The INKubator Gallery for emerging artists located in Northland Mall was where she had her first Gallery experience as a resident artist and ambassador. Currently, Day is an advocate and volunteer for CAAP Canadian Artists Against Poverty, and a member of the ICAI Immigrant council for Arts Innovation. Her paintings were exhibited with CAAP for the HEART for ART event and with the ICAI for the Black History Month kickoff both held at the Central Library in 2020.
Day Pajarillo’s major interest and subject for her paintings are people, human figure. Her style is of contemporary modern art but she is versatile and can render classical realism, impressionism, cubism and abstraction.
In partnership with the library, ICAI is presenting Day’s work at the Central Library in Calgary throughout the month of April. The exhibition is at level 0 of the Central library and you can view from outside the library too just behind the City Hall.
ICAI linked up with Day to learn more about her Arts in this interview. Please read and enjoy her world.
Hi, could you please introduce yourself to our artists community?
Hi, my name is Day Pajarillo
Tell us a little about your artistic background and journey?
I have a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. I used to teach drawing and painting to young people. I worked as a fashion designer in the Philippines and the middle east. I came to Canada in 2008, I was only able to finish 14 paintings in 10 years. In 2019 I joined a gallery in Northland mall called the Inkubator. Stayed for a year and managed to make more than a hundred paintings. Doing what I love.
What is your Artistic practice?
I am a Visual Artist
How long have you been in Canada?
It’s been 13 years
Have you had opportunities to showcase your works since you arrived in Calgary?
Yes, I have. The very first experience was traumatic.
Can you tell us what inspires you to create your works?
A lot of things inspire me. Like music, people, plants and animals, mountains and rivers. Old, antique stuff. It is safe to say sentimental inspiration.
What are the challenges you are currently facing as an immigrant / newcomer artist?
The challenge is finding the right audience for my style of artworks. I am optimistic and challenge is what drives me to do more.
What would you like to share with the people of Calgary about your works?
I would like to share my style of work as a contemporary, modern, and cultural. That everyone, from all walks of life, and from anywhere in the world can relate to.
Can you share some pictures of your works with us? Please share links only
Our artists community would like to connect with you and learn more about you and your creations. We would appreciate you sharing your contact information with art enthusiasts and businesses.
Phone no.: (5875004848)
Tell us how the journey has been so far and what opportunities you are looking for?
Since I arrived here in 2008. I have only started being active from 2018 to present. I am looking to have a big city project that will remain forever for the people to see and admire.
How do you feel being selected as the artist of the month?
I am elated, excited, and at the same time proud of myself for being given this recognition and opportunity. I have been seeking ways to get myself out there and I have found. I am truly grateful.
How did you know about ICAI and how have we impacted your artistic growth?
I saw their page on Facebook and reached out to them. It was Toyin Oladele, the founder, who replied to me and gave me information on how I can become a part of the organization. Since then, she makes sure to send me information for the opportunities that suits my expertise.
Has ICAI provided any specialized information for you? How did that help your work?
ICAI always keeps me in the loop by sending me and other members newsletters and opportunities for artists. And personal communication as well for more discussions about an event or programs, seminars, meetings that we can participate.
Have you attended ICAI’s event before, how do you feel about them?
I have. It feels inclusive and made me feel that I am important even as an emerging immigrant artist. I am also happy to pay it forward and be able to help others in the future.
What are the goals you are hoping to achieve in the next few months through your arts?
The main goal I have set for myself is to become a known artist worldwide. A famous, international artist and advocate for immigrants and emerging artists. For the next few months, I envision myself to participate, involve myself more in public arts that includes the diverse community.