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Young Swiss-Filipina launches painting debut collection in Switzerland

Nineteen-year old Swiss-Filipina Viviane Mirafuente launched her collection of portrait paintings at a gallery in Gstaad, Switzerland on 29 November 2013.

The collection entitled, “Aura”, is a series of twenty-four portraits depicting various characters and capturing different emotions of people. “I’ve always been fascinated by people’s faces and expressions and have started to make doodles since I was young,” explained Mirafuente.

A collection of portraits in watercolour comprises Mirafuente’s painting debut collection

“I painted the series for two years and when I came to Switzerland last summer, I brought the collection with me, hoping that I would be able to exhibit them,” Mirafuente added. Luckily for her, when she approached the owner of a gallery in Gstaad, the owner saw the uniqueness in her style and agreed to put up her collection for exhibit.

Mirafuente, currently on an exchange program at Passau Universitšt in Germany, is a third-year Media and Communications major at Ateneo de Manila University. With an architect for a father, art runs in her blood. “I have always loved arts and decided to paint with watercolour for its spontaneous flow. Ink helps me add the detailed emotion to my portraits,” explained Mirafuente. Her Swiss mother is a psychologist working at the Asian Development Bank in Manila.

Art enthusiasts attend the opening f Mirafuente’s exhibit in Gstaad

Despite being young and having a privileged background, Mirafuente is obviously gifted as well as with a big heart. “In light of the recent disaster in the Philippines, I realized that this gallery opening would be a great opportunity to somehow contribute to helping the victims of typhoon Haiyan,” said Mirafuente. She spoke to the gallery owner about putting a collection box for donations to the typhoon victims, and decided to give a certain percentage of the proceeds from the paintings sold to the Gawad Kalinga Foundation.

The exhibit was attended by representatives from the Philippine Embassy, whose presence is part of its advocacy to promote and help talents among second generation Swiss Filipinos in Switzerland.


Photos: (1-L-R) Cultural Officer Irene Sadang, Sabine Baeriswyl, Viviane Mirafuente, & Consul Tess Lazaro: (2) artist Viviane Mirafuente

In her remarks, Consul Tess Lazaro said, “Viviane’s paintings ooze with so much life and vibrancy, especially the way the eyes and lips are given life and colour in her portraits, reflecting the youthfulness of the painter herself. The flamboyant colours with which they are portrayed give a spontaneous and carefree aura to her subjects.”
Added Consul Lazaro, “Now, we have discovered another young talent in Viviane. I hope that this will be the start of something big for her. As a famous saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles starts with small incremental steps. When the time comes that Viviane makes it really big time, we can proudly say that we were all witness to how her journey as a successful artist began.” END

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