Digital Artist Bricx Martillo Dumas has again showcased just how talented Filipinos are when it comes to art by bagging first place in the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) art competition. 

Dumas, who is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), bested 208 others in the DigitalArt4Climate Category of the COP26 with the theme “Humanity Challenged by Climate Change.”

His winning piece, which he called Nexus, combined a lot of different elements such as plastic, smoke, leaves, and fish fins to display how the environment is being affected by climate change and human activity. 

Photo from DigitalArt4Climate

“Joining this competition was not only a chance to represent my country but also to champion our call for climate action that art is a powerful tool to make current issues and problems easier to understand by everyone,” Dumas shared in a video message

“My art, Nexus, is a visual representation of how our simple everyday lifestyle affects our environment, ecosystem, and how we struggle to live,” he added.

For his winning work, Dumas will get 1,500 euros (P86,113). 

Through art, culture, and technology, DigitalArt4Climate aims to inspire and promote climate action. It also wants to encourage the art community to adopt digital innovation and use its accessibility in a meaningful way. 

This year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) was held in Glasgow, Scotland from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12.

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Image credit: DigitalArt4Climate; Bricx Martillo Dumas’ Twitter Page