Marvin Baldemor

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MARVIN BALDEMOR

Local award winning Filipino/Irish artist has been living in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal , IRELAND for almost 13 years capturing the local landscape and historical landmarks based on the method and design principles he learned from his homeland.

Baldemor has won several art awards in painting competitions run by The Art Association of the Philippines, Art competitions here in Ireland and in U.K. He was one of the 25th finalist of The Windsor and Newton 2000 Art Competition. In the year 2004-2007, Baldemor was selected in The Northwest Artist Exhibition in the lontas 17th National Small Works Art Competition. One of Baldemor ‘s works had been selected in The Irish Art Awards 2007 and 2008. He was also selected to exhibit in The Art Project, Autumn Art exhibition 2008 in the Central Bank of Dublin.

Was selected in 2017 and 2009 in the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA) in Belfast . And RUA RED Winter Art Exhibition 2017.

A Gallery Prize Winner of Derik Hill Easter Open Art Competition 2017.

In 2010, Baldemor was invited by Philippines Ambassador to Ireland H.E. Ariel Y. Abadilla along with two renowned Filipino artist to host the 1st Art Exhibition in The Philippines Embassy in Dublin. His painting were also donated in the Art Collection to Ireland’s largest university, the University College Dublin (UCD) in 2012.

Baldemor held the 1st ever Philippine Art Exhibition in Beirut, Lebanon entitled ‘A Journey of Colors ’, from June 07th to 15th, with the help of the Philippines Embassy in Beirut and Philippines Ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Leah M. Basinang-Ruiz. This would not have been possible without the support from the Lebanese sponsors, credited Lebanon’s top private companies, such as Solidere, Lebanon’s foremost reconstructions and development company, Bank of Beirut Finance Western Union, a leading financial institution and Beirut Waterfront Development SAL, developer-owner of one of the most prominent transformation projects in the country, Zaitunay Bay and Le Yacht Club -Beirut. This historical exhibition marked hallmark of collaboration in the field of arts and culture between the two countries.

Furthermore, some of his recent group art exhibition in 2015 were held in The Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon Co. Clare, Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Manorhamiltion and The Hyde Bridge Gallery in Sligo.

On June 09th 2016, Baldemor ‘s latest painting depicting the iconic Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa was exhibited in Grand Ballroom of Phonecia Hotel in Beirut, hosted by Philippine Embassy in Beirut for the 2016 National Day Reception to celebrate the 118th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day attended by members of diplomatic and consular

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a self-taught Filipino artist based in Donegal, I continuously experiment with new artistic concepts. This led me to discover, that old and tested art processes could be applied on non-traditional materials as mediums, and that the final products are often visually appealing works of art.

Innovation along with everyday mundane events is my inspiration in creating new crafts. While acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink on canvas, wood and various art papers are my tools, the Plaza, the marketplace, churches, and various sceneries and the people around are my favourite destinations.

When conveyed on canvas, they have the potential of transforming into beautiful works of art. These traits are what I consider as “the soul of the place”.

-Marvin D. Baldemor

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