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Ronyel Compra

Ronyel Compra is a visual artist based in Cebu City. In 2008, he earned his BFA from the University of the Philippines, Cebu. He has exhibited in Cebu City, and Metro Manila among others. His work was included as part of VIVA EXCON CAPIZ 2018 in Roxas City. 

In 2019, he was shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Award for his installation Lutâ: Imprint of Lola Masyang’s House, exhibited at Fundacion Sansó in 2018.

Ronyel has developed a distinct style with material experimentation, creating his works that implement various techniques and processes involving materials drawn from local craft including bones, twigs, bamboos and found objects. He has collaborated with a group of artists from different parts of the Philippines and the latest collaboration was in Mindanao with the Talaandig tribe artists who are known for using soil as the main ingredient of their paintings. His LUTA / LAKRA series of rubbings are dissociative exercises, transferring from the organic environment and utilitarian tools into abstract notions and forms, to create new meanings and interpretation.

Ronyel’s residency occurred in October 2019


Luta of a grandmother's house using cloth imprint, 2015 (early version)

At Las Casas’s tile workshop, he created studies that further explored his interest in rubbing and imprinting. Using the iron stencils used to produce machuca tiles, Ronyel reproduced shapes and patterns that he plans to incorporate into a site-specific installation, a series of mojon or boundary markers. A critical reflection of the idea of territory and politics of space, Ronyel proposes, “It will be a fictionally and virtually imagined space. I like to link my work also with time, exploring the concept of time, going back and forth, and getting lost within the weave axis.” 

"Capiz Window," from LAKRA series, 2018.

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