Transforming the ordinary into the magnificent is the main theme of the works of Bicolano Artist Dario Buan Encinas. From landscapes to portraits, to rural and urban scenes, he seeks out the mundane and familiar and elevates them into pieces of fine art, warming the heart and resonating with the soul.

Born in August 1970 in Canaman, Camarines Sur, Dario always had an eye for the extraordinary. Through he did not have any formal training in art, he persevered to hone his skills in various media.

Today, he works in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and coffee masterfully selecting which medium suits which subject in a way that can only be called his very own. His paintings have been part of numerous group art shows, including the prestigious 1st International Watercolor Biennale in Vancouver, Canada in July 2016. With fellow artists, he has also exhibited at Buenas Artes Gallery, SSS Gallery, Sigwada Gallery, and Asian Hospital, among many other galleries in Metro Manila. In February 2016, he showcased some of his works in a solo exhibit called “Sarumsum” in the Naga City Art Gallery.

Also in 2016, his paintings were featured in the book “Watercolor Magic: The Works of Watercolor Magicians of the Pearl of the Orient Seas,” a collection of the finest works of visual artists in the Philippines. Selected at the Abu Rawash Prize 2nd international watercolor contest/exhibit, Salo Salo group show at J Studio, Four Art Sake four-man show at Art Asia gallery- all in 2018.

Today, Dario is making an indelible mark on the local and international art scene. In his paintings, each careful brushstroke is an accurate rendering of contemporary wishes, dreams, and preoccupations; a testament to the infinite wonders of the present. With works that show painstaking detail, impressive artistic dexterity, and an unmistakable passion for humanity. Not only sketches and paints, but also, and more importantly, celebrates the rich and vibrant Philippine culture of which he and his works form part.

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Credit to: Melissa Basmayor