About Amanda Fe
My paintbrushes ask me to have mercy. I say, “This is your purpose in life. You will be nothing but a bunch of hair stuck together on the end of a stick if I don’t use you. Trust me, I’m doing you a favor.”
A sense of purpose is the key to happiness.
Amanda Fe “Mandy” Echevarria is an artist-teacher and curator. She finished her BA in Art Studies majoring in Theater Arts and Creative Wriitng at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She represented the Philippines at the Indonesian Art and Culture Exchange program (2008) for her post graduate studies. She also finished her MA in Art Education at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA.
She began her career as an assistant curator for an NGO called Trauma Interrupted, under the tutelage of her university professor, Prof. Mae Datuin, in UP, Diliman, Quezon City. When she moved back to Davao City, she worked as a College Instructor in the University of the Philippines, Mintal and Ateneo de Davao University. She also worked in the Fashion Institute of Design and Art for 5 years as a Fashion Illustration Instructor. She did all this while teaching art in her art studio, Art Pavilion, on the side.
She honed her curatorial skills not only through the academe but also through the thorough mentoring of Victor Secuya. She has co-curated several of his shows and a number of group shows in Davao City. She has mounted and curated exhibits for her students, participated in many group shows and solo shows. She was the assistant Curator and one of the 12 Mindanaoan Artists featured in the December 2017 Pheonix Petroleum 15th founding anniversary in SM Lanang, Davao. She was featured in the 101 Artistic Toastmasters from 101 countries (Cristofori, 2014). She is currently the Artistic Director at The Sanctuary Art Pavilion, a center for art workshops as well as an officer of Dabawenyo Artists Foundation, Inc.
Her most recent artistic conquest was her artist residency in Arts Village, Rotorua, New Zealand where she facilitated workshops, mounted a culminating exhibit and opened her studio to the people in the city. Her keen interest in expressive arts therapy has been her spring board in creating her artworks.
Painting is like parenting, some strokes need to be gentle,
some need to be bold…it’s always a balancing act.
But really…in many instances, you hear yourself asking,
“What the heck am I doing?”
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