Gabriel never had any formal instructions in the fine arts. His talent is a natural God-given gift passed down generation to generation; from his artist grandmother (Chinese brush), father (watercolor seascapes), and mother (portraits in oil.) in fact most members of his family are either an artist or musician. The earliest he recalls handling a pencil or brush was at the age of four.
Gaby as he is fondly called, graduated from Philippine Military Academy, a premier military institute dubbed as the "West Point of Asia," with a degree in Bachelors in Science - General Engineering. People usually ask him how he became an artist when, in fact, he came from a military background in training and discipline. According to him, once born an artist, an artist you will always be in whatever field or career your life's path takes you.
As a soldier assigned to the Southern Philippines in the mid 1980's, the pristine mountains and vast plains of the area further stoked his passion to express his native talent. The landscape scenery was just too overwhelming that he often brought his watercolors and camera wherever he went, no matter how dangerous or critical the situation was back then.
Known as GABRIEGO in the art world, he does almost everything from landscapes, floral, still life, abstracts, to portraits. He also paints using various mediums from oil, acrylic, and watercolor, depending on how he feels a certain composition should go...depending on his mood, that is!
Gabriel attended several workshops with master portraitist Bob Gerbracht and world renowned colorist Michael Linstrom. Gerbracht is his inspiration in portraiture, a skill he is still in the process of refining and mastering. On the other hand, Gabriel deems Linstrom as his strongest influence in his ever evolving and distinct colorist style.
Gaby is also a musician. He plays the guitar and had early stints playing jazz on trumpet. And to complete the whole balance, he is also a lifetime practitioner of Japanese traditional martial art known as Shotokan Karate, of which he is a part-time instructor.