by J. Honoridez aka Joan of Art
Dave Palanca is an artist to watch. Now 47, he has come to be identified with his pen-and-ink works depicting the sacadas or sugarcane plantation workers of his native province, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
Having finished pre-law and Nursing, Dave is able to separate his distinct courses from his art, as he insists that his precise anatomical drawings in school are totally different from his sacada artworks of people who are often depicted with enveloping arms and contorted face and feet.
The animated Black & White artist can get easily excited whenever he talks and as he does his on the spot paintings.
His recent works are currently being shown at Namit-Namit Pagkaon Kag Taliambong (Very Delicious Food and Art) Restogallery, Bacolod City, Philippines, from May 23 to June 23, back to back with another noted pen-and-inker, Bert Berondo.
Dave also works comfortably in oil but always in mind the sacadas of the haciendas (farms) of his childhood in the Municipality of Hinobaan and City of Cadiz.