Filipino Artists Pong Bayog and Demi Padua Shine In Japan

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s August 2023 Issue.

The visual splendor of an artist’s stroke is an invitation to the many meanings of art-making. A spectacle recently unfolded in Kobayashi Gallery in Japan. 10 stunning works by two Filipinos made a mark in the Japanese art scene. 

Nestled within the rich history of art is Kobayashi Gallery—a space that has been at the forefront of the art scene since its inception in 1978 by the father of the gallery’s current president, Masatoshi Kobayashi. As a testament to its enduring legacy, The gallery continues to showcase the finest artworks that ignite the imagination and captivate the senses. Strokes of Essence was a two-man exhibition in collaboration with DF Art Agency which presents the stunning works of two acclaimed Filipino artists, Pong Bayog and Demi Padua. 

Filipino Artists Pong Bayog
Pong Bayog
Filipino Artists Demi Padua
Demi Padua

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Bayog started showcasing his work with group exhibitions from 2009. He had his first solo exhibit 2017 and has had six solo shows since. Padua has had over 15 solo exhibitions since 2015 and has reaped several awards including winning the Grand Prize in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas TANAW Art Competition, Philippines in 2013 and more recently bagged the 2nd prize at the GSIS Art Competition 2017– Non-representational Category in 2017. These two bright, young talents are two of the most indemand artists in the Philippines and their shows are always sold out, frustrating art collectors who want to have their prized works as well. 

Filipino Artists Demi Padua art
Demi Padua’s “Once Upon A Time”

The harmonious fusion of Japanese and Philippine artistic elements is evident and presented on canvas by these two Filipino artists. Both Bayog and Padua fuse these elements in their uniform size of four by three feet paintings that witness the interplay of two cultures in their masterful strokes. The duo presented five paintings each with Padua using acrylic as his medium while Bayog used oil or a combination of oil and acrylic on his works.

Filipino Artists Pong Bayog art
Pong Bayog’s “Admiration”

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Photos courtesy of DF Art Agency.

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