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Art out of smoke: Ilonggo artist amazes netizens with his unique painting technique

  • There’s a viral photo of an artist who uniquely used smoke as medium for his painting
  • Some even joked that it can be mistaken as an apparition of Jesus, with such artwork
  • He believes that one must always think “outside the box” in creating a masterpiece, which means to explore more

Artists have their own creativity in making their own masterpieces, just like a viral photo of an artist who uniquely used smoke as a medium for his painting.

A Facebook page GUHIT Pinas shared the photo of Marvin Dalisay, an Ilonggo artist from San Salvador, Banate, Iloilo. In his photo, he used smoke to create a painting of Jesus Christ on canvas which one rarely sees.


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Netizens were amazed by his artwork for they know it was hard to control the smoke. Some even joked that it can be mistaken as an apparition of Jesus, with such an artwork.

In an interview with the artist via Messenger, he said the idea of using smoke as a medium started when he visited a friend and saw the smoke coming from the car, which made him wonder if it can be used as a medium and so he did.

Pagpunta ko sa kaibigan ko, na notice ko yung usok ng sasakyan. Napaisip (ako) kung pwede kaya.

It was Holy Week when he decided to create his painting as he was inspired to draw the face of the Jesus Christ, for he believes that people who are hopeless might find light in darkness with Jesus that they could lean on.

Siguro para sa mga taong patuloy na nanalig sakabila ng kawalang pag asa minsan gawa ng usok ng lampara sa gitna pala ng kadiliman meron kang Hesus na masasandalan,” he said

Marvin Dalisay is a college graduate with a course in Drafting, but his skill was enhanced through experience. For him, to draw or to paint is his source of living to survive. But now, he is a full-time tattoo artist.

“Drafting graduate ako pero na hasa ako sa kalam ng sikmura ko. Kaya ginagalingan ko palagi ang pagpipinta para magkalaman ang tiyan ko.”

It took him two days to finish his painting. As an artist, he believes that one must always think “outside the box” in creating a masterpiece, which means to explore more.

Siguro dapat laging outside the box, hindi laging nakabase ka lang kung anu yung sa market na material, yon lang yung pwede. Huwag ganun, dapat explore din kasi kapag artist (ka).”

Dalisay leaves a message for those who wanted to be a skillful artist.

Siguro dapat wag lang mawalan ng pag-asa at matuto kasi wala namang elevator, kailangan mag-take ng hagdanan para (maging) magaling na artist.”

Dalisay’s principle towards his passion is just like what the French artist Henri Matisse said: “An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success.”

Written by Rhelyn Harder

An open-minded person who seeks to inspire readers through writing. She believes that having the freedom and courage to express oneself is an opportunity to influence others.

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