Fleurs et Muses

by Alfred Galvez
Acrylic on canvas | 2018

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Featured above is a detail of the artist’s painting of a blue flower on a textured beige background. Alfred Galvez’s mastery of the decorative arts extends to faux techniques that are mostly done in murals or walls. Faux finish painting is a technique that creates texture and nuance by replicating the look or feel of other surfaces, such as stripped wallpaper, suede or marble. 

In 2003, Alfred Galvez put up AG Murals and the Mikra Faux—a design group that specializes in murals, faux finishes, and decorative paintings. He and his team of interior designers had since gained clients such as The Spa (Podium Branch), Skin 101 (Katipunan Branch), Acquapebble, and the Tapenade-Discovery Primea in Makati. Still, floral and garden murals took center stage in most of these projects, where “greenery” did not necessarily mean the literal green but muted with subdued neutral colors—a beautiful rendition of Nature that constantly reminds us of the different seasons in our lives.

Indeed, there is no greater joy than having Nature as our muse. Allow her, then, to embrace our walls and let her dance on the open floor. No regrets, all but life—and art.


The Galvez Atelier has resumed operations. Check out their online gallery for decorative, abstract, and contemporary art that is currently on sale. Click here to view the collection.