Artist Joven Ignacio lets you into his garden of yearning

Ignacio’s “Mithi” exhibit shows the delicate and beautiful nature of endangered birds.

Renowned watercolor painter and architect Joven Ignacio’s exhibit Mithi (Yearning) showcases 30 carefully crafted works of art that feature some of the most beautiful birds and fauna that are slowly becoming extinct due to human activities and climate change.

A passionate advocate for nature, Ignacio hopes that his exhibit will inspire people to take responsibility for caring for our environment and help these beautiful creatures return to their natural habitat.

Mithi runs until April 16 at ArtistSpace, located at ground level, Ayala Museum Annex.

Joven Ignacio is a distinguished Green Architect, watercolorist, and former professor at the UP College of Architecture. He graduated from the University of the Philippines and Sheffield University in the United Kingdom.

Joven received fellowships from the Higher Education Funding Council of England for conducting research on energy-efficient design at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development in Leicester, England, and from the Swedish International Development Authority for focusing on heritage architecture preservation at Lund University in Sweden and the Royal Scientific Society in Amman, Jordan.

He has held several exhibitions in the past, including Ämoroso, a benefit exhibition for the Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation (MCOF) at ArtistSpace; Birds of the Tropics for the Enrique Zobel Foundation at Le Souffle Rockwell Center, and Äruga at Rockwell, Makati City for the Philippine Science High School Foundation, Inc. He is also a charter member of the Green Architecture Movement of the United Architects of the Philippines and a founding member of the Green Architecture Advocacy Philippines.

Established in 2004, ArtistSpace is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary visual arts featuring a wide range of styles and media from local and foreign artists in two-week exhibitions.

Mithi runs until April 16 at ArtistSpace, located at ground level, Ayala Museum Annex, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. The gallery is open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. Admission is free. Call +63 917 826 4425 or email

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