Born in Angeles City,Philippines,Jun Gueco Cruz better known as Junbap.A visual artist who sought to deliver his lessons on the science of life by creating massive representations of life processes on a cellular level and human anatomy.Most of his trainings in art are relied mostly on experiments and workshops.Cruz collaborated with local artists and exhibited at Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Cultural Center of the Philippines,GSIS Museum to name a few.He has received prestigious awards from Remy Martin Public Art Competition Grand prize in 1994,1998 Art Association of the Philippines Centennial Art Competition Best Entry in mixed media and 1999 Juror’s Choice in sculpture,2007 Finalist,Philippine Art Awards,2016 selected artist for Linus International Art Galleries texture art exhibit and selected artist for Florence Biennale XI 2017,Fortezza Da Basso,Florence,Italy.
Cruz never forgets his strong indigenous Kapampangan identity in his creations.The Kapampangan people are an agricultural people well rooted in their earth mother,Indung Tibuan. As a Kapampangan artist therefore,he too must tanam ‘plant seeds’ and patubu ‘bring life out of the soil’.This he expresses well in his artworks.
In 1997,Cruz had his first one man exhibit entitled Tanatanaman,a homage to the act of planting correlating with the physiology of life.The shooting spiky structures that characterized his works now also represent germinating seeds calling it biomorphic which literally means ‘life transformation’ also represent the physical world and depicts the importance of a person’s spirituality.His 2017 Imperishable Seed series clearly reflect this.
Accomplishments / CV
JUN GUECO CRUZ
Pampanga Arts Guild
CIVA-Christian In Visual Arts
CFEVA-Center For Emerging Visual Artists
"Tanatanaman" at Culture Shack Gallery Cafe in 1997 - Angeles City, Philippines
Florence Biennale XI Edition International Contemporary Art Exhibit 2017
Linus Gallery Texture art exhibit 2016
3rd Street Gallery Community Art Exhibit 2016-3rd Street gallery 45 N.2nd St.Philadelphia,Pennsylvania 19106
Philippine Art Awards exhibit in 2007
"Silip Sulip" by Pampanga Arts Guild at SM Clark in Angeles City in 2007
"Tipon" by Pampanga Arts Guild at the Metropolitan Museum 2006
“Beating the Odds Thru Art” Malacanang,March 2005
“Subli” at the Kapampangan Art Gallery, CSEZ Phil. 2002
"Punla” at the Culture Shack gallery café (National traveling exhibit) 1998
Pampanga Arts Guild-“Abe-Abe Tamu” at Kapampangan Art 1997 Holiday Inn Manila
“Sungdu-an” (Confluence) National Exhibit-NCCA Bldg. Intramuros,Manila 1996 Pampanga Arts Guild “Bawal Ing Manugse”-Museo De Tarlac 1996
Art Association of the Philippines Annual Art Exhibit-1995 onwards
ASLAG Art Exhibit (1995) Bale Herencia, Angeles City.
Participated in SINGSING: Lugud Kng Indung Gabun, a musical Kapampangan mythology performance held at the Holy Angel University; and become a delegate for “AGIMULA 98”Luzon Regional Visual Arts Congress (Cabugao Beach Resort,Vigan,Ilocos Sur) and “Agkaykaysa” Ika Apat na Pambansang Kongreso sa Sining Biswal.1998 (Baguio City).
1994 Grand Prize-Remy Martin Open Art National Mural Competition (installed at Rizal Park)
1996 Finalist-Sining at Gitnang Luzon
1997 First Place- Fiestang Kuliat Open Art Competition
1998 Best Entry- Art Association of the Philippines (Centennial competition)
1999 Juror’s Choice- Art Association of the Philippines (Sculpture category)
2004 2nd Place- 1st On-The-Spot Body Painting Competition in Pampanga(Holiday Inn Resort Clarkfield)
2004 2nd Place- Sadsaran Qng Angeles (Sisig Festival)Body painting competition (professional category)
2007 Finalist-Philippine Art Awards
2016 Selected artist /texture art exhibit-Linus international art galleries.
2017 Selected artist by the International Selection Committee to participate in the IX Florence Biennale 2017.
Selected Artist ,Biennale of the Nations,Venice 2018
Amsterdam Whitney gallery 2018 gallery representation ,Chelsea New York
Florence Biennale Xl Edition 2017 Catalogue
Inquirer.net-Serving God through Art-January 2017
Sunstar Clark-TUNGKU:The Art of Melo,Cruz & Ching.
Philippine Art Awards catalogue-2007
Pananaw 4: Philippine Journal Of Visual Arts/Luzon – In Gods We Trust
by National Commission For Culture & The Arts.Published 2002.
Art Association of the Philippines catalogue 1995,1996,1998,1999.
Philippine Daily Inquirer 1994 Grand Prize Remy Martin Public Art Competition.
Sunstar Clark-First Fiestang Open Art Competition.