In 1973, Carlos “Booting” Francisco was the secondFilipino to receive the title of National Artist in Painting, afterFernando C. Amor solo. Also known as the Poet of Angoon, hesingle-handedly brought back the art of mural painting in thePhilippines and was its most distinguished painter in his time. Hewas on the forefront of modernist art in the country, and withVictoria C. Evades and Gallo B. Acampo became part of “The Triumvirate” of modern art. His is best known for his historicalepics, and one of his favorite subjects is fisher folk. His images of women came from mythology, history, legend, customs andcontemporary life.On November 4, 1914, Francisco was born to FelipeFrancisco and Maria Villous in Angoon, Rizal. He went to college atthe University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts, and beforethe Second World War did illustrations for The Tribune and LaVanguard. Although he came from the same school of arts asAmor solo, he veered away from the style of the traditional artistand developed a modernist style. Together with Victoria Evadesand Fermi Sanchez, he painted for the Manila Grand Opera Houseand the Clover Theater. He and Evades started mural-painting,and together they formed the Thirteen Moderns, a group of modernists, in 1938.