Ron Mariñas is a symbolist painter known for his sensual, idealized male figures rendered in academic realism over a backdrop of textured gold, and combined with symbols from pop culture, retail, and fashion. Combining classical anatomy with pop references, he creates staged portraits reminiscent of fashionable Instagram feeds and glossy editorial magazines. Mariñas’ graduated from one of the esteemed universities in the Philippines, The University of Santo Tomas, and is currently taking up his Master’s Degree at his alma mater.