Patrick Esmao’s Emergence In The Local Art Scene

This artist breaks his 13-year tenure as a teacher to pursue his passion for art and architecture.

Every journey has its detours. From road trips with wrong turns and stopovers to sudden changes of heart in pursuing a career, detours are underrated parts of life. Furthermore, the process or the road leading to one’s end goal is a scenic view full of memories to look back on. A detour is often seen as an inconvenience—however, for visual artist Patrick Esmao, a reroute in his career opened new opportunities for him. 

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Start Of A Journey 

Every trip has a starting point, and for Patrick’s artistic career, his starting point is far from the colorful, creative field. Before becoming a full-time dedicated artist, he was a full-time educator. For 13 years, he taught junior high school students Architectural Drafting. “There’s no rulebook when it comes to pursuing the arts,” Patrick said. Furthermore, his degree in Industrial Education – Major in Drafting, helped him develop and hone the foundational skills for his craft.

Patrick Esmao / Photo courtesy of Galerie Joaquin

He may have learned and practiced his skills in college, but his love for art goes way back. “Before, I just drew what I saw on TV,” he reminisced. He was fond of watching and drawing anime when he was young. However, a school field trip to the National Museum changed his perspective. There, he saw the works of esteemed Filipino artists like Luna. From that moment on, he saw how beautiful art can be. 


Arguably, being a teacher is like being an artist. Both professions enrich their canvasses by dedicating their mind and soul to the craft. For Patrick, there was a time when he was doing both. He teaches his students the fundamentals of architectural drafting while—on the side, he joins group exhibits. When he chose to pursue art full-time in 2021, breaking his 13-year tenure as a teacher, his works mainly consisted of landscapes and cityscapes rendered in metallic stitchings that form geometrical patterns. Furthermore, Patrick used acrylic & thread as his main medium for his art.

Hillside Serenity 36 x 48 / Photo courtesy of Galerie Joaquin

From taking a career detour, he is now taking a different path for his artistic pursuit. From landscapes and cityscapes, Patrick is now taking a more abstract approach in his latest collection entitled Threads of Time. In his latest collection, he explores abstract interpretations of landscapes. Moreover, geometric imitations of the desert and ruins are formed through his masterful manipulation of threads combined with the strategic use of colors. “I decided to do a different subject to explore other shapes and forms of representation,” Patrick states.

Golden Hour 36 x 48 / Photo courtesy of Galerie Joaquin

“The idea of lost traditions and art making inspires how we try to put together the remains, to make meanings out of it. From the temples in Athens to the tombs in the desert, these are images that I think work well with my art style,” Patrick concludes. 

“Threads of Time” will be exhibited March 1 – 11, 2024 at Galerie Joaquin Rockwell, R3 Level, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City. For inquiries, contact Galerie Joaquin at +63 915 414 5502 or email [email protected]. Like Galerie Joaquin on Facebook and follow @galeriejoaquin on Instagram.

Banner photo courtesy of Galerie Joaquin.

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