Ever the prolific painter, Wilwayco has established the world of art as his way of life. Born in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, and now based in Providence, Rhode Island, he has earned his way into local and international success, elevating the respect from many artists and art-savants then and now.
Wilwayco experienced his maiden brushstrokes at Continental School of Design Studies in Los Angeles, USA. He then continued to sharpen his skills at the University of the Philippines’ College of Fine Arts, majoring in Advertising Arts with a minor in Painting. There, he was under an exceptional faculty, among which he names Jose Joya and Constancio Bernardo as his influential mentors. Being under their prime tutelage has immersed him into the beauty of abstractions colors. Wilwayco’s fervent artistic effort then qualified him to be a scholar for the British Council in England in 1982, training under the curriculum of West Surrey College of Art and Design. In that same year, Wilwayco was also granted by the Italian government another scholarship for painting.
Even in his career-building years, the way opportunities opened for Wilwayco was reflective of how skilled an artist he is. From his first Merit Award Shell on-the-spot painting contest in 1970, to being one the Thirteen Artists Awardees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, to having prominent art laureates make books about his works, Wilwayco has produced a career of continuous artistic vigor.
Now with more than 30 solo exhibitions (since 1973) and copious group exhibitions held in the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, USA, France, Belgium, and Germany, Wilwayco’s talent has built abstract prefectures of rich and vibrant dribble and stunning compositions.