Bianca Gonzalez is one proud wife after her husband's artwork is now part of the Pinto Art Museum.
The television host took to social media to share a snapshot of JC Intal's artwork called "Sixteen II," which is now on display at the museum.
"It feels so SURREAL to see @jcintal7's work in Pinto Museum. It's the starting years of this new chapter in his career and I am looking forward to seeing him learn, explore, grow even more," Bianca wrote on her Instagram page.
Bianca further shared that it was also amazing to see JC's name displayed beside his artwork.
"When we visited a year ago, his piece had just arrived in Pinto. Just a few days ago, we got to visit again and saw that it already had his name beside the artwork. Surreal talaga, grabe," she posted.
"I was a #fanwifey during his pro basketball career, at #fanwifey pa rin ako ngayon sa bagong craft niya," she added.
It was in March 2021 when JC announced that he was retiring from professional basketball. Following his retirement, he eventually ventured into visual arts.
"I may not have been there at the start of your 20-year basketball journey, but I am so proud and honored to be by your side and the end of it... Even though you won't be playing pro basketball anymore, I promise to be your # 1 cheerleader FOR LIFE, alongside two little cheerleaders, Lucia and Carmen. We love you so much and we are so proud of you!!!!" Bianca posted on social media back in March 2021 after JC announced his retirement from basketball.
In an interview with Tatler back in May 2021, JC relayed that he was already into arts when he was still a kid.
"I started painting, drawing, and sketching when I was in grade school. I really loved art even before I started playing basketball. When I joined the varsity team in Grade 4 until I graduated from college, I stopped doing art and shifted my full focus on sports. But in between those years I would always go to museums and, from time to time, sketch and paint," he shared.
It was when he met abstract painter Jigger Cruz that his passion for painting was reignited.
"Almost three years ago I met my motorcycle buddy, Jigger Cruz, who is a well-known artist today. He would invite me to his studio, and I would watch mesmerized as he painted. This was when I got the inspiration to try painting again," he said.
JC held his first solo exhibit prior to retiring from basketball back in February 2020 at J Studio in Makati City. It was called "Rookie Mistake."
In May 2021, he had his second art exhibit he called "Second Quarter." It was also held at the J Studio and was part of Art Fair Philippines.
In an interview with Modern Parenting in July 2021, JC relayed that painting brings him joy as much as when he was still playing basketball.
"When I hold a basketball or my palette and knives, the joy they give me is almost similar. When I have a good game, it’s a really good feeling especially after all that training. Same thing with painting especially when you finish it. You have to discipline yourself and don’t force yourself," he remarked.