FACES OF CEBU: Ruel Rosello, 50, photographer / artist
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Ruel Rosello visualizes Cebu’s living landscape through his lens or canvas.
But the 50-year-old ex-photojournalist is now more known as a painter than a photographer.
Rosello, who worked as a photojournalist for a local newspaper for 17 years, said his experience with his previous work helped him create unique and visually stunning perspectives for his artwork.
He follows the modern and contemporary genre in painting.
His signature way of painting is the traditional Filipino way of life while including Sr. Sto. Niño. and the depiction of the cartoon-like “bulging eyes” and “crooked teeth”.
“My mentor, the well-respected Celso Pepito, told me to create my signature or trademark for painting my artwork instead of following the genre of other artists,” said Rosello.
As an artist, Rosello has come a long way.
Since 2019 he has had an exhibition at every Sinulog Festival in partnership with the Cebu Parklane International Hotel.
“I already used my characteristic bulging eyes and crooked teeth in my sketches during my reporting as a photojournalist. So I started incorporating them into my images and combining them with festive colors and fun themes until Celso Pepito noticed my trademark and told me to keep it because of its uniqueness and the positivity it brings with my images “Said Rosello. since 2013 member of Cebu Artists Inc. (CAI).
“As a photojournalist, it helped me find better angles when painting my artwork. I have integrated various photographic techniques that make my painting style stand out from space. I know how to properly position my subjects and other elements of the artwork while balancing the colors, ”added Rosello.
Rosello was already painting and drawing before working as a photojournalist. At first it was difficult for him to combine his photography skills with his passion for art. But he persevered and eventually created something to be proud of.
“Photographer and painter work hand in hand. Being an artist has helped me improve my photography skills and vice versa, ”added Rosello.
Rosello currently works as the Official Photographer for the Mayor of Cebu City, Edgar Labella. In his spare time, Rosello sketches his friends and co-workers. He gives them their sketches
His masterpieces can be seen with several art collectors in Cebu and on a wall painting in a posh resort and hotel in Bohol.
On the weekends, Rosello is busy finishing his commissioned paintings at home in Barangay Pulangbato. He also holds a free art workshop for children.
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