Fil-Am artist among finalists in Dubai card design contest
A Filipino-American artist was named one of the finalists for a card design contest by a prominent airline company.
The entry of 40-year-old Marconi Calindas was one of the five entries shortlisted to the Emirates Airlines' Skywards design contest for its 2016 membership cards, a report on Trade Arabia said.
Calindas' design stylized Dubai's Burj Al Arab in his mural-like style that sharply divided and textured bold colors with thick, black lines and highlighted colors with sharper white stubs.
Prior to this, the San Francisco-based artist co-wrote and illustrated the children's book “Of Petals and Hope: Sunny Sunflower Triumphs Over Bullying” with his husband and served as the art director of the short film "Prinsesa."
An article on Write to Empower (W2E) said Calindas, a communications graduate from UP Los Banos, identified painting as his preferred way of communicating with others after a brief stint in journalism.
"That feeling of inadequacy pushed me to evaluate what I really want to do in life so I started painting again. It didn't take long before I realized that I can communicate better through visual arts. That was my true calling," Calindas told W2E.
His medium allowed him to paint about the struggles of the LGBTI (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex ) community, drawing from his experiences as a bullied gay child in the Philippines to campaign against bullying.
Calindas' pieces have been featured in various galleries and shows in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, and Toronto, as well as publications for the Organization of Refuge, Asylum and Migration International. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News