Lydia Velasco’s ‘La Danse’
Lydia Velasco unveils “La Danse,” a major exhibit at Galerie Joaquin Main’s The Centre Gallery, on view until Feb. 8.
The artist pays tribute to her fellow women in 35 figurative paintings in acrylic and watercolor.
One of her featured artworks entitled “Flower Vendors” broke into one of Asia’s more prominent auction houses, Sotheby’s. The 48” by 28” acrylic on canvas will be included in the upcoming auction on April 2006 in Singapore.
Lydia lays down unconventional and strong portrayals of women on her canvas in bold and contrasting deep yellow, red, and green tones.
Her powerfully built women figures have pointed, angular faces, are clad in Filipiniana-inspired garment and ornamented with exotic and delicate blooms.
Lydia is native bred in Navotas. Although her father was set designer for LVN studios, she as the eldest among nine siblings had to help support the family. She started as fish vendor at the ‘talipapa’ of nearby Malabon while her mother was a fulltime housewife caring for her other siblings.
She took up fine arts major in advertising at the University of Sto. Tomas and worked as a storyboard artist under Cesar Legaspi and HR Ocampo.
She stayed with Philprom for 10 years. Rising up the ranks, she went to Thompson, Pacific Ads, Ace Compton, Basic and finally, McCann-Erickson. She was art director in McCann before shifting roles as an entrepreneur and art consultant in Lightmoves Photo/Design, Inc.
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