Lino Laure is a self-taught painter. Born in the Philippines in 1963, as a child he was accustomed to drawing, often seen sitting on the floor, with paper and pencil in hand, beside his architect father who regularly worked at his desk. At the age of nine, Lino and his family moved to the United States, to Southern California, where he grew up and went to school, eventually graduating from Cal Poly, Pomona in 1989 with a Liberal Arts degree. After college, he taught elementary school for several years.
In 1997, Lino moved to San Francisco. It was during this time when after he took his first trip to France that he discovered his natural ability to paint. Thereafter, he began cultivating his painting abilities mostly by studying many forms of artwork through keen observation and practice. To further polish his skills as a painter, he mentored with renowned Northern California landscape painter, Ann Hogle. Lino was a member of the San Francisco Artist's Guild and participated in the many art venues in the Bay Area.
In 2003, Lino moved to Hawaii. He was drawn to live in a place surrounded by ocean and natural landscapes as inspiration for his work. 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.
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.