Philippine Daily Inquirer / 03:58 AM April 29, 2016
Visual artist Mariko Jacinto has just opened a solo exhibit at the flagship store of jewelry house Hueb in New York (717 Madison Ave.).
“Commitment” consists of Jacinto’s landscapes and figurative works.
Soigne Kothari of Hueb selected signature pieces that would go with each artwork, 25 pieces in all. Viewers would be shown that jewelry and art go hand in hand.
The exhibition is divided into two: Light and Life. Light section is dedicated to white. “This series of paintings shows the life force of white in abstract and realist textures,” said Jacinto. “It also symbolizes the person’s purity from within. The brush strokes take the eye to a different realm that only one can dream of.”
The Life series represents “the joys of existence.”
“Color makes people happy,” the artist explained. “It gives them hope, love and [affords] a chance to regain the energy that was once lost through the journey of darkness.”
The section consists of landscape paintings—mountains, lush forests, old world architecture, and people enjoying the freedom of being free.
Born to a Japanese mother and Filipino father, Mariko Jacinto said she brings the spirit of the two cultures in her work— “the humanist outlook and the doctrine of impermanence.”
She studied anatomy and figure painting under renowned American portraitist Sam Adoquei and still-life under Henry Finkelstein at the National Academy of Design.
She also took up life painting and portraiture under Oldrich Teply and abstract painting under Frank O’cain at the Arts Students League.
A mother of five, she is both an entrepreneur and a visual artist who divides her time between New York and the Philippines.