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Christian Miranda’s legacy of art at DMCI

by Lorraine Ilagan

Chris MirandaDMCI alumnus Christian Miranda has turned his passion for painting and art into a career. Since immigrating to Canada in 2011, Christian has had many successes and has a left a legacy of art at his old high school, Daniel McIntyre Collegiate.

Wanting to share his love of art, Christian along with the supervision of art teacher, Robyn Rypp, started an after school art club called SIKHAY. This was an art program Christian was involved when when he was in the Philippines and spurred on by a promise to his mentor back home, that he would start up an art club at Daniel McIntyre. Even after graduating in 2013, the SIKHAY after-school art club continues today.

Not only did Christian start SIKHAY, where students can express their ideas and talents through various art forms, he has also left behind various murals in the school. His paintings can be found in the multi-purpose room, cafeteria and hallways. However, his biggest contribution stands in the main hallway of the school. In 2015, Christian was commissioned to create a mural that depicted the school’s culturally diverse population along with an image of the school and nods to DMCI’s academics, athletics, arts and technology. After more than 126 hours of work, the mural is now a beautiful site for all who enter the halls of the school.

Christian continued his education at Red River College where he graduated in 2016 in its Digital Media Design program majoring in 3D art. Today, he works at Evodant Interactive, creating concept art and 3D designs. In his spare time, he participates in various conventions where he sells different pieces of art, including Anime.

Christian’s talent has been recognized outside school and work. He has received awards and has been commissioned for a variety of projects. While attending DMCI, he received the US-based Gold Key Award at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in 2013 – an award won by Andy Warhol. His work has also been displayed in the National Gallery of Canada. Recently a print copy of a 30-page graphic novel he illustrated for Portage and Main Press was completed. The graphic novel tells the story of Mikak, a Labrador Inuit woman who lived in Newfoundland and Labrador and went to Europe and back. He continues his endeavours in illustrating as he works on a new book for Rubicon Publishing.

For his success and talent, Christian will now receive the DMCI AACE Award in the Youth category. His former DMCI art teacher, Mrs. Rypp nominated him. He was a clear choice for the Alumni board Awards Committee. Christian was surprised about the nomination and win. He is humbled and has only kind words to say about his former teacher.

“She is happy, helped me a lot, and she’s amazing! She’s like a mother to me.”

Christian has truly left a lasting impression and embodies DMCI’s motto of “Your Legacy Begins Here.” Indeed, Christian’s talent will continue to be witnessed throughout the halls of Daniel McIntyre as students and staff alike view his amazing art work all over the school. No doubt, Christian will be someone to watch out for as he leaves his mark in the world of digital media and art.

Christian will receive his award at the Second DMCI AACE Awards Dinner to be held on Thursday, May 18 at the Fort Garry Hotel. Fellow alumnus, Joe Ogoms will also receive the award in the category of Athletic Achievement. Past alumni, friends, and family of the awardees are encouraged to come and honour the two recipients. Tickets are $75 for the dinner and are available at the school. Contact Mrs. Lorraine Ilagan at the school for more information, 204-783-7131.