13th 2007
Fine art at Bravo Restaurant

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Philippine Star

By Araceli Z. Lorayes

A chance meeting among neighbors paved the way for artist Mia Herbosa’s paintings to be exhibited until Oct. 31 at Bravo Restaurant at Festival Mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa. Thus, the restaurant’s patrons are able view art created in the European tradition with their pasta and osso bucco.

Elaine Herbosa — owner of L’Arc en Ciel, the artists’ atelier in Ayala Alabang — hosted the neighborhood party in her Tuscan-inspired house, and among those present were Raffy and Gia Suarez, owners and proprietors of Bravo Restaurant. After viewing the artworks produced by Mia, Gia proposed an exhibit.

Other featured artists are Miguel Buhay, Ditas Dominguez, Elizabeth Garrovillo, Elaine Herbosa, Carla Kim, Pilar Quiros, Ruth Santiago, Vernice Songco and Margie Villonco. The paintings on display are a mixture of portraits, still lifes and landscapes.

Mia Herbosa’s formidable talent as a portraitist was well demonstrated with two portraits in graphite on paper, and two oil paintings. The two graphite portraits, “Portrait of a Lady” and “Tyrone,” demonstrated her mastery of line: fluid in “Lady,” and precise in “Tyrone.” She is equally adept at color — the skin tones of the oil painting of a male nude rendered the portrait both luminous and vibrant.

Herbosa, who studied advanced art courses at the Art Students’ League in New York, is in Manila for a one-year sabbatical, and teaches at the L’Arc en Ciel. The instructor follows the atelier method, which is an interactive teaching method by immersion, wherein a group of learning artists all work at different levels, whether they be beginner, intermediate or advanced. They are guided by several instructors and all works are done from life: actual still life set-ups, plein air landscape painting, live models posing for their portraits.

To learn more about L’arc en Ciel atelier, visit