The Folk Art of Paulina Constancia
We at West Gorordo Hotel
believe that art opens the heart,
feeds the spirit
and supports our well-being.
We bring you
the folk art of Filipino-Canadian artist
Her art is characterized by a naive style,
in which traditional rules of proportion
and perspective are not employed.
joyful–herart warms the heart,
feeds the mind and enriches the spirit.
“Art is not an inclination,
it is part of our “Being”.
Art is merely a manifestation
of our awareness of what is inside
and around us.
So in my art,
I am simply being true
to what I see and feel… “
Central to all her creations
is the message of LOVE –
Love for self, love for others;
the love of solitude
and the love of communion.
There’s the love of nature
and life’s simple joys.
And with this message
comes her personal love
of experimenting and learning.
Thus, her work is constantly evolving.
She finds great delight in exploring various media.
Her creative journey
has led her to designing fashion,
composing music, hand building with clay,
telling stories on tiles, painting quilts,
making an assemblage of found metals,
painting with words, and many more.
The journey continues…
is an artist and poet with a penchant for experimentation.
Her creative spirit
delights in painting with acrylics
as it does with words.
She has trained in the fields of
Fashion Design (El Camino College, California),
Communications (St. Theresa’s College, Cebu, Philippines),
Sculpture (Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California),
Crafts (Insituto Allende &
Centro Cultural de Bellas Artes-
both in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico),
Spanish Language and Culture (University of Calgary, Canada).
She has exhibited her art and poetry
in the Philippines, the Netherlands,
Mexico and in various cities in the U.S. and Canada..
She has published
a bilingual collection of poetry
called “Open Arms/Brazos Abiertos” (2003)
which has four parts:
I- Alegrías Sencillas/Simple Joys,
II- Sobre la Naturaleza/On Nature,
III-Vida y muerte/Life and Death and
IV-Cosas de Amor/All About Love.
Her second book-
a bilingual collection of short stories called
features four light-spirited
and comical stories namely:
The Chinese Man Goes to Mass,
The Monkey and the Scientist,
Tatang Goes to New York
and The Apostle.
are part of distinguished private
and institutional collections
such as: schools, children’s hospitals,
orphanages, health facilities, convents,
community centres in the Philippines
and other countries.
In Cebu, Philippines
her works may be publicly viewed
at the following permaculture-inspired hotels and sites:
The Mayflower Inn (A Heritage and Permaculture Inspired Hotel),
Elicon House (A Conservation and Permaculture Inspired Hotel),
West Gorordo Hotel (An Essence and Permaculture Inspired Hotel),
Kamagayan Green Zone (An Urban Permaculture Development Site)
and the Katunggan Permaculture Adventure Farm.
Paulina has conducted
arts and crafts workshops
to child refugees, immigrant women,
homeschooled children in the US and Canada;
and to street children, orphans, mothers,
teachers and school children in the Philippines.
She continues to make herself available
to teach and inspire
about art as a practical and powerful medium
for self-discovery and empowerment.
We hope that Paulina Constancia’s art
will serve as a reminder for all of us
to be in touch with our inner spirit
and enjoy the simple joys in life!
Check out her website and blogs:
Her ‘Utok Pinoy’ illustrations: