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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: The Brownmonkeys – The Lowbrow Art Purveyors

Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: The Brownmonkeys – The Lowbrow Art Purveyors

Brownmonkeys

The Brownmonkeys – Photo by Eros Goze for Illustrado Magazine

From starting out as an underground art group spewing a riot of irreverent images exhibited in obscure alternative spaces, to one that can now boast major billboards in collaboration with Pepsi, a comic book project with Red Bull, commissioned murals displayed in some of the city’s top advertising agency headquarters, and pride of place at events like the Middle East Film and Comic Con, StreetCon, the Sharjah Biennial, among many others – the Brownmonkeys truly have come a long way.

Born in 2007, the Filipino art collective composed of multi-disciplinary artists Rollan Rodriguez (Dogboy), Mark Ganzon (Hello Cloud 88), Rafael Gregor Valencia (Digital Addict), Victoria Viray-Ganzon (Pretty Monkey), Cholo Juan (Depikt One), Joseph Manata (Pinkblot) and Lewis De Mesa (Artlife Flip) have been successful not only in promoting Filipino artistry in the emirates, but in establishing lowbrow urban art as an integral part of the country’s vibrant art scene.  The group’s incredible mix of talents, as well as distinctively youthful spirit and playful approach have given birth to fascinating artworks, that have provided a fresh alternative to the region’s contemporary art and design.

ROLLAN RODRIGUEZ

Rollan ‘Dogboy’ Rodriguez – Photo by Eros Goze for Illustrado Magazine

VICTORIA VIRAY GANZON

Victoria ‘Pretty Monkey’ Viray Ganzon – Photo by Eros Goze for Illustrado Magazine

CHOLO JUAN

Cholo ‘Depikt One’ Juan – Photo by Eros Goze for Illustrado Magazine

RAFAEL GREGOR VALENCIA

Rafael ‘Digital Addict’ Valencia – Photo by Eros Goze for Illustrado Magazine

JOSEPH MANATA

Joseph ‘Pinkblot’ Manata – Photo by Eros Goze for Illustrado Magazine

LEWIS DE MESA

Lewis ‘Artlife Flip’ D Mesa – Photo by Eros Goze for Illustrado Magazine

MARK GANZON

Mark ‘Hello Could’ Ganzon – Photo by Eros Goze for Illustrado Magazine

Check out the Brownmonkeys works here

 

 

 

 

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Author: Illustrado

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