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Joel Eugenio Epistola Ferraris appreciates art and art-making not only because of their aesthetic values but also for their potential to become tools to inspire and help bring spiritual enlightenment to people, especially the young. Using diverse subjects, themes and innovative styles, Joel aims to express his inner feelings and thoughts on various factors affecting humanity, using appropriate techniques that could most effectively portray them.

As an artist, Joel believes in the critical responsibility of gifted people to balance their lives – guided by good morals resting on a strong spiritual foundation. He is convinced that art can provoke a deep reflection on one’s spirituality and purpose in life.

The eldest of five children in a family of artists, Joel has competed and won in various art contests, even pitting himself against – and occasionally losing to – his three brothers and only sister. Neophyte, one of his recent paintings, was among the Top 30 Finalists in the prestigious 2004 Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Born in Iloilo City, Joel started a trailblazing career in art that inspired his siblings. In 1993, his 100-foot-long anti-Aids campaign mural, Armor of God, commissioned by GUESS? USA was unveiled by celebrity and supermodel Anna Nicole Smith and then Philippine Health Secretary Juan Flavier. This was followed by his involvement with the Hong Kong Mural Society in making more than 60 murals around Hong Kong since 1998, including the city’s longest mural on Tsing Yi Island.

Aside from numerous group exhibitions with his siblings in the Philippines and overseas, Joel had two solo shows. Given his wide-ranging and innovative works, Joel has been featured in several radio and TV programmes, such as Tatak Pilipino, in 1993; Filipino Hour on TicTV.com, in 2006; and CNN International Asia’s This Day, with James Lee as host, in 1997.

Joel is currently represented by the John Batten Gallery in Hong Kong, and he continues to do murals under his own company, Ferraris Art Studio. He also conducts mural-painting workshops for the Hong Kong Mural Society. His latest works are 6 sculpture sets as interactive pieces of public art for SM Sky Garden, SM North Edsa, Quezon City, Philippines.

 

 J O E L   E U G E N I O    E P I S T O L A    F E R R A R I S


 PROFESSION

Visual Artist /Muralist

 SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008 Hong Kong:  TINY STUDIO: A live painting performance by Artist Joel E. Ferraris, Sara Sene Gallery, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

2006 USA: FREE FLOW: A Solo Exhibition of Constructed Paintings, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, Pennsylvania

2003 PHILIPPINES:  FRAGILE: Joel Ferraris Solo Exhibition, Syano Artlink Art Gallery, Paranaque City, Metro Manila

2002 HONG KONG:  BAGGAGE: Joel Ferraris Solo Exhibition, Shaw College Lecture Theatre Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin

1994 PHILIPPINES: “Armor of God”, GUESS? USA Anti-AIDS Campaign 100-foot long Mega-Mural. First public art exhibition, Rustan’s Makati & SM Mall, Cebu, Philippines

 PRESS INTERVIEWS

2008 RTHK Radio 3 “Morning Brew: Philippine Arts Festival” Presenter Phil Whelan, Hong Kong

2006 RTHK “The Works” Reviews on the first Philippine Arts Festival, Hosted by Ben Pelletier and Lorea Solabarrieta in Hong Kong

2006 tictv.com , Home Away From Home (The Filipino Hour), Hosted by Jong Inocencio and Federico Paragas in Hong Kong

2004 Cable TV, Mural Art in Hong Kong, Hosted by Grace Ng in Hong Kong

1997 CNN International: ASIA THIS DAY, Hosted by James Lee in Hong Kong

1994 ABS-CBN: TATAK PLILPINO, Hosted by by Jim Paredes & Gel Santos Relos, Philippines



 AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

2004 TOP 30 FINALIST Sovereign Art Prize, The Sovereign Art Foundation Annual Asian Art Competition for Asia Pacific, Hong Kong SAR

1999 SECOND PLACEMural entitled “Lek Yuen Jewel”, Hong Kong Housing Authority “ Vote For Your Favorite Hong Kong Housing Authority “ Vote For Your Favorite Mural”, Hong Kong SAR

1989 FIRST PLACE Mixed Media Category, Art piece entitled “Global Warming, Global Warning”. Environmental Management Bureau National Painting Competition, Philippine Heart Center For Asia, Diliman Quezon City, Philippines

1988 HONORABLE MENTION Oil Painting Category. Art piece entitled“ Ang Patuloy Na Paghihirap Ng Anak Ng Tao” (“The Continuing Agony of the Son of Man”) Metrobank 5th Annual Painting Competition, Metrobank Plaza, Makati, Philippines

1981 FIRST PLACE KAPATID  (Association for the Release of Political Detainees in the Philippines) Poster Design Competition, Quezon City, Philippines

1979 SECOND PLACE “Barter of Panay” Art Competition and Exhibition, Marikudo Country Club, Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines

1976 FIRST PLACE “FREEDOM?”, (the title of the winning piece), University of the Philippines in the Visayas On-The-Spot Art Competition, UP Visayas Campus, Iloilo City, Philippines

1973 FIRST PLACE “Aviation for Progress” Painting Competition and Exhibition
Civil Aeronautic Association, Iloilo Airport, Iloilo City

1971 FIRST PLACE Boy Scouts of the Philippines National On-The-Spot Painting Competition, Luneta Park, Metro Manila, Philippines

1971 FIRST PLACE Boy Scouts of the Philippines Regional On-The-Spot Painting Competition (Western Visayas), Bacolod City, Philippines

1971 FIRST PLACE Boy Scouts of the Philippines Local On-The-Spot Painting Competition, Iloilo City, Philippines

 

ART PROJECTS

2009 SCULPTURES: 6 interactive SCULPTURES for the SKY GARDEN, SM North Edsa, Quezon City, Philippines

2009 MURAL Sai Kung Tsun Catholic Secondary School Old Mural Restoration Sai Kung Catholic Secondary School old mural restoration project commissioned to Hong Kong Mural Society, Hong Kong

2008 MURAL Shadow Painting Hong Kong, Hong Kong Star Ferry commissioned by the Creative Solutions Group Ltd. (for the SwissRe international event), Pier 7, Star Ferry, Central, Hong Kong


2007 MURAL Holy Trinity College Old Mural Restoration Holy Trinity College old mural restoration project commissioned to Hong Kong Mural Society, Hong Kong

2007 PAINTING “The Wrong Sacrifice”, Art for the campaign against fraternity violence, an acrylic on canvas art piece, done in collaboration with Bro. Robert Reyes. Donated to the National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

2007 MURAL Holy Trinity College New Mural and Workshop, a mural project of Holy Trinity College commissioned to Hong Kong Mural Society, Hong Kong

2006 MURALS Hong Kong Football Club Children’s Playroom. A project of Ferraris Art Studio commissioned by the Hong Kong Football Club, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

2006 MURALS Indoor Mural for Clubhouse, The Grandiose. Architectural interior murals, A project of Ferraris Art Studio for Fuji China,. Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

2005 MURAL Indoor Mural for the Culhane Residence. A project of Ferraris Art Studio for the Culhane Family, Tai Tam, Hong Kong

2005 MURAL WORKSHOP SERIES Social Welfare Department Outdoor Murals. A series of community mural workshops in 40 locations all around Hong Kong commissioned to Hong Kong Mural Society, Hong Kong

2004 ARTISTS CORNER Care for Children Carnival, an on-the-spot portrait sketching project for charity, 20 November 2004, Victoria Peak Gardens, The Peak., Hong Kong

2004 MURAL Hong Kong’s Giant Mural, a 7-meter high 128-meter long mural in Cheung Wang Estate, Tsing Yi. Island. A project of the Housing Department and the Hong Kong Mural Society, Hong Kong

2004 MURALS Ivy on Belcher’s Kid’s Play Area Indoor Wall and Ceiling Murals, A project of Ferraris Art Studio for Hong Kong Land , Hong Kong

2003 MURALS AND PAINTINGS The HarbourSide Indoor Murals, The Harbourside Clubhouse and Kid’s Play Area, A project of Ferraris Art Studio for MTRC and Hang Lung Properties, Hong Kong

2003 MURAL WORKSHOP Beyond the Boundary, a 66-meter long mural project of Race Relations Unit. Home Affairs Bureau commissioned to Hong Kong Mural Society, Hong Kong

2002 MURAL: 260 feet long China Light and Power Mural, Black Point Power Plant, commissioned to Hong Kong Mural Society, Long Kuo Tan, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

2001 3D MURAL: Hong Kong Museum of History Hand-painted 8-meter diameter globe , A project of Rich Creations International for the Hong Kong Museum of History, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

1999 - 2001 WORKSHOPS: On Mural Paintingin several Secondary Schools, the Girls Home, the Scouts Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Disabled Organization and the Chinese University of Hong Kong commissioned to Hong Kong Mural Society, Hong Kong

2000 MURAL: Scouts Millennium International Jamboree Mural sponsored by The Scout Association of Hong Kong and commissioned to Hong Kong Mural Society Hong Kong

1999 MURAL: Shaw Podium Mural Project, Shaw College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Co-painted with the members of the Hong Kong Mural Society Hong Kong

1999 VIDEO: Mural Painting Educational Video. Produced and directed for the Hong Kong Mural Society, funded by the Arts Development Council, Hong Kong

1998 MURAL: Hong Kong Housing Authority Lek Yuen Estate mural project. The mural entitled “Lek Yuen Jewel” was awarded the Second Best Mural in the Estate Mural Painting Project “Vote for your Favorite Mural” sponsored by the Hong Kong Housing Authority and commissioned to Hong Kong Mural Society,Hong Kong

1993 MURAL: “Armor Of God” a 100 feet long. Commissioned by GUESS? USA, in connection with the campaign against the spread of AIDS (the third GUESS? Mural in the whole world and the first outside America). Unvelied by the late actress and GUESS? USA model Anna Nicole Smith in the Philippines


 GROUP EXHIBITIONS & ARTS EVENTS

2009 HONG KONG: HARAYA, An exhibition of contemporary works by Hong Kong-based Filipino artists, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

2009 HONG KONG: Kulay, Kultura, Kalawili (Color, Culture and Harmony), Hong Kong Cultural Centre Main Gallery,10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui , Hong Kong

2008 HONG KONG: AWAKENINGS, OC Gallery G/F, Olympian City 1, 11 Hoi Fai Rd, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

2008 HONG KONG: TRICOLOR: A CULTURAL CELEBRATION, 3rd PHILIPPINE ARTS FESTIVAL, June 8, 2008, The Peak Galleria, Hong Kong

2008 HONG KONG: IT RUNS IN THE BLOOD: The Ferraris Family Group Art Exhibition Sara Sene Gallery, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

2008 HONG KONG: ArtWalk: a group exhibition for charity, John Batten Gallery, Aberdeen, Hong Kong SAR

2007 HONG KONG:SARASENE ART GALLERY  and Studio Plus soft opening group show of multinational artists based in Hong Kong, De A'guilar Road, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong SAR

2007 HONG KONG: Free-Art-In-The-Mart, The Graham Street Market Festival organized by the Central & Western Concern Group, SEE Network and the Conservancy Association, Central Market, Central Hong Kong SAR

2007 HONG KONG: ESTILO, a group show by Filipino artists and creative professionals based in Hong Kong, in conjunction with the 2nd Philippine Arts Festival, Philippine Consulate General, Hong Kong SAR

2006 PHILIPPINES: Sojourn 2, featuring the works of Cris Villanueva, Joel Ferraris and PG Zoluaga, A Three-man art exhibition at The Art Republic organized by SCINTILLA JURIS – Visayas Alumni Association, Robinson’s Place, Iloilo City, Philippines

2006 HONG KONG: Unang Sulyap: The First Philippine Artsfest in Hong Kong A Survey of Philippine Artworks in Hong Kong, Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong SAR

2006 HONG KONG: Filipino Artists in Hong Kong  Group Art Exhibition of 10 Hong Kong – based Filipino Artists, The Philippine Consulate General Hong Kong SAR

2005 HONG KONG: Contemporary Filipino Artists Exhibition 2005 Exhibition Gallery, City Hall in Central, Hong Kong SAR

2005 HONG KONG: Mind & Soul  Two-man Art Exhibition: Joel Ferraris & Bobit Segismundo, V13 Vodkabar, Old Bailey St., SoHo, Central, Hong Kong SAR

2005 HONG KONG:REDiscovery Group Art Exhibition of 5 Hong Kong – based Filipino Artists, The Philippine Consulate General, Hong Kong SAR

2005 PHILIPPINES: Buas Damgo Group Art Exhibition
Iloilo National High School Exhibition Gallery, Iloilo City, Philippines

2005 HONG KONG: Culture in Motion: The Philippines, A day-long outdoor art exhibition featuring 5 Hong Kong-based Filipino artists: Arnel Agawin, Justo Cascante, Joel Ferraris, Noel de Guzman and Bobit Segismundo, Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong SAR

2004 HONG KONG: Sovereign Art Prize Winners Exhibition, Pacific Place Lobby, The Sovereign Art Foundation Annual Asian Art Competition for Asia Pacific, Exhibiting Top 30 Winning entries (out of more than 178 participating entries), Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong SAR

2004 HONG KONG: ArtWalk: a group exhibition for Charity, John Batten Gallery SoHo, Central, Hong Kong SAR

2003 HONG KONG: Contemporary Filipino Artists, Philippine Consulate Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

2003 HONG KONG: ArtWalk: a group exhibition for Charity, John Batten Gallery, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong SAR

2002 HONG KONG: John Batten Gallery 5th Anniversary Group Exhibition, John Batten Gallery, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong SAR

2001 HONG KONG: Window Installation for CityPoetry2001, Amida Bar, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong SAR

        HONG KONG: 300 Days Along the Escalator,Window Installation, Amida Bar, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong SAR

        HONG KONG: The Gambling Show– a group show of selected international artists, John Batten Gallery, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong SAR

1997 HONG KONG:“Rapid Reflections” Joel Ferraris & Justo Cascante: A Two-Man Art Exhibition, John Batten Gallery, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong SAR

1996 PHILIPPINES: “Ang Delatang Pinoy I, II & III (Yes, The Filipino Can!)”, A Philippine Centennial Art Exhibition on three sites: Hiraya Gallery, Vargas Museum at the University of the Philippines and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Manila, Philippines

1996 LUXEMBOURG: 5 e`me Salon International Des Arts, Centre Culturel de Hollerich, Luxembourg

1991 JAPAN: “FERRARIS” A Two-Man Art Exhibition of Joel Ferraris & Nelson Ferraris, Mandai Gallery, Moto-Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

        JAPAN: “FERRARIS” A Two-Man Art Exhibitionof Joel Ferraris & Nelson Ferraris, Mandai Gallery, Nagano Prefecture, Karuizawa, Japan

1991 PHILIPPINES: “Third Filipino Visual Arts Festival” Phil-Am Life Lobby, Metro Manila, Philippines

        PHILIPPINES"Tagipusuon”Ilonggo Artists Exhibition, Madrigal Center, Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines

        PHILIPPINESOn-the-Spot Poster Making Competition And Exhibition, Philippine Heart Center for Asia, Diliman, QC, Philippines

        PHILIPPINESArtist’s Reflections, City Gallery, Ermita St., Manila, Philippines

1990 PHILIPPINES: Philippine Commission on Culture & Arts National AssemblyGroup Art Exhibition, Cultural Center of the Philippines,  Manila, Philippines

        PHILIPPINES: "Hublag 3”, Third Ilonggo Art Festival, Philippine National Bank (PNB) Lobby, Iloilo City, Philippines

        PHILIPPINES: “Kinaadman” Ilonggo Art Exhibition, Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

        PHILIPPINES: “Art Preview”, National Museum, Manila, Philippines

1989  PHILIPPINES: 14th Annual Bamboo OrganNational Art Competition and Exhibition, Kristi Regi Galleries, Las Piñas, Metro Manila, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Human Resources, Productivity & Cooperation”Titanium Group and Hiraya Gallery National Art Competition and Exhibition, Hiraya Gallery, Malate, Metro Manila, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Presyon-Pigilin Ang Pagtaas, Puso’y Makaligtas” National Poster Competition & Exhibition, Philippine Heart Center for Asia, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Painting Exhibition”, Valera Gallery, Abra, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Global Warning, Global Warming” Environmental Management Bureau National Painting Competition & Exhibition
Philippine Heart Center for Asia, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Rural Electrification: A Key To Countryside Progress”,1989 National Electrification Administration Nationwide Painting Competition & Exhibition, Heritage Art Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 

         PHILIPPINES: “Intramuros Artists Group Exhibit”, Galleria Varidades, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: Philippine Commission on Culture & Arts (PCCA)National Assembly Group Exhibit, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila. Philippines

1988  PHILIPPINES:“Hublag” Ilonggo Arts Festival”,Philippine National Bank (PNB), Iloilo City, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: Anniversary Group Show, Hubon Madia-as, The Panay Arts Association, (PAA) Galleria Panayana, Museo Iloilo, Iloilo City, Philippines

1987  PHILIPPINES:PEN-ART National Competition and Exhibition, Phil-Am Life Building, Ermita, Manila, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: Galleria Madia-as at the Tavern,Initial Opening: Hubon Madia-as, The Panay Arts Association (PAA) Group Exhibit, Tavern Pub and Restaurant, Iloilo City, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), Open Art Competition & Exhibit, Philippine International Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines

1986  PHILIPPINES: Association of the Philippine-Chinese Undestanding (APCU) Art Exhibition, Ramada Midtown Hotel, Manila, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Tali-Ambong”Art Exhibition Hubon Madia-as, The Panay Art Association,Manila Garden Hotel, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: Philippine Association of Figure Artist  (PAFA) Inaugural Exhibitions, Gallery Genesis, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines
ASEAN Art Competition and Exhibition
Metro Manila, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Piglas” Art Exhibition, Philippine National Bank, Escolta, Metro Manila, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Piglas” – Art at the Crossroads Art Exhibition, Cultural Center of the Philippines Galleries, Metro Manila, Philippines

1985  PHILIPPINES: First Anniversary Group Show, Hubon Madia-as, The Panay Art Association, Galleria Madia-as, Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: Special Show: Hubon Madia-as , PAA, Galleria Madia-as, Jaro, Iloilo City

1984  PHILIPPINES: "Kinaadman” A Four-Man Art Exhibit featuring Artists Joel Ferraris, Nelson Ferraris, Levy Salmon and PG Zoluaga, University of the Philippines in the Visayas, Iloilo City, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Pamasad” Initial and Opening Art Exhibition, Hubon Madia-as, The Panay Art Association, Galleria Madia-as, Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines

1983  PHILIPPINES: Grand Exhibition, Iloilo Society of Arts (ISA), Museo Iloilo, Iloilo City, Philippines

1982  PHILIPPINES: “Pantay-pantay Anumang Kulay”, Art Competition and Exhibition, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

1979  PHILIPPINES:“Hugpong” Iloilo Artist Show, Museo Iloilo, Iloilo City, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Barter of Panay”, Art Competition and Exhibition, Marikudo Country Club, Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines

1974  INDIA: Shankar’s International Children Art Competition and Exhibition, New Delhi, India

1974  PHILIPPINES: “Community Chest of Iloilo Inc.” Painting Competition and Exhibition, West Visayas State University, La Paz, Iloilo City, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: Boy Scout of the Philippines Confessor, Council Wide Painting Competition and Exhibition, Iloilo City, Philippines

         PHILIPPINES: “Liberation of Panay – World War II”, Painting Competition and Exhibition, Guild of Iloilo Artists, Iloilo City

1973  PHILIPPINES: “Aviation for Progress” Painting Competition and Exhibition, Civil Aeronautic Association, Iloilo Airport, Iloilo City, Philippines

 
 EDUCATION

Studied B. S. in Architecture, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

 REFERENCES

 Mr. John Batten, Director, JOHN BATTEN GALLERY

 P.O. BOX 33711, SHEUNG WAN, HONG KONG

 Website: http://johnbattengallery.com/

 e-mail  batten@netvigator.com

 Artist Kong Ho, Chairman and Founder, Hong Kong Mural Society,

 http://www.hkmuralsociety.com/

 P.O. Box 70706, Kowloon Central Post Office, Hong Kong,

 Fax: (852) 2301-4059

 e-mail : hkmuralsociety@gmail.com

 CONTACT INFORMATION

 FERRARIS ART STUDIO: Unit 6, 4th Floor, Block 1, Tak Fung Industrial Center, 168 Texaco Road., Tsuen Wan, NT, Hong Kong   SAR

 WEBSITES

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 EMAIL: ferrarisartstudio@gmail.com

 Fax (852) 2408-3442