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The Amazing Superhero Sculptures of Mark Juaniza.

It was a dark and rainy evening and The Bacolod Food Hunters were present at the opening of a very special art exhibit at the House of Frida.   We were there for the opening of the Dream Toys exhibit – a special art event showing the fantastic talents of  sculptor Mark Juaniza – A very talented young man and resident of Bacolod City.

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The Dream Toys Exhibit is now open for viewing at the House of Frida, Second Floor Bob’s Cafe, Lacson street, Bacolod City.  It runs from January 14 to February 14 2017.

As a child, Mark was fascinated with comic books, superheroes and video games.  From a young age, he showed an aptitude towards sculpting – using discarded kangkong stems and toothpicks to fashion his own home made toys.  He developed his skill and talents, teaching himself various techniques and crafting various sculptures of the heroes he admired until finally he decided to put up an art exhibit.

It was an amazing experience at the Dream Toys exhibit.   Heavily muscled super heroes spring to life from the pages of comic books.  Video game heroes, robots and fantastic superhero fight scenes were lovingly re-created in sculpture.  We were amazed at Mark Juaniza’s amazing skill and talents. This exhibit felt like a Toy convention from SM Megamall Manila with one exception – all of these “toys” that we were viewing are one of a kind,  hand-made by one person!

Let’s take a look at the art on display:

The main highlight of the show is this amazing fight scene between Spiderman and the super villain Rhino.  The enraged Rhino crashes through a stone wall as Spiderman taunts him, casually shooting a strand of sticky web-fluid to immobilize the rampaging supervillain.

A fantastic battle scene is the highlight of the exhibit! The iconic fight between spider-man and The Rhino!

A fantastic battle scene is the highlight of the exhibit! The iconic fight between Spiderman and The Rhino!

Mark has perfectly captured the look of Rhino, paying careful emphasis to the musculature and costume.  The look of outrage on Rhino’s face as he smashes through the wall is so well done!

Amazing Rhino sculpt.

Amazing Rhino sculpt.

The sculpture is so well-designed that if you look over the shoulder of Spiderman, you actually feel as if you’re IN the battle – that you’re actually Spiderman.  Even the rubble and the debris is well arranged.  The only detail that I felt was out of place was that the fire hydrant was the wrong scale but that’s just me. I really enjoyed viewing this piece.

Spider sense tingling!

Spider sense tingling!

The “Merc with a mouth” Deadpool makes an appearance too.   I love the details on this sculpt especially the flames, smoke and the bullet erupting from Deadpool’s gun!  The sculpting and attention to detail is fantastic.

Deadpool - the wisecracking anti-hero.

Deadpool – the wisecracking anti-hero.

 

Kids were fascinated by the Deadpool sculpture!

Kids were fascinated by the Deadpool sculpture.

The Crown Prince of Crime leers out at the viewers.  Glassy eyes shining with insanity, evil grin, yellowing teeth and sickly green hair belong to one of the most famous comic book supervillains – The Joker!  Mark Juaniza has crafted a superb likeness of the mad clown.

A bust of The Joker.

A bust of The Joker.

We were somewhat puzzled to see a pistol in a display case at the exhibit.  What does this have to do with superheroes?  Upon closer examination, you can see the superhero Ant-man running up the barrel of the gun!   Wow! What amazing detail!

Ant-man is a tiny superhero with amazing strength. This sculpture is a tribute to a famous scene in the Ant-man movie where Ant-man lands on a villain's gun and runs toward the villain's face to knock him out!

Ant-man is a tiny superhero with amazing strength. This sculpture is a tribute to a famous scene in the Ant-man movie where Ant-man lands on a villain’s gun and runs toward the villain’s face to knock him out!

In a corner of the room stands another masterpiece. It’s a rendering of the artist’s dream superhero fights.  Juggernaut and Venom both square off in a tense battle! The sculpting is particularly good and conveys a sense of stickiness, of contamination.

Juggernaut appears to have the upper hand. But Venom's suit - a living alien entity is beginning to wrap around his arm and torso!

Juggernaut appears to have the upper hand. But Venom’s suit – a living alien entity is beginning to wrap around his arm and torso!

 

Perpetually hungry, Venom is one of Spiderman’s greatest foes.

Another highlight of the exhibit is an extremely lifelike bust of Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier – Mentor to the band of mutants know at the X-men!  You can see the pores, the eyelashes, the wrinkles!  What amazing craftsmanship!

Professor Charles Xavier.

Professor Charles Xavier.

There’s lots more to discover at the exhibit so I’ll leave the rest for you to discover, my dear readers when you go to visit.

I am constantly amazed by the talent that’s popping up in Bacolod. I admire Mark Juaniza for following his childhood dreams.  As a child, Mark couldn’t afford to buy superhero toys.  Now, as an adult, he makes his own.   Visit House of Frida and view the amazing Dream Toys exhibit.

Sculptor Mark Juaniza and his lovely muse Hope de Asis at the art exhibit.

Sculptor Mark Juaniza and his lovely muse Hope de Asis at the art exhibit.

 

The Bacolod Food Hunters supports local businesses and artists.  We don’t charge for articles/reviews and offer only our unbiased opinions. 

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