscapes. From nude pastels, Japanese watercolor, abstracts in mixed media, to hyperrealism, Sky does his artwork like kid’s play, and produces an artwork a day. Quite a number of his paintings have been sold to personal art collectors.    

He dabbles in making Venetian masks, Origami and wire sculptures. He is a voracious reader, teaching himself art techniques and honing his gift.

Sky and another 13-year old child artist Wanda Totanes’ artworks are being shown at WALLS GALLERY, Triumph Building, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City from November 16-23 in an exhibit dubbed “13 at H’art”. Part of the proceeds goes to ERDA Technical and Vocational Secondary School in Pandacan. The opening will be graced by no other than Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon. 

(Text taken from Sky's PR writeup)

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