Paul John Cabanalan
Paul John Cabanalan b. 1993 is a multi-awarded young artist hailing from Iloilo. He obtained his BS Architecture degree from the Iloilo Science and Technology University, but pursued a full-time career as a painter after winning art competitions while still a student. His naive paintings have a compelling quality that draws the viewer to look closer at the frenetic strokes, intense texture, vibrant colors and the intricate details of his doodles which he layers in thick paint. He successfully combines the refreshingly playful spontaneity of his caricature-like figures with the gravity of his complex multi-layered compositions. He was the grand prize winner of the 2017 Metrobank Arts and Design Excellence Awards, was the regional winner (visayas region) of the 2018 Philippine Art Awards and a finalist at the GSIS Art Competition for Non-representational category among other awards and distinctions.