Emmanuel Nim is a self-taught contemporary visual artist who hails from Polomolok, South Cotabato, Philippines. He developed an interest in art and a taste for figures and landscapes at a young age. With inspiration from the works of the old masters like Juan Luna, Amorsolo, Caravaggio, John Waterhouse, Dali, Sargent, Michaelangelo, and Da Vinci. In 1998, he moved to Manila after he graduated high school and has worked as a full-time artist since then.
He is a prolific artist whose portraiture echoes his love for the human figure and its emotions and deep concerns for Mother Nature. He is also known for his portraits, human figurative paintings, and landscape paintings that usually carry the message that humans are the stewards of Mother Earth. It's their ultimate obligation to protect the environment and conserve nature, and one cannot survive without the other. For his figurative art, one mutual desire of Nim's work of art is the human form, which unites the tranquil and trancendent portraits with idiosyncratic and surprising life studies. Each painting offers its own unique style of capturing the human body for the viewer's discovery.
Nim strives to create illusions with a realistic representation of the images that seem to extend the impression of social reality. For him, the use of figures was central to his engagement with figurative expression. Giving importance to the structure, shape, volume, and perspective defined through the chosen color, tone, light, and shade. His work spans oils, acrylics, watercolor, ink, and charcoal.
For more than a decade, ENim has participated in numerous group art exhibits all around the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the USA, Germany, and Italy. He has also won several awards, including the AAP's First Figurative On-The-Spot Painting Competition as the 1st placer, a finalist in the GSIS 2017 National Art Competition, and a finalist in the 2020 High Art Competition in the USA. He is a member of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), KUNST Pilipino, Erehwon Art Collective, and a core member of the Knights of Rizal, Juan Luna Chapter. In 2011, he was one of the seven selected artists to paint the "Philippine Air Force Mural". In 2015, he was one of the ten artists commissioned to paint the "Fallen SAF 44 Mural". In 2013, he was featured in the book "Revisiting Mabini Art". In December 2015, he was also featured at "DIFFERENT STROKES. Another book titled, "Palettes of Colors," published in November 2017, again featured him and his works. And in October 2017, he was commissioned by the DAP Tagaytay to paint a mural depicting the nine national artists featured in their art museum.