AG SANO

ARTIST’S PROFILE

Guerrero M. Saño or A.G. is a renowned and multi-awarded Filipino artist who has painted more than 700 murals in 16 countries depicting peace and environment. He graduated from Quezon City Science High School and finished Landscape Architecture in the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

He is a conservationist who has been involved in marine research since the year 2000, and a founding member of Balyena.org, a non-profit group focused on marine mammal research and conservation in the Philippines. He has also done assignments on sea turtles, dugong habitats, sharks, reef conservation and otherenvironmental work with reputable NGO’s and institutions such as WWF, Greenpeace, OXFAM, RARE, Sea Shepherd, Conservation International, Silliman University, LAMAVE, PFEC, Earth Island Institute, among others. 
He has just concluded a stint with US State Department’s IVLP or International Visitors Leadership Program as part of the “Promoting Arts for Social Change” program where 18 artists from 18 countries where brought together for a cultural exchange in the US. Right after that, he proceeded to Thailand to give a speech in the Global Goals MUN conference and shortly after, he presented a paper on art and music’s role in psycho social healing services in disaster ground zeroes in Churchill College, Cambridge University in U.K.

As an artist, he began his career as a student assistant of premier art mentor Fernando Sena when he was 10 years old. He had been painting environmental public art the past 10 years to help save ecosystems by spreading his message of art and conservation to as many people as possible. A.G. founded the Dolphins Love Freedom, a network supported by advocates from more than 63 countries, which is a movement to help save dolphins and whales from the slaughters and from other threats, particularly dolphin captivity and dolphin shows. He is a founding member of DAKILA-Philippine collective for modern heroism, an organization of various artists from all over the country. He has painted more than 700 murals in the US,  Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Italy, Switzerland, Greece,  Netherlands, France, Germany, Slovenia and Poland. Early this March he painted the tallest environmental mural in the Philippines, a 120 ft wall in Makati City that depicts an endangered bird  species: the Rufous Hornbill.

A.G. is a professional photographer whose works have appeared in different international and local media such as CNN, National Geographic Channel, Asian Geographic, Asian Diver, CNTV, Channelnews Asia, LA Times, Getty Images, AP Reuters, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philippine STAR, RAPPLER.com, ABS-CBN, GMA7, TV5, NET25, UNTV,NBN4, etc.

A.G.’s advocacy has expanded to Peace efforts in Mindanao, as a founding board of trustees of TPBPM (Teach Peace Build Peace Movement) an NGO focused on peace through education and arts. CLP School, known for its peace advocacy, gave him the 2nd Gawad Kalinaw Award for Peace, the same award given to no less than Sec. Deles of the OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process). He initiated and lead more than 4,000 volunteers to paint the AFP HQ (Camp Aguinaldo)Peace Wall along EDSA-white plains-Bonny Serrano, now declared as the longest peace mural in the world. He founded the Art Attack Group, part of TEN Moves, ANVIL AWARDS recipient, involved in education and peace campaigns in the extreme northern and southern provinces. A.G. is an active participant in Japan’s Peace March and  he chaired the plenary of the 2017 World Conference against Nuclear Weapons in Nagasaki where he had the privilege of meeting ICAN representatives, recent awardees of the Nobel Peace Prize. 

With his work, he was given numerous awards and recognitions by institutions across the country. Most recently, his Alma Mater, Quezon City Science High School honored him with the Alumni Achievement Award, given to the most outstanding members of the alumni. Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project granted him the Climate Leadership Award last year. He was instituted by ADEX (Asia Dive Expo) as its Dolphin Ambassador for 2015, Climate Change Ambassador for  2017 and Ocean Artist from 2015-2017. WWF (World Wide Fund for nature) granted him the Hero For The Environment Award of 2011, while the US Embassy in Manila gave him a special honoring for his “environmental activism.” RARE gave him the BLUE PRIDE AWARD for being a Philippine Coral Reef Conservation Champion. He won RAPPLER.com’s “Do More Awards” for his art advocacy in 2013. The Multiple Intelligence International School granted him the biannual M.I. Award, given every 2 years to public luminaries. The St. Scholastica College of Manila, Mass Communication Department awarded him the prestigious Hildegarde Media Award for Developmental Communication. The Ateneo-Cagayan De Oro or Xavier U gave him the Dux Gregis Award for community leadership.

He is part of the Climate Revolution of DAKILA, an initiative to raise awareness and lobby against climate change in the media and policy making institutions in the country as well as in the UNFCCC. He is an essential member of the Climate Walk and People’s Pilgrimage, advocating  the fight against climate change inter acting with climate resilient communities and pushing for low carbon emissions through education and information by walking long distances across the globe and connecting/ engaging with communities along the way.

 A.G. is also a climate leader under the Climate Reality Project of former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. He was chosen by Oxfam Germany and Climate Tracker to represent the global south in a speaking tour to bring the voice of the climate vulnerable countries to the legislators and communities of Germany in 2017. He is the Climate Change Ambassador for ADEX (Asia Dive Expo), one of the biggest global gatherings of divers and conservationists.

A.G. is an advocate of BAYBAYIN, the (almost) lost and neglected ancient Filipino script/alphabet. He teaches willing learners, encourages its revival, and uses it in his artworks.

He has represented the Philippines at the DRT (Dive Resort Travel) EXPO 5 times as an artist-conservationist. In 2017, He represented the country at the Eine Welt Netz World Mural Project in Duisburg, Germany where 17 third world street artists painted 17 murals in 17 German cities to interpret the 17 UN SDGs. He was brand Ambassador for National Geographic Philippines’ Walkabout campaign in 2012; Oxfam and Climate Tracker fellow; artist for Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm in Bulacan and Metro Manila Development Authority’s mural projects. An extensive traveller, A.G. has been to more than 700 cities in 45 countries. But he still dreams of going to Antarctica to photograph the migrating whales. Also, to paint a dolphin while in outer space.

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