Francis Alingcayon is a modern surrealist artist who is a native of Bontoc Mountain Province, Philippines, and was born and raised in Baguio City. Francis' interest in drawing started in childhood as a hobby; he began making paintings and joining various art groups and exhibits way back in 2016 as a self-taught artist.
He initially explored learning various forms and colors as well as arranging them to fit inside the canvas to create a full concept. He’s been primarily working with acrylic and is currently traversing his style in mixed media by painting surreal patterns of infinite boxes. He describes it as being outside the box or seeing life from a different point of view without being confined by just a limited pool of thoughts. His playful use of whimsical images by combining 3D and 2D flat shapes helps him achieve a more dynamic and natural composition, which helps create weird and surreal creatures that are all inspired by imagination. While painting, he keeps an exuberant mind by dwelling on the theme and then gradually defining it on the canvas. The process of constructing art without a course of action allows him to freely create visual outputs that are surreal and sometimes nostalgic. The sense of surprise and excitement he gains from his art style is what motivates him to finish every artwork.
Francis’s artworks are deeply rooted in the psychological narrative, aiming to explore the concepts of dreams, imagination, and the altered state of our minds, which affect the way we perceive our reality as a consciousness existing in this material world. His statement as an artist is to promote the importance of one’s self-awareness, fueled by his purpose of encouraging every individual to make more time to self-reflect, reprocessing their internal dilemmas to find balance in both good and bad.
-2022 MADE Metrobank Semifinalist
-2023 MADE Metrobank Semifinalist