was born on September 27, 1976 to a working-class family in San Juan. His earliest recognition as an artist came from neighbors who thought he would do well to take Fine Arts in college. Padilla’s talent, however, matured well ahead of those of his peers thanks in part to summer art classes he took zealously as an elementary student.
His family’s subsequent relocation to suburban Antipolo proved quite providential for the young artist. There he met members of the famed Grupong Saling Pusa, which included, among others, Mark Justiniani, Elmer Borlongan and Manny Garibay. The political temperament of the group clearly rubbed off on Padilla who, over the years, has evolved his own critical voice.
Padilla earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Philippines in Diliman where he is currently pursuing his MFA (Masters in Fine Arts). Padilla was a finalist in the 1997 Shell National Student Art Competition, Top 10 finalist in the 1998 Metrobank Foundation Young Painters Annual and a two-time Top 50 finalist in the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards, before being chosen as a Juror’s Choice Awardee in 2003, thus earning the recognition of representing the Philippines in the 2004 Asean Art Awards held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Padilla’s works have also been exhibited in New York, Hongkong, Malaysia, Singapore and other parts of the region.