LEO CUNANAN, JR. - Artist/Musician
Member, Dimasalang III International Artist Group and Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists

Leo Orpilla Cunanan, Jr.

Leo Cunanan, Jr. was born in the Philippines and moved with his family to Canada when he was 9 years old. His early interest was in music and he took up drum lessons from Drums Only at age 13.  At 21, he joined a band as a drummer and toured with Butch and The Sundance Kids professionally for a number of years. In the late 90’s, he studied graphic arts and worked as in-house graphic artist for a family-owned publication, Dahong Pilipino, the Filipino Canadian Community and Business Directory, of which he is now the president and publisher.

Leo developed a strong interest in fine arts upon meeting the maestro SYM Mendoza who provided him the inspiration to pursue an art career. “Everything I know in art, I learned from Tito SYM; he opened the door for me to discover my potentials and really enjoy painting more than anything else.” Leo works in pastel, charcoal, watercolour; and also enjoys creating digital art.

Leo is an Active member of DIMASALANG III International Artist Group, led by SYM Mendoza and Active Member of the Federation Of Canadian Artists.

AWARDS

2015 Third Place Award for "Melissa", Federation of Canadian Artists' AUTUMN SALON SHOW

2013 Award of Excellence for "Wine and Fruit Medley", Federation of Canadian Artists' (FCA) STILL LIFE SHOW

2013 Finalist for City of Vancouver's IRONCLAD ART MANHOLE DESIGN CHALLENGE

 

EXHIBITS

  • 2015 "Autumn Salon 2015" Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2015 Dimasalang III Group Exhibition, Surrey Art Centre, Surrey, B.C. Canada
  • 2014 AIRS Annual International Representational Show, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2014 "Dimasalang Expressions", Moat Gallery, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2013 AIRS Annual International Representational Show, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2013 Oil & Water Juried Show, The South Delta Artists Guild, Tsawwassen Longhouse Gallery, Tsawwassen, B.C. Canada
  • 2013 Still Life Show, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2012 Two-Man Show with Dimasalang colleague Rod Pedralba, Lumen Espace Galerie, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2012 Dimasalang III Group Exhibit, Official Opening of the Philippine Independence Day hosted by the Philippine Consulate, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2012 Generation One ExplorASIAN Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, International Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2011 Generation One ExplorASIAN Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2010 & 2011 Philippine Day Festival, Slocan Park, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2009 Dimasalang III Group Exhibition, Port Moody, British Columbia, B.C. Canada
  • 2009 “Dimasalang Artists: Celebrating 40 Years, SM Art Center Megamall, Metro Manila Philippines
  • 2008 “Dimasalang Artists: Celebrating 40 Years”, Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, Vancouver B.C. Canada
  • 2007 Dimasalang III Group Exhibition: Chan Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2007 Kerrisdale Art Club Group Exhibition, Kerrisdale Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2006 Philippine Independence Celebration Group Exhibition, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2004 Philippine Independence Celebration Group Exhibition, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2004 The Art and Soul of Dimasalang III, Moat Gallery, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2004 Philippine Independence Celebration Group Exhibition, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2003 Philippine Independence Celebration Group Exhibition, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2002 Philippine Independence Celebration Group Exhibition, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • 2001 Philippine Independence Celebration Group Exhibition, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver, B.C. Canada