Luta study from the outside of the house using rafia and soil


Ronyel Compra is a visual artist based in Cebu City. In 2008, he earned his college degree from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas- Cebu under the Fine Arts program, majored in Painting. Since graduating, the artist has been creating his distinct style and material experimentation.

Compra exhibited his works from Cebu city to the nation’s capital, having set-up shows in Cebu’s 856 G Gallery, and Manila’s NOW Gallery. He collaborated with a group of artists from different parts of the Philippines. The latest was the Talaandig tribe artists who are known for using soil as the main ingredient of their paintings. During the 2017 Georgetown Art Festival in Penang, Malaysia he colaborated with Malaysa, Indonesia and Singapore.

Compra creates his works mainly on various techniques within the production, the process involves different procedures that were mimicked from local craft.  Experimented with bones, twigs, bamboos and other indigenous materials. The appearance of each work varies depending on the materials used.

 He believes that the over all aesthetics and underlying motives within the artworks are mainly based upon his collection of memories and visual experiences. The accumulation of stored subconscious knowledge further instigate him to explore the place of his origin. In his small Barangay in the northern part of Cebu City, Philippines, where he collects photos, materials and datas. Having evidently exposed to different local activities like boat making, nipa hut (bahay kubo) making, and charcoal making which is a grandiose visual feast in the place.  He always return to his roots, the images he creates are perhaps a practical-lyrical response towards his inner rumination and introspection. These are influx of internal motivations.

Compra based his aesthetic rendition from his direct environment. He finds decay or deconstruction as an interesting influence on his aesthetics. He affirms that the process of decay last longer than the bloom. He is often captivated with the gritty biomorphic proportions and the rawnessnaturl elements.

His current works includes a series of LUTA / LAKRA which translates to frottage.  These were created through transfering a precise image transfer from an actual texture or object into a piece of cloth or paper. Like the ancient rubbings practiced by the chinese printers to come-up an exact ratio of 1:1 scale rubbings. He took everyday object, such as knives, hammers, and windows, and began a small and large scale series of luta (frottage) that simplified the base object into expressive, abstracted combinations of organic and geometric forms.