Orley Ypon - Philippines

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Biography:

Orley 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.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS RECEIVED

2013 Best In Show for "Interregnum"
Art Renewal Center International Salon 2013

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
1st Prize Winner, NCR Regional Painting Competition
The 1st Amorsolo Mentor and Apprentice Painting Competition
Fernando Amorsolo Foundation
Manila, Philippines

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS

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

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

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

"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

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

"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

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Birthdate: May 28, 1973
Birthplace: Toledo, Cebu
Civil Status: Married

 

FORMAL TRAINING
• Cebu Institute of Technology, BS Architecture, Undergraduate
• University of the Philippines, Cebu, AB Fine Arts, Undergraduate


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