Julian Almirol

Julian Almirol

Julian Almirol, more popularly known as Julmir in art circles, started out as a draftsman for an engineering firm abroad while taking portrait commissions on the side. He pursued Interior Design at the Philippine School of Interior Design and Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Baguio. As a recipient of regional and national awards and international residency, Julmir has been part of exhibitions, both local and international, since 2005.

Hailing from a farming community, Julmir recognizes the symbolic value of rice as interwoven in Philippine culture and social issues as his work also explores themes from humanity and activism, society and politics, religion, and nature and climate change with respect to farmers, fishermen, and the marginalized.

Julmir’s art delves more on actual representations of the mundane—life, real activities or events, and natural inspirations. He makes sure to repurpose objects that are readily available from his surroundings, such as rice hulls, which now serve as his main medium. He considers the preparation of rice hulls as an artwork in itself. Rice hulls have become one of his materials for their durability and suitability for painting, sculpture and pyrography drawing.

Most recently, he founded a social media-based art group called “Kadwa Artist Collective” which is composed of architects, designers, writers, and artists.