Mayi Peñaflorida

The whimsical innocence of Mayi Peñaflorida’s works cast a calming effect, a light-hearted piece of art that cleanses the viewing palette. Given that women and children are her favourite subjects, Mayi’s portraits are composed with a gentle and playful demeanor. Their magnified heads and large eyes twinkle with wonder, and their subtle smiles exude an enticing charm. Their petite bodies are often clothed in intricate drapery that emphasise their fineness. 

Mayi’s art is whimsical and endearing, reflecting her love and passion for painting. Her style is heavily influenced by Pre-Raphaelite and Neo-Classical painters such as John William Waterhouse and William-Adolphe Bougureau. She also frequently pays a witty, yet respectful homage to Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci with her parodies of their famous paintings.

Since 2013, Mayi has exhibited in several galleries in the Philippines and abroad, and her work has been featured in a number of publications and reputable blogs. Mayi, who comes from a line of artists, currently resides with her family in Indang, Cavite.