“Kapampangan Transparent Cubist”
by Jennifer Bichara
Eliseo Perreras is an internally driven and emotionally charged self-taught painter who hails from Angeles City, Pampanga. Whose works mostly depicts the serenity of the Philippine’s rural life, harvesting and market sceneries. Eliseo’s paintings give a glimpse into the simple life of Filipinos living in rural areas as peaceful and idyllic. His immortalization in art will give the future generation a prevue of what really was – a fast disappearing way of life due to onset of modernization.
Eliseo Perreras started painting still life with realism, and impressionism until he began to develop transparent cubism form which he currently focuses on. Through Vicente Manansala’s transparent cubistic style, he followed suit whose works were done mostly in the figurative mode while reflecting the society and the local environment.
Like Manansala, Eliseo’s delicate tones whose artworks are based on the premise of new imagery of current urban experiences in his beloved Angeles City through the vision of the artist which assumed a strong folksy character.
The cubist aspect of Eliseo’s work rests largely on the geometric features of forms and in the shifting and intersecting of planes which have spatial ambiguities. But his façades are expansive than in original cubism as they bring out larger cadences incorporating linear decorative patterns. Contrasting to cubism, which subjectively fragments and dissevers the figure into complex abstract configurations with only clues of the subject remaining; Eliseo stayed close to the figure which he simplified to its basic geometric shapes.
He used colour in all its folk vivacity, opulent appeal, and haunting power were he reinterprets to an indigenized cubistic style as he drew his themes with a strong embodiment of a strong and unmoved national character of the Filipinos as seen on the two extraordinary Mother and Child subject in these collection.
Currently, Eliseo Perreras is an active member of the (AAP) Art Association of the Philippines in Pampanga. He is also a member of the Kapampangan Artists and had participated in many exhibitions and received many accolades for his creativity in portraying the social life of Filipinos in an urban context.
He also belongs to a talented family with three brothers in visual arts known as “The Perreras Brothers.”