As A.R. Laigo stepped onstage to give an extensive introduction to his art exhibit entitled “Discussions” at the Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS), we couldn’t help but be fascinated with the many stories he told which had provided the inspiration for his art work.
Hailing from Seattle, U.S., A.R. Laigo or Raph, as his friends call him, came to Baguio in 2015. Of Ilocano-Tagalog-Mexican-Filipino descent, Raphael is not only an artist, but a dancer, a traveler, and most notably a Yoga practitioner, the influence of which can also be seen in his works.
Using earthy tones as his color palette, A.R. Laigo tells stories in his paintings. His works are rich with historical influences and ethnic overtones coming from Africa, South America, and Asia.
Religious and spiritual themes also resonate throughout his works. He also utilizes patterns and panels to juxtapose different ideas into one canvas.
Raph’s art style is also influenced by his grandfather, who was a professor of Fine Arts at the University of Seattle.
Hip-hop, indigenous music and dance, Buddhism, Yogic practice, among many other personal influences all come together in A.R. Laigo’s paintings.
Through depictions of nature, city scapes, religious symbols, and people, it is A.R. Laigo’s wish that his works be venues for discussion on the different ideas and stories that he communicates in his art.