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Mugna Art Gallery is a platform dedicated to promoting local culture and fostering creativity through supporting emerging and undiscovered artists, offering a space for artistic expression and interaction with the community and wider audiences.

May 4 - June 2, 2024

Pieces

Kevin Cornelia
Mugna Gallery
Valencia, Negros Oriental, Philippines

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Teacher of Art, Teaching Life

Visual artist and educator Kevin Cornelia, does what he does best, painting the human form. With a monochromatic palette of blacks and greys, he explores the human condition, or rather, what makes us human.

In a society where being troubled is shunned, where having the burden of personal or family problems can lead to being avoided by others – as they don’t want to be hassled, we are left having to cope with and grapple with solutions by ourselves. Of course some have family or friends to help out, but in many cases, such a privilege is not available. How many have been alone in the dark, crying out for help?

The artist uses his stories, their stories, and they become our stories. He encapsulates what cannot be heard, actions that cannot be felt – instead harnessing the quintessential visual language of painting to express and activate the five senses. We only hear bits, fragments of other people’s lives, through glimpses at various points in time. Isolating moments from every mundane twenty four hours of his subjects, he highlights the quotidian and draws out the beauty from the broken. Dark as the canvas is, Cornelia shines a light towards a precious life.

Choosing to strip the canvas of color – as removing the spectrum allows a rawness of emotion to come through in the painting – he transforms the black space into a space of healing. Within this space, they attempt to carry on, to move forward. The dynamism of movement, the composition always guides toward the right direction. In the canvas, the subject is not alone either, as various motifs from the artist appear in multiples, like a mantra of encouragement. Butterflies and paper planes – things that take flight – seem to cheer on from the sides. And within each person, one can see cracks, pain as scars made visible. Another signature technique of the artist is filling out the cracks in the style of Kintsugi, a Japanese method of repairing pottery where the damaged area is outlined in gold as a reminder that having been broken but being put back together is what makes life beautiful. In this case, gold is not the subject, rather just a device to call attention to the part that had been damaged, in order to show that despite having been healed, that we proudly show the experiences that make us who we are.

Through painting, Kevin Cornelia creates pieces that examine his experiences that overlap with the experiences of others, creating stories that are relevant and relatable. By infusing them with his lens, by way of his interventions of butterflies, paper planes, and gold, he shares works that are a prayer to healing and self-realization: what we have done and what we have been through makes us who we are, and there is nothing more important than loving the incomparable being that is ourselves.

Kevin Alex Cornelia Piñero also known as “Sir Kevz” or professionally as “Kevin Cornelia” is a Dumaguete-based artist and art instructor from Foundation University. In 2012 he graduated with a bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts Major in Painting from Foundation University. After graduating, he worked with the non-profit organization Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) for several years before going back to the art community.

He first taught at the Foundation Preparatory Academy as a guest lecturer in the Arts and Design Track, and in 2018 started teaching at the Department of Fine Arts. Since ending his hiatus from the art scene, he has joined several local and regional art shows such as Tubo Art Fair in Cebu, 6200 Pop Up, ATOA exhibit, Hinalayhay Group Show, and Arte Fair to name a few.

A dynamic visual artist, Cornelia blends conventional and modern techniques to create engaging works that represent his inner thoughts and sentiments about life that go beyond simple thought. The essence of his artistry truly resonates in numerous aspects of his work. Through the clever use of black and white tones and the incorporation of his signature elements — be it the delicate paper airplanes or the subtle touch of gold paint — each component serves a purpose, meticulously applied with intention. Drawing inspiration from life occurrences be it from himself or others, he transforms these moments into a mesmerizing show of reality and fantasy from his own perspective. The dreamlike quality shown in each piece captures the observer’s soul, encouraging them to delve into the intricacies of the artist’s creations.

Cornelia lives and works in Dumaguete City, and “Pieces” is his first solo exhibition.

Teacher of Art, Teaching Life

Visual artist and educator Kevin Cornelia, does what he does best, painting the human form. With a monochromatic palette of blacks and greys, he explores the human condition, or rather, what makes us human.

In a society where being troubled is shunned, where having the burden of personal or family problems can lead to being avoided by others – as they don’t want to be hassled, we are left having to cope with and grapple with solutions by ourselves. Of course some have family or friends to help out, but in many cases, such a privilege is not available. How many have been alone in the dark, crying out for help?

The artist uses his stories, their stories, and they become our stories. He encapsulates what cannot be heard, actions that cannot be felt – instead harnessing the quintessential visual language of painting to express and activate the five senses. We only hear bits, fragments of other people’s lives, through glimpses at various points in time. Isolating moments from every mundane twenty four hours of his subjects, he highlights the quotidian and draws out the beauty from the broken. Dark as the canvas is, Cornelia shines a light towards a precious life.

Choosing to strip the canvas of color – as removing the spectrum allows a rawness of emotion to come through in the painting – he transforms the black space into a space of healing. Within this space, they attempt to carry on, to move forward. The dynamism of movement, the composition always guides toward the right direction. In the canvas, the subject is not alone either, as various motifs from the artist appear in multiples, like a mantra of encouragement. Butterflies and paper planes – things that take flight – seem to cheer on from the sides. And within each person, one can see cracks, pain as scars made visible. Another signature technique of the artist is filling out the cracks in the style of Kintsugi, a Japanese method of repairing pottery where the damaged area is outlined in gold as a reminder that having been broken but being put back together is what makes life beautiful. In this case, gold is not the subject, rather just a device to call attention to the part that had been damaged, in order to show that despite having been healed, that we proudly show the experiences that make us who we are.

Through painting, Kevin Cornelia creates pieces that examine his experiences that overlap with the experiences of others, creating stories that are relevant and relatable. By infusing them with his lens, by way of his interventions of butterflies, paper planes, and gold, he shares works that are a prayer to healing and self-realization: what we have done and what we have been through makes us who we are, and there is nothing more important than loving the incomparable being that is ourselves.

Kevin Alex Cornelia Piñero also known as “Sir Kevz” or professionally as “Kevin Cornelia” is a Dumaguete-based artist and art instructor from Foundation University. In 2012 he graduated with a bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts Major in Painting from Foundation University. After graduating, he worked with the non-profit organization Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) for several years before going back to the art community.

He first taught at the Foundation Preparatory Academy as a guest lecturer in the Arts and Design Track, and in 2018 started teaching at the Department of Fine Arts. Since ending his hiatus from the art scene, he has joined several local and regional art shows such as Tubo Art Fair in Cebu, 6200 Pop Up, ATOA exhibit, Hinalayhay Group Show, and Arte Fair to name a few.

A dynamic visual artist, Cornelia blends conventional and modern techniques to create engaging works that represent his inner thoughts and sentiments about life that go beyond simple thought. The essence of his artistry truly resonates in numerous aspects of his work. Through the clever use of black and white tones and the incorporation of his signature elements — be it the delicate paper airplanes or the subtle touch of gold paint — each component serves a purpose, meticulously applied with intention. Drawing inspiration from life occurrences be it from himself or others, he transforms these moments into a mesmerizing show of reality and fantasy from his own perspective. The dreamlike quality shown in each piece captures the observer’s soul, encouraging them to delve into the intricacies of the artist’s creations.

Cornelia lives and works in Dumaguete City, and “Pieces” is his first solo exhibition.

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