Though it may be considered laborious, Adrao goes about working on every fine aspect of his piece as if under a spell, achieving an almost spiritual high in his careful rendering of each tiny, infinitesimal line.
After a slew of group exhibitions with his contemporaries who are now also notable artists, Adrao took an extensive hiatus from the art scene when he focused his attention on other projects.
I own a computer shop now," shares Adrao on the different fields that he explored in his time away from art.
In the process of visiting the exhibits of his friends, Adrao found himself among artists such as Leslie de Chaves, who all kept urging him to awaken his quiescent hand.
In 2008 and 2009, Adrao went through two residency programs, one for Project Space Pilipinas in Mandaluyong City and one for NEAR Dangsang in Korea.
Adrao went back to sharing his visual commentaries and observations, celebrating his first solo show in 2009 Project Space Pilipinas entitled "Beyond Recognition: Familiarity as a Stranger in Our Midst." In 2012, he had his second solo exhibition in Tin-Aw Gallery entitled, "Decoy, Decay."
Despite the hiatus, Adrao never missed a beat, proving that art is an intrinsic part of his being.
Adrao continued creating evocative and emotional pieces that draw out an often overlooked aspect of our existence, in which he goes about retelling our life in a most uniquely manner that often comes as a surprise even to himself.
His most recent undertaking is a lengthy exhibition at the Lopez Museum entitled, "Complicated." Opening on February 20, 2014, "Complicated," is a three-man show featuring the works of Mike Adrao, Leslie de Chavez and performance artist Ea Torrado.
"There was no theme," says Adrao of their project which was done in collaboration with Tin-Aw Gallery, "only our immersion in the Lopez archives for research.
The timeworn images of the Spanish Era, the nostalgic scenes from the American Period and the somber photographs snapped during the chaos of World War II captivated Adrao, as well as the countless maps, editorial cartoons, and dated yellowing newspapers that abound in the archives.