Young global artist holds first solo exhibit in ‘Meeting Rosie’

‘Rosie,’ 2019

Ysabel Simon will have her first solo art exhibit entitled “Meeting Rosie” at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue, from September 2 to 20.

The exhibition will feature her collection of works, including a new series of oil painting portraits and lithographs. The new series was done under the guidance of two prominent American artists: figurative and landscape painter Bruce Lieberman and mixed media artist Howardena Pindell known for her work that explores issues of racism, feminism, and violence, among other themes.   

Ysabel is a young global artist based in New York City. Artistic blood runs in her family. She is the daughter of songwriter Dodjie Simon, writer of OPM hits including “Ikaw Lamang” originally interpreted by Zsa Zsa Padilla and revived by Janno and Jaya, and “Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi, Isang Musika” originally interpreted by Richard Reynoso. She is also the niece of Philippine National Artist for Visual Arts, Benedicto Cabrera better known as BenCab.

At the age of 21 years old, Ysabel has experienced a lot of traveling. She lived and studied in the Philippines, Sydney, and the Northeast of U.S. in New Jersey and New York. She also studied in France, Spain, and Italy. This has fostered her interests in languages, history, culture, and art. 

‘God is the greatest artist.’ Photo:
‘Nanay Tatay’

She demonstrated a love for the fine arts at a young age. When Ysabel graduated from Chatham Middle School in New Jersey, she was awarded with an Outstanding Achievement in Fine Arts. That summer of 2012, she enrolled at the Art Students League of New York in Manhattan and the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts in Queens.  She then auditioned in August 2012 at the world famous Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, and Performing Arts in New York City. 

During her senior year at LaGuardia, Ysabel’s oil painting entitled “Tinik” (fishbone in Tagalog) won a New York City-wide art competition. As a result, her oil painting was exhibited in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art from June to October 2016. The image of her oil painting was shown on giant electronic screens in Times Square every top of the hour for one whole week. Since then, she has taken part in exhibitions in the Philippines and Long Island, New York, and also worked on illustrations for a book and album. She is now currently finishing her college degree with triple concentration on fine arts, business, and Asian and Asian-American studies at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. 

When her art was featured in Times Square, she paid the ultimate homage: “God will forever be the greatest artist mankind will ever be able to witness, and He just so happens to be the one who created me to be able to make art.”

© The FilAm 2019

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