Flor Pesigan: Award-Winning Pinay Artist

photo by Jewel Rivera

Honestly, she does not know what she would be if she’s not an artist today. This Flordeliza Pesigan admitted adding it’s just how she is designed to be. 

She was in Dubai for 15 years and looking back, she finds fulfillment in being considered as one of the respected artist in Dubai art scene. Her works now adore the offices of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi amongst other private collections internationally.

She was commissioned by the Dubai Arts and Culture to do the 3m x 9m public mural in Business Bay.

For four struggling years, from 2007 to 2010, she displayed and sold her paintings at the weekly market at Marina Walk and at JBR Walk in Dubai. Her patience saw light when in June 2010 she was picked along with 100 Dubai artists for the Mega X exhibition at Blomingdales. And the rest is a long list of exhibitions and art shows in Aldar Souk, Art Couture Gallery, Ghaf Gallery, The Address Hotel, Cartoon Art Gallery and Dubai Mall.

In an interview with Illustrado, a copy of which appears in her website, Flor stressed artist’s work is an extension of one self. “There is a need for us to express and make this art. This is far more important than the desire for it to be liked by others.”

A self taught artist, she grew up in the National Museum of the Philippines, where her parents worked, as her playground. “The feast of visual experience being surrounded with masters’ works at a very young age has influenced my strong love for art.”

In her childhood, she sneaked into the main gallery to adore the ‘Spolarium’, a masterpiece of the Philippine’s National Artist Juan Luna. “I have been drawing before I learned how to write and now paints and works on sculptures using different mediums familiar or new to me, experimentation being a joy to most of my recent pieces,” she beams with pride as she recalls how she managed triumphantly as a global Pinay artist.

In 2009, after a trip to Barcelona and Berlin, where she got immensely inspired as a visual artist, she organized a charity auction for the typhoon victims in the Philippines. This, according to her, was a deciding factor for her to realize her true calling. She left the corporate world.

Today, Flordeliza is busy displaying her works in galleries and events, doing live art and performances, giving children art workshops and doing collaborations with other artists. As the number of her works grew, they have become a huge series of a colorful diary. And despite her success, she does not plan of stopping there. “I aim to give myself the freedom to continue exploring and evolving.”

She moved to Bali few months back.

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IMG_3984THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique.  While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.



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