The Organic Art of Marvin Tiberio
Tiberio along with his paintings “Butterfly Kisses,” made with squid ink, azuete and turmeric

WHEN we communicate of squid, cuttlefish, and octopus, we generally see them as seafood. However for Church of the Nazarene pastor and biological artist Marvin Tiberio, those cephalopods are gear of his business.

A local of Mati Town, Davao Oriental, Tiberio has at all times been prone to the humanities since he was once younger. He used to do watercolor portray in highschool, or even studied Superb Arts on the A ways Japanese College in Manila for a yr till he discovered a special calling in serving the Lord in 1995.

His pastime within the artwork simplest were given rekindled when he gave a portray as a token to a visiting missionary in 2013. In August of the similar yr, he began to experiment with squid ink out of interest.

“Satirically, I came upon squid ink as a substitute for paint when I used to be assigned in South Cotabato – very a ways from the ocean,” mentioned the Matinian artist.

His first squid ink artwork was once a portray of a carabao and a slended rail (tikling), which a chum in america purchased for US$100.

Artist Marvin Tiberio with a squid ink portrait of his mom

“Nevertheless it actually stinked as a result of I didn’t know the way to dissect the squid correctly but. I later discovered that you want to extract the ink from the sac first,” he recalled.

He additionally pasteurized the ink to kill the micro organism that produces the stench.

Except squid, after a number of experiments and research, Tiberio was once additionally in a position to extract ink from cuttlefish, octupus, or even from crops, similar to turmeric (yellow), azuete (orange), bloodberry (darkish orange), and blue ternate (blue).

He additionally experimented through blending them with glycerine and honey, or even used egg yolk as completing.

“That was once once I coined my paintings as ‘biological artwork’ since the paint that I exploit aren’t simplest herbal however also are fit for human consumption,” he mentioned.

A few of his biological works of art

A number of the herbal resources of his inks, he prefers the usage of squid ink essentially the most, which produces a bit of extra brownish, nearly sepia tone.

“Squid ink is essentially the most tough to extract as a result of squids are tiny. A bottle of squid ink most probably wishes round 5 kilograms of squid. However they’re very saturated and will produce extra works of art,” Tiberio defined.
Any other certain end result that he discovered from his experiments is that squid ink don’t dissolve in water and will courageous moisture within the air. It does no longer additionally get bleached below the solar, making his paintings extra solid and lasting.

Tiberio displays a colorwheel produced through his biological ink resources

As information, Tiberio made quite a lot of research and produced a colorwheel in 2020 that displays what colours are constructed from his biological resources.

“I’m nonetheless in a neverending quest for extra biological fabrics. I latterly attempted tree barks, however I’m nonetheless checking if their colours will closing,” he divulged.

To this point, Tiberio has executed a number of commissioned and non-commissioned artwork works the usage of squid ink. A few of his works are actually displayed in properties and workplaces whilst two of his artwork items are in a gallery on the Subangan Museum in Mati Town.

In conjunction with different native artists, a digital showcase is within the works. He aspires of doing a solo showcase within the close to long run to additional show off his now-famous squid ink artwork.

“If my artwork continues to thrive, God-willing, I need to construct a finding out middle the place I will be able to educate extra folks about biological artwork,” he mentioned.

A bottle of squid ink calls for 5 kilograms of squid
Natural ink from squid, azuete, turmeric and blue ternate

Tiberio desires to suggest using non-chemical primarily based colours, which is extra environment-friendly.

“They’re additionally reasonably priced and are simply to be had. With biological artwork, we will inspire extra younger artists to expand their abilities and specific their creativity,” Tiberio quipped.

You’ll view a few of his works of art on-line by means of his Fb web page SKWID. – Manila Information-Intelligencer

Jonathan Bennett Manila Creativity