These paintings using mud from typhoon-flooded areas are sold for relief efforts

Banjo Magnaye
Batangas artist Banjo Magnaye has created artworks from mud to raise funds for typhoon victims in the Philippines. Photo from Banjo Magnaye FB.

Filipino artist Banjo Magnaye of Lipa, Batangas is creating artworks from mud from disaster areas to raise funds for typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

Magnaye and his friend, Arnold Gonzales personally went to the town of Montalban, Rizal, one of the areas in Luzon hardest hit by the tropical cyclone, to collect mud left by the massive flooding as pigment for the paintings that depict the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses. The duo filmed Magnaye’s entire art process for their joint art and travel YouTube channel on November 30, 2020.

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The local artist said they came up with the unique idea to use mud as a medium for his art as a way to give back to typhoon victims. Part of the proceeds generated from the sale of Magnaye’s art for a cause campaign will be donated to support typhoon-devastated communities.

“Content po talaga namin sa Youtube channel namin ang mag travel at mag pinta. But this time po naisip po namin, what if pumunta kami sa mismong lugar na pinangyarihan at dun magpinta gamit ang putik. Yung idea naman po namin ng putik ay dun na sa mismong lugar namin naisip,” Magnaye told Good News Pilipinas in an interview.

“Lubos na hindi pa nakakaahon ang tao sa naging pinsala ng nakaraang bagyo kaya kumakatok po kami sa mga tao na gusto mag donate o bilhin itong munti naming obra na ipininta namin sa mismong lugar gamit ang putik,” he said in a Facebook post.

Magnaye says two mud artworks took him almost two hours to paint while on location in Rizal. So far, the artist says he has been able to sell one painting for 20,000 pesos with a few cash donations for the fund drive.

More local artists creating art amid the pandemic to inspire Filipinos in trying times include Boholano Pedro Angco Jr. and OFW architect Rowel Naanep.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Filipino artist Banjo Magnaye for turning mud into artworks for typhoon victims in the Philippines!

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