“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance,” says the Greek scientist and philosopher Aristotle (384 – 322 BC). This holds true as the audience gazes through Caloy Gabuco’s works.
Gabuco, a native of Mindoro Oriental, always leaves his audience in awe as he flawlessly presents his subjects on canvas.
But this is not unusual.
For spending his childhood in his father’s workshop, Gabucos had had an interest—not in building sidecars and the body of a passenger jitney—but on the designs which his brother creates for the vehicle’s interior and exterior.
The old jitneys, for those who are familiar with the “Hari ng Kalsada,” are often painted with different artsy designs. Jitney-makers usually do this to entice the eyes of the passengers and to help them forget, even for a while, boredom caused by the long travel.