The FilipinX Kasaganaan Artist Collective is Gladzy Kei, Von Zuniga, and Allan Brent Rosales – three multitalented artists with broad-ranging backgrounds united by culturally-rich and thoughtful art.
Gladzy Kei is a Filipino-Canadian contemporary muralist and illustrator from Calgary. She’s a visual artist who focuses on bringing color, happiness, and positivity through her work. She has been working as a professional muralist since 2015, and has worked with a wide range of local and international clients. Her murals showcase the use of whimsical lines, minimalist colors, and patterns. She is also passionate about illustrating images that represent diversity in culture through food murals and costume design. As an immigrant artist, it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to present diversity, inclusion, and culture through public art murals.
As Chief Imaginary at MAMMOTH XR, Von Zuniga oversees a huge variety of visual content in new and exciting spaces. In addition to having a keen eye for aesthetics, Von also creates content in various mediums for a number of platforms. These skills include 3D modeling, motion graphics/2D animation, video editing, photography, as well as User Experience Design. Some of his past work includes tying together Augmented Reality and painted murals where the paintings come to life.
Allan Brent Rosales is a visual artist, Art Therapist and Community Connector. Born and raised in Calgary / Mohkinstsis, Allan’s artwork depicts a pluralist view of FilipinX identity and all the ways our community holds space. Allan’s practice spans many mediums including drawing, painting, poetry, photography, digital art and most recently murals. Allan also has an MA in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University and has worked in healthcare and arts-based organizations for 15 years.
This mural highlights the importance of dance in FilipinX culture through the ages. The FilipinX dancer on the right is doing a traditional dance called the “Tinikling”, mimicking a bird’s speed and grace as it navigates bamboo poles. The bird behind the woman is known as “Tikling” which is what inspired the traditional dance.
Meanwhile, the Filipinx dancer on the left has fully embraced modern urban culture and they are breakdancing over a hip-hop beat.
In between the two main characters, we have the Baybayin symbol “Ka” which means “connection” that symbolizes the harmony among traditional and modern FilipinX generations.
The rest of the mural tells the story of the journey from the Philippines over the Pacific ocean, above the Rocky Mountains and finding a home in Moh-kins-tsis/Calgary.