About Ombok Villamor
Rustom Cleofe “Ombok” Villamor (b.1979) is a product of North West Samar State University, where he graduated with a degree in Architecture. A professional graphic artist, Ombok has gained recognition from a variety of award-giving bodies, including being a Finalist in the Non-Representational Category at the 2015 GSIS Art Competition, which is an important competition for artists in the Philippines, and a Semi-Finalist in the Oil Category of the 2002 ArtPetron National Student Art Competition. A proud Visayan, his works have been included in the prestigious VIVA EXCON Biennale in Bohol and Bacolod. His works are a regularly showcased in ManilArt
Ombok Villamor's oeuvre is characterized by fascinating abstractions of life-forms. The resulting paintings are organic narratives that bring out the rich dynamism and energy of life. This is keeping with the artist’s own explorations of nature—particularly his experience living on the shores of his native Samar in central Philippines. The ethereal paintings are most reminiscent of the country’s sea-life – a direct link to the artist’s roots – but they also celebrate the delights of other life-forms. In many cases, his paintings take on an almost spiritual essence—looking like they are floating life-nurturing galaxies in the middle of the vacuum of space. There is vitality in Ombok’s paintings, verve and vigor. His paintings from his sold out exhibit in early 2016 are clear fetes of life, and in this manner he finds a way to differentiate himself from his contemporary peers, making him one of the sought-after artists in the country today.
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