One of the most talked about pieces in the “Tabi Tabi Po” show is Christopher de Leon’s “The Rite”. He is an up and coming artist who we believe is the next hot thang that is going take over the urban contemporary art scene.
We had never met Chris until a week before the show. Fighting a nasty cold, he dropped off his contribution and upon appraising his work, it was instantly recognized as one of the showstoppers for the exhibit. The following Saturday, he offered James (the curator) his services to transform 1:AM gallery to a Filipino shanty town. He was at the gallery almost day and night for the entire week leading up to the opening and painted dope murals on the interior and exterior walls of the gallery. He really helped to make “Tabi Tabi Po” come alive!
With that being said, we wanted to get to know the guy who was giving us his all to make this a successful event. Learn more about him here:
What is your inspiration for your art? Do you have a story behind your paintings? Use “The Rite” as an example.
Most of my art usually stems from rooted emotions and feelings that I can’t quite express through writing or speech. I paint or draw how I’m feeling at the moment. “The Rite” basiclly shows the conflict between my culture upbringing and my ethnic roots. It’s my interpretation of the clash of incorporating two worlds.
What do you hope people take away from your art? Do you have a message?
Can you tell us what our fans can expect from Christopher de Leon in the next 5 years?
Chris can also be found on the cover of and in the premiere issue of Oh Dang! magazine.
Christopher’s artwork can be found @ 1:AM gallery through December 12th!