Disney's Only Licensed Filipino Artist Will Stage A Show In Manila

Rodel Gonzalez will have a solo exhibition and auction featuring more than a hundred art pieces he created for the mega-corporation’s various media franchises. 

There’s no denying that Filipinos are gifted in the arts—whether it’s singing, designing, dancing, or painting, many of our fellow countrymen instill a sense of national pride through their talents. One such individual is Rodel Gonzalez, a skilled painter who happens to be the only licensed Filipino artist for legendary media conglomerate, Disney. 

Officially licensed Disney artist, Rodel Gonzalez
Officially licensed Disney artist, Rodel Gonzalez/Photo by Carlos Saducas Photography via Instagram @rodelgonzalez

The artist is best known for his dry-brush technique and ability to fully harness color, form, and composition in his works. His official biography on Disney Fine Art’s website describes him as someone with a “keen eye for seeing the beauty in the commonplace and grace in the ordinary.” 

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Gonzalez was licensed by Disney in 2008, and since then, has been creating stunning art pieces for its theme parks, cruise lines, and art galleries in countries like Japan and Europe. 

A piece Gonzalez made featuring the transformation scene from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"
A piece Gonzalez made featuring the transformation scene from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”/Photo via Instagram @rodelgonzalez

After a series of sold-out shows abroad, the artist will now be making his way to the Philippines for a spectacular one-man exhibition in Sheraton Manila at Newport World Resorts. This will take place in the hotel’s events space, COLLAB, on June 3 at 5:00 PM. 

An Extensive and Memorable Collection

The event, called “The Manila Art Show of Rodel Gonzalez,” was organized by Kartini Asia Gallery, in special collaboration with Uniquecorn Strategies. Presented by Newport World Resorts and Sheraton Manila Hotel, the show intends to provide “opportunities for the Filipino public, art collectors, and the media to appreciate these works of art up close or even bring home a piece from the collection.” 

Another piece by Gonzalez featuring Princess Leia and R2-D2 from Star Wars
Another piece by Gonzalez featuring Princess Leia and R2-D2 from Star Wars/Photo via Instagram @rodelgonzalez

Art pieces with characters from Star Wars, the Marvel cinematic universe, and Disney Animation Studios are among those that will be featured in the upcoming show. Many of these colorful works were created using various mediums, from acrylic on gesso board to oil on aluminum. 

“It is high time that an international Filipino artist, at the caliber of Rodel Gonzalez, becomes well known in this country,” shared Kingson Sian, Newport World Resorts’ president and CEO.

Gonzalez posing with collectors of his work
Gonzalez posing with collectors of his work/Photo via Instagram @rodelgonzalez

Where Dreams Come True

Gonzalez has been painting since he was nine years old, with the guidance of his father (Rick Gonzalez) and grandfather (Felix Gonzalez) who were both painters. 

“Growing up my father would always tell me to not be intimidated by the paint and be 100% sure about my intentions on my first stroke at the canvas,” he shared

He pursued a major in painting at the University of Santo Tomas, before earning another degree in interior design from the Philippines School of Interior Design. The lessons he learned during his university years further sharpened his skills as an artist, shaping him into the talent that he is today. 

Gonzalez also happens to be a talented musician, having founded the band "Side A" in his 20s, where he played as lead singer and songwriter
Gonzalez also happens to be a talented musician, having founded the band “Side A” in his 20s, where he played as lead singer and songwriter/Photo by Carlos Saducas Photography via Instagram @rodelgonzalez

“Having the opportunity to create Disney paintings is such a treat because Disney was definitely part of my childhood. I remember watching my first Disney films Bambi and Snow White, and ever since I’ve been mesmerized by the succeeding Disney movies I’ve seen,” he explained in an official statement

“I believe a painting is a mirror of the painter’s understanding of an insight he has. The Disney paintings each involved such a strong concept that every brushstroke was a joyful anticipation of the finished product,” he continued. 

Banner photo by Carlos Saducas Photography via Instagram @rodelgonzalez.

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