Orley Ypon, born in 1973, hails from Toledo, Cebu, Philippines. He discovered a love for art at a very early age, doing portraits of himself and of family and friends throughout his growing years. His art is a result of mainly self-study, with only a couple of semesters at the Cebu Institute of Technology and at the UP Cebu College of Fine Arts as formal training.

The 40-year old artist has achieved much since his young years. A constant finalist in painting exhibitions in the Visayas and Metro Manila, Orley gained attention when he won the First Prize in the Art Association of the Philippines' National On-The-Spot Painting Competition in 2001. In the same year, Orley made his mark at the Art Petron National Painting Competition, bagging the Grand Prize in 2001 for "Ober-Ober". He won the Grand Prize in the same competition for the second time in 2004 for "Pamaling", earning him the honor of being the first Hall-of-Famer in the history of the Art Petron Painting Competitions.

In 2008, Orley won the 2nd Prize in the GSIS Painting Competition for his piece, "Ahon", considered by peers and critics to be a breakthrough creation for its adherence to traditional technique but showing depth and variety in the artists' choice of subject and composition. It showed an evocative nature previously unseen in his earlier work. His current creations manifest the artist developing his objectives into themes that convey social issues, the human condition, and further expanding into new dimensions of his art.

His recent achievements are, winning the Grand Prize in International Artist Magazine's International Painting Competition in the People and Figures Division for 2009, Honorable Mention in the latest Members Only Competition of the Portrait Society of America and the Grand Prize in the Amorsolo National Painting Competition. He was also recently given the Ani Ng Dangal award in 2011, an honor given by the National Commission of Culture and Arts of the Philippines.

Notable in Orley's art career is also his participation in the Art Renewal Center's Salon International. In his first year of entering the competition in 2011/2012, he was awarded 1st place in the Figurative Category for his piece, "Resurrection." In the 2012/2013 ARC competition, "Interregnum" won Best In Show, placing him in the same category with some of the genre's most highly-regarded artists. His participation and achievement in the Art Renewal Center's competitions have also earned Orley a spot in the organization's list of ARC Living Masters.

Orley continues to paint his favorite scenes of life and culture while continuously evolving his traditional technique through study and awareness of contemporary art forms. He holds occasional exhibits in Metro Manila and is based in Pasig City, Philippines.
• 2013 Into The Light, Exhibit with Romulo Galicano, Altro Mondo Gallery, Makati, Philippines

• 2012 Portraits and Scenes, Group Exhibition, Portrait Society of the Philippines, Cebu, Philippines

• 2011 Re:View 2011, Group Exhibition, Gallery Indigo, BenCab Museum, Baguio, Philippines

• 2011 Disruptions In Red, The 2011 Philippine Red Cross Annual Fundraising Exhibition. Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines

• 2011 ManilArt 2011, NBC Tent, Taguig, Philippines

• 2010 Icons of Rock: The Birth of Legends, Group Exhibition, Ricco Renzo Gallery, SM Art Center and selected venues in SM Malls

• 2010 "Ode to the Blue Moon", Group exhibition, SM Megamall Art Center, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, Philippines

• 2009 "Full Circle", Artasia Fine Art Gallery, Duet exhibition, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 2008 "Various Palettes", SM Megamall Art Center, Group exhibition, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 2008 "Figuras", Artasia Fine Art Gallery, Group exhibition, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 2008 "Images", Ayala Artist Space, Group exhibition, Ayala Museum, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 2007 "Young at Art", SM Megamall Art Center, Group exhibition, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 2003 Banay: "Nasa Nasod Kaalalay, Smart Center, Cebu City, Philippines

• 2002 "Colores de Verano", Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

• 2001 "Art Explosion" Ayala Center, Cebu City, Philippines
• 2013 Best In Show for "Interregnum", Art Renewal Center International Salon

• 2012 First Place, Figurative Category for "Resurrection", Art Renewal Center International Salon

• 2012 Most Ambitious Award Runner Up for "Incubus", Art Renewal Center International Salon

• 2012 Finalist, Figurative Category for "Get Up", "Kakapa-kapa (Scrabbling)", Art Renewal Center International Salon

• 2012 Honorable Mention, Members Only Competition for "Self-Adversary", Portrait Society of America

• 2011 Grand Prize Winner, National Painting Competition,

• 2011 1st Prize Winner, NCR Regional Painting Competition

• 2011 The 1st Amorsolo Mentor and Apprentice Painting Competition, Fernando Amorsolo Foundation, Manila, Philippines

• 2011 Awardee, Ani ng Dangal Awards, NCCA Philippines

• 2009 Grand Prize, Challenge #54: People and Figures for "The Seekers", International Artist Magazine International Art Competition, Published in the Dec • • • • • • 2009/Jan 2010 of International Artist Magazine

• 2008 2nd Prize, GSIS Painting Competition for "Ahon", Manila, Philippines

• 2005 Honorable Mention, Young Painters' Annual National Painting Competition, Metrobank Plaza, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 2005 Honorable Mention, GSIS Painting Competition, Manila, Philippines

• 2004 First Prize, 4th ArtPetron National Art Competition, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 2004 First Prize, Cebuano Lhuillier Art Competition, Cebu City, Philippines

• 2003 Third Prize, On-The-Spot Painting Contest, Dona Modesta Singson Gaisano Foundation (In honor of the late Don Martino Abellana), Davao City, Philippines

• 2002 Honorable Mention, 19th Young Painters' Annual National Painting Competition, Metrobank Plaza, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 2002 Finalist, On-The-Spot Painting Contest, Dona Modesta Singson Gaisano Foundation (In honor of Don Martino Abellana), Davao City, Philippines

• 2001 First Prize, 1st National On-The-Spot Painting Competition, Art Association of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

• 2001 First Prize, 1st Art Petron National Painting Competition, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 2001 Finalist, "Muntinglupa, Kahapon at Ngayon", 1st National Historical Painting Competition, Muntinglupa, Rizal

• 2000 Second Prize, On-The-Spot Painting Contest, Dona Modesta Singson Gaisano Foundation (In honor of the late Don Martino Abellana), Davao City, Philippines

• 2000 Finalist, 17th Young Painters' Annual National Painting Competition, Metro Bank Plaza, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

• 1997 Second Prize, Slogan (Mural) Painting Competition,  Davao City, Philippines