Bert is an artist, educator and cultural worker doing designing, illustrations, painting, murals, sculpture and installations. He is a recipient of the Western Australia Department of the Arts and Australia Council for the Arts Grants, University of Western Australia School of Architecture and Fine Arts Residency Grant, Asian Artists Awards of Vermont Studio Centre and Freeman Foundation, U.S.A., 2007 Winner of the International Mural Festival and Competition in Manitoba, Canada and won the 2009 Artist in Residence Program and Mural Project of the Leigh Square Community Arts Village, City of Port Coquitlam as part of the Necklace Public Art project, an inter-municipal collaboration of 10 municipalities in metro Vancouver, BC.
The founder and main visual arts facilitator of the Philippine Artists Network for Community Integrative Transformation of Migrante BC in Vancouver and he was the Regional Coordinator for Mindanao of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-Committee on Visual arts of the Republic of the Philippines from 1996-2001. As an artist-educator he has organized art workshops in schools and communities, for skills development, art-as- therapy and peace-building. Exhibited his works on indigenous culture, people and struggle in Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Philippines, Canada, USA and Europe. He was recently exhibited his Tapestry paintings in France as guest artist during the GRAND BAZ ART International art festival in Gisors, France.
Sacha is a Vancouver based percussionist who has studied African drumming in West Africa as well as London England, and has also studied latin percussion. Sacha is in demand as a gigging and recording musician, works with some of Vancouver’s top players, and has toured and performed at festivals and concerts throughout Canada and the U.S. She also works in Vancouver as a dance accompanist for SFU, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Arts Umbrella and at many different schools throughout Vancouver. Sacha continues to pursue her path as a percussionist – reaching out to all communities, constantly exploring the positive energy and healing power of rhythm, and establishing a meaningful link between rhythm and movement.
Mayo Landicho stands among his peers as a world-class tattoo artist. With more than a decade of experience, Mayo’s original designs and beautifully rendered interpretations have graced the bodies of artists, celebrities, sports figures, teachers and other celebrated tattoo artists locally and throughout the world. His reputation as a fine artist has grown to include membership in the elite and internationally renowned Dimasalang III group while his charisma as a performer has garnered praise as an upcoming musician.
Situated in a private fully licensed studio on Main street, Birthmark Tattoos is what most people refer to as: “Vancouver’s BEST Kept Secret” and is the final destination for some of Vancouver’s top name clients. It is a place where stories unfold and become an inspiration for new art, new tattoos, new memories.