Growing up in Frisco, Quezon City, in the ’60s, Gene de Loyola knew he had a dab hand sketching human figures and street scenes.
After school time, he would spend hours practicing and developing his skill, influenced by Braulio Dayao, an artist renowned for his landscape and portraiture works.
De Loyola’s friends began to notice his evolving technique, which was marked by a mix of soft hues and striking imagery.
He was fresh out of college in 1969 when he sold his first major work, a reproduction of the “Mona Lisa,” to the owner of Glori Supermarket. The businessman was so impressed with De Loyola’s dexterous take on the famous painting that he had few qualms