Thursday, November 19, 2009
Rafael Paderna is one of the most respected artists in Bacolod City. He joined the Art Association of Bacolod in the 70's when he won first place in their Lenten Art Contest and became its president after several years.
Paeng as he is fondly called by his fellow artists, won more art awards, the most prestigious was the Art Association of the Philipines trophy for his brass sculpture, The Birdman.
After teaching Fine Arts at La Consolacion College, Bacolod City for quite some time, he and his family migrated to the United States, but he and his wife, Fe Lapatha, returned to the Philippines in 2007 and Paeng resumed his art career.
Recently, he has built a small bungalow that serves as his studio-cum-gallery, painted entirely white from the gate to its interiors. His white space is his haven separate from his living space, which he is currently building.
Paeng is known for his family-centered themes, his gentle-faced characters especially the mother having unusually big arms and hands, signifying that indeed, "the hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world".