Cover Spotlight on Jewellery Focus Magazine, London, UK | October 2017

Cover Spotlight on Jewellery Focus Magazine, London, UK | October 2017

This October, aureate miniature sculptures from my recently launched Thumbeline collection, have had the surprising honor of being featured on the cover of London's Jewellery Focus Magazine, the largest jewelry trade publication in the UK today. Two golden, balletic figurines from my first set; 'A Golden Symphony' and 'Celestial Elegance' were the selected pair of sculptural pendants photographed and shown on the cover. Set against a backdrop of Philippine Narra wood, their reflective silhouettes dance and gleam under the warmth of bright incandescent lighting. In a full interview with Jewellery Focus's chief editor; Michael Northcott, I was able to share a bit more about my passions for sculpture, gemology and jewelry design throughout my years of growing up in the urban centers of Southeast Asia. The superb team of layout artists, graphic designers and writers very professionally crafted this delightful 7-page feature on me and my artworks, delving a little

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Sculptures on BizNews Asia & Images Asia Magazines 2017

Sculptures on BizNews Asia & Images Asia Magazines 2017

These last few months of 2017 have been quite mesmerizing in terms of public reception for some of the newer works released from our studio. Aside from the exhibition of several cast-marble 'Eves of Eight' sculptures, this year has also marked the launch of my journey into fine sculpture jewelry. The pre-release events and announcements for my Thumbeline series of 18k aureate sculptures, along with the tandem unveiling of our revamped kylochua.com online gallery-boutique, pushed for many boundaries to be surpassed in the pursuit of my art form, here across the Asia Pacific territories. To my gratitude and surprise, these sets of miniature sculptures were literally introduced to the Philippine and international communities with a brisk and vibrant flair, stemming from the editorial support and lustre of several notable magazine publications. Tony Lopez' BizNews Asia featured a suite of photographs capturing sculptures from several of my preferred mediums. This was the

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Images Asia Feature | 2016 May - June Issue

Images Asia Feature | 2016 May - June Issue

This 2016, I had the very great pleasure of being a part of the Images Asia personalities roster for article features on their international publication. The brainchild of Ernest Gonzaga from the Philippines, Images Asia has worked with the likes of Luis 'Chavit' Singson (featured in the previous month's issue), Jetsun Pema; the Queen of Bhutan (our cover feature), and many more notable figures from across the Philippines and whole of Asia. It was an enjoyable and light-hearted session when we did the photography required for the magazine, as Mr. Gonzaga and lead photographer Ronin Urbina were down-to-earth and very accommodating to our group. We spent a great part of the afternoon having good conversations about modern life and the current situation of our country with regards to the elections and political personas vying for the presidential role. The shoot itself was professionally done, as it was a joy to work with the entire Images Asia Team and their producti

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Tracing My Roots

Tracing My Roots

A couple of months back, me and dad joined up with other Chinese-Filipino artists to take part in an exhibit that brought us back to the roots of our Asian heritage. Gulangyu island is a place that's familiar to many Chinese-Filipinos today. It's been a part of the numerous stories passed down from our taikongs and taimas (great grandparents) to our grandparents. This exhibit was the brainchild of a new foundation for Gulangyu island and the heritage it represents. It was held last June at the Robinsons mall, with the help of the Gokongwei family (who also have roots from this historical island). The show was a first of its kind, aiming to educate the younger generations and expose them to the intricacies of their ancestors' homeland. Unfortunately, I was abroad during the opening night, so I have to thank the foundation and its supporters for the snapshots here. Our exhibit was also featured in the Philippine Star news, with generous content from some of our frie

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Sculpture Through A Photographer's Eyes

Sculpture Through A Photographer's Eyes

Last week I had the opportunity to come across the photography skills of my friend Jeri Barrios. Together with my dad Seb Chua, We did a studio session using a couple artworks from 2011-2012. We brought about ten artworks to be photographed and got ourselves in the photo series too. While sculpture is the most familiar art form I relate to, photography isn't a stranger in the neighborhood. From my early college years up to now, I've been able to make use of this widely evolving media in many of the graphic designs I've developed for my artworks. This time however, Jeri's expertise in the photography of people came into perspective when he was able to produce a good collection of profile and fronting shots with us and our works as his subjects.  I'd say the experience went very well, considering that we only made use of the afternoon to do all the photography work. He tells me that his appreciative affinity towards photographing people stemmed from his journ

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Biz News Interview with Sculptors Kylo chua and Seb Chua

Biz News Interview with Sculptors Kylo chua and Seb Chua

Yesterday, my dad and I were invited to a light-hearted interview with BizNews, to talk about sculpture and the business of art. Tony Lopez and Elizabeth Dee hosted the show and were very hospitable to us, supporting an amiable friendly chat about how we create our works. We discussed a little bit about the current situation of Filipino art as well as the growing demand for art in Asia. China's artscape is tied to its rising economy (my dad discussed) as we noted Chinese artists whose prices have gone quite high in the recent years. The Philippines is a more freeform, radical art community with a lot of potential, though a lot of artists are being tempted to live abroad to find the "promising dream" of the first word mentality. Sculpture in the Philippines is a relatively re-emerging media (especially when we spoke about modern art). Painting has been a more historically oriented endeavor with Filipinos. Despite this fact, it can be seen today that the rise of mixed me

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Sprinting Across The Savannah

Sprinting Across The Savannah

The latest one-off piece in my sculpture collection joins the River Swan (2008) as a tribute to the intensity of our natural world. This recent addition marks the first of my artworks for 2012. The Savannah portrays a captured moment in the sprint of an elusive cheetah traversing the Serengeti. A beautiful creature in its own right, the cheetah holds the crown for being the fastest land animal on our planet. I chanced upon the idea for this sculpture after a moment of pondering on the ability of today's cameras to literally stop time and showcase motion through stills and frames. I believe photography to be a media of curiosity, and am an avid fan of the art. With that said, my tendency to experiment with my own media drew me closer to the subject of "motion". What better way to see the notion of speed than to view the fastest creature on earth in mid-stride? I quickly took to my sketchpad and started creating the flat base drawings for my first cheetah sculpture

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The Aquiline Embrace of an October Evening

The Aquiline Embrace of an October Evening

It's been a while since I've posted a new sculpture feature, but I decided to show you a new artwork today that I've drawn up from the workings of my previous piece, Aurora Australis. It's playful, almost conchoidal nature is meant to exude an entwining understanding of love. For every two people that devote themselves to each other's feelings, there will be a winding road that leads them to new discovery. My sculpture, Aquiline Embrace is a one-off work that I started during one of my home-spent afternoons. I put a lot of care and thought into its contour because I desired it to be a rendition of two lovers locked in an embrace of mystery and lore. During the week I've also made a little swan sculpture to commemorate another year of doing what I love. This modern "baby swan" is a slight miniature to the first, though un-molded and inherently its own finished piece. Its contour differs slightly apart from its mother's, and it has a more play

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Silkwinds | Silk Air's Inflight Magazine Featurette

Silkwinds | Silk Air's Inflight Magazine Featurette

I love the play of white against black in the layout and I'm really happy about the idea of my sculptures being up in the air (so to speak, since it's an Inflight Magazine). All in all, I'd like to thank Jericho and Selena, as well as Silk Air for featuring my work in their well respected magazine. Great job on the cover as well if I may add. It makes me want to travel abroad to visit and tour the Maharaja's exquisite palace... (daydreams...) If you would care to view the pdf of the magazine, it can be found here. It takes a short while to load the pages, but they make it so that it looks like a real page-turn type of magazine on your window. Silk Air is a Singapore-based Airline that is the sister brand of Singapore Airlines and responsible for around 60 percent of the company's Asian and regional flights.

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'Eves of Eight' Sculptures on SPACE Design+Travel Magazine

'Eves of Eight' Sculptures on SPACE Design+Travel Magazine

This June, SPACE Magazine's quarterly design and travel feature came out on the shelves of bookstores around Metro Manila. Dad was the first one to see the feature they wrote about me and my artworks. To be honest, I'm quite thrilled to be a part of such an elegant production- from photographic quality to layout, their magazine speaks a good luxurious feel through the line-up of well written articles and interesting features. SPACE showcased a series of creative personalities in its select Art & Living category, among them were paper sculptors, mixed media doll artists and various innovative and creative individuals. To be included with these modern day examples of aesthetic progress is something I feel very appreciative of. Throughout my life, I've loved the elegance of artforms wildly varying in theme, form and contour. To think that my sculptural works have been recognized by others gives me a sense of great fulfillment indeed. A special thanks to Hanna

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Meg Magazine's Young Achievers Edition

Meg Magazine's Young Achievers Edition

This year, MEG magazine partnered up with popular clothing brand; Human, to release a special issue embodying the youth of today's modern society. I'm very thankful to MEG for including me as one of the 25 Young Achievers for 2011, and I admire the accomplishments of all the participants of the feature as well. From ice skating championships to web entrepreneurship to first class theatre acting, the skill set of these unique individuals had me in awe. When I first came to the place for the photoshoot, we were astonished as to how intricately prepared the studio set-up was for the process. Their on-board staff for visuals, hair and make-up directed everyone in a well-paced standard that gave us all a sense of priority and comfort. I truly appreciate the magazine's hospitality and good relation to us all. While I was among fellow youth, I realized that there were a few among us who were actually in their late teens as well. Most of us at the time had been in o

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My Sculpture Stories this May

My Sculpture Stories this May

After the successive visits to the XAG exhibit in Gateway, a lot of interesting things happened this month. The studio is now a frequent reservoir for sculptures before they are shipped out to different events/venues for exhibition. The limited edition pieces are doing better than I expected, so I'm working on new designs for those as well. I'm happy that my passion in art hasn't gone to waste. I know that it's pretty fortunate for me to turn my interest into what it is today. I'm very thankful to everyone who's been supporting me all this time too.. Dad brings me to far off places everyday to learn more about goldcasting. Mom supports me by handling a lot of accounting work and finding tools that I could make use of for the new studio. Despite all the stress and hardship that people don't often see, I'm very glad I have friends and family to back me up in my art endeavors. I thank God for always guiding my mind and my hands to do the best they can.

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Discovering Metal Alloy Cast Sculpture

Discovering Metal Alloy Cast Sculpture

These days, my sculpture practice has been taking on some new learning curves. Experimenting with white metal is no easy procedure. I've actually burnt my fingers more than ten times in the past two week of metalworking, but the discoveries that were unveiled through the process was well worth the hardships. Metal-casting is much different from casting marble (as I frequently do with my modern sculptures). For one thing, cold casting will not work here. You will need to administer extreme heat and pressure to be able to even form the basic contour of a design. Obviously the casting machines used are also different. Centrifugal casting and Vacuum casting are precisely timed techniques that make use of high-grade materials to cast molten alloys. I'm amazed at the aesthetic and design capabilities of metal media in art. The strength, durability and surface beauty are among some of the main factors I should now take into consideration when creating designs. Fabricating designs in c

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A Visit to The Bencab Museum

A Visit to The Bencab Museum

A few days ago we took a roadside trip to visit the famous Bencab museum along route to Baguio. There, we met up with Bencab himself and had merienda before touring around the modern, yet exquisitely Filipino art space. The gallery is composed of multi-floor levels and sections that showcase both permanent and rotating exhibits. You'll notice several tribal works along the lower levels, as well as a hanging arrangement of figural Filipino sculptures on the main wall. Works done in petrified wood, stone and kamagong wood are among some of the gallery's art inhabitants. Outside the terrace cafe, they've built a beautiful garden overlooking an entire mountainin its natural landscape and flowerbeds. A patio in the middle of a man-made pond promotes an ideal location to just sit and relax with friends and a good cup of coffee. While Bencab's art collection is among the many featured displays of the gallery, other artists such as Arturo Luz, also exhibit permane

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A Sparkling Opening for XAG

A Sparkling Opening for XAG

April 30th, 2011- the very first celebration of art for Xavier School's alumnus. Familiar faces like Fr. Zuloaga were present during official ribbon cutting to launch the month-long Luceat Lux exhibit. The paintings that adorned the walls of the gallery lit up with magnificent works of art. Rudy Yu's seven-foot long masterpiece attracted much attention with its detailed beauty and style. Mikko Sison's abstract creations also brought up the ambience of the place, with magnificent and vibrant depths. Seb Chua's bronze stallions set the night in motion with captured scenes of pure splendor and excitement. Many other painters were also able to showcase some of their most breathtaking artworks of 2011. I was able to showcase about five of my abstract figure-artworks during the opening night. "The Gale Runner", "Infinite Perception" and two of my other works were also first appearances for the show. This line-up of one-off sculptures took me several months

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Working on The New Set of Uniques

Working on The New Set of Uniques

With upcoming events like the XAG art exhibit heading this way, I started working on a new set of solo-class sculptures for the coming season. Currently four are already at my checkpoint area before proceeding to the exhibition venue. I have a couple more at our studio, but they're going to be reserved for the next art show due to the complexity in their finishing process. Among the newly showcased sculptures are some with a new positioning scheme; horizontally and diagonally oriented. My 4th piece this month; Dragonwell, is a stretch beyond my usual sculptures' width barrier. I've themed most of my works around the romance between man and woman in a modern elegant age. The infinite fluidity represents a continuity that is pursued in every relationship worth fighting for.  Aside from these, I'm currently working on more nature-themes sculptural works as well, including another horizontally-oriented cheetah artwork that makes use of intricate linear styles as a conveya

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Building From Past Creations

Building From Past Creations

There's something I've noticed about myself as both an artist and a designer. I never liked having to scrap past designs that didn't make the cut. It makes me feel bad about all the effort put into that project that never made it. Because I've never liked this feeling, I maintain a project-research folder that allows me to look back on many of my past creative outputs. This is very useful as a design practice because the originality and impact of a previous work can help you to manifest something similarly bold, but better in taste and effectiveness. The plus side to this method is that there wouldn't be any design infringement issues because the work that you are building upon is actually your own.  Get into the habit of utilizing everything that you create, whether it be for research, building, compiling, marketing or other purposes, it is always better to keep in mind that all of this was generated by your creative energy. Anything that may not be appropriate f

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XAG - The Luceat Lux Groundbreaking Fine Art Exhibition on April 30, 2011 - Presented by the Xavier Alumni Art Guild

XAG - The Luceat Lux Groundbreaking Fine Art Exhibition on April 30, 2011 - Presented by the Xavier Alumni Art Guild

Greetings everybody. To follow my earlier post about the Xavier Alumni Art Guild, I'm pleased to invite all of you to join us in celebrating the very first fine art show of the XAG. The exhibit will run from April 30, 2011 to May 30, 2011 at the Sining Kamalig Art Galley located at Gateway Mall, Cubao, Quezon City. Among the participating visual artists include Fred Tan, Mikko Sison, Owen Tiam, Jed Tan, Rudy Yu, Alex Tan, Seb Chua (my dad), and myself. Around 4-5 major works will be seen from each of the artists. The inaugural ceremonies will be at 7:30pm at the gallery area. The XAG now has over 80 participating alumni in its roster. This art show will be the first of many to launch the new age of Xaverian art and culture, embodying the school's theme of Luceat Lux as its own. The honorary guest during the opening night will be Fr. Ysmael Zuluoaga, S.J. who recently received the Luceat Lux Award of Lifetime Achievement a few months ago. I was commissioned to create the scul

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When Does Sculpture Combine Itself with Jewelry?

When Does Sculpture Combine Itself with Jewelry?

In today's growing market of high-end consumerism, two fields of modernity are steadily rising in the Asian community. Both contemporary jewelry and modern sculpture are drawing closer and closer to each other's boundaries. I've seen gold rings in twin sheet squares holding up diamonds positioned to show angles never before seen in traditional smithing. I've seen a clear glass sculpture that created a scaled resemblance to a wedding band topped with a sapphire shard. There are actually many craft pieces out there that are comparable to these two examples or better. In the modern collector's mind, art pieces derive their value because of their creative originality and valued style. Jewelry pieces are stereotyped by their media, detailed accuracy and overall brilliance. This decade holds an important hybridity for these two fields because of the looming hybridity that is slowly pulling them together. Consumer and collector trends are slowly changing to accept the rand

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The Luceat Lux Lifetime Achievement Award and A Splendid Night at Xavier's Exemplary Alumni Awards.

The Luceat Lux Lifetime Achievement Award and A Splendid Night at Xavier's Exemplary Alumni Awards.

Last friday, I was able to join the Xavier School community in welcoming 2011's Xavier-Kuangchi Exemplary Alumni Award winners at the Angelo King Multi-Purpose Center. We honored two outstanding Xavierians who have made great contributions in their respective fields. One of them was a proud leader in the scouting organizations of the Philippines, and the other served as a top ophthalmologist, helping a lot of people who can't afford to have eye surgeries. Aside from these two individual awards, the Luceat Lux Lifetime Achievement award was also handed out to a unique persona; Fr. Ismael Zuloaga of the Society of Jesus. His great contribution and leadership helped to create the foundations of Xavier School, and even at his old age, he continues to create a stirring influence of progress within the hearts and minds of the students. During his speech for the ceremony, Fr. Zuloaga explained that he believed in the ability of Xavierians to become doers in life. He mentioned that w

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