Known for using pen as his medium in art, Archimedes Prisno is one of the established artists who has been largely contributing to the art scene in Tacloban City. On January 13, 2017, his first one-man exhibit was finally realized at Kbox Art Gallery Café. Kbox asked a few questions to know more about him.
Who is Archimedes Prisno?
I am Archie Prisno from Tabon Tabon, Leyte, a graduate of BS Commerce Major in Business Management from St. Pauls Business School. I am a member of Kolor han Biswal Arte na Waraynon o Kolor Banwa, and Kasi-kasi Arts Association.
Kindly tell us about your background as an artist.
I started painting during my college years. Pablo Picaso, Salvador Dali, and Rene Magritte inspired me most and eventually I created my own identity. I do not know what exactly my style or genre is but I focus on acrylic painting. I also use ballpen as my medium.
What is your philosophy or principle about your craft?
The reality of my art is a lie to many. Kun ano it makikita nira, diri pa ito amo. There is more behind it.
How often do you paint?
It depends on my mood. Sometimes when I feel like it and I think of something good, I start painting as soon as I wake up, even before taking a shower. Sometimes when I find inspiration, too, I paint.
In your opinion, what is the role of an artist to the society?
Artists play a big role in our society. They preserve the culture of the community and at the same time promote our identity.
Is there a difference in your style then and now?
Yes there is. A lot, actually. My strokes, techniques, and the colors I choose. My style and concept used to be intense. Now it is more subtle.
What is it that you don’t like in the world of visual arts/artists?
The politics that we cannot get rid of. Also, the struggling phase of being an artist such as going through financial issues. You may not like it but it is the best experience of becoming an artist.
What is your dream project?
I never dream of fame and a big project as long as at the end of the day, people respect me and my art.
Do you think it is necessary that the government should fund the art scene here in our region? Why?
You can create your own art. Do not wait until others offer you something to start it. However, when there are projects and extended programs regarding art, I think the government should play its role in supporting us. LGUs should also provide art spaces, galleries, and museums.
What can you say about “practice makes perfect”?
Nothing and nobody is perfect. For me, you just have to be consistent in practicing. The more you practice, the more you discover. And the more you encounter, the more you learn. That is how you grow. Just keep going. Do not lose hope. It is not easy, so you have to learn. Educate yourself more about art. Research and practice. Create your own body of works. Otherwise, you cannot call yourself an artist.
Archie is a mixed media artist, symbolist, muralist, and a member of a team who did the “Fly-over Makeover”. He teaches art to over 2000 kids in the bunk houses and tent cities in Tacloban and nearby towns. Archie is also among the best tattoo artists in town.