Roland Bay-an

Roland Bay-an

Sixty-four-year-old Roland Bay-an began his foray into the arts at a tender age in his hometown at Trancoville, Baguio City. As a Baguio artist, he was instrumental in making way for the younger generation of artists and placing Baguio and Benguet at the forefront of the Philippine art scene.

Born from an Ibaloy mother who traces her roots in Kapangan, Benguet and with whom he is deeply attached, Roland would often sketch her while she worked. It was at this point that he found the subject that would dominate most of his canvases: the beauty and grace of an Ibaloy woman. Another inspiration for his art are the landscapes of Benguet and the colors of the Baguio mist, without embellishments, and no loud colors, painting using oil, pastel, and mostly acrylic as his medium.


In 2005, he was part of the group of 19 Filipinos, together with BenCab, who were chosen to the 17th Biennial Art Exhibit in South Korea. With Maricar Docyogen, proprietor of Bookends bookshop along Claudio Street, he began the Pasakalye painting sessions, and still holds street art fests with the group to this day.