#Metroseen featured artist, Vanessa Tria

Apr 21, 2022 0 comments



Name: Vanessa Tria (aka VANPUG)

Age: 24-years-old

Pronouns: Her/She


๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ?


I am a visual artist based in Manila. At an early age, I already discovered that art is my soul mate. As I grew older, my heart for art grew fonder. Yet, I took a different path. I earned a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas and became a licensed professional.


I have worked as a Civil Engineer at a construction company. Field work was fun and exciting. Then, pandemic happened, and the rest is history.


๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐ซ๐ญ?


When pandemic started, I chose to prioritize safety and health of my family over my original line of work. At first, I was allured by the beauty of structures -- from the foundation to the tallest skyscrapers, and then created impressionist impasto paintings with the use of palette knife and oils. I took on every opportunities that passed by.


“BOWWOW: Dogs in Art Show”, an online exhibit curated by Art Show Philippines, was my very first pug painting which changed my life as an artist. I submitted a piece entitled PUGGIFIED’, a homage to Edvard Munch’s ‘THE SCREAM’ featuring ‘Doug the Pug’, an adorable pug famous among Hollywood stars. I truly enjoyed the process; every stroke gave me joy. It brought happiness within me. I was inspired to do more of it and share the gleeful sunshine my pug masterpieces bring.


๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž?


My art style is one part whimsical, and part comical surrealism. I have created my own kind of universe in another dimension, called as ‘THE PUGVERSE’ – one that lives through my artistic mind. In this place, one can imagine that pugs live just like a human being does. My artworks would surely give a ‘familiar,yet different’ kind of feeling. It is a place where pugs run the world.


๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ?


Yes, definitely! Even though I took a non-related art course in college, I have always pursued my passion by different means. In a place surrounded with math and sciences, I stood out and actively participated in activities and organizations requiring creativity. It has always been my dream to paint as a professional artist and to partake in different exhibitions locally and internationally.


๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐ซ๐ญ?


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