Child prodigy Ram Skyler De Leon or simply Sky started by painting Jesus making a sensible rest stop at Jacob’s well. Since then, Sky has wowed so many people with his paintings, including Miss World Philippines franchise director and television personality Cory Quirino.
“I’m really so impressed. He’s got a lot of heart and soul. You can see that immediately. There’s so much depth. Not just a painting. He draws you in. You’re nor just looking at it on the outside. That’s the feeling I have,” said Quirino, at the opening of the “Homage to the Masters and Recent Works” at the ArtistSpace, Ayala Museum at Greenbelt 5 in Makati City last May 22.
Sky, a senior artist of L’arc en Ciel Atelier, shares the limelight with three other artists of the Atelier, namely watercolorist Alfred Galura, Stella Kim and Connie Quirino. The four-person exhibit runs from May 19-31.
“I can imagine how he will be 10 years from now. So 20 years from now, I hope to be around to witness your full blossoming as an artist. I said the same thing to Daniel dela Cruz when he was starting to do his little monsters sculpture with clay. I featured him in Panorama magazine before. I think he was only 18 that time. I said there in the article that he would be a great artist someday and he’s proving me right. And I feel the same way about Sky. There’s a lot on your shoulders now,” said Quirino.
At 15, Sky, who is a consistent honor student at the La Salle Greenhills in San Juan, has sold more than 400 paintings worth over P1 million to art collectors.
“Sky puts the earnings from his paintings in a bank. He can use some of it if he wants. But he told me that it will just stay there,” said dermatologist Dr. Risa C, de Leon, mother of Ram, during the opening of the art exhibit.
Sky started painting when he was six and began his formal art training under Master Fernando Sena when he was 10. He counts him as one of his many positive influences.
Later Sky was tutored in the contemporary genre by Philipp Badon. His talent in painting is still honed in L’arc en Ciel Atelier in Ayala Alabang, which is curated by Elaine Ongpin-Herbosa.
Sky was 11 when he started to exhibit his art works at the Bahay Tsinoy Museum in Intramuros, Manila. One thing led to another and the child artist participated in other group art shows in ArtistSpace, as well as Bellevue Hotel, Tagaytay Highlands, Art in the Park, among others.
Sky has just concluded a portraiture painting workshop by Jura Bedic at the famed Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He is the first Filipino to be accepted in the prestigious art academy.
He dabbled in acrylic, charcoal, and pastel. Now he focuses in pure oil. These days, he can now complete one painting in one day. Aside from painting, Sky loves to swim, plays badminton and volleyball.
Sky said that it would be an honor to do a portrait of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte. “I would love to do that.”
“Art has become a passion for me. It’s not just a hobby. Painting has inspired me to do well in school. I hope I can do better paintings in the future,” said Sky, who has always been the recipient of Best In Art award in school.
Sky thanked his parents who are non-artists who have supported him in his passion. Yet Sky doesn’t see himself concentrating on arts in the future. He wanted to take up medicine in the future. “I want to be a doctor and specialize in internal part of the body.” In the meantime, Sky enjoys his journey in art as his works continue to impress art aficionados.