Array
Arts & Culture

This Artist Couple Collaborates In Life And Design

For Kris Abrigo and Soleil Ignacio, the decision to work in the same studio was life changing. Read about how they achieved their cool couple style, and see their new design store collab

Shares
Photography: Habitat

At first glance, artist couple Kris Abrigo’s and Soleil Ignacio’s styles clash: Abrigo’s work is often a mad exposition told through vivid colors and textures set within strict geometric patterns; whereas Ignacio favors a more illustrative approach, with her portraits of women bearing a sense of romantic minimalism. While Abrigo’s bursts of energy often hit the streets on murals here and abroad, Ignacio’s illustrations have graced posh fashion and beauty brands such as Aldo and Tresemme. On the surface, they are polar opposites.

Sa kanya, tasteful. Akin, tasteless,” Abrigo jokingly puts it.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Abrigo and Ignacio met as Fine Arts students in the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Abrigo says he was initially drawn to Ignacio’s skills. “Yung plataporma ko talaga noon, pag magaling, kinakaibigan ko. Yung group ni Soleil, laging nagpa-practice sa sketchbooks nila. Eventually…” He trails off and flashes a coy smile at Ignacio.

CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The two artists have been living together for six out of the eight years since their relationship started. At times, their personalities would clash, as one would expect them to, having seen the disparity between their works. While Abrigo is more of a neat freak—necessitated by the general mess his work creates—Ignacio is a little more laid-back when it comes to organizing her spaces.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Sa akin kasi, sobrang straight, geometric, angular,” Abrigo elaborates. “Kay Soleil naman, loose, flowy, medyo gestural yung gawa. Kitang-kita yung touch ng artist.” Over time, the two would begin to influence each other’s works. They’d see areas for improvement in their own styles, and learn from their partners’ strengths.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Medyo na-pressure ako to add some depth and storytelling to my work,” Ignacio explains. “I used to do just portraits of girls; they were just facing the camera, being pretty…More on basic forms of portraiture. Mas may narrative ngayon.”


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

When asked how sharing a studio could have such a profound effect on their work, the two agreed on one word: Trust. “Sobrang trust ko na si Soleil na kapag may sinasabi siya, alam ko na she has my best interests in mind,” Abrigo admits.

There’s a natural ease between the two, and it shows in an exclusive collection of both artists’ works in July at Habitat Manila. As part of the Habitat & Design collaborations program, Abrigo and Ignacio have replicated their studio—along with some Habitat furniture additions—at the international décor and lifestyle brand’s Bonifacio Global City store.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Along with their works—six archival prints by Ignacio and nine paintings plus concrete “pet” sculptures by Abrigo—the couple offers a glimpse of their daily lives at their studio. The shelves are full of their personal belongings and curiosities that hint at their interests. The pair made sure to include their must-haves: an expansive table that gives Ignacio ample room to work with, and a large trash can for Abrigo because, in his own words, “Hindi masyadong environment-friendly ang gawa ko.”


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

When asked what additions they’d like to make to the studio purely for the other, Ignacio answers, with a laugh: “Isang wall na panay storage units, kasi andami niya talagang gamit.” Abrigo agrees completely, and gives something a little more personal: “Para kay Soleil? Reading nook. Malaking window na may ledge na medyo naka-enclose siya diyan.” 

Ignacio can only smile at this point. After all, what else does one do when you’re with someone who gets you so clearly?

You can visit Kris Abrigo’s and Soleil Ignacio’s art nook and purchase their original artwork this month of July at the Habitat showroom located at 3/L Abenson, 28th St. and 4th Ave., Bonifacio Global City. For more info, go to their website. 

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Read more stories about

Latest Stories

5 Terrace Design Ideas Best for Homes in the Philippines

Building a home in the Philippines? Incorporate a terrace into your design so your family can take advantage of this outdoor space

How to Remove Stubborn Stains from Tiles Without Damaging Them

Keep your tiles sparkling with cleaners you can easily find inside your home

How This Homeowner Personalized Her 21sqm Condo Unit

Inspired by the things she loves doing, the creative soul achieved a special space that nourishes her passions and creativity

How to Clean a Window-Type Air Conditioner Effectively

Keep your air conditioner running smoothly by learning how thoroughly and often you should clean it

Sage Green Livens Up This 24sqm Studio Unit

Interior designer Kris Vergara took inspiration from contemporary Japandi and minimalist styles to create a clean and homey feel

Ask the Pros: What Taxes Do I Need to Pay if I Want to Buy or Sell Property?

The list of applicable taxes differs depending on the mode of transfer

A 28sqm Paradise-Inspired Condo Unit for Senior Citizens

Wood tones and classic details complete this serene small space

10 Before-and-After Photos of a Total Home Renovation

Here's a closer look at the changes done by interior designer Sharlene Lanzarrote to improve the 63sqm space

The Pandemic Inspired this Homeowner to Turn an Open Space Into a Wet Kitchen

He was able to create a bigger cooking area that also houses a laundry nook and a breakfast bar where friends can hang out

This Quaint House in the Middle of a Rice Field Has a Swimming Pool

To be surrounded by nature is truly a gift enjoyed by the owners
Load More Stories