Karl Aguila is a sculptor and furniture maker based in Negros Oriental, Philippines, who specializes in wood. His work has gained attention from the international press, including Monocle and Elle Decoration Magazine, especially since he established his studio overlooking Tambobo Bay in 2007. Karl studied Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and exhibited in several local galleries. His portfolio in furniture design from 2005 up to present has significant following from local and international collectors. As a sculptor, he is known for his strong and socially-significant sculptural installations, i.e. The Bridge Project which he exhibited at the National Museum of the Philippines in 2009.
He has founded Atelier Aguila, where he explored woodworking using reclaimed timber, creating a series of functional sculptures and furniture pieces. As an artist, he treads parallel disciplines of functional and installation works characterize by an aesthetic that is elemental, exploiting materials that are remnants of time and use, and manipulating the raw to seam into refinement all at once.