Walfrido, Son of renowned artist Edgardo F. Garcia, was born in the Philippines in 1966. As a second generation artist, his story begins with his father/mentor. Facing difficult times and lack of opportunity, Edgardo left his homeland to pursue a better life for himself and his family. Three years later he was reunited with his five kids in a small town outside of Los Angeles called Victorville. They moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1973 seeking the “American Dream”.
Watching his father teach art and paint made Walfrido eager to follow in his footsteps. He drew everything from airplanes to comic strip characters to develop his hand eye coordination. By the age of 14 his father took him under his wing and taught him all of the Old
In 1987, while on vacation in Hawaii, he found representation by the Livingston art gallery on Oahu. From there his work attracted the attention of local as well as international art buyers. Walfrido continued to paint, teach private art lessons and study art at San Jose State University. His paintings eventually caught the eye of Wyland, the worlds leading environmental artist. In 1991, at the age of 23, he was asked to join the gallery and became the youngest artist to display his art in the Wyland gallery chain. Since then Walfrido’s art has graced the walls of art galleries and collectors home across the United States and abroad.
His style can be described as “Romantic Luminism” in which the subject he portrays goes beyond just imitating a photograph but instead adding a sense of timeless perfection to nature. Each painting starts out as a loose impressionistic idea. As the layers of paint are added the details come out. By the time the highlights are done the painting glows with light reminiscent of the Old Masters. From up
Walfrido is best known for being a prominent figure and groundbreaker in seascape art. Besides his traditional seascapes his trailblazing series includes his Koa wood collection, simples seas, surfboard art, fire and
Aside being a full time painter his credits include being t.v. producer of his own art show “Art Made Easy” which has been awarded “Best Art Show” in the islands over the local channels. Walfrido’s greatest sense of accomplishment is being a father of two, a husband and bringing people's spirit closer to the light with his art. With over 40 years of painting experience behind him, Walfrido is considered to be one of the most distinguished seascape artists today.