FILIPINO ARTIST Buds Convocar
As to technique, Buds’s method is as sophisticated as his theme. His paintings are well thought out, impeccably composed, harmoniously colored, and neat.
Salvador M. Convocar
Born: October 13, 1959. Quezon City
Art Studies: BFA, U.E. School of Music & Arts, 1980
Artist Profile: Awards & Distinctions
Vice Pres. International Watercolor Society Phil. 2019 to Present
Chairman, Philippine Pastel Artists, 2016 to Present
Organizer of Annual ARTBLAST Exhibits, SM Art Center Megamall since 2010- to Present
Artist Residency in ARTHUB Abu Dhabi, UAE 2014
President, The Saturday Group of Artists, 2010-2013
President, Art Association of the Philippines 2008-2010
2nd Place, The Gathering, University of Asia & the Pacific 2007
Runner-up, Gallery Genesis Invitational Watercolor Competition 2007 President, The Saturday Group of Artists, 2002 – 2007
Outstanding Alumnus, Q.C. High School, 2006
Board Member, Art Association of the Philippines, 2006 – 2008
Top 5 Watercolorists, Gallery Genesis Invitational Watercolor Competition, 2004
Re-elected Vice Pres., Art Association of the Phil. 2004 – 2006
Outstanding Alumnus, University of the East, 2003
Re-elected Vice Pres. Art Association of the Phil. 2002 – 2004
Honorable Mention, Phil. Art Awards, Metropolitan Museum, 2001
Top 5 Watercolorists, Gallery Genesis Invitational Watercolor Competition, 2001
Vice President, Art Association of the Phil. 2000 – 2002
Board Member. Art Association of the Phil. 1998 – 2000
Honorable Mention, Phil. Art Awards, Glorietta Makati, 1996
Bronze Award, 3-Dimensional Illustration Competition, New York, U.S.A. 1995
Honorable Mention, Phil. Art Awards, Glorietta Makati, 1995
3rd Prize, Mixed Media, AAP Annual Art Competition, 1995
Honorable Mention, Phil. Art Awards, Glorietta Makati, 1994
Phil. Representative, Sao Paolo Biennale, Brazil, 1994
10 Outstanding Visual Artists of the Phil., Diwa ng Sining Award, 1994
Juror’s Choice, AAP Annual Art Competition, 1992
Prize “E”, Portfolio Representation, SOHO Intl. Art Competition, New York, 1992
Most Outstanding Faculty Award, U.E. College of Fine Arts, 1991
1st Prize, “Hispanidad” Painting Competition, Instituto Cervantes, 1991
2nd Prize, “N.A.E.A.” National Painting Competition, 1991
Grand Prize, “PBBY” Illustration Competition 1991
Award for Visual Arts, University of the East Silver Jubilee, 1989
Best Entry, Gabriela Art Competition, Mt, Carmel Church, Q.C., 1985
Desert Dreams, ArtHub, Abu Dhabi, UAE 2014
Art Elements Gallery, SM Aura 2014
Orientes Gallery, Serendra 2010
1/of Gallery, Serendra 2008
Gallery 9 SM Artwalk, 2006
West Gallery SM Artwalk, 2005
Renaissance Gallery SM Artwalk, 2004
West Gallery SM Artwalk, 1999
Alliance Francaise, Makati, 1993.
Selected Major International Group Exhibitions:
Hanoi Art Connecting, Vietnam 2019
@rtquarlle, Bali Indonesia 2019
Artfair HK, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 2018
Migration” Langkawi Art Biennale 2014
“Sau Con Bao” Asia Art Link, Hanoi, Vietnam 2014
Neo Art Pinoy, Philippine Center, New York USA, 2011
Asian international Art Exhibition, Ayala Museum 2005
Hotel Intercontinental Berlin, Germany 2005
Stedelijk Wereldcentrum, Brugge Belgium 2005
Korea Biennale 2004, Danwon Museum, South Korea
Asia Art Festival, Insa Art Plaza, Seoul, South Korea, 2004
Expressions-Pinoy, Philippine Center, New York USA
Before pursuing a full time career in painting, Convocar spent his early years in the academe handling subjects such as Design, Illustration, Typography, Painting, Cartooning and a variety of other art subjects. Cumulatively he has almost 30 years of teaching experience in University of the East, St. Scholastica, FEU, and College of St. Benilde-La Salle.
Convocar is popularly known for his distinct mixed media artworks. He has had participated in exhibits here and abroad particularly in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Brazil. His participation in local (Philippines) exhibitions are too many to mention.
He became the president of the Saturday Group of Artists in 2002-2007 and 2010-2013. He also became the president of the Art Association of the Philippines in 2008-2010.
He represented the Philippines at the Sao Paolo Biennale in Brazil in 1994. He received numerous awards in various art competitions, some of which are:
The 10 Outstanding Artists of the Philippines – Diwa Ng Sining Award in 1994, 2 Time Winner of Top 5 Watercolorists, Gallery Genesis Invitational Watercolor Competition in 2004 & 2201, Honorable Mentions in Phil. Art Awards in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2001, Art Association of the Philippines Jurors Choice in 1992 and AAP 3rd Prize in 1995.
He also received Outstanding Alumnus Awards from Quezon City High School in 2006 and the University of the East in 2003.
When Convocar read the book of Erich von Daniken “Chariots of the Gods” it made a great impact on him. The book delves on Von Daniken’s theory that extra-terrestrial astronauts have visited the earth during prehistoric times, and were responsible for the sudden emergence of ancient civilizations. His works are also influenced by the mysterious & great civilizations of the Egyptians & South Americans.
Although he says that he doesn’t entirely believe in their existence unless of course he experiences a close encounter with them, he is fascinated with the idea that ancient civilizations were visited by advanced extra terrestrial beings.
These elements are almost always present in his previous and current abstractions. It looks as if Bud’s main thematic concern then and now is what effect technology would have on the future of mankind. Of course, he veered off somewhat from that theme when he did images of musicians, carousel horses, fishes, monkeys, and the like, but still, the automated or robotic attributes of those images are still very evident.