Ross Collado

PAST EXHIBIT: May 18 - June 25, 2022

Ross Boa Collado identifies as Filipino-American and self-taught abstract expressionism painter living in Seattle. As early as 6 years old, his siblings, cousins and friends relied on him for anything that required creativity. He designed greeting cards and classroom visual aids with crayons and watercolors. In college, he studied Computer Science and worked in a related field for awhile. His artistic process is highly intuitive. Each piece begins with a overall concept or idea, but what is truly unique is how the direction of the brushstrokes and colors that he uses builds an overall composition and evolves over time. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece that feels intentionally created for the owner and sparks conversation while in the room.

Currently, his works are on display and have been sold in several coffee shops in Seattle: Espresso Vivaci on Broadway, Capitol Hill and Yale Street in Downtown Seattle, Broadcast Coffee Roasters on Yesler Way for the month of October and November in 2021. "Green Flash" (4ft x 5ft) is, a recent, commissioned work for an NGO fundraiser based in Portland Oregon and is now on display at his residence. "Six Feet By Eight Feet" (20in x 20in) was featured in the September 2021 issue of Northwest Yachting. Seattle Refined featured Ross as Artist of the Week during the 3rd week of September 2021. He was also included in the 425 Magazine Holiday Gift Guide in December 2021.

Artist Statement
I am a self-taught abstract expressionism painter based in Seattle, WA. My visceral creations portray utopian and dystopian landscapes wrought with intense emotions and psychological solitude. The appeal is universal but the connection is contemplative and highly personal. My art evokes feelings and experiences of a surreal world in my mind.

Growing up as a child in the Philippines my technique consisted primarily of using watercolor and oil. Over the years my works are intuitive and emotive expressions of acrylic on canvas. Making art for me is not therapeutic, but rather a series of intense moments. "It's like I am walking through a creative tunnel of exploding colors and ideas waiting to come to life through a brush stroke."

My passion for acrylic painting took off in the midst of COVID-19 and at the heart of BLM protests in Capitol Hill in Seattle. "Nightfall", my first commissioned piece was created in 2020 as cries of "Justice for George Floyd" echoed and a tear gas smell filled the area where I live. Several months later, the same client that commissioned the work gifted back "Nightfall" to me. He told me that my soul seems to be trapped in that painting and it's befitting for me to have it back. I created another commissioned piece for him that evokes a more peaceful setting.

Firmly holding on to Leonardo Da Vinci's famous quote; "Art is never finished, only abandoned.", I fuel my passion with equal fervor for travel and exploration of hiking trails leading to grand vistas and waterscapes. My never ending quest of finding beauty in everything and everywhere go hand in hand with my mission to represent beauty that moves the heart, mind and soul.