(1948) finished Fine Arts major in Advertising at the University of Sto. Tomas in 1971. He is a veteran advertising photographer and art director, having won numerous awards at the Philippine Advertising Congress and the Creative Guild of the Philippines since 1986. In painting, Ibay’s highly developed marked style of painting veers towards an expressionist mode with bold brushstrokes, texture and colors.
Ibay has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the most prestigious art houses in the Philippines. He has had 7 solo exhibitions of note, including the celebrated “Rock Attack” presented by Galerie Anna in 2010. Ibay collaborated on shared canvas each with more than thirty distinguished Filipino artists in a translation of music to visions, visions to images, and images to significance. This seminal art project, begun in 2007, colors past the margins of time and trends in the world of music and visual art. Immortalized are images of the full spectrum of music icons, across eras and generations and music genres. Ibay is a rare breed of contemporary artist esteemed by fellow artists.
Ibay is a much sought after portrait artist, having painted everyone from Asian business taipans, society doyennes, celebrities, fellow artists and even the typical man on the street. He paints humanity in classical poses yet with features rendered in abandoned composure and naked emotive state.
In the words of eminent art critic Cid Reyes: “In his works, Ibay proves that the human face can be the most emotive vehicle for expression, penetrating even the darkest psyche. He transforms the visage into an arena of obsession: fear, foreboding, irrational hatred, misery and squalor, and in a masterstroke of tedium: obscenity, earthiness. Like an armchair psychologist, Ibay plumbs the elemental themes, encompassing both malaise and malady, where body and spirit, by turns, are repulsed and revived by psychic dislocation. This is physiognomy of painterly skill. Expressionism is a painting idiom that does not accommodate the timorous and half-hearted, and through its long history…has inventoried every manner of neurasthenic and athletic brushwork, each practitioner accords the idiom with his own individual vibration. Like a true artist of expressionism, Ibay equates each stress of paint with all the vexing problems of man.”