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Joejene Santos is a Canadian artist in Ottawa.
Joejene’s works have evolved from realism to non-figurative form or abstract. He sees this shift as a creative challenge in the discovery of one’s creative expression or, as he calls it, his “Creative Identity”.
He studied and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Philippine Women’s University. As a student, he was actively involved in different visual arts groups and participated in various art exhibitions, which further honed his talent and passion for the arts.
Professionally, he has held different artist roles including freelance artist, art instructor, children’s art workshop facilitator, advertising graphic artist, book illustrator and theme park designer. These jobs brought him to different places in the Philippines and the Middle East before he immigrated to Canada in 2006. Since then he has worked his way back to painting while holding a full time job as a newcomer to a foreign country.
“Discovering one’s own sense of inner peace and being reunited with it has always been an ultimate joy of life. This is what I experience when I paint… a feeling of life reborn, telling me that ‘this is my place, this is what I am.’ Realizing this self-discovery liberates me. It gives me the trust to let go of myself and express freely my inner feelings and my inner thoughts in an intuitive process to convey my inner peace into visual language.”
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