NOMINATIONS 2008: 1. pris ved ‘INSIDE08’, Kunstpakhuset, Ikast 2008
COLLECTIONS, INSTITUTIONS, ECT. Højskolen Hald Ege Dio Sumagaysay Collection
PUBLICATIONS Arteviridea (The quest for a cure continues), Dio Sumagaysay, 2016 Bizarre Beyond Belief Magazine - THE COLLECTION, VOL1, 2015
My work is characterized by contrasts - the compilation of multiple-level opposites - which are recognized throughout my paintings. Fine details, lines and carefully painted figures collide with heavy brush strokes, splashes and blurred contours. Soft organic shapes and multi-faceted shapes meet hard, calculated geometric abstractions. The world I depict is not a physical place in time and space. It is an inner world, a world where thoughts, feelings and raw cognition define not only the characters, but also the space they inhabit.
For me, the creative process is a key to the inner psychological world - balancing on the boundary between the conscious and unconscious and circling themes such as how we relate to the world we live in, the definition of "self" versus the surrounding world, our bodily integrity and mortality. My work often deals with issues such as alienation, loneliness and exercise of an unattainable inner harmony. In general, I am very interested in the inner life of man, and this is evident in the way my figures finally appear. Their various disfigurement, lack of body parts and multiple angles are a symbol of their psychology and cognitive mechanisms. Labels such as "existential surrealism" or "psychological realism" have often been used on my work - and I think it describes it well. I aim to make art that not only tells me but also speaks to the viewer and is open to interpretation - and it can lead to interpretations that I had not foreseen. My process is dialogue, use, review, destruction and creation. My favorite medium is acrylic paint - it dries quickly and fits both my temperament and technique very well. I would prefer to add layers after layers in my paintings without too much stay. In that process, I strive to achieve a balance - on the border of the conscious and unconscious, where I react and paint without too much reflection, alternating with more reflected and controlled decisions. I use multiple layers, add and remove items, and I work directly on the canvas, drawing my sketches up with paint or charcoal. It often includes coal and pencil drawings in multiple layers, resulting in a more sensitive and fragile "sensation." Overpowered parts, mistakes, and lost, are a very important part of my process. Though it is sometimes frustrating to get lost and lose track, it allows for unforeseen and unusual ideas to arise. For me, creativity is as much about tearing down and destroying as it is about creating and building. This also means that the final work is a result of the process rather than a scheduled image.
Towards the end of that process, I add finer details, finishes highlights, and adds shade and cleanup to certain lines and areas. You often find traces of the process itself in a finished work: The structure of layered paint, delicate pencil work, the raw smudged charcoal strokes and layers interwoven and partially exposed. work "and rework it all again, give it a new dimension and add history.