The arts and the environment came together in Joven Ignacio’s third one-man show aptly entitled “Aruga : Handog ng Sining sa Agham”, which opened from January 26, 2007 to February 2, 2007 at the North Court of the Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City. The exhibit, co-sponsored by Rockwell Land, Inc benefited the scholars of the Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc.’s (PSHSFI) Godparent Program. Young art prodigy Myra Ruth Picart, a junior student and scholar of the Godparent program, also showcased some of her acrylic paintings during the exhibit.
Ignacio is known for producing much-admired paintings of flora and fauna in their unspoiled environment. His paintings on wild life art remain sought after and are well appreciated. In art circles, he is recognized for his communion with nature, real or imagined, and his works are sought after by domestic and international patrons. Ignacio, who is an architect-painter, is a staunch advocate of environmental awareness and at the forefront of the emerging field called “green” architecture.
A graduate of the University of the Philippines, Ignacio was a British Council Chevening scholar in 1992. He has a Masters degree in Architecture from Sheffield University, and a fellowship from the Higher Education Funding Council of England. He was also the recipient of a grant from the Swedish International Development Authority for Heritage Architecture Preservation at Lund University.
Ignacio is involved with the Green Architecture Movement of the United Architects of the Philippines and with the UP College of Architecture where he teaches topical design and rendering techniques. He has been active in various fund raising programs for different organizations through his art; and is widely recognized as one of the leading naturalist painters in the country.