It is not hard to love—and savor—the art of Mark Anthony “Marko” L. Bello.
Though sometimes their meaning can be a reflection of the hardship, loneliness, and the pains of life, but still the art of Bello is a thing to celebrate, cherish, and love.
For this author, the images that appear in his canvases are images of healing, of liberation, and of freedom just like what the modern thinker, known only in Goodreads as C. Joybell C. has written:
“Pain is a pesky part of being human; I’ve learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can’t be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces.”
To “encounter” Marko Bello’s paintings is actually encountering the hidden wisdom of life and existence.
* This short article appeared in The Filipino Artists Magazine, the latest issue.