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 β€” 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:


Recreating Beauty PortraitsΒ 

It’s a fascination that fashion is a big influencer into my art style along with my sister’s. I guess I am inspired by the extreme shoots; the ones that do not normally appear or are probably too strange for the fashion industry. Nevertheless, it depends on the concept and result that gets me motivated to make collaborations with my sister, Hannah Barrera.

In continuation to the first collaboration post, here are three earlier pieces; though the latter I finished this year. My sister starts the artwork with a layout, while I complete it with my art style of ink patterns. In some cases she also finishes the work by adding highlights using pen and ink or pencil. These along with the artwork in the previous collaborative post make up the first four collaborations.

Sang-In Kim (2016) by Hannah Barrera and Joshua Barrera.

This piece is a portrait of Korean model Sang-In Kim who participated in the reality tv competition Asia’s Next Top Model Season 4. The artwork is a recreation of one of her four photos that appeared in the 3rd episode for their comp card shoot. The colorful hair is not exaggerated because the crazy hairdo is what she received as a makeover. 

The next two pieces are taken from digital renderings as fan-made series of the Top Model franchise such as a Sims version created by animators and youtube users. 

Ascending Angel (2016) by Hannah Barrera and Joshua Barrera
Aqua (2017) by Hannah Barrera and Joshua Barrera

For the latter piece, I finished it this year (2017) since it was a challenge for me to make a portrait of a lady using non-realistic skintones such as shades of blue replacing the ordinary shades of brown and pale. Without the blue colors, the lady would have had a dark African tone however due to the lighting and filters the original photo ended up blue. 

There are many other collaborations that I did to this day (probably eight or nine more excluding the five already uploaded in this site). There is also the latest collaborative work, Vibrant Empress (2017) posted in the HEARTH Artworks

You can also check out my other collaborative works here :

Scorpion by Nigel Villaceran

The story of this particular artwork goes : 
“This vigorous critter handcrafted by the maker (the artist) is ready to unleash its venom to those who stand in its way. Its battle hardened look is formed from brass fasteners sculpting the body, a drop of hot glue for its eyes and varnish.”

Side view of the Scorpion (2017) by Nigel Villaceran

Frontal view of the Scorpion (2017) by Nigel Villaceran.

One of the recent works crafted by VIBRANT Art Studios sculptor Nigel Villaceran, the scorpion is a custom made work requested by its respective buyer. It is the fourth work ordered after the launch of the VIBRANT Art Studios artist’s first official exhibit entitled HEARTH : Heritage and Art at the Pablo Antonio Ancestral Home in Pasay city, Philippines.

Scorpion Package

Image Credits :

Joshua Barrera

Nigel Villaceran

The Horse, Eagle, and Butterfly by Nigel Villaceran

Here are the first three custom made works by VIBRANT Art Studios sculptor Nigel Villaceran after the opening of the HEARTH (Heritage and Art at the Pablo Antonio Home) exhibit. The artist presented a number of his works that depict creatures of the real world and those of myths and legends and had customers challenging him to make subjects based on their own preference. He produced four works within the months of June and July of this year.

War Horse (2017), a horse symbolizing might and victory.

Soaring Eagle V2 (2017), a second version of the artist’s previous work years ago.

Another angle of the Soaring Eagle V2 (2017)

Golden Butterfly (2017)

On the Bulletin : A Write Up on the HEARTH Exhibit

Today, an article in the lifestyle column of the Manila Bulletin featured the ancestral house of Pablo Antonio alongs with its aspects of heritage, architecture, food, fashion, and art. Thus, the participation of VIBRANT Art Studios artists Joshua Barrera, Nigel Villaceran, and Hannah Barrera are once again mentioned given the ongoing HEARTH : Heritage and Art at the Oablo Antonio Ancestral Home exhibit in Pasay City, Manila. The article is written by lifestyle columnist and foodie CJ Juntereal, who is also a family friend of those who reside in the ancestral home.

Second page of the article.

Here is the link to the online version :

This is the second time that the exhibit along with VIBRANT Art Studios has been featured in the news outlet with the first being written by Deedee Siytangco in her article Jollibee and the Integral Caravan in the previous month. Also, VIBRANT Art Studios has been written about in other top Philippine news outlets such as the Philippine Star and Philippine Daily Inquirer respectively. 

Two Artists, One Work of Art

Two years ago our sibling artists Joshua and Hannah Barrera began to create artworks together. Though their art styles may be different, with Joshua Barrera focusing on his unqiue patterns while Hannah Barrera’s is realistic, the two managed to fuse the styles into works of art.
Here is their very first collaboration done in July 2015 and finished in April 2016. Hannah Barrera did the layout or sketch while Joshua Barrera filled the drawing in with inked patterns.


Effortless Beauty (2016) by Joshua Barrera and Hannah Barrera
Effortless Beauty (2016) by Hannah Barrera and Joshua Barrera

The artwork is fan art of an actual photograph from the reality show Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3. The original photograph was featured in the 8th episode when the contestants (aspiring models) had to pose in the streets of Singapore while showing their hairdos by TRESemmΓ©. The girl who won the best photo was Indonesian contestant Tahlia, who also got the opportunity to open a runway show for the brand. Thus, the artwork is an interpretation of Tahlia’s picture in the style of our artists.
Right now they have already done nearly 15 collaborative works; one of which was featured at the 1st series of the HEARTH : Heritage and Art at the Pablo Antonio Ancestral Home exhibit in Pasay city, Philippines.

Handcrafted Tabletop Critters at the HEARTH Exhibit

Take a look at the set up of Nigel Villaceran’s pin sculptures that add life at the HEARTH : Heritage and Art at the Pablo Antonio Ancestral Home Exhibit in the city of Pasay, Philippines.
Nigel Villaceran is our fellow sculptor in the artist group who participated along with other VIBRANT Art Studios artists Hannah Barrera and Joshua Barrera as well as established print artist Pandy Aviado.

A table with Feline (2017) and Raguel (2015).
The works are placed around a room together with objects that depict the feeling of being at home. The works of art, ‘critters’ if you will, make great genuine pieces to display as miniatures of real life and mythological creatures from all around the world.

A table with Wyvern (2016), Soaring Eagle (2014), and Forest Guardian (2017).
The first series of works have concluded. Artists Joshua Barrera and Nigel Villaceran are preparing for the second series due this coming September, so it is not the end of their exhibition at the heritage house. 

VIBRANT in HEARTH : Out in the Papers

Today, the artists of VIBRANT Art Studios are once again featured in a local newspaper, this time the Philippine Daily Inquirer for their participation in the HEARTH : Heritage and Art at the Pablo Antonio Ancestral Home Exhibit. Within the month of June other news outlets such as Manila Bulletin and Philippine Star also released articles about VIBRANT Art Studios and the exhibit. 

The article of the Philippine Daily Inquirer for July 3, 1017. Taken by Joshua Barrera.
The latest article is written by Marge C. Enriquez, a senior writer of the popular news outlet in the country. Entitled Pandy Aviado evokes romance and nostalgia in Pablo Antonio residence, the article talks about print artist Pandy Aviado, who exhibited in the same area with the artists of V.A.S. Later on it goes to the three younger artists from VIBRANT, featuring brief backgrounds of their lives and some pieces that were on display in the exhibit per se.

Here is the link to the online version:

This was not the only time the artists of V.A.S have been featured in one of the top news outlets of the country. Last week the three artists were given the spotlight in Deedee M. Siytangco’s article entitled Jollibee and the integrity caravan for the Manila Bulletin. 

Here is the link to the online version :

Before the exhibit opened, the Philippine Star handled the promotional article ‘Hearth’ at Vibrant Art Studio showcasing portfolios of the artists and their participation in the exhibit to come. The article was exclusive at it was only released in the papers.
As the 1st HEARTH Exhibit comes to an end, VIBRANT Art Studios is thankful for all the support and will continue to participate in more art shows.