Dave Palanca, otherwise known as David Palanca, started his art career when he joined the Pintor Kulapol Art Group Exhibit at West Negros College in 1996. Dave Palanca then participated in the Earth Day Art Jam painting exhibition at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City, in 1998. In 2001 he entered in the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Contest.
In 2007 when the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros was revived by its president Nunelucio Alvarado, Dave Palanca signed up as a member and became one of the very active exhibitors and prolific artists of the group. Having had experience as a radio disc jockey, he is always visible during exhibition openings as the master of ceremonies.
A scion of a conservative elite clan, Dave Palanca in his late 40’s emerged as the artist of the family. Ironically, his social realist style often depicts the farm laborers of Negros, typical scenes of his childhood visits to the haciendas.
Having finished pre-law in Ateneo and Nursing in Riverside College, Dave Palanca is able to separate his equally distinct courses from his art, as he insists that his precise anatomical drawings in school are totally different from his sacada artworks of people who are often depicted with enveloping arms and contorted face and feet.
The David Palanca signature artworks are now gaining more and more attention and demand in the local as well as in the international market.
Presently, he is working on huge paintings for shows abroad, first and foremost in Asian countries such as Singapore and Malaysia.
If there is one promising artist to look for in the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros, that certainly would be social realist oil painter and pen-and-ink artist Dave Palanca.