John Magne is a self-taught artist from Guihulngan, Negros Oriental and a graduate of BS Computer Science from NORSU-G last 2007, which is slightly a different course. He started painting when he was 14 years old during his 2nd year in high school. He was inspired by the landscape paintings of Boy Velara, a native artist in Negros Oriental. When his father brought 3 landscape paintings from him (Boy Velara) and he saw it then decided to paint because it inspires him alot. The colors, shapes, brush strokes and it really looks real.
He started practicing after school hours and slept late at night. He was very eager to get what he wanted. It was not really that easy. To be good at one thing, you need to follow the steps of learning process. Discovering the ways of brush strokes, mixing colors, creating compositions, it takes time and there are no shortcuts.
He liked to paint Philippine landscapes and some commission works. He did also portraits. He liked the most works of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, da Vinci and Amorsolo.
He went to manila last 2009 because someone offered him to work. He started joining art competitions in manila with his friend Froilan and Bernie Jay in 2010. He grabbed his first award in 2011 at Amiya Raya On-the-spot painting competition as First place, and continue joining competitions hoping to grab another award. But many times he failed until in 2012 he won as Grand prize in Maningning Miclat Art Award and Second Place winner in DFA-ASEAN Philippines Painting Competition last August 2013.
For John Magne, painting is his life. Life without brushes and paints is just like a body without hands, a mountain without trees and river without fish. Art is the reflection of an artist’s heart and mind.
Art Awards and Honors
- Artist of the Year 02 - 2002 in Guihulngan National High School – Poblacion, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental
- Artist of the Year 03 - 2003 in Guihulngan National High School – Poblacion, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental
- Step Awardee of the Year - 2003 in Guihulngan National High School - Poblacion, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental
- 2nd Prize - 2004 Regional on-the-spot poster making contest in Agriculture Dumaguete
- First Place in Amiya Raya on-the-spot Painting Competition 2011 - August 20, 2011 held at Amiya Raya San Mateo, Rizal
- Grand Prize winner of Maningning Miclat Art Award 2012 – September 27, 2012 held at Sining Kamalig, Ali Mall, Cubao, Quezon City
- 2nd Prize winner of DFA-ASEAN Philippines Painting Competition 2013 - August 7, 2013 held at National Musium, Manila
- Finalist of AAP 66th Annual Art Competition Painting Category - December 17, 2013 held at GSIS Museo ng Sining, GSIS Building, Pasay City, Metro Manila.
- Finalist of AAP On the Spot Painting Competition 2014 - February 16, 2014 held at Kanlungan ng Sining, Rizal Park, Manila
- AAP Annual Painting Exhibitions – February 2012
- 1st Pagsanjan Bangkero Festival – March 2012
- Diocese of Malolos and AAP – April 2012
- GSIS Painting Competition Exhibit - 2010
- Amiya Raya on-the-spot Painting Competition Exhibitions – August 20 2011
- Maningning Miclat Art Award 2012 – September 27, 2012
- DFA-ASEAN Winners exhibition @ National Museum, Manila - August 7, 2013
- Other DFA-ASEAN Winners exhibition:
- * 04-11 September 2013, ALumni and Public Relations Hall, Philippine Normal University
* 10-17 October 2013, Edsa Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Ortigas Center -Atrium, Main Wing
* 18-31 October 2013, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) – 2nd floor, Hallway
* 1-30 November 2013, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)
* 1-15 December 2013, San Beda College – Alabang Museum
- AAP Selected Artists Exhibit held in Adamson University Gallery - November 11 - 30, 2013
- Artabang (Art for Yolanda Victims) One night exhibit in Cebu Country Club, Cebu City. - December 5, 2013
- AAP 66th Annual Art Competition awarding and exhibition - December 17, 2013
- Exhibition @ New Rizal Visitors Center - February 24, 2014
- Mabuhay Art Series exhibition "Central Luzon" in Mabuhay Restop, South Drive, Area II, Rizal Park, Manila - March 15, 2014
- "Kristo sa Kanlungan" Group Exhibit in AAP Kanlungan Gallery, Rizal Park, Manila - April 5, 2014
- Sining Sa Kanlungan Sa Buwan Ng Agosto - AAP Kanlungan ng Sining Gallery, Rizal Park, Manila - August 6, 2014
- Rokyaw Group Exhibit in Avenue Hotel, Naga City - September 4, 2014
- Negros Oriental State University - Guihulngan CampusBS Computer Science, 2003 - 2007
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