Sept. 6, 2018 | Thursday Artist Talk: Chito Maravilla, “Paintings of an Immigrant”

Join artist Chito Maravilla for an illustrated talk that reflects on his two homes: the Philippines and Canada.

An artist in the Philippines before moving to Canada in 2002, Chito Maravilla shares the wonder of his old and new homes through paintings that blend surrealism and expressionism. He says, “My artworks are reflections on having two homes, and they draw comparison between my experiences in the Philippines and my new experiences here in Canada. The different stories of these two places have left me awestruck and with new perceptions.”

Whether it’s illustrations of people in the SkyTrain, an interpretative painting of a fireworks display, or a mural of whimsical animals uplifting children’s spirits in the hospital, his art focuses on the social nature of Vancouver and the simple beauties of everyday life.

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided. This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.

About the Artist

Chito Maravilla was a former art director at Campaigns & Grey Advertising for sixteen years in Manila. When he and his family moved to Canada, he worked as a graphic designer and later as a playground designer and sculptor for two playground companies. Chito is presently working as a graphic designer at Smartfilms where he designed a mural at the BC Children’s Hospital. His series of drawings have been displayed at the Vancouver International Airport in 2012 to highlight his talent as an emerging local artist. Chito lives with his wife and two sons in Surrey, BC.


Sept. 6, 2018


7:30 PM - 9:00 PM




Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Ave. Surrey BC