de Leon Domondon was born July 25, 1964
in Manila, Philippines. At the age of seven, he started sketching portraits.
Throughout grade school and high school, Frederico was popular among his
schoolmates for his charcoal portraits of celebrities such as Farrah Fawcett,
his favorite actress. He immigrated to the United States in 1980 with
his brother and sister when his mother remarried an American lawyer. Following
his mothers advice, Frederico pursued a degree in business with
a major in accounting from San Francisco State University. He graduated
in 1989 and started working as an accountant for a San Francisco firm.
After a few years of working as an accountant, his passion of expressing
himself on canvas began to haunt him.
by Monet, Matisse and other impressionists for their use of colors and
their unique styles, Frederico began painting in acrylics on canvas in
1992. In May of 1993, Frederico sold his very first painting entitled,
"Water Lilies" for $250 while exhibiting at a local café.
His friends who often visited his San Francisco apartment started buying
his work. In 1994, his first break came when an affluent couple from Atherton,
California sponsored a private showing for him at their home, where he
sold several original paintings. This exhibit launched his artistic career
and his talent started to gain recognition. As a result, he gained confidence
in the quality and marketability of his work.
next endeavor was to participate in "Jazz and All That Art on Fillmore",
a renowned San Francisco art show. In spite of horrible weather of gusty
wind and endless fog, a dozen of his originals were sold. This was the
beginning of his phenomenal success at street fairs. In the last seven
years, over 300 originals plus hundreds of prints and giclees on canvas
were sold at these very lucrative street fairs. Frederico painted after
office hours during the week and then would display and sell his paintings
on the weekends. (These street fairs were not just a lot of fun, but they
were also very successful for him.) In May of 1999, Frederico purchased
a Mediterranean style home in Vallejo where he began to hold regular Open
Studios. His home has now become not only a great venue to showcase his
work, but it also has helped increase his sales.
year 2000 marked a breakthrough in his career and his life started to
change sooner than he anticipated. In February, Frederico quit his day
job and fulfilled his dream of becoming a full-time artist. Only one month
after he left his accounting job, Frederico held his first Open Studio
and on Saturday night March 11 he sold his masterpiece,"Villa in
Alassio" for $10,000 to a pharmacist. In July, he held his first
one-man show at Halogens Gallery in Millbrae which resulted in an appearance
on cable TV. In August, his classic painting "Casa Sevilla"
sold for $20,000 to a realtor. All the years of hard work and commitment
to his art was finally paying off.
Fredericos dream for the future is to own his own art gallery in the Bay Area. Surely, with all the worldwide exposure and support from his many patrons, this dream will not be difficult to achieve.
Union City, CA 94538