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Je An “Govinda” Marquesto also known as Govinda Jean in the music industry is making waves in International art festivals for a good number of reasons.

Govinda Jean has explored many facets of art, from being a freelance artist, who delved into mixed media, sculpture, watercolor, wire, nail and thread and oil as media. To becoming a theater musician, craftsman, and instrument maker.

As an artist, he continues to evolve, his roots as a biology graduate allowed him to merge the powers of nature and science in his art, crafts, and music. His entire life has revolved in art- it is the message that courses through his veins and the very thing that gives power to everything he is doing in life.

After a long hiatus in 2013 due to the death of Kadangyan’s bassist,  Govinda came back to one of his first love which is painting. Despite the many setbacks caused by a number of reasons, this self-taught artist continues to bounce back and this time with a stronger and mature message.

Filipino artists continue to research, their entire life is about experiencing the deepest sensations possible- if you want to become a satisfied artist you have to roll with the punches of life, and you have to learn to pick yourself up at the end of the day and rebrand- until you find your voice.

-Kalialaia

Govinda Jean Marquesto is fast becoming one of the Philippines’ most sought-after artists. In a short span of time since he started painting full time, he has been busy doing commissioned works for big brands and high-profile executives from the capital, not to mention earning recognition in the international art scene.

He was recently awarded for his watercolor paintings in Taipei, Taiwan. With this recognition, he then was endorsed to do exhibit and sell his works by the art consultants of Taiwan for the Art Revolution Taipei.

Govinda started drawing and painting at an early age. At the age of five his mother would often get mad at him for doing sketches, telling him it’s a waste of time and that nobody got rich by doing art.  Afraid of being reprimanded, he would secretly draw and hid them between pages of books until one day he just let go of this passion and focused on his studies.

One time when he was already in college, he accidentally found one of his childhood drawings between the pages of a biology book and rediscovered his love for drawing. But somehow it didn’t rekindle his passion in creating artwork instead he shifted his interest into creating music and formed the band Kadangyan together with his friend, Mitra who he met during a school event at the University of the Visayas.

-Noreen Tormis ( iNews.ph )

CEBUANO artist Jean Govinda Marquesto recently launched his first solo exhibit at Qube Gallery. Dubbed “Strings and Shades,” Jean was inspired to exhibit a collection of works showcasing single mothers. Stepping inside the gallery, one is greeted with 14 original works mixed with oil paints, nails and threads.

With his core belief that art’s purpose is to enable someone to create something new, Jean wanted to portray the strength and resilience of single mothers through the use of strings.

“The exhibit is called ‘Strings and Shades.’ When creating a picture, you have to use dark and light shades. But this time, instead of paint, I used colored strings instead,” Jean explained, utilizing thread strings mixed with oil paints.

The message is just as gripping as the medium; threads hold pieces together. Jean wanted to honor hardworking single mothers.

“I’ve met a lot of single mothers who really have to work hard to support their child. I think that society, in general, hasn’t put much emphasis on how difficult it really is to be a single mother,” shared the artist.

As for the exhibit itself, Jean had his own share of toil; this, being his first one-man show.

“The exhibit is called ‘Strings and Shades.’ When creating a picture, you have to use dark and light shades. But this time, instead of paint, I used colored strings instead,” Jean explained, utilizing thread strings mixed with oil paints.

The message is just as gripping as the medium; threads hold pieces together. Jean wanted to honor hardworking single mothers.

“I’ve met a lot of single mothers who really have to work hard to support their child. I think that society, in general, hasn’t put much emphasis on how difficult it really is to be a single mother,” shared the artist.

As for the exhibit itself, Jean had his own share of toil; this, being his first one-man show.


-LUIS A. QUIBRANZA III – RHEA MAGLAHUS, USC INTERN

( Sunstar Cebu )

THINK of Cat’s Cradle, a geometric quiz-cum-visual tease usually played by kids using a loop of string wrapped around and between the fingers to form complex patterns. Take it up a notch with multiple hands, say thousands of them, creating even more intricate patterns.

But instead of the fingers, tack tiny nails on the canvas and weave through threads of different colors. This is a simple description of the wire-and-thread mixed media work of Govinda Jean.

Govinda’s life is as spontaneous and intricate as his works. After finishing a pre-medical course, he turned his back on science and pursued the arts to become a mural painter, tribal necklace maker, a henna artist, an actor and ethnic musician, among other incarnations.

Much to his dismay, his ethnic band Kadangyan broke up. Faced with a hard time in Manila after the split, Govinda came back to Cebu and opened a café. When the café didn’t take off, he turned the space into a workshop, gathered surplus materials and turned them into art works. He used the strings that were intended for necklaces in some of these works.

When he had a musical gig in Manila, he brought some of the strings-on-a-canvas mixed media pieces with him. There he joined exhibits and found collectors interested in his “accidentally discovered” medium. Soon he found himselfreceiving orders and accepting commissioned works. (Dean and Deluca commissioned him to the do Art Nouveau inspired “Table for Two,” using bronze wire on an iron frame.)

Still, all these talk of medium might derail us from viewing the deeper art of Govinda, after a quick search on the Internet would show that there are many mixed media artists using thread and wire. But what to this viewer makes Govinda’s works tick are their rhythmic patterns. They look organic and seem to be breathing. The patterns, he says, probably stems from his henna designs. And maybe, we could add, the visual rhythm has to do with his being a percussionist in an ethnic band.

-Gerard Pareja ( Cebu Daily News )

Obra Ni Govinda

CEBU, Philippines – Naglatay sa iyang kaugatan ang talento sa visual arts, apan iya kining gitago sa hataas nga panahon gumikan kay dili uyon ang iyang mga ginikinan niini, sanglit matud pa wala kini tarong kita.

Buot nila nga mamahimo siyang doctor, maoy hinungdan nga nikuha siya og kursong Bachelor of Science in Biology sa University of the Visayas, diin nahimo siyang cartoonist sa school publication, ang The Visayanian. Natapos niya ang maong kurso, apan wala na siya mupadayon pagka doctor.

Siya si Je An Govinda Marquesto, kinsa nangandam na karon alang sa iyang umaabot nga solo exhibit. Ang iyang ngalan nga “Govinda” nga mao say nahimo niyang signature name nga makita sa iyang mga obra, gikan sa pinulungang Sanskrit nga buot pasabot nga maoy “tig amuma sa baka.” Kay ang baka sa nasud sa India usa man ka sagrado.

Adunay ubay-ubay nga istilo sa visual arts si Govinda nga iyang ipasundayag unya atol sa iyang exhibit sama sa connect-the-dots style nga Thread and Nail Art diin sama siya’g nag-drawing gamit ang hilo ug lansang nga gidukdok sa baga nga plywood. Lakip niyang ipakita mao ang Glow in the Dark painting.

Natawo si Govinda niadtong Hunyo 24, 1978 didto sa dakbayan sa Iligan apan dinhi na siya nagdaku sa Sugbo. Ikaduha siya sa tulo ka magsuon ug siya ra ang bugtong lalaki. Ang iyang amahan lumad nga taga Lungsod sa Barili samtang ang iyang inahan taga Medina, Misamis Occidental.

-Dennis Tanoc ( Banat News )

Giatay Booth Philippine artfair 2020 w/ my work And Direk Loui Ocampo
With my art work at Giatay Philippine artfair 2020 and National Artist for film

Tatay Kidlat Tahimik

Philippine Artfair Giatay booth w/ Miss Arcy Monuz

International Artist Grand prize Taipei 2018 Lone Representative
Manila art 2017 W/ Miss Julia Montes