The violence of the familiar and the familial, the complicity of the domestic, the terrifying and claustrophobic proximity in intense and deep relationships, the deadening effect of the quotidian that brings one to the edge of annihilation are themes in the oeuvre of Lester Amacio. His visual language springs from what he sees at home and from gothic, and even grim inspirations. Often static in composition, his artworks nonetheless create a dynamic conceptual focal point that examines the intimate intermingling of despair and hope, of death and salvation, of destruction and rebirth, of losing and ﬁnding in the stage of everyday, commonplace existence.
A graduate of the Bachelor of Science of Fine Arts in Painting at University of San Agustin Iloilo, Amacio also took Photography of West Visayas State University. He has proven his mettle in painting through garnering recognition from prestigious competitions like the Philippine Art Awards (Visayas Juror’s Choice Award, 2011), Young Painters Metrobank Art Competition (Semi-ﬁnalist 2003, 2006, 2005). Deemed an artist of note by Dr. Patrick Flores, he was also included in Paghinluna a 10-artist curated show at the Visayan Island Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference Biennale 2012. He has been a resident of the Abu Dhabi Art Hub Residency program in 2014. And his works exhibited in the National Museum of the Philippines, Yuchengco Museum, Ayala Museum Art Space, Museo Iloilo, Museo Negrense and in commercial galleries in the Philippines, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Italy.