Willie Magtibay is considered one of the veteran artists of Baguio. To those who are familiar with his work, they know him most as a stellar photographer. But in his latest exhibit, “Markings of Memory”, held at Cafe by the Ruins Dua in the month of August, Willie took a surprising twist with his work and showcased a wide array of digital collages.
Some of Willie’s prints are as simple as a flower placed upon a landscape. But most of them are highly intricate, with countless characters and objects, such as flowers juxtaposed layer upon layer.
The images contain elements of symmetry, natural themes, and framing devices, which are reminiscent of the art nouveau movement,
Being dabblers in the art of digital art and graphic design, we are highly amazed by the attention and care poured into every cut-out and their respective thoughtful placements.
Willie’s collages are like dreams, with many different segments of present life and past memories sewn together to create fantastical scenes which are open to various interpretations.
And though undiscerned by the ordinary viewer, those who are closely acquainted to Willie Magtibay would immediately recognize the immense emotions that flow in every piece.
We didn’t have the opportunity to fully converse with him about his creative process, but we were able to take a snapshot of him, which he even directed himself! Making resourceful use of his surroundings, he spontaneously posed with an electric fan to give us this fabulous portrait which we absolutely adore.
Willie Magtibay’s artwork is something that makes a mark on the memories of those who view them. Look closely. Look deeply. What emotions do you feel?