San Fernando is an artist’s haven. Unknown to many, it is home to two great artists in sculpture and painting. And one of them is Christopher Java Sr.
The Java Art House located in Brgy. Sangat showcases painting and sculptures of Christopher Java Sr. and of his children, Tope and Isay. A bust of Gov. Gwen Garcia and sculptures of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos and Sen. Sergio Osmeña III were just some of his prized artworks.
During the One Cebu Expo early this year, Christopher Java Sr.’s sculpture of Gov. Garcia in concrete casting was exhibited in the fair.
He is known to his paintings but just last October (2008) he started his concrete casting works.
“Pintor man ko, niya daghan na kayo ming pintor. Dinhi sa Cebu, murag nakit-an nako nga wala na bitaw kaayo ang mga maayo (sculpting),” said Java Sr.
Adjacent to the art house, the family’s residence is also a work of art with its ceiling made of artworks and interiors decorated with sculpted decors, paper-mâché and paintings.
Photo: First of three sets.
(Published in Sugbo News)