By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia
Tyrone Dave Espinosa, who comes from a clan of wood carvers, describes his art as a form of surreal expressionism
that depicts brutality signified by piercings and chains, a negative appearance which holds a positive significance.
Raised in Bago City, Negros Occidental, he is the eldest of the five children of Igmedio and Maggie Espinosa.
In 2008, he went to Iloilo to work in his uncle’s furniture shop.
In 2011, he started to join art competitions to support his studies.
In 2015, he completed his college degree in Architecture at the Iloilo Science and Technology University.
He considers poverty as his motivator which makes him mature and prompts him to think and create outside the box.
He said his faith in God keeps him strong and guides him to live a purposeful life.
Grateful and happy, Espinosa continues to carve and create art.