JOSEPH DE JURAS
earned his certificate diploma with a scholarship in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines and was a scholar alumnus of the Philippine High School for The Arts. De Juras was UP Ibarang President in 1999. Beyond the visual arts, he is a noted storyteller and member of A NI NO Shadowplay Collective until 2001. With them, he trained in Hong Kong in multimedia show/video production. He is versatile in the multi-disciplines of art. He has been an art director, TV animation/comic designer, set artist and lights designer.
De Juras’s detailed renditions on paint, canvas and wood are narratives on social realism, political commentaries and cultural homage. He is a chronicler of the common people in their struggle for freedom from their bleak existence and the challenges in their quest for social equality and self-actualization. Beyond realism, De Juras uses symbols to illuminate the depths of his subject. His art traverses across distinct geometric planes in a trademark juxtaposition of figuration that is remote and peculiar yet highly authentic and accessible to the viewer.
In 2008, De Juras was a semi-Finalist for the LRT ART Competition and in the same year was Metrobank Art and Design Excellence National Competition M.A.D.E. Semi-Finalist.
De Juras has participated in numerous critically acclaimed group exhibitions in Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore. He has been honored to be a Selected Artist by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan. He is currently preparing for his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Anna in 2011.
“Scene, Sin, Since” shows the usual metamorphoses of escape from sin. From ignorance to pride and eventually to the perceived final escape, hypocrisy of man. The figure’s movement represents the loss of oneself resulting to something hollow and wanting.