Kirby Guirhem Majaque, from the riverside barangay of Tabuc Suba in Lapaz District in Iloilo City, is a product of the nearby Western Institute of Technology.
His father, Nubbin, is a tricycle-pedicab driver and his mother, Anita Guirhem, helps support the family (which includes sister Shann Beyin) as a housewife.
Majaque, 21 years old, was largely raised by his late aunt, Angelita Guirhem, who also inspired him to pursue art, even though he did a business degree in college (and he was dreaming of doing civil engineering or architecture).
A chance discovery of his blood links to another artist while visiting an art show at Museo Iloilo in 2018 further inspired Majaque to sustain his art-making despite the challenges (he juggled part-time jobs in college – including portrait commissions – to support himself and his family).
Majaque has worked with charcoal, pastel, oil and acrylic, as well as stone and wood. To support himself, he accepts orders for and does sketches and portraits, landscapes, backdrop and wall paintings, props and costumes, and even shoe, logo and Tshirt designs.
He has won some campus and local art contests. “My art style is a combination of simple Realistic and Abstract,” he says. “I love painting people and scenes from the 1950s to the 1980s and the color of old maps. I’m into old-timer music and clothes, and collecting antique Items.”
He adds: “I trust God’s will and plans for me. The Covid19 quarantine has given me a lot of time and chance to be back in arts again.”