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Ross Collado

Ross Collado

Seattle, United States

Bio

My name is Ross Boa Collado. I identify as a gay, Filipino-American and self-taught abstract expressionism painter in Seattle. At 6 years old, I designed greeting cards and visual aids with crayons and watercolors. In college, I studied Computer Science and worked in a related field in the Philippines.

During the 2020 Covid19 pandemic and the BLM protests in Capitol Hill that I started acrylic painting again. My first artwork,"Nightfall", is a commissioned piece. I remember painting it amidst the cries of "Justice for George Floyd".

Currently, my works are on display and sold in cafes in Seattle: Espresso Vivaci in Broadway, Capitol Hill and Yale Street in Downtown."Green Flash" (4ft x 5ft), a recent commissioned work for an NGO fundraiser based in Portland Oregon. Another one, "Six Feet By Eight Feet" (20in x 20in) was featured in the September 2021 issue of Northwest Yachting.

Artist Statement

Ross Boa Collado is a self-taught abstract expressionism painter based in Seattle. His visceral creations portray utopian and dystopian landscapes wrought with intense emotions and psychological solitude.The appeal is universal but the connection is contemplative and highly personal. His art evokes feelings and experiences of a surreal world in the artist's mind.
Growing up as a child in the Philippines his technique consisted primarily of using  watercolor and oil. Over the years https://rosscollado.comhis works are intuitive and emotive expressions of acrylic on canvas. Making art for Ross is not therapeutic but rather a series of intense moments.
"It's like I am walking through a creative tunnel of exploding colors and ideas waiting to come to life through a brush stroke."
His passion for acrylic painting took off in the midst of COVID19 and at the heart of BLM protests in Capitol Hill in Seattle. “Nightfall”, his first commissioned piece was created in 2020  as cries of "Justice for George Floyd" echoed and a tear gas smell filled the area where Ross lives. Several months later, the same client that commissioned the work gifted him back "Nightfall" "He told me that my soul seems to be trapped in that painting and it's befitting for me to have it back. I created another commissioned piece for him that evokes a more peaceful setting."
Firmly holding on to Leonardo Da Vinci's famous quote; "Art is never finished, only abandoned.", Ross fuels his passion with equal fervor for travel and exploration of hiking trails leading to grand vistas and waterscapes. His never ending quest of finding beauty in everything and everywhere go hand in hand with his mission to represent beauty that moves the heart, mind and soul.


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