Joshua Lee Modina also known as "SonLikesRice", is an Australian-Filipino artist who explores identity and character traits - disguised as jokes and characters that are depicted in his scenes. Growing up in the Philippines and moving to live in Australia sets the narrative to his surreal images in his works and to show openness and acceptance to both the joys and chaos life brings to us. Completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) at RMIT University, Modina works with acrylic paint to make traditional canvas paintings, his hand-made painted wooden panels, and multimedia installations.
・2022 “Recording…”, Off The Record, K11 Musea 6/F - HongKong
・2022 Small Works Art Prize 2022, Brunswick Street Gallery
・2021 FAC Open Exhibition, Cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre
・2021 Emerging Artist Award 2021, fortyfivedownstairs
・2021 “Art Blitz 2021” Kingston Arts Centre, 979 Nepean Hwy
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In his canvas and hand-cut wood panel paintings, he uses life experiences of living in the Philippines to Australia and iconic cultural elements from both the Philippines and Australia as subjects for his surreal and dreamy scenes. He finds importance of looking back to the past whether when it was the joyous or painful memories as a form acceptance of who he is now as a person because of those experiences. He uses child-like characters as to symbolise the spirit of the young learner, open to explore and experience new things and to signify the heritage of the past and carrier of the future. Altogether, he hopes that through his works he can form a conversation of importance of the past in moving towards the future and the hopes that we can have a better understanding on how we can move on forward as better and loving people through visual storytelling.