Arthur Tselishchev is not only the face of various endorsements here and abroad; he is also a DJ, photographer, an artist, and a teacher who loves sharing his knowledge with various people, including the great grandchild of one of the country’s national artists, Fernando Amorsolo. Through the inspiration he finds in woman ‘starchitect’ Zaha Hadid, he hopes to see his dreams of being an architect take flight one day.
On a scale of 1-10, how much of a geek are you?
"10/10 because I’m so passionate about all these books. I watch documentaries every morning to get inspired because I need to learn something new every day. If not, probably I failed in the day. That’s the reason why I watch documentaries, read articles and journals."
What kind of documentaries?
"About anything. I’m so obsessed with space because I wanna go to space one day. Also about art, of course, and about history. Also about technologies—virtual reality, augmented reality, apps, games."
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What sparked your interest in the field you are in right now?
"I always love to draw. That’s my main spark but the thing is, not everyone can become a teacher because it takes passion but the thing is I really love to share my knowledge in the field of art and I feel like, especially in Asia, everything is so different. Everything is so exotic. I feel like I’m in another planet, honestly, everyday. Another fact is, because the education here is a bit different from Europe, I’m glad to share more of my experience from my background."
Who’s your role model in the industry?
"It’s Zaha Hadid. She’s the most influential architect in the world. First of all, she’s a woman and she’s from Iran or Iraq. Then, she became famous after almost half a century because she was working so hard. No one could really accept her works, but now, she’s always number one."
What’s her famous architecture/place?
"It’s the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In Manila, my favorite building is Zuellig—it’s so cool, it’s modern, it’s simple, it’s stylish. Interior, exterior—everything’s just so perfect. Also, I love the architecture in South Korea ‘cause I live there; I was so inspired by that. I’m also into ecological stuff. It has to be functional first and at the same time, to be beautiful."
How do you use your smarts to your advantage career-wise?
"Since I love all kinds of art like drawing, painting, sculpting, I’m trying to use it in my career which is fine arts training so I teach, and eventually when I work in the design: that’s how I’m gonna use my skills in the future. At the same time, I always do the artworks. I’ve sold artworks in Manila."
Do you have a favorite book?
"I like Paulo Coelho's works. He’s from Brazil, Argentina. His books are so inspiring. I was reading him when I was a teenager. I was 17 or 16. It was mind-blowing for me and I think that actually sparked my habit because when you read every single page, you feel like you find your space. Maybe that was just like a certain age when I didn’t know anything. If I would read it now, there’d be a different impression, but I was inspired by him."
How about your favorite movie?
"I love Interstellar because it’s about space and time. That’s the things I’m so obsessed about."
Your favorite band?
"Since I’m a DJ, I love all kinds of music. I love acoustic music. I love James Bay, LANY."
What’s your guilty pleasure?
"Sweets because I always have to watch my body because I work as a model and I was very fat before. I was very chubby. I just changed my lifestyle, food, and trained. Just eating healthy. My guilty pleasure is sweets because I can eat a lot of chocolate."
In terms of catching a girl’s eye, do smart guys have the advantage over sporty guys?
"I wouldn’t say advantage because people like each other by visuals, right? Physical appearance would be in the first place, but it’s not the most important, of course. Then the rest, which is intelligence, would be more important but the problem is the second stage. Sad to say, but I think this is how it works. It’s also the personality."
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Produced by Camille Santiago | Creative direction by Barry Viloria | Photographs by Vyn Radovan | Grooming by MDA | Shot on location at: Bistro Madrid, Burgos Circle | Special thanks to: Dyan Narisma of Megaworld | Melanie Acedillo of MDA | Banner image by Lui Jimenez