“Yung una po medyo nahirapan ako kay Cirilo kasi aaminin ko di talaga ako magaling umintindi agad ng malalalim na English heheh. Tapos ayun naging ok naman na po ng pinaulit ulit ko basahin tapos nagpatulong ako sa mga kaibigan ko na mas lalo pang maintindihan pa ang mga babasahin. Ang ganda ng mga sulat nya,ang talinhaga.
(I admit I found it difficult at first to understand Cirilo because of the level of his English heheh. It helped that I reread his text and asked help from friends to help me understand the words more. His writing is beautiful, like parables.)”
Dr Karayom is a visual artist who uses storytelling to entice the viewer of his works. Using daily life and past experiences, he weaves the lines and shapes of his works using red
as a primary color to strike something familiar yet fresh, red that shows gore, humor, and the truth that resides inside both the pieces and the one looking at them.
It becomes a mirror of oneself, society, and everything in between.
Dr. Karayom is just an alter ego, he is someone normal like us, he is someone who can shake us up to penetrate the facade that we put up everyday. In 2018, he painted one of the stairwells of Benilde’s School of Design and Arts with the mural “Hindi Tutoo.”