Ramon Samuel Nacar

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Ramon Samuel Nacar

Born in Manila, Samuel’s speciality is acrylic paintings, specifically “kultura” Filipino. Most recently, Samuel painted a Mindenao folk dance – the Ilaw Dance. “I like to share the origins of our Filipino ancestors,” Samuel proudly explains when asked about the inspiration of his work. It is important for Samuel to showcase painting which highlight the natural beauty of the Philippines with a goal of protecting the environment. From the Rice Terraces of Banaue to Taal Volcano to the white-sand beaches of the Philippines, Samuel hopes to teach Filipinos of their country’s many natural wonders.

In a wheelchair since age 21 when an accident paralyzed him from the waist down, Samuel was forced to adapt to the challenges of life without the use of his legs. In addition to his extraordinary painting, Samuel is a trained welder and builds wheelchairs where he is able to add his own creative element to each chair with unique handlebars and foot-bumpers. He finds inspiration in all his work with the Circle of Friends Foundation Inc. and their desire to find the beauty in the world.