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Rae Alexandra Billano

Rae Alexandra Billano is an eclectic and resin visual artist and an art educator. Most of her artworks were created using electric-flowing bright colors fused in resin, influenced by Henri Matisse, Mitch Gobel, and Kate Shaw.
 
Born and raised in the northern Mindanao province of Misamis Oriental, Rae found passion in art at a very young age. She immersed herself in crafting, painting, drawing, and continually filling her brother’s closet with junk that stirred her creative imaginings. She shuffled her roots to Manila to pursue a degree in the field of Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas, where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015 with Latin honors and was presented the UST Benavides Outstanding Achievement Award for Arts. 
 
She continues her work on inventive oeuvres via exploring and experimenting on varied forms of art, her next favored subject mainly on the incorporation of intricate depictions of the human condition and her passion for Filipino Martial Arts. She currently studies Master of Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.

Title: Aeipathy
Medium: Oil & Acrylic in Resin
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Date: October 2020
Artist: Rae Alexandra Billano
Price: 15,000 php

In a period of disquiet and ambiguity, the outlook suspect, a likely response is to withdraw from reality, taking shelter either in fantasies of the future or in our modified versions of a half-imagined present.

This piece is a personal account on the cogitations of seclusion and uncertainty. We are isolated more than the usual, and when insulated more, creativity makes less concessions by what has already been said and done. Expectations in life begin to depend on your craft, so we try to perfect it and keep the hue as intense as possible. Uncertainty may have its brief disadvantages, but crucially, it has its enduring gains.

The pandemic is commonly defined with the modest external fixtures of masks, face shields and PPE’s. But this depiction is of what is presently beneath our essential concealments, and now oft ignored: Our identity.

The subject unreservedly reveal skin airing our vulnerability and a wistful sensibility of what it means to be free. Her mouth, the “door to the soul” still distinct on the declarations of human activity. Hopeful eyes gaze pierces through the synthetic shell towards confusion and doubt.

The artist applied resin encapsulation, resin marbling and traditional painting techniques onto her artwork using various media: Epoxy Resin, Oil paint, Acrylic paint, toners, dyes, mica powders, and mylar flakes & sheets. She interlayered resin and paintings to create the visual depth and environment surrounding her subject matter.

Title: Send It Anyway
Medium: Transfer Print & Acrylic in Resin
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Date: October 2020
Artist: Rae Alexandra Billano
Price: 15,000 php

As described in this work, the abstract background tells the challenges navigating thru the uncertainty of today’s trying times, the confusion set about by misdirection and the set pressures of work completion, detailed in colors that symbolize the intricate relation concerning academics and technology

The warped surface of texts and email jargon conveys the artist’s inward struggle in facing the snags of mental exhaustion in being in a scalar state, the dearth of thesis material, the comical devolution of our country’s internet grade, and the imprecise communication with mentors. A frantic tussle to meet academic expectations in general, and a race against time inhibited by the consequence of this global pandemic.

It might be a reputable saying that many students work theses out of passion and interest. What is also undeniable is that the arrangement of reputation over interest is not unusual, inbuilt in this work though unintended. In the midst of all the consternation and strain, the deficits and constraints, this confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity.

The artist applied resin encapsulation, resin marbling and traditional painting techniques onto her artwork using various media: Epoxy Resin, Oil paint, Acrylic paint, toners, dyes, mica powders, and mylar flakes & sheets. She interlayered resin and paintings to create the visual depth and environment surrounding her subject matter.

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