Paul Cainto Balan

A native of Paete, a town famous for its sculptors, painters, musicians and poets, Paul Cainto Balan is a descendant of Pablo Bague, one of Paete's master sculptors. He began drawing at a young age inspired by the land and folk lore he often heard as a child.

Paul was an active participant in the Philippine art scene during his studies in fine arts at University of Santo Thomas in Manila. He entered numerous competitions, including the Annual Metro Bank's Young Painters and the Art Association of the Philippines, where his pieces were among the finalists and named juror's choice.

Many of Paul's religious work, ranging from murals to stained glass, can be seen at various churches in the Philippines. At the age of 17, he designed all of the stained glass windows at St. James Apostle Parish in Paete, Laguna. He also designed reredos at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Most Holy Redeemer Parish, and Holy Cross Parish. His commissioned work for murals include: Stigmatization of St. Francis, Franciscan Seminary (oil on canvas, 5' x 7'), and Blessed Trinity, Philippine Independence Church (oil on canvas, 48' x 8').

In May 2001, Paul immigrated to Chicago, IL. He continues to produce a wide range of pieces. Thematically, Paul remains true to his roots: faith, nature and his Filipino heritage. However, he has also enhanced and expanded his scope to include his experiences in the U.S. and environmental differences like the four seasons.

Paul's work has been featured at the June 2001 Filipino Art Exhibition at Rizal Center and Daley Center during the 103rd Anniversary of the Independence of the Philippines Celebration, and at the 19th Annual Juried Art Show at the Elk Grove Village Art Center in 2003. In February 2005, he designed and painted Ter Sanctus (oil on canvas, 7' x 5'), the sanctuary cross at Prince of Peace Parish in Lake Villa, IL. He was also awarded recognition as Laguna's Best: Outstanding Achievement in Arts/Painting by the Laguna Association of the Midwest, Inc. in January 2006.

In late 2004, Paul began experimenting with three dimensional art. He has since completed three bronze sculptures: Wind, Water, and Pag-Asa (Hope).

Paul was featured in exhibits as well as local publications and news programs in 2007. During the Philippine Consulate General - Chicago’s National Arts Month in February 2007, Paul presented a solo exhibit of paintings and scuptures at the Ani ng Sining (Harvest of Art). He was also one of the participating artists in a group exhibit at the International Migrants’ Day Celebration sponsored by United Nations in Chicago, IL. In addition to these exhibits, Paul and his art were the subjects of the following local publications and news program.

In 2008, Paul focused his time completing multiple private commissions. His most notable work during this time was his reredo design and painting, San Lorenzo Ruiz, for the Prince of Peace Parish in Lake Villa, IL.

The following year in 2009, Paul was recognized in three juried competitions. He received an Award of Merit from Recent Works: The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition for Lake County Artists (Grayslake, IL) in October 2009, which featured 53 artists who were chosen from 234 entries. He was a finalist at the 33rd Beverly Art Competitions and Exhibitions (Chicago, IL) in November

2009. He was also one of the 36 finalists at the Postcard Art Competition and Exhibitions (PACE) sponsored by the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, IL. PACE is an international exhibition that showcases the 36 original designs selected from 443 entries submitted from the United States, Canada, Japan and China. Paul’s entry was also among the artwork was featured in Triblocal, Lake County’s newspaper as one of the finalists.

During the 111th Philippines Independence Day Celebration in Milwaukee, WI, Paul unveiled his Lupang Hinirang Series, the first ever visual interpretation of the Philippine national anthem, “Lupang Hinirang.” The series consists of ten 24” x 18” pen and ink compositions inspired by the lyrics of the national anthem. Each composition is detailed with symbolic representations of the Filipino journey as a nation and as individuals, and highlights Filipino virtues captures Filipino struggles and triumphs with historical accuracy. The series took Paul nearly 4 years of to complete as he reflected and rediscovered what it means to be Filipino.
The Lupang Hinirang Series has since been exhibited at the Rizal Center in Chicago, IL. These solo exhibit also features his painting Bandila ng Bayan (Flag of My Homeland). The Oct. 18 to Nov. 17, 2009 issue of the Filipino-American Community Builder (Chicago, IL) featured Bandila ng Bayan on its front page and on its homepage along with the article and interview “Filipino-American Painter and Scupltor Paul Cainto Balan.” Paul also introduced his pen and ink entitled Rizal’s Four Traits at the Rizal Center December 2009 to January 2010 exhibition. Paul was interviewed for a broadcast feature of Hataw Pinoy Chicago during the opening reception of the Rizal Center exhibit.

In addition to the creating works of art for exhibition, Paul is also an Associate Designer for United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). Paul attended the United States Mint’s AIP post-award conference in February 2010 in Washington, D.C. As an Associate Designer, he will be designing coins and medals for consideration for minting and production.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Philippines' national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, Paul was one of 7 artists who participated to the art exhibit entitled The Philippine Renaissance Man: Jose Rizal at the Richard J. Daley Civic Center on August 2011.

 

Paul Balan Artist - Painting
Paul Balan - Painting
 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Finalist ▪ The International Coin Design Competition 2012 (Japan), October  2012
Finalist ▪ The 33rd Beverly Art Competitions and Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), November 2009
Award of Merit ▪ Recent Works: The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition for Lake County Artists
(Grayslake, IL), October 2009
Finalist ▪ The Postcard Art Competition and Exhibitions (Wauconda, IL), October 2009
Certificate of Appreciation ▪ The Filipino American National Historical Society (Milwaukee, WI),
June 2009
Certificate of Appreciation ▪ Philippine Consulate General (Chicago, IL), February 2007
Outstanding Achievement in Arts/Painting (Laguna Association of the Midwest, Inc., Chicago,
IL), January 2006
Finalist ▪ Metro Bank’s Young Painters’ Annual Exhibition (Manila, Philippines), August 1999
Juror’s Choice ▪ Art Association of the Philippines National Painting Competition (Manila,
Philippines), July 1996

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

The 150th anniversary of the birth of the Philippines' national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal,
The Philippine Renaissance Man: Jose Rizal (Daley Civic Center, Chicago, IL), 2010
The 112th Philippine Independence Day Celebration (Washington, D.C.), 2010
The 33rd Beverly Art Competitions (Chicago, IL), 2009
The Postcard Art Competition (Wauconda, IL), 2009
Recent Works: The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition for Lake County Artists (Grayslake, IL), 2009
The 111th Philippines Independence Day Celebration (Milwaukee, WI), 2009
International Migrants Day Celebration by United Nations (Chicago, IL), 2007
A Filipino Art Exhibition (Chicago, IL), 2001
San Santiago de Apostol Parish (Paete, Philippines), 2000
Metro Bank’s Young Painters’ Annual Exhibition (Manila, Philippines), 1999
Metro Bank’s Young Painters’ Annual Exhibition (Manila, Philippines), 1997
University of the Philippines Vargas Museum (Quezon City, Philippines), 1996
Art Association of the Philippines National Painting Competition (Manila, Philippines), 1996
Galleria de Las Islas (Manila, Philippines), 1993
Metro Bank’s Young Painters’ Annual Exhibition (Manila, Philippines), 1993
Galleria de Las Islas (Manila, Philippines), 1992
Metro Bank’s Young Painters’ Annual Exhibition (Manila, Philippines), 1992
Arkiskien Art Exhibit (Quezon City, Philippines), 1991
Metro Bank’s Young Painters’ Annual Exhibition (Manila, Philippines), 1991

PUBLICATIONS

Filipino-American Painter and Scupltor Paul Cainto Balan—featuring front page oil painting,
Bandila ng Bayan (Flag of My Homeland), article and interview ▪ The Filipino-American
Community Builder (Chicago, IL), Oct. 18 to Nov. 17, 2009
Paul Cainto Balan: Using His Personal Experience to Create Art ▪ ABS-CBN Balitang America
(Filipino-American TV News), Feb. 2007
Symbol of Faith ▪ Daily Herald (Libertyville, IL), May 28, 2007
Being an Artist is in His Blood ▪ CDW Life Magazine (Vernon Hills, IL), 2007
Paul Cainto Balan: Painter and Sculptor Extraordinaire ▪ The Asian Community Builder
(Chicago, IL), Feb. 18 to Mar. 17, 2007

COMMISSIONED WORK

Resurrection ▪ Prince of Peace Parish (Lake Villa, IL), 2012
San Lorenzo Ruiz ▪ Prince of Peace Parish (Lake Villa, IL), 2008
Ter Sanctus ▪ Prince of Peace Parish (Lake Villa, IL), 2005
Blessed Trinity ▪ St. James Apostle Parish (Paete, Philippines), 2001
Our Lady of the Angels ▪ Sta. Ana Church (Manila, Philippines), 1999
Stigmatization of St. Francis ▪ OFM Seminary (Quezon City, Philippines), 1999
San Damiano Cross ▪ Monastery of St. Clare (Quezon City, Philippines), 1999
St. Francis of Assisi ▪ San Antonio Parish (Forbes Park, Philippines), 1999

COMMISSIONED REREDO DESIGNS

Holy Name of Jesus Parish (Biñan, Philippines), 2000
Most Holy Redeemer Parish (San Francisco Del Monte, Philippines), 2000
Healing Center Chapel (Los Baños, Philippines), 2000
Holy Cross Parish (Cavite, Philippines), 2000
San Antonio De Padua (Kalayaan, Philippines), 2000

PRIVATE COLLECTION

Resurrection ▪ Mr. and Mrs. Randy Victoria (Round Lake Heights), 2012
Ter Sanctus ▪ Rev. Richard Yanos (Lake Villa, IL), 2007
Corpus Cristi ▪ Rev. Daniel Sullivan (Lake Villa, IL), 2007
Jesus Feeding the Multitude ▪ Rev. Powel Komperda (Lake Villa, IL), 2007
The Calling of Martyrdom of San Lorenzo Ruiz ▪ Mr. and Mrs. Plutarco Cagandahan (Berwyn,
IL), 2006
Four Seasons ▪ Dr. Remigio C. Milan (Ripon, WI), 2005
Most Holy Redeemer ▪ Mr. and Mrs. Eduardo Paraiso (Toronto, Canada), 2004
Twilight and Dawn ▪ Dr. Raul M. Naval (Sydney, Australia), 2004
St. Therese ▪ Mr. and Mrs. Luis D. Vitor (Round Lake Heights, IL), 2004
Prince of Peace ▪ Price of Peace Parish (Lake Villa, IL), 2003
Madonna and Child ▪ Mr. and Mrs. Luis D. Vitor (Round Lake Heights, IL), 2003
The Messenger ▪ Mrs. Ludovica M. Adao (Mt. Prospect, IL), 2002
Sacred Heart ▪ Ms. Kathy Villa (Chicago, IL), 2001
Vision of St. Francis ▪ Father Albert Marfil (Manila, Philippines), 2001

EDUCATION

Fine Arts ▪ University of Santo Thomas (Manila, Philippines), 1989-93

“Art is a journey of imagination.
By means of creating, it becomes reality.
It's not just ordinary work, its devotion.
Whether in faith, nature, or humanity,
my art is a reminder of what should not be lost.”