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Joel Masaya was born on November 29, 1965, in Pililla, Philippines.
True to his name, Joel’s works include the feeling of happiness in his subjects—a gathering of women selling flowers, fruits, vegetables, jars, harvest scenes, or playing musical instruments. His subjects are pleasant, warm, cheerful, and exuberant.
Joel had a happy childhood. He started to paint and draw at a young age. He was raised in an artistic environment in his hometown that influenced many artists, and Joel was no exception.
For Joel, artists are passionate people. He thinks that is the secret for artists to continue their passion and not lose love for their craft. He believes that artists should be continuous in their struggle to be better people and better artists.
Joel owes a debt of gratitude to Martin Catolos, his first mentor, and Tam Austria's painting style has had a significant influence on him. He is also inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Micha.
Joel has had several art exhibits, but the most memorable one so far was in 1986, when all of his works were sold. It was a mixed experience for Joel; he felt happiness, thrill, and self-confidence. He felt appreciated knowing people saw the value in his work, which was also what encouraged him to create more beautiful pieces.