Ra’z Salvarita is a cross-disciplinary creative artivist who was born on the island province of Negros in the Philippines. His creative endeavors reflect the convergence of the three pillars he primarily works with: Creative Healing Expressions, Sustainable Sacred Ecology, and Practical, Mindful Spiritual Vitality.
He has accumulated technical knowledge infused with integral quality of consciousness through his life’s work and experiences that makes him an ideal leader in arts and cultural development, community-art fieldworks particularly on art organizing, creative education and environmental campaigns, community social entrepreneurship projects, peace education, and natural resources management. His creativity and mentoring skills makes him an asset in organizations which he endeavors to help fulfill their goals for efficient, compassionate, and creative work lifestyle.
In 2014, he helped form a non-profit organization called Gugma Gaia, focusing on environmental conservation – utilizing the power of the arts for creative campaigns and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. He is also the chief visionary and lead fundraising activator in the development of a creative retreat centre – the Malkootha Sanctuary. For three consecutive years, he was the Festival Director/Curator for 6200 Pop Up Arts and Craft Fair – a brainchild project and a major flagship creative industry event of the Department of Trade and Industry – Province of Negros Oriental.
Ra’z was a fellow for the SEAΔ (South East Asia Delta) Arts Leaders program (2019-2020) of the Mekong Cultural Hub and the British Council – a “space for cultural practitioners to reflect on how their work in arts and culture can contribute to sustainable development within South East Asia through their individual and collective leadership.”
Recently in late October (2020), he received a “Small Grant: Staying Resilient Amid the Pandemic in South East Asia” by SEA Junction – an organization based in Bangkok, Thailand. It is to support his community-based arts workshops designed for women farm folks and the youth; a pioneer project through his small start-up social impact collective called “Baryo Balangaw Creative Initiatives and Open Studio”.
In July 2021, he will begin his journey as an artist fellow for the Future Leaders Art Program (2020-2021 cohort) of the Australia Council of the Arts that is “dedicated to transforming our sector’s knowledge, skills and capabilities by supporting emerging arts leaders of diverse art forms from around Australia and the Indo-Pacific.“
He now lives on a farm field in Caninguan, Lambunao on the island of Panay – while calls Negros island his birth place where his creative roots originated. In the past two decades, he lived in Dumaguete – a place he considers a creative playground where he made significant contributions in the community’s environmental, arts, and cultural development. Furthermore, he also lived in an ashram for approximately five years in Ubud, Bali-Indonesia.
He completed a degree in Mass Communication with a Certificate in Environmental Journalism at Silliman University. In 2018, he presented a TEDx Talk on “Artivism: Effecting Environmental Consciousness through Art.”
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“… has continued to beguile us with an assortment of passions, never an art dabbler, always laser-like in the reasons for his current pursuits — but Raz is all pluralities.”Ian Rosales Casocot, Creative Writer & Journalist
“…took on a solo crusade to help fight a bill of a congressman to reduce the area of the protected Lake Balinsasayao in Negros Oriental to half its original size… He shocked the sleepy university town of Dumaguete and landed in the national news after walking around town, stripped to his briefs, and coated with white paint – “to represent a blank future,” he explains the symbolism of his act.”Nathalie Tomada, Assistant Entertainment Editor, Philippine Star
“Is this a magic show?” my nine year-old nephew, Onin, asked as he saw this barefoot, long haired, reed-thin guy in a linen floor-length gown chant words in a foreign language (Aramaic) as he set his linen rug on fire.”aNesstajah, Blogger