EYA. Manila, Philippines
Ralph Eya is an independent art practitioner concentrating on socially engaged art projects. His initiatives thrust primarily in creating new genre public art through community-based collaborations and alternative education. His interdisciplinary practice seeks to contribute in activating individuals and communities via artistic approaches in rights-based identity and critical consciousness development anchored in the context of social transformation. Eya’s work is a process of cultivating people's right to be involved freely in the cultural life of their communities through participatory and accessible means of creative production.
Informed by the constantly evolving challenges of the society and human disparateness, his movement in the spectrum of art disciplines revolve as proactive responses that pursue to exercise introspection and progress unifying perspectives of meaningful change. He has produced and curated several exhibitions in partnership with foundations and organizations, and has presented his collaborative art praxis locally and internationally. He is part of the pioneering Artists for a Better World of the Arts for Good Fellowship of Singapore International Foundation and a recipient of the Urban Planning and Social Impact Initiative Prize of Megacities Organization in Paris, France.
Eya is also a professional college lecturer for Multimedia Art Production in the Philippines.
“In a life of continuous motion and change, with countless ways of expression, narratives from imagination, realities of the human condition, and a multitude of artistic representations and practices, it is crucial to always examine our role as individuals and as artists. We are all working on a spectrum, exploring art's dynamism and its infinite configurations. We get to consciously work with the indefinite. We can create art that can liberate us or restrain us, divide us or unite us, consume us or serve us, or probably make art that can be anything in between.
In recognizing that position, I'd like to think that my creative practice does not operate in isolation and it navigates along with our ever-changing world through the processes of art co-creation with various sectors in rural and urban communities, expanding efforts on education, communal interaction, and inclusion. Whether in the form of visual experience, pedagogy, multimedia application, or going beyond conventional solutions, I believe art as a form, process, or medium is a force. Art can always impact our core values and it does not end on our fascination with the everyday. Art can engage, enable, and empower. Art can truly activate. And at least if not, maybe let’s just never cease to emphasize and question the hows, the whys, and ultimately, the value of our art to the world".