Just this Saturday, Facebook user and Pinoy artist, Kenneth Jayson Recto shared his artworks showing Filipino actresses illustrated as Disney princesses, that are now viral.
Kenneth reimagines Julia Barreto as Disney princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Liza Soberano as Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Nadine Lustre as Jasmine from Aladdin, Jessy Mendiola as The Little Mermaid’s Ariel, and Sue Ramirez as Snow White.
Also included in his post were Filipino actresses Maymay Entrata as Mulan, Kathryn Bernardo as the princess of Tahiti in Moana and Miss Universe 105 Pia Wurtzbach as Pocahontas.
It started with Catriona
He started making these original artworks after his sketch of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray was recognized by the public, Kenneth told Coconuts Manila through a Facebook message.
“A lot of people commented that she looked like a Disney princess, so that’s where I got the idea to create a [Disney] series,” Recto said.
Using Autodesk Sketchbook on his laptop and a drawing tablet, it took Kenneth roughly 4-5 hours to create each digital artwork.
Growing up watching Disney movies, Recto admits that the films had a personal connection with him. Fellow artists encouraged him to keep sketching, and continue his series of Filipino actresses.
As of this writing, the Facebook post has garnered 50,000 reactions, about 2.3k comments and 102,000 shares.
Filipino artists thriving worldwide
This month saw more international Pinoy artists in the spotlight, as over two dozen contemporary artists participated in exhibits in Italy.
First of the separate events is the Venice Biennale, which runs from May 11 to November 24.
In Milan, “Living Earth: Contemporary Philippine Art” runs from May 6 to May 12. Living Earth is organized by Filipino art organization Pintô International.
“This exhibit seeks to bridge the distinct yet interconnected national histories of the Philippines and Italy. It aims to create a dialogue of artistic exchange around different humanistic themes, including homeland, migration, and identity.”