Joel Reglos was born on June 20,1994 in Sta, Cruz Manila and was raised in Calauag, Quezon, where he learned and honed most of his abilities.
During his childhood, Joel developed the aptitude of seeing things in a different way, and this made him want to display reality in a way that is seemingly impossible in real life. He believes that it is not always necessary to portray the same exact image that our eyes see, so instead of painting what sees, he puts into masterpieces how these things made him feel.
At the age of 21, he discovered his style wherein he was able to truly express his own sentiments in the best possible way. Working in acrylics, he uses unique colors, texture and nondescript shapes and line arrangements – turning it into a uniquely expressive from in order to show the real value of his work. Reglos isn’t just simply putting up figures and forms together but ensures that each one of his element has significance and it’s placed in a harmonious manner.
What inspired you to become an artist?
Since I was a child, I was really into drawing and painting. When I got older, this simple interest became more of a passion, so I worked my way to develop my talent in the field of art. Ever since, I always have this feeling that this is what I am meant for. I want to create my own art style, be known for my perspective and show people how I see life, to try to inspire others, and leave my own legacy. I must also say that it is through art, that I see myself better and my happiness in life.
What was your first exhibit like?
In my very first show, I was greatly overwhelmed by the experience of bringing out and explaining my works to people, pieces that reflect my personality. I was also blessed to have the opportunity to show people, the message that my works are trying to convey.
What are you currently working on?
As of now, my pieces are under Contemporary style and Modern art. The concept of my works revolves around my daily life, based on what I see, experience and feel every day. Also, I am in a continuous process of working to discover and further develop my own style.
What is your process like?
With every piece of art that I make, I use elements, such as symbols and colors that have their very own meaning for me. Each of my piece depends on how I feel and what I experience. It takes me days for each of my piece because it is basically based on my day-to-day experiences. I am also, more focused on concepts that give positive emotions and inspiration to my viewers.
What was the most valuable thing you learned doing your art?
The thing I learned the most from art is that the life we are given isn’t the only one we have. Our lives are not limited to the life we have today, and that we shouldn’t be defined just with what we are today or what we have been yesterday. Each day is another chance to modify, alter and make life better. Everything that happens and everything that we want to happen, all depends on the choices we take and the decisions we make.
What is your favorite piece you’ve created?
My piece, “Source of Grace” is one of my most favorite. It means that we should appreciate and be grateful for all the blessings the Lord is giving us. It’s about realizing that each thing we see, every single thing we have, everything in this world was created and was given to us by the Almighty. So, we should deepen and strengthen our faith in him.
What is your favorite piece by another artist?
Hope of a Condemned Man II by Joan Miro
Why do you work in the medium that you do?
The mediums I use are acrylic on canvas, paper and collage. These are the easiest way for me to express all my notions and sentiments that I want to release in every piece I make.
What is your favorite place to create in? In my own studio, because I feel more confident to express my concept in the pieces I make, when it’s quiet and I’m alone. I just love the freedom that solitude gives me. And I know that in here, by myself, the only one I am to follow is me, and the only rule I should abide is my own.