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Bienvenido “Bones” Banez Jr.: The Thematic Focus of the 666 Art World

“’Bienvenido Bones Banez, Jr.”’ is a Filipino surrealist painter born in Davao City in the southern island of Mindanao, the Philippines, on June 7, 1962. Bien rose to comparative international prominence when he was counted in as the greatest living Filipino surrealist by Terrance Lindall[], president and executive director of the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in New York.




College Years


At The Learning Center of the Arts (now Ford Academy of the Arts) Ben came under the watchful eyes of national artist Victorio C. Edades, Jr. (now deceased), who, along with school president Aida Rivera-Ford, was the soul behind the establishment of the arts institution.


Later, Ben became associate professor of Fine Arts in his college alma mater and at the Philippine Women’s College-Davao which, following the success of the Ford Academy, had opened its own Fine Arts department.


Ben began to participate in the annual competition launched by America’s largest international artist community, the Vermont Studio Center based in Vermont, USA. Ben complied. After two tries he won first place in said competition and, by October 2002, flew all-expense paid to the USA for his grand prize. []


American Period


Bienvenido Bones Banez, Jr., spent two months of artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT., October and November of 2002, as main part of his prize. There He also had a one-person exhibition in the community’s Red Mill Gallery. After his VSC stint, he applied for working permit and tutored special children in California. In 2004 he proceeded to New York.


The Thematic Focus of the 666 Art World


The theme of all of Bien’s work is the “World of 666” focusing on Satan being “Perfect in Prettiness.” []


Ben desired to see the Antichrist with admiration because of his strong belief in Almighty God, as told by Judeo-Christian metanarrative about the Devil’s rebellious power dominating over the world[].


Terrance Lindall categorizes Bien’s work as Fiero Electric because of his striking juxtaposition of primary colors. []


The Terrance Lindall Association


At the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Ben met Terrance Lindall, the organizer of the world renowned Brave Destiny exhibit in 2003 and a John Milton scholar and illustrator of Paradise Lost.


Ben’s Warlock Dreams was exhibited in the Brave Destiny exhibit in 2003 [] Ben was the only Filipino featured in Milton’s world’s largest ever celebration for John Milton’s 400th birthday, the 2008 Grand Paradise Lost Costume Ball and Exhibition, organized by Lindall with one of Milton’s descendents Clive Milton present.


Selected Exhibitions


Brave Destiny,”Brave Destiny”[] 2003


Around the Coyote Winter Arts Festival. 2003, Chicago IL. USA


Paradise Lost Festival and Ehibit Celebrating Milton’s 400th Birthday, 2008 [][]


Fifty Year Fantastic, The Society for Art of Imagination, United Kingdom, London, 2010 []


International Surrealist Show, 2006, 2008 []


Selected Contemporary Works From The Permanent Collection, PART 2 (2002-Present), Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA[]


A Peaceful Aftrenoon Birthday Toast for Terrance Lindall & Yuko Nii


Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA




WAH Salon Art Club, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011


Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, 2002, Johnson, Vermont, USA []


Mark Gallery, 1993, Davao City, Philippines


Victoria Gallery,Victoria Plaza, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines


April 1984, Ford Academy of the Arts, 1984, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines


WAH Salon Art Club, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011[]


Amarin Café, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Reviews and Publications


Paradise Lost Elephant Folio, 2011 []


LEXIKON-SURREAL (Gerhard Habarta), Encyclopedia of Fantastic & Surrealistic & Symbolist & Visionary Artists, 2009, Internationales Archiv Fantastischer Kunstler





WHO’S WHO in VISUAL ART 2010-2011, 2010, Art Domain Whois Verlag, Leipzig




WHAT’S NEW IN THE SURREAL WORLD (Terrance Lindall), Art & Antiques Magazine, /March 2006/ [ ]


VISIONARY ART YEARBOOK 2010-201, By Otto Rapp, []




PANANAW-2 Book of Mindanao Artists 2000, Philippine Journal of Visual Art


DAVAO HARVEST –TWO / 2008, Edited by: Ricardo M. de Ungria & Tita Lacambra Ayala, National Commission for Culture and the Arts


CROSS BREED & ÉMIGRÉ, VISUAL FLUX 200, Documentation Project of National Commission Culture & Arts


The Thematic Focus of the 666 Art World: The theme of all of Bien’s work is the “World of 666” focusing on Satan being “Perfect in Prettiness.” []