Rene V. Canlas was a Conceptual Art Director and Graphic Designer at one of the biggest advertising agencies in the Middle-East since 1989. When he returned to the Philippines a few years ago, he picked up his brushes and went straight back to his first love, painting. Rene was born and raised in Tondo Manila. He studied Fine Arts under the tutelage of Ibarra dela Rosa at the Feati University. Rene's exceptional style made his work easily recognizable and gained him numerous awards in both national and international art competitions. While his favorite medium is watercolors, Rene is also an accomplished painter in acrylic, oil, and pastel.
Rene Canlas actively participates in various local and international art exhibitions. He took part in the Harmony Through Watercolors 2015 Watercolor Biennale and Exhibtion in India with one of his paintings exhibited as part of the Philippine Representation.
2016 - Natatanging Pintor Ng Sining Biswal Award, BAKUSI Foundation
2014 - 1st Honorable Mention in the AAP On-The-Spot Painting Contest
1993 - Grand Prize winner in the 2nd Saudia National Art Competition
1973 - First Prize-AAP 100th Concert at the Park On-The-Spot-Painting Competition
1972 - Grand Prize in the First Pamanang Ginto
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