Surrealist Bienvenido "Bones" Bañez Jr. is, according to world-famous surreal/visionary American artist Terrance Lindall, the “greatest living surrealist from the Philippines.”
Bañez's claim to fame includes being the only Filipino among 500 surrealists exhibited at "Brave
Destiny," the world's largest surrealist exhibition held in Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NYC, USA attended by no less than the Prince of Denmark. He also exhibited, along with 70 surrealists, at the birthday celebration of famed poet and polemicist John Milton. And probably his most important accomplishment is his inclusion as the only Filipino in "The International Encyclopedia of Fantastic, Surrealist, Symbolist, & Visionary Artists" (German edition) otherwise known as Lexikon Surreal, putting him on the same pedestal as Surrealism masters Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Frida Khalo, Francisco Goya, and William Blake.
Bañez’s art revolves around the reign of evil in the world, which he likes to refer to as 666. To
Bañez, the perpetrators of wars, poverty, injustice, environmental degradation, cultural decadence, and terrorism—are already the incarnates of 666; no need to look further, or make paranormal theories and computatons. Evil is here, doom is close by. And Bañez expresses all these in a kaleidoscope of psychedelic human and sub-human figures, described by fellow Mindanao artist and writer Philip Somozo as "translucent images and luminosities swirling, shimmering, or disintegrating in a world bereft of gravity."
Before coming to the US, Bañez taught at the Ford Academy of the Arts and Philippine Women's College in Davao City, Philippines. When he won first place in the Asian Fellowship Painting Competition of the prestigious Vermont Studio Center launched in Vermont, USA in 2002, there was no turning back.
His website: Welcome Bones 666 Artworld