If there’s one thing that stays with us, it is our sense of place — we carry memories of our homes wherever we go. For Filipino artist Doy Kastilyo, moving to the Metro hasn’t changed his love for the provincial life, and he gets to relive them through his paintings.
A proud son of farmers, 34-year-old Doy finds inspiration from the idyllic and picturesque surroundings of the provinces, especially the farms. This is also why most of his paintings focus on farming, homemaking, and day-to-day living.
“Since bata ako, hilig ko nang mag-drawing at gumawa ng iba’t ibang art. Bilang isang probinsyano, nakahiligan kong mag-sketch ng mga nakikita ko sa bukid namin,” Doy tells My Pope Philippines.
Familiarity and Wonder
While his subjects are typical to provincial culture, Doy makes his paintings unique through bright oil pastel colors and eccentric lines and shapes. These give the audience both familiarity and wonder. (Read: Meet Natalia Tsarkova, the Pope’s Official Painter)
“Gumagamit ako ng matitingkad at kakaibang linya, hugis at kulay para bumuo ng figure na hindi natin pangkarinawang nakikita sa totoong buhay,” says Doy, who gives a new interpretation to revered symbols of nationalism in his Sagisag series and Catholicism in his takes on the Holy Face, the Cross, and the Nazareno.
“Mas binibigyan ko ng emosyon ang mga bagay na nilikha.”
‘Life is Eccentric’
Offhand, Doy’s figurative Fauvist paintings create bewilderment, yet he insists that there is a method to the madness. His art pieces are a celebration of life’s twists and turns where every color, line, or shape has a purpose beyond the surface.
In a way, this is also how Doy sees success as an artist and as a person. “Ang tagumpay ay hindi tuwid na linya kundi liko-liko at baluktot….Magkakaibang anyo at hugis pero lahat may purpose,” he says. (Read: Remembering Ben-Hur Villanueva: A Great Sculptor, Painter, and Educator)
Creating a Ripple
Doy refuses to center his art on his persona, but like many artists, he aspires to make his art known worldwide. He seeks to provoke the audience or simply just to make them think differently.
More than that, he wants his art to create a ripple of inspiration among fellow artists, so that together, they’ll showcase the beauty of Filipino culture and traditions.