An Artist’s Gallery-Style Home

Sculptor Michael Cacnio and his wife Theresa fashion a house full of laughter, love, and art

Original Article: Mike G. Rivera Photography: Rene Mejia Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon Architect: Liza Acedillo

There is no mistaking that an artist lives here. The eight-feet-tall sculpture by the entrance is but a preview of the impressive art collection inside. Housed in a three-storey structure, it is here where the works of National Artists like Arturo Luz, Ang Kiukok, and Jose Joya have found room to breathe. Standing among these masterpieces are the works of the master of the house himself, acclaimed sculptor Michael Cacnio. Theresa, Michael’s wife and manager, explains, “Michael just wanted to have a wide, open space. A gallery-type house, basically ‘yun lang…gusto niya yung medyo modern para minimalist ang dating.”

Architect Liza Acedillo immediately went to work, coming up with a contemporary structure characterized by a seeming vastness of space. The 8.2 meter-high ceiling only adds to its spaciousness, with stairways weaving in from one floor to the next. Large windows let the light in, giving a different character to Michael’s art pieces as day turns into night.

The couple had also taken to rooming in at their three sons’ adjoining bedrooms; the master bedroom was converted into Theresa’s home office. This arrangement has definitely given them more time to spend precious moments together, filling up this houseful of art with much joy and laughter!

Original article by Mike G. Rivera. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Rene Mejia.

Read the original article ("A Masterpiece in Progress") in the November 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Sculpture by the Entrance “Spirit,” a black brass sculpture by Michael Cacnio, stands eight feet tall and tells one and all that an artist is in residence. Standing on a bed of white pebbles with a sliver of greens on the foreground and some stonework on the background, the sculpture becomes even more formidable.
Living Area Mike spends a lot of his time in the living room. He likes the high ceiling and all the artworks. One in particular is very close to his heart, “Karera ng Kalabaw” by his father, Angel Cacnio. It brings him back to his childhood days in Malabon. Other noteworthy pieces: the daybed by Benji Reyes and Michael’s pieces on the dulang (low table); the one on the far right is “Red Heart,” a piece he worked on with Malang.
Den The Cacnio family likes hanging out in this room; they particularly love lounging around in the red couch. Artworks by (from left to right), Zalameda, Angel Cacnio, Juvenal Sanso, and Arturo Luz adorn the walls.
Attic A quiet spot for Michael and Theresa, it’s a relaxing space for the couple. It’s also here where Michael’s homage to his wife, “Tess” by Ivan Roxas (the nude on the right) hangs.
Balcony “Nudes” and “Performer” by Arturo Luz find a special place in the third floor balcony. On the table stand three of Michael’s favorite superhero action figures. Wooden beams, fashioned from recycled wood, hug the ceiling.
Personal Collection Mike has developed a liking for die-cast toys and action figures. They not only help relieve stress, they also give him ideas for his artworks. Here, Michael’s McLaren team pit crew diecast set.
Stairway The attic gives a good view of the living area and the second floor steel and glass walkway. That’s Gus Albor’s “Painting within a Painting” hanging across the third floor hall.
Second Floor Walkway The walkway has a see-through floor made of tempered glass. At the far end is “Tapestry” by Federico Aguilar Alcuaz.
Three-Storey Gallery From the living room, one can see the network of stairs and walkways with the walls filled up with works of art.
Dining Area Mike designed the dining table. It’s made of narra from the family’s old main door. His “Crucifixtion,” made of sticks, hangs from the ceiling.
Workstation A vast space with a working table on the side is highlighted in this room. Same with the rest of the house, wooden beams support the ceiling, and of course, artworks are displayed on the walls.
More Works of Art In the living room are Mike’s pieces: “Yakap,” from the Mother and Child series featured in the coffee table book Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, “Balloon Vendor,” and “Up in the Air,” both for the Balloon series exhibits for Paseo Art Gallery and Choice Expression Gallery.
Happy Family Michael and Theresa with their three kids.

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