The works of Ilocos-born Riel Hilario are rooted in a long-spanning tradition of
wood carving. Ironically, it is from this very heritage, too, that his art veers from.
Hilario was born in Vigan, and at the age of 18 trained in santo-making under the
tutelage of Jose Lazo in San Vicente (Ilocos). In a place notable for a premiere,
exclusive circle of wood carvers, it is to no surprise that Hilario’s works are able
to possess an antiquated aesthetic, while concurrently flaunting a highly detailed
stylization of form.