Here is a young artist I met in Sining-Caviteño REDbolusyonaryo Art Exhibit last May 2009. He pours his creativity on wood, a medium closest to his heart. Based in the upland and rustic town of Indang, Cavite, Philippines, Sir Soni Chavez takes full advantage of the natural characteristics of wood and for his art, reclaimed wood. He carves, sculpt, and mixes other media with recycled wood to create a unique artwork. It must be his training in Psychology that triggered his passion for abstract and surrealist style. I think his works convey an influence of culture and contemporary art. According to Chavez, pulling out the natural beauty of an old wood by carving, cutting, mixing shapes, and painting on the surface is great way to express oneself and it is also an excellent way to beautify something that may have been ordinarily considered trash.