Born in 1989 in Saudi Arabia, he grew up with a keen interest in art and has shown special talent for creating art that set about in his childhood. He acquired formal training in various methods of production and essential theories from the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Armed with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with major in Painting, Baluyot has always been passionate to learn, explore, and create more.
A born creator, Baluyot’s process is constantly evolving as he creates and recreates art. He views producing a new series as a challenge, a milestone of his creation paradigm. Every work he produces is carefully conceptualized and crafted, starting with a personal enthrallment for an imagined composition that he would like to paint and see in actuality. Baluyot is committed to creation – almost everything else then compromises.
Baluyot’s works involve play with images and relations through perception with ideas that concerns the individual’s state within the confines of the society. The subjects usually range from reflections and conflicts from personal experiences and experimentations on more objective aspects of perception.
Citing his choice of subjects, style, and techniques, Baluyot says,
"I have always been interested on the individual-society relationship, of how a certain body uses influence as a tool to shape another. For me, this relationship and the subjects that may be derived from it may trigger extremes not only of familiarity but also disorientation. This idea pushes me to various plays of images in my paintings while exploring, too, the objective aspect and limits in my works.
I usually paint using oil based medium on traditional grounds such as canvas and treated wood. In the present while still doing those types of works, I am exploring, too, the processes of dyeing various natural fabrics then bleaching them to create marks and images, an additive then a subtractive process. Although explorations are still ongoing I already managed to exhibit some my works around different galleries."
His paintings have been displayed for exhibit in various galleries all over the metro, including Ayala Museum, West Gallery, Art Galileia, Galerie Anna, Now Gallery, Tam-awan Village and in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.