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Philippine-born and Washington, DC-based artist Joey P. Mánlapaz came to the United States as a young teen. She earned her MFA in painting from The George Washington University where her ongoing fascination for and concentration on the city of Washington as subject matter were influenced by her mentor Frank Wright, a renowned painter of 18th-19th century architecture of downtown DC. Mánlapaz exhibits extensively in the U.S. and continuously receives numerous accolades for her unique form of painterly photorealism, a result of a combined interest in the strict photorealist styles of New York artists Tom Blackwell and Richard Estes and the deep psychological sensibility of Edward Hopper.
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