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Life, positivism, and freedom according to a sculptor
Life and positivism are the inspirations behind the amazing pieces created by internationally-acclaimed brass sculptor Michael Cacnio. In an interview with the artist during the opening of Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project art exhibit, a partnership between Sun Cellular and CANVAS, Michael said that an artist has to build an identity. “And I thank God, nakuha ko iyon. Most of my works show children, family and life—positive themes.” His being a God-fearing person, he shared, is reflected in his works. “I believe God created us to be happy and positive thinkers at iyon din ang gusto ko—magbigay saya. The best thing about my art is that I am able to build and express the past in the present times and even in the future.”
One of the 80 Filipino artists featured in the said exhibit, Michael said it was his first time in four years to participate in the yearly Independence Day art event. “For me, it was a new idea and it was also a challenge to think of a concept that dwelt on the theme ‘Freedom.’” Being in an event with other Filipinos artists was indeed a privilege for him.
His brass on hardwood sculpture called, Laya symbolized time, water and faith—the three main components that Michael believes Filipinos need to achieve freedom. The cage, he elaborated, symbolized the lack of freedom. “Marami kang gustong gawin o ilabas kaso nakakulong ka.” The pail, he continued, represented “water which means longer life.” The lines drawn on the side of the cage “signified the years na nakakulong ka. It’s like being suppressed and unable to give something to others.” The empty cage was Michael’s representation of freedom itself.
The son of renowned painter Angel Cacnio and a 1996 Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee, Michael has had solo exhibits here and abroad during the last two decades. His most recent engagement was in Singapore. “Nakakatuwa, kasi kahit Singaporeans ang clients ko tanggap nila iyung mga ginagawa nating mga Pilipino. And having promoted Philippine arts in different countries was definitely a great honor for me.”
Michael Cacnio’s Laya brass sculpture was exhibited at the Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project art exhibit held at the Vargas Museum in UP Diliman from June 12 to 30, 2012. This undertaking was part of Sun Cellular’s contribution to the propagation of freedom of thoughts and expression and a demonstration of Sun’s support of Filipino artists. Like CANVAS, Sun Cellular also stands for freedom and unlimited expression by offering affordable connectivity and unlimited connection to millions of its subscribers. It was the first to offer unlimited calls and texts in the market, at very affordable costs.