Frederick Espitola is a compulsive but ingenious visual artist who has a capacity to disregard traditional doctrines of art. A cosmopolitan and influenced by German expressionist painters, as well as, by the American abstract expressionist movement in the 1950s as exemplified by works of Wilhelm De Kooning and Jackson Pollock, his art is an abandonment of traditional ideas of composition, expressing a desire to liberate while at the same time restraining the imagery within the confines of a given space. Not letting his dyslexia hold him back, Espitola concentrated on perfecting his strokes and technique, thus projecting a mastery of both intuition and control in his artworks.
Espistola's work is a product of vision, emotion, thoughts and juxtaposition of object, color and texture, all of which dwell on the remarkable consistent themes of existence and universality; on two persistent subjects: life and emotions; and on certain mood: concealing and revealing. By integrating spontaneous imagery with philosophies and confining them into small frames and spaces, Epistola leads viewers to look closely and become sensually involved in the artworks texture and colors.
Experimenting continually, Epistola in 2007 tried his hand at other materials, primarily used steel and stone, and created his very first collection of metal sculptures. calling himself a "socio-realist" sculptor, Epistola dies not focus on appearances, which tells of his sculptures not depicting people and events but showing ideas and emotions. At their best, his works brim with movement and tension - all representations of man's interaction with society and his struggle with everyday life. Using heat and taking advantage of the metal's malleability, Epistola tries to bring out the personality, emotion and inner essence of a particular subject in his sculptures.
Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia in 2008, Epistola successfully held a one-man show entitled Global Compact: Helping Improve Lives Through a Fusion of Art and technology at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center-Malaysia. He is currently preparing for a second run of the Global Compact exhibit with Mercedes-Benz Club Philippines this December 2012.
Just recently (2010), two of Espitola's artworks were included in the Collage/Assemblage Centennial 1912-2012. This is a publication which documents the history of collage arts through its 100 years of evolution and existence.
Frederick Epistola earned his Bachelor's Degree in fine Arts, major in Visual Communication in 1996 at the University of the Philippines. He is a member of the Global Collage Movement and the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA), both based in the United States. His book - Captured Culture: AN Interpretative Portrait of Paranaque City was launched in February 2007. His work entitled "The 12 Disciples" was also featured in the art book "Living with Art" by Dr. Alma Maria P. Pilarta - Figueras and Rene B. Javellana.