Jose Ma. Alvaro ‘Jood’ N. Clarino (b. 1981) uses the non-traditional art medium usually considered trivial. He dabbles in graffiti and stencil art to propose reflections against the backdrop of an urban setting. His work explores urban structures, chaotic dispositions, and patterns with colors that represent the hype of lifestyle and the aggressiveness of urban life. Clarino, a Fine Arts graduate of University of Santo Tomas, is one of the early members of Pilipinas Street Plan (PSP), a community of artists focused on street art. He helped set up and curate the past shows of PSP, such as “Rakstar si Rizal” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), “EqWallateral” at the Light and Space Contemporary Gallery, “Graffiti Research Lab Manila” in UP Bliss, and the PSP booth at the Worldbex. He has taught art in Domuschola International School, The School of Design and Arts, College of St. Benilde, and Ateneo de Manila Grade School.
The spray paint and acrylic on canvas mixed media interpretation created layers of monochromatic paint revelations. The rust was applied all throughout the painting and a rust-like shade on the head of the Nuestra Señora del Carmel and her infant son gives us a feeling of bliss. Our faith made us battle the everyday perils as we venerate and offer our devotion.