Filipino artist Vincent Navarro dies at 23
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Artist Vincent Navarro died on Tuesday, February 16 at Baguio Medical Center, his mother confirmed to Rappler through text. He was 23 years old.
According to Inquirer.net, Vincent was confined to the hospital since February 2, since he was supposed to undergo a bypass operation for his colon and small intestine. But because his condition was made worse by a lung infection, he did not undergo the operation.
Vincent graduated from the University of the Philippines-Baguio with a degree in Fine Arts in 2012.
The painter became known for using coffee grounds in a portrait series of Benguet coffee farmers. According to a 2012 Bulatlat article, Vincent started painting with used coffee grounds to help against the build-up of garbage in Baguio's landfills.
"These are the faces of farmers who toiled for the best-tasting and rich coffee beans," he told Bulatlat about the portrait series, adding, "For me, it is also a celebration of life."
A staunch environmentalist, Vincent was inspired to create the portraits during his time helping out Benguet farmers with the Cordillera Green Network.
In 2012, Vincent was also one of the Philippine representatives for the Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS), an exchange program that aimed to promote Asian solidarity.
According to his friend, Maggs Makalintal-Cabato, he was also an active volunteer in Children's International Summer Villages (CISV), a non-profit organization that aims to achieve peace through inter-cultural cooperation.