If the transcendental essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson had created with images rather than the written word, he would be 21st century Modernist artist Noel Nieva Villafuerte. He obtained a B.A. in Human Resources Management from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila. Noel is a Self-taught artist, he has lived and worked in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, the United States, Denmark, Sweden. Presently settled in Cómpeta, Spain but originating from the Philippines, Mr. Villafuerte’s work consistently embodies Emerson’s philosophical metaphor of the transparent eyeball: a representation of the eye that is absorbent rather than simply being reflective therefore taking in all that nature has to offer. At present, working primarily in acrylics, he does not begin with preconceived notions; his artistry is all about the experiential journey.
Noel’s intention through his highly unique works is to become one with that creative force and to mine its depths beyond, for example, conventional styles and forms. Indeed, the diversity and intensity of color, shape and shading informs Noel’s highly emotional renderings and wide range of moods. In this way, Noel’s work is inspired from the heart; they are pieces of great feeling that engage and absorb the onlooker’s senses. Like all great artists, Mr. Villafuerte’s art is all about being in “the now.” It feels “alive”—and bursting—as if barely contained by canvas and frame. His highly personalized images explore universal themes reflecting the human condition and, more importantly, the human spirit.
Working full time as a professional artist since 2000, Noel’s multi-faceted style has evolved tremendously over the years as he has continued to refine his personal voice. He is in the process of putting together exhibitions of his paintings at various locations in Europe, USA, Macau and the Philippines.