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“Contagious” is the prevailing sentiment in the body of works that Holtz Javier is producing in the isolated life he is facing now as an OFW artist on quarantine in Abu Dhabi.

He realized that art in the time of quarantine actually became a way to discover other techniques in art making. Art is an effective escape from the threat of hopelessness, especially since he is far away from his family.

Holtz shares that “as the saying goes...everything changes, everything on this earth is in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing, and changing. We are not born on this earth to remain stagnant.

Working abroad, my life has never been easy. I have been through a lot of hardships in all aspects of my life and most of it can be seen in my artworks. Life experiences taught me to live it through. A realization that, in order for me to grow, I have to keep moving on. This means learning from experience and striving to improve myself, exploring and embarking on a journey of experimentation. Don't just be who you are and what you are. Move, evolve, change, grow, and become better each day.”

Holtz has been based in the UAE for almost 4 years. He is a Negrense artist raised by a family of artists. He graduated with a degree in Interior Design from La Consolacion College in 1993. He was a resident artist of Project Orange. He used to do realistic paintings but the search for freedom led him to develop a unique style that stands out because of the flow and a sense of peace that the viewer can reclaim if we open ourselves to the deep mystery of the mind that is one with our very life.*

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