Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Cholo Juan – Tastemaker

Cholo Juan

Visual Artist, Art Curator


An individual who virtually lives and breathes art, full-time Graphic Designer Cholo has forever been surrounded by a multitude of creative minds. Originally starting off in his career as an illustrator, including his collaboration with the famous Brownmonkeys, he has accomplished many noteworthy tasks since his venture into the realms of both commercial and fine art.


In 2016 alone, Cholo has contributed his artwork to food writer Rosan Reodica’s “The Practicing Misis” cookbook, as well as participated in several commissioned events such as live art for Breast Cancer Awareness in Al Qasba, Sharjah, and during the celebration of the U.A.E.’s 45th National Day. He also conceptualized and co-curated a group art exhibition called “Our Minds, Our Playground.”


As prolific as he is creative, Cholo continues to develop new, imaginative projects and installations, but in addition to his contributions to the local art scene, he strives to be recognized for his contributions to the Filipino community. A patriot at heart, Cholo attests: “I am always willing to contribute more to promoting Pinoy pride and represent the Filipinos abroad, voicing the fact that no limits should dissuade us from achieving our dreams.”


Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.

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