The miniature world of Hero Angeles

Gil Cadiz

Hero Angeles became a household name when he won ABS-CBN’s first Star Circle Quest in 2004, which led him to star in a string of successful TV shows and movies. Having slowed down in recent years, he has found another creative outlet to express himself – miniature arts.

An undergrad of Fine Arts (Visual Communication) at the University of the Philippines, Hero dedicates his time nowadays to creating mesmerizing micro paintings and miniature clay sculptures photos of which are showcased on his online art gallery called “ARTCETERO,” which is also his pen name; a blend of the words “art” and “etcetera” and his name “Hero.”

Here’s We the Pvblic’s fascinating conversation with Hero about his passion for creating tiny worlds.

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Growing up, what were the signs that you love creating art?

I grew up in a family of artists. My uncles, brothers, and cousins are also into arts. I was in grade school when I discovered that I have the heart for arts. I would always draw and fill the back of my notebooks with doodles. I made sketches of people and animals. I tried copying characters from cartoon shows. I always went to the library to look for art books. After school, I always looked for a place to sit and draw while I wait for my parents to pick me up.

At what age did you realize you like miniature art?

I can’t remember when, but at a young age, I was fond of making small illustrations. I draw on popsicle sticks, matchboxes, and small receipts. But, 2013 was the year I started to make my first tiny artwork – it was when I tried writing the word “I ❤ MOM” on a piece of rice grain for Mother’s Day.

When did you get serious about creating them?

I got serious in creating miniature art when I attempted to do a small birthday card for a friend in 2014. I tried a couple of times but it was unsuccessful. That’s when I thought of doing a small painting instead. I made a small painting of a cupcake. I also tried different forms of miniature art. Tiny drawings, sketching on a toothpick, pencil lead sculpture, micro paintings and miniature clay sculpture.

Which one did you get into first?

I got myself engaged in micro painting first. In 2016, I did a series I called “MagnifEyed.” It’s a millimeter art (watercolor painting) series. Then, I shifted to miniature food clay art in 2017. I make and bake miniature food pieces made of polymer clay.

How long does it take you to create a micro painting or a miniature sculpture?

Creating miniature art takes a lot of time. It all depends on the subject’s difficulty and the number of elements present in an art piece. I pay attention to details and I always want to finish an artwork in one sitting. Both micro painting and miniature food sculpting consume about two to three hours of work time.

What made you decide to host your miniature art gallery on Facebook and Instagram?

Social media is a good place to showcase your talent. I don’t have a physical gallery yet so I decided to make an online art gallery. Facebook (facebook.com/artcetero) was the first venue for my artworks. After a couple of weeks, I decided to upload and promote my works on my official Instagram and Twitter accounts (@iamheroangeles). Through these online venues, I’m able to share my art with everyone around the globe as well as see other creations by different artists.

What is your creative philosophy in making miniature art? 

Creating miniature art is a very serious work. You have to be dedicated. You need to have lots of patience in dealing with the details. You have to think big to make a small idea grow. One has to focus on a goal, and that is to start and finish your work with a happy heart. You don’t do things just because you’re being told to. You do it because you love it. From there, your audience will feel the same way when they see your work.

Who are the miniature artists that you idolize?

There are lots of talented miniature artists around the world that inspire me. I love the realistic look of the urban environment sculptures of Joshua Smith from South Australia. I also enjoy looking at South Africa’s Lorraine Loots’ paintings of ants. And, I am wowed by the handmade miniatures of Almaira Palmero de Jonge, a Filipina artist based in the Netherlands. They never fail to amaze me with their works.

How would you describe the kind of high you get from creating art?

Creating art is an outlet for the mind. It is an expression of one’s emotions. When I create something, I learn from it. And when I learn something new, I will create again. There is this feeling that pushes you to do more, to grow and be better. Art is a good motivation; a good stress reliever. There are different forms of art. You just have to find which one fits your interest.

What do you want to ultimately achieve with your art?

I made an art quote that I always share with my followers – “Create to Connect. Share to Inspire.” The goal is to create art that will make a connection to people. I share my works with everyone and hopefully, at least one person gets inspired by it. If people get inspired by what you do, it will give them the energy to create something that can also make a positive connection to others who, in turn, would share it with many others. From that, more and more people will be inspired to create. That’s an achievement. It’s a cycle with a good effect on your mind, heart, and body.

Why do you think people should pursue their passion for the arts?

Pursuing your passion for the arts will let you explore many things and that will affect your life positively. It’s like being on the streets – you look both ways to see what’s coming and going before you cross the road. You ride, go places and meet new people. At times, you stop and patiently wait for your turn to move. Through time, you get to take different paths. You get to see different colors, hues and forms. Art will take you on the roads to your dreams, happiness and fulfillment.

“Hands are not made to hurt. They are made to love and make art.”
– Hero Angeles

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