According to the ancient Greek scientist and philosopher Aristotle (384 - 322 BC),
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
This is evident in the works of Caloy Gabuco, a native of Mindoro Oriental who captivates his audience with flawless depictions on canvas.
Gabuco's interest in design began during his childhood, spent in his father's workshop where he was drawn to his brother's creations for the interiors and exteriors of jitneys, which are often adorned with artsy designs to entertain passengers on long journeys. He also developed his skills by copying photo illustrations from Liwayway, a popular entertainment magazine.
After attending the Philippine Women's University, where he was trained by art masters Alfonso Miaga and Raul Isidro, Gabuco started his career in advertising, drawing promotional materials and storyboards. It wasn't until his painting of the Heno de Pravia lady that he transitioned to a career as a painter, eventually becoming a celebrated artist.
Gabuco's works focus on human faces and celestial beings, with unique expressions that convey melancholic and insightful messages. His art takes the viewer on an inner journey as they gaze into the subjects' eyes, which seem to penetrate the soul.