Marcos Antonino Arsenio ‘Ding’ Royales XI (b. 1974) is a nurse by profession and training. He attended his first art workshop dubbed “Reviving the 1590 History Art Workshop” in 1985 under Angelito De Guzman. His works are mostly mural-sized and have a very distinct style and vivid colors that evolved from his long experience with mural paintings. Some of his works can be seen at the Nagtahan flyover, Manila Ocean Park, and at the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista. As a volunteer artist for Bahay Nakpil-Bautista in Quiapo, Manila since 2013, Royales creates works related to the propagation of the structure’s sustainability including an upcoming musical exhibit on composer, Julio Nakpil. He has also conducted art classes at Bahay Nakpil-Bautista, a Quiapo landmark. Currently, he is taking his second degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Sculpture at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Devotion 2 offers the same subject as Devotion 1, which connotes the strong Filipino devotion towards the Nuestra Senora de Guia,. The contrast happens at the bottom of the art work, shifting from the cool blue of Devotion 1 to the warmer earth tones of the devotees' shirts. The devotees bring their hands in a gesture of prayer, from which we gather strength in spite of many adversaries.