A Sketchbook of Stories


Take a look at the 20 works by VIBRANT artist Joshua Barrera from his first completed sketchbook!


Page 19 completed; 20 works all in one sketchbook from 2016 to December 2017. I have finally finished an entire sketchbook without ripping or discarding any page. It feels different now since I had been clinging on, bringing along, and drawing with this sketchbook I bought from Muji during one of my trips to Japan […]

via A Legacy in a Sketchbook — 🐉Joshua Barrera🐉


Alchemist’s Tree

The majestic and starry dark blue night sky with tints of purple placed in an image of a tree. Once again, VIBRANT artist Joshua Barrera came up with another piece depicting the symbol of life with the elements of color and fantasy – this time inspired by heavenly bodies. This is also one of our 2017 Christmas Specials!




The “Alchemist’s Tree” is what the piece is entitled, emphasizing the theme of magic as seen within the downward movement of the leaves and the twists and swirls of the wood.


The work is of pen and ink on speckled matte paper, a fine sheet of white with pearl inclines to give the work a neat, starry and shiny look which avoids the ink from spreading when wet.

A First Look at the VIBRANT – Tiny Art Gallery

With 2018 being just a few weeks away, here are some things to look out for in our soon-to-open new exhibit area called Tiny Art Gallery! This will be our second official place to showcase our works, crafts, and merchandise items to be introduced soon.

Handcrafted sculptures by Nigel Villaceran displayed in a white modern shelf at the location of Tiny Art Gallery.

An artwork turned lamp by Joshua Barrera from 2013.

Before 2017 ends, Holiday specials by our artists will be posted in the days to come!

VIBRANT Pop-up Store in a Bazaar and Workshop

A culinary workshop for decorating along with a bazaar full of booths of yummy goodies, gifts, books, and art at the Tiny Kitchen At The Shang in November 11 and 12, 2017.

The main event of the bazaar was a dessert decorating workshop hosted by the Tiny Kitchen cooking school for children by Ms. Vicky Veloso Barrera. It was held at the East Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza, Manila. In the middle were tables with kits woth cookies, cakes, and cupcakes inside ready to be topped with layers of colorful frosting and confections such as little strawberry chocolates balls, M&Ms, sprinkles, and many more. On the sides were the booths in which VIBRANT Art Studios was among the entrepreneur businesses. We were also the only booth that focused on selling some pieces of our art and at the same time displaying them.

It was our first time to manage a booth and participate in a bazaar. It was an amazing experience to showcase VIBRANT Art Studios in a shopping mall as well. Here are images from the weekend sale. Take a look at our colorful and vibrant pop-up store that featured my works and prints and the handcrafted sculptures of my best buddy Nigel Villaceran!

The Artists / Co-founders together with their pop-up store.

We would like to thank everyone who dropped by to see our booth and the rest of this spectacular workshop and bazaar. We hope to participate in more bazaars, exhibits, and other events in the near future!

Also, we will be having Christmas specials coming out soon!

Golden Turtle : A Little Handcrafted Critter 

Summer may be seasons away, but that does not keep my best buddy and VIBRANT sculptor Nigel Villaceran from making little crafts of metal that depict critters associated with summer. 
Here in the Philippines there is no Spring, Fall, and Winter. Instead it is just the rainy season and Summer. So I guess coming up with works that may not really fit the season in other countries like the US is still perfectly fine here primarily because we do not experience snow. 

Golden Turtle (2017) by Nigel Villaceran.

The Golden Turtle is a sculpture of brass fasteners that was created by the artist just this month. It is one of his smaller works. This little guy is surely awaiting for its big adventure this coming 2018!

The Warring Triad Series

“Three gods descended from the heavens and fearing each other’s power, began to war.” — a quotation from the Final Fantasy VI lore. But that changes in Final Fantasy XIV; wherein these beings are held captive for thousands of years and eventually break free to continue their schemes.
As a Halloween special, here is a series that I started last year and finished this year. These are three artworks; recreations of three primals / characters from the game Final Fantasy XIV. The Warring Triad are some of my favorite divine beings in the series, especially when it comes in groups. I have posted these works already in my own blog, but I’ll put them here as well as a seasonal special.

Sephirot, the Fiend (2017) by Joshua Barrera.

The first pillar of the Warring Triad is Sephirot, the Fiend. Otherwise known simply as Fiend in Final Fantasy VI, this being was given very similar features in XIV in comparison to his original in VI. Story-wise, this one touches on the elements of nature as he is said to be depicted as a tree-god of tree-like people. 

This piece was very interesting for me and very challenging to complete. It took me almost an entire year to finish this one due to all the musclular details. This is my first piece wherein I had to depict something with such features.

Sophia, the Goddess (2016) by Joshua Barrera

The second pillar of the triad is Sophia, the Goddess. Referred to as the Goddess in Final Fantasy VI, her design is altered in the later game of the series. It appears that in her Final Fantasy XIV design, she was given a darker and metallic feel such as giving her ivory black skin with dead white hair. She looks like a corpse in this design in contrast to her angelical look in VI. Nevertheless, I still love the design of this one. In fact, for me it added a more authentic vibe to her since she could have looked like an ordinary lady standing above her giant mounted head. 
This work is one of my favorites up until now. Not only is she one of my favorite primals, this piece was challenge for me especially with Barbelo, the giant female head that Sophia stands on. Usually for faces, I would collaborate with my sister as seen with my other works. But for this one I decided to handle everything myself. 
Zurvan, the Demon (2017) by Joshua Barrera.

The final pillar faced by the Warrior of Light, the hero of the game, is Zurvan. He looks exactly the same from his design in Final Fantasy VI. Being a symbol of war and blood, I chose to further enhance this feel by giving this piece a red backdrop. 
This piece also was not that easy in execution. I had to be very careful with the shades of red and grey in this work. The tail as well was the trickiest part. 
And that is my Warring Triad series; three works recreating characters from the Final Fantasy series. You can also check out for more works.

Dreams of Fragments : Images of Nature, Fantasy, and Memory

In September 30, VIBRANT artist Joshua Barrera exhibited 6 new pieces at the walls of the Pablo Antonio Ancestral Home. His collection entitled Dreams of Fragments this time around was heavily inspired from the shapes and colors of fauna and flora of the mid to late Summer season. 

Among the works, the artist tells of tales of certain creatures that once settled in the garden of the heritage site. Just like the image depicting a fading peacock, patterned after one that lived with another about a decade ago. 

Fancy Peacock (2017) by Joshua Barrera.
The artist also showcased pieces that depict images with elements of high fantasy. These are dreamscapes made of fragments suspended all over the plate; coming together forming objects that are similar to real life.

Blissful Dreamscape (2017) by Joshua Barrera.
Sun Dream (2017) by Joshua Barrera.
Day and Night Butterfly (2017) by Joshua Barrera.

Majesty Flowers (2017) by Joshua Barrera.
Emerald Flora (2017) by Joshua Barrera.

High Tea & Works of Metallurgy

This last Saturday, September 30, the VIBRANT artists exhibited there works again at the Pablo Antonio Ancestral Home, also known as My Mother’s Garden on the maps. The artists featured some of their remaining works from the HEARTH exhibit that took place in June and added new works as well. 

Among the artists who brought in additions to their display is VIBRANT sculptor and co-founder Nigel Villaceran. For this event he showcased 3 more handcrafted works of brass to his collection. 

Golden Peacock (2017)

The Golden Peacock is a complementary work to the theme of Love Marina. It was created by the artist since his exhibiting business partner and best buddy Joshua Barrera featured the Fancy Peacock in his new collection for the event. The peacock is a collaborated subject between the two because of historical basis regarding the heritage home. Several years ago, the heritage house and its owners, the relatives of VIBRANT artist Joshua Barrera, housed a couple of peacocks that grew and lived their years in the garden.

Rooster (2017)

Another work produced for the event, the Rooster is a symbol for this year, 2017, being the year of the rooster in Chinese culture.
War Horse (2017)

The War Horse makes its appearance again! This time the piece has been modified. The base is now a black wooden platform in comparison to its circular metallic one posted some time ago. 
Up next is the collection of Joshua Barrera in the Love Marina event.

Love Marina

Art, fashion, flowers, gifts, and high tea — all in one afternoon that took place yesterday, September 30, at Love Marina held in the ancestral house of Philippine National Artist for Architecture, Pablo S. Antonio.


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“Sun Dream” and “Day and Night Butterfly” by Joshua Barrera. The works took the former place of the now sold works “Bizarre Landscape” and “Crazy Daisy” that were exhibited in June during the HEARTH exhibit.


VIBRANT artists Joshua Barrera and Nigel Villaceran exhibited their works once more at the yellow room of the heritage home with new pieces added. While the two had their works displayed in their area, works of print artist Pandy Aviado, who previously participated in the HEARTH : Heritage and Art at the Pablo Antonio Ancestral Home in June, had his works exhibited again as well.


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New works of Joshua Barrera hanging on the walls.


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Tabletop sculptures of Nigel Villaceran. The Golden Peacock is his featured work for this event.


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The “Rooster” by Nigel Villaceran along with a set design and floral painting by Hannah Barrera.


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Works of the VIBRANT artists.


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Works of Joshua Barrera from the HEARTH exhibit in June.


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The “Vibrant Empress ” by Hannah Barrera and Joshua Barrera


In the midst of the galore of flowers and high tea, a VIP salon styled runway show was held at the living room of the house.


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VIBRANT artist Hannah Barrera wearing a floral gown by Letlet Veloso.

The gowns are designed by the family of the National Artist; Letlet Veloso; who opened the show with hand-painted rosy and floral dresses designed for prom, Malu Veloso; who showcased old fashioned evening couture dresses with a modern touch, and finally the colorful traditional wear by late designer Marina Reyes Antonio. These dresses were presented through the three generations.



That concludes Love Marina. We look forward for more opportunities for VIBRANT to exhibit in the near future!






Of Art, Heritage, and Family

With the upcoming Love, Marina event in which Joshua Barrera and Nigel Villaceran will exhibit new works this Saturday, September 30, a news article was released today in the papers of the Philippine Daily Inquirer as a top story in the lifestyle column.

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The news article on the front page of thr Lifestyle section along with works of art by Joshua Barrera and Nigel Villaceran.

The article is entitled Malu, Vicky and Letlet Veloso: The National Artist’s legacy through two generations written by senior columnist Marge C. Enriquez.



Our artists Joshua Barrera, Nigel Villaceran, and Hannah Barrera are once again featured in the article, mainly giving spotlight to the Barrera siblings being great grandchildren of Pablo S. Antonio, a Philippine National Artist for Architecture.


You can view the article in the link below: