Lives and Works: Philippines
Born in Manila, the Philippines in 1972, Victor Balanon pursued his study in Dental Medicine at the University of the East in 1989. He left school upon completing his first year of study to venture into the arts. Being a versatile artist, he produced a varied range of works, in particular generating artworks for films, independent comics and underground music labels. His passion for the arts spurred him to study film and animation at the Mowelfund Film Institute. Whilst there Balanon produced two animated films. Simultaneously, he embarked on forming a self-published comic anthology and began his work on serialized pen and ink drawing. This led to Balanon being invited to art spaces like the seminal late-90’s art space/collective Surrounded By Water, that laid a platform for distinguished contemporary artists to experiment on their art pursuits. Subsequently, he engaged in a spectrum of group shows locally and overseas, juggling his time as a (hand drawn) key animator and producing personalised art. At present, he is earnestly working on a long term series of murals. His strong penchant for the arts has taught him to be well versed in the field of video art and animated content. His art works are collected by the Singapore Art Museum. In 2013, Victor’s second solo, A Somnambulist Manifesto show was presented by Artesan Gallery + Studio, Singapore.