Color, Lines, and Perceptions-- sum up the artistry of Dino Dante K. Pajao, a young yet seasoned artist from Maasin City, Southern Leyte.
Dino’s favorite is watercolor painting, yet he also got a master stroke when it comes to pencil and charcoal. His passion for his crafts has brought him to distant places from his home in Maasin City, to Cebu City, and presently, in Singapore.
To date, Dino is the only Filipino member of the legendary Singapore Watercolour Society (SWS), said to be the oldest, most prestigious watercolor society in Singapore. He participates in their annual art exhibits, and at the same time conducts art workshops to kids and adults.
“I am happy and proud to be Pinoy. So far I’m the only Filipino who made it to the Singapore Watercolour Society,” he shared, adding he once represented the country, along with other six Filipino artists, in an Asian International Watercolour Exhibition in Shanghai, China.
Abroad, Dino balances his time between his profession as a licensed architect/landscape designer and his passion as a painter. He is married to Ethelrida Camiguin-Pajao, his eternal muse.
Aside from being an architect and musician, Dino is also an active member of Urban Sketchers, a group of artists, architects, designers, and illustrators who are into urban landscape sketching based in Singapore.
The longing for home with family and friends, however, mostly dominate the themes in Dino's artworks.
For this reason, he co-founded “Mantsa” or Maasinhong Abilidad Nagkahiusa Tumong sa Arte, together with Dennis Lim, Jham Hatayna Jr., and other art enthusiasts from Maasin City who are working abroad.
During their vacations, they would organize art workshops to expose their fellow Maasinhons to new trends in arts they have learned overseas.
Dino’s initial shot of success in the competitive world of art started way back in 2003 when he won the grand prize in the 13th Dona Modesta Gaisano Singson Painting contest - student category. He was finishing his degree in architecture at the Cebu Institute of Technology – University at that time. Thereafter, the city government of Maasin commissioned him to do some artworks on tourism of the city.
Asked what he can advice to other young and aspiring Filipino artists today, Dino said: “Look out for inspiration. Take time to walk around and see things and experience life. The modern world may have the gift of technology, but there is surely no substitute for human interactions. Stay true to one's roots.”