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Auggie Fontanilla is a multi-faceted individual having experience in fields such as entrepreneurship, events and logistics, education, and most notably, art. He draws inspiration from icons of Americana tattoo, gangs, and prison, meshed with Filipino religious heritage. A graduate of the University of Sto. Tomas with a degree in Fine Arts, Auggie is part of a unique class of talent produced by one of the country’s most prestigious and well-respected universities. He began his professional career in the publishing industry with a 6-year tenure as an art director. Now his career continues as a college professor teaching Multimedia Arts. Apart from his occupation, he also co-owns a creative studio and clothing company called THE Clothing.
As an artist, his roots can be traced to his days of graffiti and sticker slapping, which he still maintains. From this came his membership in the street art collectives KST, and Pilipinas Street Plan, which he co-founded in 2006.
One of his practices includes keeping a journal containing his drawings, reminiscent of old school tattoo flashes. It is his escape from the drudgery of work and the monotony of everyday. It also serves as the core principle behind one of his projects named Pagasa (Hope). Auggie sees this expression as his way of releasing his frustrations and maintaining hope that his future as an artist is not defined by the existential question of “what now?” Despite this, Auggie has definitely made his name known with his works being showcased in prominent galleries and even hosting his own solo exhibits.
His "Matsing, Bulag, Gala, Kobra" series in collaboration with Denuo is a limited edition 10 piece series of oversized tote bags constructed with sack and cotton canvas and blend remnant fabric collected from factory textile waste and produce packaging waste from Manila, Philippines. Artwork is acrylic work on material. This 2017 collection is his first collaboration with Denuo.