Lino Laure is a self-taught painter. Born in the Philippines in 1963, as a child he would often be found with paper and pencil in hand, drawing intently, while sitting on the floor beside his architect father who regularly worked at his desk. At the age of nine, Lino's family immigrated to the United States in Southern California. He graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona in 1989 with a Liberal Arts/Education degree. After college, he taught elementary school for several years. Then, a chance encounter with a spiritual teacher drew him to study some of India's traditional healing arts, including yoga. Since then he has been practicing meditation.
Lino moved to San Francisco in 1997 to continue his studies with his spiritual teacher. It was during that time when after taking his first trip to France on vacation that he discovered his natural ability to paint. From the photos he took of the beautiful French countryside, he returned to San Francisco and began painting the scenes which he captured. From then on, he was hooked on painting. Subsequently, he began cultivating his painting abilities mostly through self-study. Later, to further polish his skills as a painter, he mentored for a short time with renowned Northern California landscape painter, Ann Hogle, who happened to be one of his best friend's mother. Lino was a member of the San Francisco Artist's Guild and participated in shows and art venues in the Bay Area.
In 2003, Lino moved to Hawaii as he was intuitively drawn to the Hawaiian islands since childhood. To live in a place surrounded by ocean and natural landscapes was instant inspiration for his artwork. Lino is a prolific painter and, aside from being a painter, Lino is also a yoga/meditation instructor. He currently lives at Kalani, on the Big Island of Hawaii, where he teaches a variety of classes and workshops...including painting.
About the Artwork
All of Lino's artwork are painted with oils on canvas. Large paintings are finished in his studio while smaller paintings are completed from start to finish "en plein air" (in the open outdoors). Landscapes are Lino's main subject matter when painting. However, he also enjoy's creating conceptual and abstract pieces garnered from his imagination, often taking elements of real or imaginary landscapes or figures to create a story and induce a particular mood.