studied painting and art history at the University of Negros Occedental. As a painter who is also a dancer by profession, Gelladuga often alludes to the challenges of life abroad in his work. In “Flight of the Swans” in his 2010 exhibition at Boston Art Gallery, Gelladuga suspends the use of color in his oil paintings and draws from the drama of the monochromatic palette to highlight the sentiments of Filipinos overseas. They are the swans of the title, flying from one country to another in search of greener pastures.
In 2009 his work, “Pananaw” (oil on canvas) is a finalist in LRT ART 2009 Painting Competition and Exhibition with its good composition epitomizing the young urban Pinoy as a cool lrt commuter. His work was also an entry in GSIS Painting Competition and Exhibition.
The pieces center on Gelladuga and his wife, also a dancer, in poses representing the struggles not only of Filipino artists but of blue-collar workers and professionals. Fighting against labels and being boxed in by their host country, they struggle to find their place in society and find comfort in each other’s company.
Aside from his large canvases, Gelladuga also creates straightforward portraits of fellow Filipinos in his workplace as a tribute to the country’s performers.
While Gelladuga offers no solutions to the migration of talent, he does offer encouragement for anyone who wishes to pursue his dream of a better life.
He recently had an exhibit at Galerie Anna entitled “Gestural Reflections” last March 2012. This is a visual choreography of human forms which articulates such inwardness and poignance.