The Art of Rafael Paderna

Hello Good morning! We’re here with one of our famous local artists Mr Paderna.  This is the third of our articles on the local Bacolod Art scene.  To preserve this interview the article is published in the Hilgaynon dialect.  For an English Translation  please scroll down for to  the comment section.

Mr Paderna in his sculpting studio working on a Brass Sculpture

 

BFH: Hello Mr Paderna, taga Bacolod ka gid halin sang una?

P: Taga bacolod gid.

BFH: Nag study ka sa UST? Fine arts?

P: Fine arts major in advertising.  Nag pa states ko 1987 kag nagbalik ko di 5 years ago kag diri nako ga practice my profession as an artist.

BFH: Ano gid ang imo na gina ubra.. Ang imo forte?

P: Well ako usually damo na media gina ubra ko.. Ga sculpture ko.. metal clay and then ga paint man ko.. I do oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, mostly mixed media.  I was a professor in La Consolacion College several years ago..

Mr Paderna with some of his paintings.

BFH: Pila ka years?

P: I think mga more that ten years.  Isa ko sa professor da na nag pioneer sang architecture kag fine arts dira sa LCC.

BFH: Dayon nag pa states ka?

P: Nag pa states kami for the children.  We went there for their better future and over there I did some paintings…

BFH: Damo ga bakal na mga Amerikano?

P: Well over there wala gid ko to na ga practice fulltime. Kay pag start mo to especially when you’re a filipino mabudlay mag penetrate sa art scene kay ang environment digto kag ang ila exposure sa art lain.  Daw ga hambal kita na art is international pero may ara gid distinctions.

BFH: Sa aton art naton is more oriental…and our culture is different.

P: Right right.

One of my favorite Paderna Paintings!

 

BFH: Te ano gina ubra mo subong?

P: Subong ga ubra ka subong sang sculptures.. clay and metal.  Subong ga ubra ko brass sculpture.. Gina weld ko na.  Most of my subjects are women especially mother and child.. I also do clay, stucco (colored cement) and also wood. Ka dako sang hands sang mga subjects ko kay I want to show the goodness and love of a mother.

An excellent Paderna Piece with his trademark oversized hands symbolizing love and compassion.

BFH: Sang una how did you know you were going to be an artist.  

P: Ever since gagmay ako daw na balan ko na..  nag take up ko commerce pero indi ko interested.  I enrolled in UST and I found my calling.

BFH: Sino ang gina consider mo as your mentor in art?

P: Well, one is Isidro and Ang Kiukok,

BFH: My ara ka teacher na nag recognize sang artistic ability mo?

P: Well sang una si Abueva, kay siya ang one of the subjects in sculpturing.  I was chosen with a group of students na makadto sa iya balay then he gave us mga special instructions. So more or less nahilig ko sa sculpture.

A work in Progress. I love the flowing ethereal look of the birds. The lines are gentle and contrast with the straight lines used in the clothes and features of the people.

BFH: Sa painting ya?

P: Si Gallo Ocampo, Si Non Rivera, those were our teachers before.  More or less na inspire mga estudyante kay mayo sila mag tudlo so more or less na inspire man kami

Selling Fish

BFH: Stressful man mag go into art/art course?

P: Actually Indi man cya stressful. Once you love your work, indi ka ma stress.  Kami na mga estudyante na mahilig guid, ga kalaboutan kami asta sa kaagahon.  Waay kami ka batyag sang kapoy.  Thats how art is.

One of the numerous Metal sculptures made by Mr. Paderna.

BFH: Do you remember your first major work, do you have it?

P: Well ang isa ko ka major work is the mural sang isa ka banko diri sa Bacolod.. it measures 9 feet by 25feet.. This was way back in 1980.That was made of welded metal.  Subong ara na da sa balay ni Mrs Benedicto. Gina hang nila sa balay nila.   The theme is progress of Bacolod.  It was represented by three children representing the three regions of the Philippines.

Making a clay Model.

Another major work is I won the grand award of the Philippine art association in 1982 for sculpture.

The contest was supposed to be na kung sino ma daog ibutang na sa Luneta.  It would measure around 20 feet and the tittle of my sculpture is birdman.  So damo mga hawla kag damo sang mga pispis na dira ga istar kag ma buto.

BFH: Te gin butang gid man nila sa Luneta?

P: Well sang nag daog nako, nag hambal sila na wala na sila pondo!

BFH: Well at least may ara prize!

Woman and Child waiting at a bus stop.

BFH: How do you get inspiration for your work?

P:  As a professional artist you dont need inspiration.  It’s always there.  Those new like students always say you need inspiration but if you’re a professional artist you dont need inspiration, its your profession.  I make it a point that everyday I handle my brush, my torch..  It’s like ga kadto ka lang sa opisina pero once maganahan ka ga kalabutan ka sa kaagahon

Mr Paderna’s art workstation! So many brushes!!!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Martin Banana says:

    BFH: Hello Mr Paderna, Have you lived in Bacolod ever since?

    P: Yes i’m from Bacolod

    BFH: I heard you studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines.

    P: Fine arts major in advertising. I went to the U.S.A in 1987 and I returned to Bacolod 5 years ago and I’m now practicing my profession as an artist here.

    BFH: What are you doing now? What is your art forte?

    P: Well I usually work with a lot of media. I do sculpting, I work with metal, clay and I paint. I do oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink. I mostly do mixed media. I was a professor in La Consolacion College several years ago..

    BFH: How many years did you work there?

    P: I think m more than ten years. I was a professor and a pioneer of the architecture and fine arts courses at LCC.

    BFH: Then You moved to the states?

    P: I went to the states for the children. We went there for their better future and over there I did some paintings…

    BFH: Do Americans Buy your Work?

    P: Well over there I didn’t do art fulltime. It’s difficult to penetrate the local art scene there if you’re a filipino. Their environment is different and their exposure to art is also different. You’ve heard of the saying “Art is international, art has no boundaries” but I don’t think that’s true. There really are distinctions.

    BFH: Our Art is more oriental…and our culture is different.

    P: Right right.

    BFH: So what are you working on now?

    P: Right now I’m working on some sculptures of clay and metal. I’m working on a brass sculpture. I’m at the welding stage. Most of my subjects are women especially mother and child.. I also do clay, stucco (colored cement) and also woodThe hands and arms of my figures are oversized because I want to show the goodness and love of a mother.

    BFH: How did you know you were going to be an artist.

    P: I knew ever since I was little. I took up commerce but I wasn’t interested. I enrolled in UST and I found my calling.

    BFH: Who do you consider as your mentor in art?

    P: Well, one is Isidro and Ang Kiukok,

    BFH: Do you have any teachers who recognized your artistic ability?

    P: Well before I worked with Abueva because he handled one of the subjects in sculpturing. I was chosen with a group of students and we went to his house then he gave us special instructions. So more or less that’s how I got into sculpting.

    BFH: How about in painting?

    P: Gallo Ocampo,Non Rivera, those were our teachers before. We got inspired because they taught us students well! They were good teachers.

    BFH: Is it stressful to go into an art course?

    P: Actually It’s not stressful. Once you love your work, You won’t feel the stress. Us dedicated students who liked our work, we would work all night until daybreak. We were so absorbed in our work we wouldn’t feel tired at all. Thats how art is.

  2. juan tym says:

    I remember when this was a food site not a lifestyle magazine, ideas for new reviews would include rib breaker near Robinsons and the moo mushroom burger place opposite. Little misscupcake and bcc near kuppa in shopping. ANB on lacson st, salt n pepper in sorriente, kenaji and hummo in Mayfair plaza, gourmmandz where Louise used to be and lilis pizza also on lacson st. Irenes diner has 3 branches to review. At Ayala there is terrasse, bobs with new menu and breakfasts, to name a few.

    1. Martin Banana says:

      Hi! Yes. We’re trying something new. It’s nice to have some articles with cultural stuff for a change and We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about it.

      Rest assured we’ve done some of the restaurants you’ve mentioned and we have the burgermoo and the lilys pizza thing all done and with photos for NEXT month. If you follow our facebook or twitter, you can see sneak previews of upcoming articles.

      Burgermoo and Lalilys got pushed back because We prioritized the interviews with the local artists because we feel that people needed to get involved and aware of the great artists present in bacolod. Thanks for your concern. Rest assured that next month we will get back on food reviews ASAp!

  3. kategrijaldo says:

    may i ask where can we see Mr. Rafael Paderna?? We would also want to interview him about his masterpieces. 🙂 Thank you.

    1. Martin Banana says:

      You can get in contact with him via the lasalle museum in USLS la salle or the art associaton of bacolod.

  4. Hi! Can we use these information and photos for our report/eam about Mr. Paderna?

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