Signs his works as 'Antoine', the hand behind those delicate, feminine oil pastels and joyful acrylic abstracts. You would never think a big guy with busy eyebrows and thick mustache did them.
Having no formal art schooling like his cousin Dave Palanca, Jess was inspired to pursue painting after having been inspired by the works of Bacolod top artists like Charlie Co and Nunelucio Alvarado.
Undeniably, art runs in the blood of this character actor who has done almost 50 films locally and internationally.
Despite his seeming formidability, this tough guy must have a weakness: relentlessly hunting Louis Vuitton and Prada originals from U.K. (ukay-ukay)!