Filipino artist and 2006 TOYM Awardee Michael Cacnio is a world-class brass sculptor of the social realist genre. Hailing from the town of Malabon in the Philippines, Cacnio is a product of the prestigious College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He professionally debuted as a painter, but later found his true calling in the art of sculpting brass.
*His body of work features tableaux of characters taken from traditional Filipino archetypes delivered in his distinct signature style, revealing enduring truths to human nature, about the family and the community.
After more than 50 well-received solo exhibits, his art has achieved critical and commercial success in Asia, Europe and the United States, his works frequently featured in broadcast and in several reputable publications. In 2007, he became the first Filipino artist to be featured in a solo exhibit in the European Commission's headquarters in Berlaymont, Brussels.
As he approaches his twentieth year in the profession in 2011, his position at the forefront of the Philippine art scene may as well be cast in brass, as top corporations, dignitaries and private art collectors continue to treasure the craft of this brilliant master.
...Cacnio began to include less-than-sunny aspects of the Filipino’s life and persona, a turn deemed natural by art critic Lito Zulueta:
“It seems only a matter of time for the young sculptor to turn to social criticism; his earlier works for which he has won acclaim are scenes of folksy idyll and bucolic romance." -via Inquirer.net