Chito Maravilla

About the Artist

Ferdinand “Chito” Maravilla was an art director at Campaigns & Grey Advertising in Manila for 14 years. In 2002, he and his family migrated to Canada where he started working as a playground designer, with works that are widespread around Canada and in the US.  Currently, he works as a full-time graphic designer at Smartfilms where he creates for various commercial and corporate institutions.  One of his recent designs is a mural at the BC Children’s Hospital. 

Outside the corporate commercial work designs, Maravilla works part-time as a painter. To highlight his talent as an emerging artist, his works were displayed at venues such as the Vancouver International Airport, Surrey Art Centre, Surrey Art Gallery, Lipont Centre in Richmond , a playground at Guildford Mall and a mural at a Khalsa school in Surrey. In 2018, two of his art installation designs were awarded by the City of Surrey and were built in 2019 for Maple Green Park. 

The following are the artworks that gained awards and recognition:

2022 "Skytrain Girl"-  2nd Place- Surrey Art Gallery 2022 Juried Exhibition

2019 " View from the Top" and "Lifting Hands"- 2 designs awarded by the City of Surrey for a public art installation at the Maple Green Park, Surrey BC Canada. Both works are now part of the Public Art Collection of the City of Surrey

2019 "No Fuss Filming"-   1st Place - Surrey Art Gallery 2019 Juried Exhibition

2019 "Cosmo Rising"- People's Choice Award given by the Surrey Photography Club- “The Built World Around Us” exhibit

2017 "Commercial Drive"- 3rd Place- Surrey Art Gallery 2017 Juried Exhibition   

2014 “Skytrain Fashion” - Honourable Mention- Surrey Art Gallery 2014 Juried Exhibition

2014 “Shadows of Green Timbers” - 1st Place awarded by the Arts Council of Surrey-  Silver Screen Classics Competition

2013 “Dance the Night Away” -  1st Place & People’s Choice Award  given by the Arts Council of Surrey- Just Dance Juried Arts Exhibition

2011 “City’s Fireworks Display” - 1st Place Surrey Art Gallery 2011 Juried Exhibition

Chito is an Active Member of The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Society of Philippine American Artists (SPAA) and the Arts Council of Surrey.