Demetrio Laygo dela Cruz

“ The complex combination of Graphics, Advertising, photography and Digital arts… together with traditional painting technique …the main core and backbone of my artworks.”

After an eight year stint in advertising, Demetrio dela Cruz put up his own digital photography studio in 2000 which gave him more time to paint. To pay homage to his father, his early watercolor paintings were realistic figures of farmers planting and harvesting rice. He quickly gained attention in 2001 when his painting of street children, Kalawang bagged the Top 30 Jurors’ Choice at the Philippine Art Awards. After his entry,”Being Recyclable,Recyclable Being” was declared the grand prize at the Daler Rowney Philippines Art Competition in 2005, two more acclaims came his way in 2006 when he received the Top 5 Jurors’ Choice Award at the First National Drawing Competition and the Philip Morris Art Awards for his paintings, and Images. Success chased him again in 2007 when his entry, Target copped the grand prize at the Art Association of the Philippines Annual Art Competition. Dela Cruz staged his first solo exhibition, interARTive in 2008 at the Art Center in SM Megamall where his thirty interactive mixed media paintings of daing, tinapa and other figurative works were accompanied with lights, sounds and actual dried fishes to allow the public to witness a complete art sensory experience. That same year, his painting, Eco-Guardians was declared the grand prize winner at the Lions Club On-the-Spot Mural Painting Competition.

During this period, dela Cruz introduced his Window Display series, presenting them as three-dimensional paintings to put the viewers’ attention to the culture of consumerism. Calves, carabaos, cows, horses and even human skins were used as byproducts to supply the demand for luxury bags. Altar Piece, Golden Calf, Holy Cow and Trojan Horse were dead right examples of his works in 2011 that expressed best his socio-political ideology on the issues of religion and consumerism. He continued to work on Filipno myths and these themes in his ensuing paintings.

Born Demetrio dela Cruz on July 5, 1971 in Bluementritt St., Sampaloc, Manila, Dems is the eldest of four children of Teodoro dela Cruz, a farmer and Margarita Laygo, a vegetable vendor. Grade school and high school were spent at Novaliches Elementary School and the Capitol Institute where he graduated in 1988. After obtaining his Advertising degree from the Far Eastern University in 1992, he worked as an illustrator and graphic designer at ConceptLAb Design Studio for two years and then at Graphic Atelier as a computer graphic artist and designer from 1994-2000. Dems was the proprietor and digital photographer at Magictouch Digital Portrait Studio since 2000.


The artwork of Demet – as he is known by many – is characterized by an excellently executed traditional, or better realistic, style combined with different media and materials. His educational background in advertising has influenced his work, as he is presenting the objects in his work often in painted window frames or on top of painted pedestals. Consequently Demet calls his work ‘Contemporary Art’. His paintings as well as his mixed media works, currently executed on successive layers of transparent acrylic sheets, are approaching the next higher dimension, trying to leave the two-dimensionality of the canvas. Motives vary, but include a center object surrounded by several layers of additional, sometimes modified objects, including skulls of the center object, as well as religious, traditional and other common motives. His cows/respective handbags series is most recognized by collectors in the Philippines. His handbag series got him already into trouble with some famous handbag producers – I guess the best compliment an artist can receive.



2017 “ LuxZOOrious “ Art Fair Philippines. The Link, Makati, Philippines
2016 “ on SAMTOY grounds “ Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo, Philippines
2016 “ Sarsarita “ Art cube, Makati Philippines
2015 “ Offering “ Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo, Philippines
2014 “ Transparencies “ Boston Gallery, Cubao Quezon City Philippines
2013 “ replay “ Boston Gallery, Cubao Quezon City Philippines
2012 “ cruelTrend “ Boston Gallery, Cubao Quezon City Philippines
2011 “ Showcase” Boston Gallery, Cubao Quezon City Philippines
2010 “ Level-Up“ Boston Gallery, Cubao, Quezon City Philippines
2008 “ InterARTive “ Art Center, Mandaluyong, M.M. Philippines
2006 “ Dreams “ Alabang, M.M. Philippines


2017 “ Perception” Paseo Art Gallery , Glorietta, Makati City, Philippines
2017 “ Art Fusion” Kaida Contemporary Gallery , Sct. Madrinan St, Quezon City, Philippines
2017 “Common Grounds” Boston Gallery Gallery , Boston Gallery, Cubao, Quezon City Philippines
2016 “Crossing Paths“ Provenance Gallery, Philippines
2016 Art Fair Philippines, Link, Makati City, Philippines
2015 Art Fair Philippines, Link, Makati City, Philippines
2014 Art Fair Philippines, Link, Makati City, Philippines
2013 Philippine Art Fair, Link, Makati City, Philippines
2012 ManiArt, SMX, Moa, Philippines
2011, ManilArt, Nbc Tent Taguig, Philippines
2011 Ciento Cincuenta, Pinto Art Gallery, Antipolo Philippiness
2010 ManiArt, Smx, Moa, Philippines
2010 Pinto, Pinto Art Gallery, Antipolo, Philippines
2009 ManiArt, Nbc Tent Taguig, Philippines
2009 Random Purpose, Utterly Gallery, Singapore
2008 Asean festival of Watercolor, GSIS museum, Philippines
2005 Asian Art Exhibition, Sooyonghwa Gallery, South Korea
2005 Seoul Art Biennale, Seoul South Korea
2004 International Youth Art Exhibition, Danwon Museum, Korea
2004 Busan Art Biennale, Busan, South Korea


October 2017 “ Panag-abut” Davao City Philippines
Exhibit and Residency, for the benefit of Muslim tribes
September 2017 “ Artabang “ Cebu City Philippines
Art exhibit and auctions for the victim of earthquake in Ormok City
August 2017 “ Art Rock “ St. Lukes Hospital, E. Rodriguez ave, Quezon City
Art Exhibit and auction for Urology Department Operating machine upgrade
June 2016 “ Artabang “ Cebu City, Philippines
Art exhibit and auctions for the victim of typhoon in Visayas


Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts
Korea-Philippine Fine Art Festival
Asian Art Festival
My Home Magazine ( art Edition )
Erehwon Projects
Philippine Tatler Magazine
Asian Development Bank ( Capacity Development Series )
Contemporary Art Philippines Magazine
Home Ideas, Interior & life Style Magazine


March 2018:

March 10, 2018 Group Exhibition, Boston Gallery Cubao, Phil

March 18, 2018  Solo Art Exhibition, Art Installation, Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo, Philippines

June 2018:

“PinTokyo“ Group show of 30 Filipino Contemporary Artists, Tokyo, Japan

July 2018:

“PEPE” a book project, compilation of Jose Rizal’s love letters. Spanish writings translated to English and tagalong by J.H. Clemente, paintings by Demetrio dela Cruz

AUGUST 4, 2018:

Solo Art Exhibition, Boston Gallery Cubao, Phil

“ Demet’s works in the museum is really a must see pieces and its worth going to….”

By: Dr. JovenCuanang, Pinto Arts Museum Director and owner, Philippine art patron, a frontliner.


“ Brilliant and innovative combination of different materials and painting technique! One of the country’s exciting and dynamic contemporary artist, surely Demet is carving his name in Philippine contemporary art scene.”

By: ALICE G. GUILLERMO, she won the Art Criticism Award of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP)


Pinto Museum, Grandheights Subd., Antipolo City, Philippines

Boston Art Gallery, Boston St., Cubao Quezon City, , Philippines

Art Cube, Kerrivin Plaza, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati, , Philippines

Provenance Gallery, Shangri-La Hotel, The Fort, Taguig City, Philippines

Utterly Art Gallery, 20B Mosque St., Singapore