What a way to celebrate a couple’s wedding anniversary by having a solo exhibit honouring a man’s love for his wife. For a blushing bride 50 years ago, this exhibit would be an ultimate gift for a shared life of love and art. Multi-awarded Joel Magpayo will hold a solo exhibit in celebration of his 50th anniversary with wife, Lynda Magpayo. “I can not take my wife to a cruise or holiday because of my troubled leg. Instead I’m doing an exhibition called 50 Hues of Gold,” he told The Philippine Times.
Philippine Consul General to Victoria Felix Pintado will formally open the exhibit on 2 October 2015, 6pm at the Hunt Club Community Art Centre in Deer Park. The exhibit will run until 31 October 2015.
Magpayo was born in the Philippines and migrated to Australia with wife Lynda and five children in 1979. He finished his studies at the University of the Philippines’ College of Fine Arts and was a Cartoonist Exchange in Ohio, USA.
Magpayo bagan his career as a freelance artists at age 16. He did comic and magazine illustrations, vizualizing for advertising companies and later shifted to full-time painting at age 24, when he got married.
To date, he has done 16 solo exhibitions in Australia and the Philippines and actively exhibiting at the Rotary art shows around Australia. He has won over 160 Arts awards and commendations. His works hangs in private collections both here and abroad. He runs demos and workshops around Victoria.
Magpayo is a fellow of the Australian Guild of Realists Artists, co-founder of the Filipino Artists of Melbourne (FAME) and also a member of the Victorian Artists Society.
Magpayo is Philippine Times’ resident Editorial Cartoonist. In 2013, he won the best in the Editorial Cartoon category of the 2nd Multicultural Media Awards (MMA) for his Divide and Conquer cartoon, a satirical take on Filipino unity.
To view his works, please visit his website: www.joelmagpayo.com.