melencio sapnu, Jr
Graduating as a scholar from the FEATI University College of Fine Arts, Melencio Sapnu, Jr. has been a painter since 1980. His scholastic influences stem from Rod Dayao and Ibarra Dela Rosa, both Masters of Philippine Art. He has held one-man shows at the Lopez Museum and Galerie Y as well as participating in group exhibitions at Gallery Genesis, Ayala Museum and Art Manila. He is included in the '100 Artists of the Philippines' published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, A Century of Realism by Manuel Duldulao, Art Asia and the Pacific in Hong Kong, Philippine Art Now and the Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. Working in a realist-impressionist style, his paintings are noted for his chiaroscuro technique and the dramatic interplay of light descending in a near-divine manner. Coupled with buildings and structures of a distinguished antiquity, he conveys the graces of the old world.
Dubbed as a visionary and a true master of light, Sapnu has been painting landscapes of countries in Asia, the US and Europe as well as idyllic garden scenarios that come from his creative imagination. His works have been sold by Fine Art America, transforming everything from bags and bedsheets to shower curtains into distinctive works of art. His works continue to be carried by Saatchi Art and is a regular exhibitor at Galerie Y in Metro Manila.