Contemporary artist Jun Cambel grew up in the heart of the city, Manila. He views art as a tool to raise people’s environmental awareness. He often applies mixtures of paints and industrial materials to create multiple layers with pronounced textures. He sometimes combines found objects and realistic rendering to give the canvas an extra dimension. He worked in CM Ltd and Edipresse Media for fashion and other lifestyle magazines such as Couture, MenMode and Hong Kong Tatler as Art Director from 1993 to 2007.
As global climate change becomes more serious, Jun thinks that he has an obligation to express his views on the issue of environmental protection. Through his art, he lifts the veil of familiarity from commonplace objects and scenes – a leaf, a crumpled newspaper, an overflowing ashtray – and transforms them into potent symbols of our age. Far from harboring didactic intentions, however, Jun says he paints because he enjoys it. His works tend to make us reminisce about yesterday, while he also likes to show current situations and portray possible future scenarios.
He taught Graphic Design and Visual Arts Communication at the Caritas College of Careers HK in 2010-11. He is currently Production and Design Editor at (SCMP) South China Morning Post.
Jun’s talent was evident at an early age and he won several drawing contests as a primary school student. His promise blossomed during his high-school years and he decided to pursue fine arts at Manila’s FEATI University while majoring in advertising. He supported his studies by working at his brother’s graphic design studio (Bal Cambel/Grafik Asia) as a Graphic Artist for movie production companies. He attended classes under Ibarra dela Rosa, a Filipino painter renowned for his pointillism.
After university, Jun joined an advertising agency as a Visualiser, and was later promoted to Associate Art Director and Senior Graphic Designer at a design studio and advertising agency. He came to Hong Kong in 1993.
After years of focusing on graphic design, in May 2005 he decided to participate in the “Contemporary Filipino Artist Exhibition” – a group show at Hong Kong’s City Hall in Central. Inspired by the positive feedback he received about his work, he embarked on his first solo exhibition, “1st Expression”, at Asia Fineart Gallery in November 2005.
- 2016 – You’re Nothing but an Overrated Trying-hard Hong Kong Art Rat: Group Exhibition, Art Galileia, Serendra, Manila
• 2015 – Junk Shop: Arte Pintura Group Exhibition, Art Center, Manila
• 2015 – Metaphor & Parody: Group Exhibition, Baguio Museum
• 2014 – The Best of the Philippines: Group Exhibition, Marco Polo Prince Hotel
• 2014 – Meditation & Megrim: Group Exhibition, The Popsy Room
• 2014 – Pintura Circle charity auction for Tacloban typhoon victims: Group Exhibition, Hong Kong Centre for Visual Arts
• 2011 – HARAYA 3: Group exhibition, Central Library, Hong Kong
• 2011 – WHY NOT WHAT’S NOT: Two-man Exhibition, Hong Kong Visual Arts Center
• 2010 – HARAYA 2: Group exhibition, Main Gallery, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
• 2009 – Detour 2009 Live Mural Painting: A Haraya group exhibition, Main Gallery, Anchor Site Main Courtyard
• 2009 – HARAYA (Imagination): A group show by Filipino artists based in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Visual Arts Center
• 2009 – Kulay, Kultura, Kalawili: Group exhibition, Main Gallery, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
• 2008 – Awakenings: Group exhibition, OC Gallery, Olympian City
• 2008 – Take Five: A group show by Filipino artists based in Hong Kong, Asia Fineart Gallery, Hong Kong 3rd Philippine Arts Festival
• 2007 – Estilo, A Group Exhibition of Filipino Artists in Hong Kong: Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong exhibition area, Hong Kong
• 2007 – Drawings On Square: A group show by Filipino artists based in Hong Kong, Fringe Club, Hong Kong
• 2006 – A Group Exhibition of Filipino Artists in Hong Kong: Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong exhibition area, Hong Kong
• 2006 – Unang Sulyap (First Glimpse: A Survey of Philippine Art Works in Hong Kong: A grand exhibition of Filipino artworks. Central Library, Hong KongSeminar/Workshop
2010 – Mix Media Art and the Fun of Doing It, Hong Kong Museum of Art, presented by LCSD and HKMOA
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