How could a young person like Ryan Rio-Legathub thought of using leaves as medium of his artwork? So ingenious.
The talented young man hails from Samar and currently studying Secondary Education at the Samar State University.
What’s so amazing about his art is that he uses large fern leaves known to Warays as “salikupkop”. Using his imagination he was able to transform his art medium into a leaf portrait.
It was Ryan’s professor, Jhonil Bajado who discovered the young man’s talent and posted it on social media.
Bajado in his newspaper interview said Ryan’s commissioned artworks have allowed him to help augment their family’s income.
Most of Ryan’s artworks include personalities that have influenced him as a person and as a student.
His artworks have included portraits of Pope Francis, President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Mayor Isko Moreno, Boy Abunda, Samar 2nd District Representative Sharrie Ann Tan, among others.
“These artworks are, to me, a symbolic representation of the Bisayan resilience and the Filipino artistry, who are always able to find good vibes despite life’s adversity,” Bajado said.
Bajado aims to share Ryan’s artworks to help the local artist grow and realize his full potential.