Rellie Liwag finished a degree in Bachelor of Arts, major in Communications Arts, from Maryknoll College (now Miriam College). After college, she had a stint as a model for the country’s leading fashion designers Pitoy Moreno and Auggie Cordero. Migrating to the United States, she worked for 5 years at Mckinsey & Co., Inc. as a visual aids specialist. She then moved to ITT Sheraton, North America Regional Office in Los Angeles as Administrative Assistant for the Regional Director of Human Resources.
Rellie had studied oil painting before relocating to her home country after 18 years spent living in the United States. She initially joined the Guevarra group of artists under Galerie Joaquin, and was mentored by Andi Cubi and Gig de Pio, both veteran artists for representational genre. She also studied with Japanese artist Harumichi Sakata in 2005. The same year, to continue honing her talents, she enrolled at the Art Students League in New York under the tutelage of renowned artist Robert Cenedella. In 2007, she enrolled once again in the same institution, simultaneously, at the National Academy of School of Fine Arts also in New York. In 2012, she attended the workshop of hall of famer and well-renowned artist Daniel Greene in his studio in North Salem, New York. A year after, Rellie enrolled at a studio Incaminnati in Philadelphia, whose founder is Nelson Shanks, another well-renowned artist. In 2014, she attended a Plein Air Workshop in Burgundy, France with Costa Vavagiakis, a mentor from the art student’s league.
Rellie has had a solo exhibit in Galerie Joaquin in Metro Manila entitled “Faces, Bodies & Places, and a second solo exhibit at the Philippine Center in New York City entitled “The Land of My Birth”. She has participated in a number if group shows in recent years.