Schooled in opposing traditions, painter, percussionist, performance artist is a product of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, Major in Painting. He is highly visible in the art scene, having participated in various art workshops, group organizations, art exhibitions in his country and abroad. As founding member of Kaisahan, a social realist artists movement in 1970’s, Roxas painted in vigorous proletarian manner, while privately forming his aesthetic idiom and gestural abstraction. After period of reflection and travel abroad, he reemerged in the 1990’s as an active champion of abstract illusion. Equally adept as interlocking elements of an artistic conviction, one that relates the art object with its practice and its public.
Roxas represented the Philippines in the 22nd International Art Biennale in Sao Paolo, Brazil, selected by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. He received citations from several award-giving bodies. The 1994 Diwa ng Sining Awards named him as one of the Ten Outstanding Artist; Juror’s Choice at the 1994 Philip Morris Art Awards; an award winner for the non-representational painting category at the prestigious 1997 Art Association of the Philippines Annual Art Competition. He held several series of solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows mounted in the Philippines; GSIS Museum, National Museum, Vargas Museum and the Cultural Center of the Philippines and also in the United States and the European Union. Among his exhibition in Europe were at the Rathaus, the Afro-Asian Institute Gallery and the Vienna International Center at United Nation (all in Vienna Austria): The Philippine Embassies in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Hague and Milan Italy. Embassies in Los Angeles and San Francisco California; Somism Gallery, Ad Infinitum Gallery in Chicago; the Philippine Art Center and the Puffin Room Gallery in New York USA. In 1997, he was cited in 100 Years-100 Artists, book of selected Filipino Artists by Leonarda Camacho; The 1999 volume III of Twentieth Century Arts and The Art Collector Guide book by Manuel Duldulao. He served for eight years as Board of Directors at the Art Association of the Philippines.
Eghai also expresses his art through performance and music. An environmentalist by heart, he heads the Visual Art Department of Dakila’s Climate School Project. He also work as art consultant and curator of selected art events and exhibitions. Roxas lives and work in Quezon City, Philippines.