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Mga Baryang Hindi Ko Hiningi

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Chipeupu | Mga Baryang Hindi Ko Hiningi

Mixed Media On Plywood

15" x 20"


The artwork entitled “Ang Mga Baryang Hindi ko Hiningi” is a visualization of the experiences of the artist throughout her years in university. Much like the board game snake and ladders, one is to bet on chances in order to achieve their desired goals, but throughout the journey are multiple obstacles that are visualized with the gaps presented with chains; chains that symbolizes the expectations and set standards you face once you enter a momentum of vision. Having 4 set of eyes and mouths, it speaks of the unwanted never-ending commentary and eyeballing of those that surrounded the artist.

The artist’s journey to being an artist is summarized in the work: being constantly pressured into creating the same type of quality and output to having the consistent number of eyes that keeps track of her work, may it be in a positive or negative light, but nonetheless, much like everything else, one has been able to pull through and create meaningful artwork such as the one presented.


Esmeralda was born in Manila on the 16th of March 2000. Raised in Pasay with two brothers, she discovered her interest in art through her brother who was taking painting lessons from Maestro Orobia in 2010; she would vaguely replicate a few of his worksheets but would ultimately fail as she had no prior education in art. This interest soon bloomed into creating when she entered primary school, a few years later, she was one of her school’s go-to contestant for on and off-campus art competitions.

She took up an art strand at the University of Santo Tomas where she was then properly introduced in the art scene and education. Continuing her education at the same university, she received her bachelor's degree majoring in Painting in the year 2022.

Her works revolve around her unconscious and sudden ideas about the world and of her own experiences, while actively including her commentaries and criticism about various societal and psychosocial struggles. Her bright-colored polychromatic works features surrealistic elements that helps her to convey her message through symbolism. Throughout the years, she has jumped back and forth through mediums – from oil pastels to acrylic paints – but currently has taken a liking toward the fluidity and opacity of gouache and acrylic paints. She takes heavy inspiration from Alfredo Esquillo, Tokwa Penaflorida, and Rodel Tapaya. Esmeralda wishes to create art that speaks what she cannot put into words, and to create art that consoles people and engages them into action and thinking.