We had the good fortune of connecting with Edmund Arèvalo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edmund, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I want to be able to represent my Filipino American heritage which I feel is still underrepresented. If you go into a gallery or museum it is rare for one to find any art from Filipino American Artist. I want to change that narrative and be a inspiration to my community.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My experience of living in both countries navigate the subject matter, combining both the province where I was born, and the cities where I was raised. The two countries I have accustomed myself to cultivate the narrative in my work. My style is what I call organized chaos because it relates closely to my life, and how it is in the Philippines. My objective is to combine all of these methods and materials to examine the Filipino diaspora, and address the stigmas of cultural assimilation.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would visit all the blue chip art galleries, go to all the art museums, and then we would head to In and out and get some delicious burgers.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First of all I wanna thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me the wisdom and creativity to make art, My wife and kids who have been supporting me since day one, and my friends and family you all know who you are.