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Black Magnificence

Rupert Jacinto, photographer to the Faaabulous, outdoes himself in his latest exhibition


By Tina Hidalgo Jacinto

  • The Goddess of Health and Strength, 34”x57” mixed media

  • The Goddess of Wealth, 34”x57” mixed media

  • The Goddess of Fortune, 34”x57” mixed media

  • Myrna Yao with the Goddess of Beauty which she acquired during the opening

  • Former vice president Jejomar Binay with (from left), Willie Martinez, Paqui Campos, Malou Martinez, the author, Lilibeth Campos, and Rupert Jacinto

  • Thelma Gana, Nene Leonor, Nellie Bengzon, and Mars Lambino

  • Charisse Chuidian, Agile Zamora, Connie Haw,
    and Mina Gervacio

  • David Lim, Lina Castillo,
    and Rupert Jacinto

  • Chris Badiola, Yoli Ayson, and Mia Borromeo

  • Duday Tuason, Anna Raquel Santos, and Armin Raquel Santos

  • Albert Rosal, Linda Legaspi Rosal, Josie Yu, and Serla Russell

  • David Ackerman, Bea Torres Cruz, and Mache Ackerman

  • Consul Betty Chua, Chef Jessie Sincioco,
    and Arch. Ramon Antonio

  • May del Rosario, Marissa Fenton, and Nini Layug

  • Nina Paula Ng and Rose Licup

  • Frank Evaristo and Vicky Montilla

  • Moring So, Myrna Yao, and Natalya Bronzova

  • Danny Favis, Deling Jacinto, Nora Jacinto, Baby Favis, and Rey Jacinto

  • Rey Ortiz

  • Ray Encabo and Jaymie Cawilan

  • Paige Meneses and Agnez Tasic

  • Hera Geriene, Tina Cuevas, and Gina Yap doing a selfie

    “Filling our world with art merely awakens our senses; but creating art in our world is the ultimate euphoria,” says artist-photographer Rupert Jacinto. An international award-winning portrait photographer who has been dubbed “Photographer to the Faaabulous” by the Washington Post for his portraits of the rich and famous, he possesses a wonderful spirit with his incessant passion for art and design.

    Jacinto’s latest exhibit “Black Magnificence,” held at Chef Jessie, was a visually compelling art show, which demonstrated his three dimensional mixed media techniques. Experimenting with various forms, the artist loves to challenge himself, to achieve an entirely new imaginative creation. The overall composition of “Black Magnificence” was a visual palate of dramatic eye-catching balance and harmony, thus justifying his fame as an artist of the avant-garde. The use of his canvas as a surface for his mixed media works showcased his aesthetics and appreciation of beauty; and just as his portraits project the beauty of his subjects, his artworks convey the symmetry of grace and elegance. This time around, the elements of his visual world were drawn from shimmering gold leaf and silver leaf, reflecting the rays of the sun. Additional embellishments included crystals, beads, balls, which embodied his sense of color and imagination, making these a unique signature art piece, and thus making it a bold statement to decorate a home. Rupert outdid himself with his masterful presentation, to which Chef Jessie Sincioco herself declared: “Never have we had such a beautiful display of artworks.”

    The exhibit was attended by a glittering assemblage of guests from the art, business, and society world.  Headed by former vice president Jejomar Binay, the guests of honor included Consul Betty Chua, Chef Jessie, Lina Castillo of Liquid Gold, Mabel Abano, Mache Torres Ackerman, Arch. Ramon Antonio, Tina Cuevas, Joel del Prado, Marissa Fenton, Albert Rosal, and Myrna Yao, who acquired Goddess of Beauty, which was the favorite art piece of the evening. Guests included Vicky Montilla with Frank Evaristo who acquired the painting Raining Gold; artist Anna Raquel Santos with Armin Raquel Santos, EVP of Premium Leisure Corp and Belle Corp of City of Dreams; socialites Nene Leonor, Nellie Bengzon, Lilibeth Campos who came with husband Paqui Campos; Paige Meneses of Titania Wine Cellar; businessmen David Lim, David Ackerman among others. Chef Jessie supervised the splendid cocktail hors d’oeuvres.


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