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100 MIFG: Susan Villanueva – Artist/Educator

100 MIFG: Susan Villanueva - Artist/Educator

Photo by: Alex Callueng


100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Susan Villanueva – Artist/Educator


Although she considers her work abstract with a lot of stories to tell, and contemporary that does not explain itself visually, Susan Villanueva finds pride and joy in bringing a new form of work to the Philippines and the world. “It brings a wealth of knowledge and ideas about Philippine heritage,” she says. “Art has moved to a wider spectrum of how to deliver a message. From visual content, art has now become a vehicle for communication.”


Her most recent project Pintados which was recently exhibited at the Philippine Consulate General of Dubai prove that her works are indeed a testament to her creativity, leading her to more exposure and for other Filipinos to witness her stunning creations.


“Artists by nature are different from others,” she says.  “Unknowingly, yes, it is important to be different. It pushes boundaries and provides innovative thinking. However, being different is innate for an artist. I guess being unique is something you can acquire depending on the exposure of one’s self. Each of us was born unique from each other.”


In the near future, the artist, who is also known for being a notable educator of Emirati youth and respected faculty member at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Sharjah Women’s College,  plans to bring the unknown part of the country’s heritage to the young generation. “This, perhaps, needs years of research as this is part of my project proposal for my Ph.D. studies. I want to see it through and be able to share it with the Filipino people and the world. I want to share this with countries with similar tribes, and relate the colors, similarities and their meaning.”



Photography by: Alex Callueng

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