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10 Famous Filipino Painters

Submitted by: Jhon Dick M.Veloria

his major works include the following: Maiden in a Stream(1921)-GSIS collection.Fernando C. a cluster of leaves. the swell of breast. The Mestiza (1943) . This light.Club Filipino collection.National Museum of the Philippines collection. 1969 with an exhibit of a selection of his works. Returning from his studies abroad in the 1920s. His citation underscores all his years of creative activity which have "defined and perpetuated a distinct element of the nation's artistic and cultural heritage". Planting Rice (1946)-UCPB collection. . Amorsolo. Dalagang Bukid (1936) . and is an accurate expression of Amorsolo's own exuberance. Nick Joaquin opines. Amorsolo (1972) The country had its first National Artist in Fernando C. Amorsolo developed the backlighting technique that became his trademark where figures. Sunday Morning Going to Town (1958)Ayala Museum Collection. are seen aglow on canvas. spill of hair. is the rapture of a sensualist utterly in love with the earth. with the Philippine sun. The official title "Grand Old Man of Philippine Art" was bestowed on Amorsolo when the Manila Hilton inaugurated its art center on January 23. Among others. El Ciego (1928)-Central Bank of the Philippines collection.

Vicente Manansala. He died on August 22. and patterns of figure and environment are masterfully superimposed". Philippines) are among the public collections holding work by Vicente Manansala. Canada. The Honolulu Museum of Art. Manansala was born in Macabebe. Norma Belleza and Baldemor. In 1950. Philippines due to cancer. In 1949. he studied at the U. Manansala received a sixmonth grant by UNESCO to study at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Banff and Montreal. His Madonna of the Slums is a portrayal of a mother and child from the countryside who became urban shanty residents once in the city. A fine example of Manansala using this "transparent and translucent" technique is his composition. From 1926 to 1930. Holy Angel University recently opened a section of its museum called The Vicente Manansala Collection. Manansala developed transparent cubism. he received a nine-month scholarship to study at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris by the French government. was a direct influence to his fellow Filipino neo-realists: Malang. 1981 in Manila. a National Artist of the Philippines in Visual Arts.1981) Vicente Silva Manansala was a Philippine cubist painter and illustrator.Vicente Silva Manansala (1910 . Manansala's canvases were described as masterpieces that brought the cultures of the barrio and the city together. shapes. .P. wherein the "delicate tones. In his Jeepneys. the Singapore Art Museum and Holy Angel University (Angeles City. School of Fine Arts. the Philippine Center (New York City). Manansala combined the elements of provincial folk culture with the congestion issues of the city. Marker (Macabebe. Kalabaw (Carabao). holding most of the estate left by the artist. Angelito Antonio. PampangaTown hall. the Lopez Memorial Museum (Manila). Pampanga.

" His great works include Blood Compact. Magpupukot. Sandugo. He was also involved in Costume Design in Philippinecinema. Portrait of Purita. His murals in the lobby of the Philippine General Hospital were restored for the 3rd time in 2007. The "Pageant of Commerce" emerged from several years of restoration in 2000. Bayanihan. Serenade. He was one of the first Filipino modernists along with Galo Ocampo and Victorio C. and Muslim Betrothal. Francisco's art "is a prime example of linear painting where lines and contours appear like cutouts. Fiesta.Carlos Modesto Villaluz Francisco (1912 – 1969) Francisco was a most distinguished practitioner of mural painting for many decades and best known for his historical pieces. . The Invasion of Limahong. First Mass at Limasawa. Edades who broke away from Fernando Amorsolo's romanticism of Philippine scenes. He was also responsible for the discovery of the now famous Angono Petroglyphs in 1965. Bayanihan sa Bukid. The Martyrdom of Rizal. Some of his murals have suffered damage over the years. According to restorer Helmuth Josef Zotter.

1857 – December 7. His allegorical works were inspired with classical balance. He became one of the first recognized Philippine artists. 1899) was a Filipino painter. Italian and French academies of his time. His winning the gold medal in the 1884 Madrid Exposition of Fine Arts. with the fellow Ilustrados toasting to the two painters' good health and to the brotherhood between Spain and the Philippines. Regarded for work done in the manner of the Spanish. some with an underscore of political commentary. Luna painted literary and historical scenes. along with the silver win of fellow Filipino painter Félix Resurrección Hidalgo. . prompted a celebration which was a major highlight in the memoirs of members of the Propaganda Movement.Juan Luna (1857 –1899) Juan Luna y Novicio (October 23. and often showed figures in theatrical poses. sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution during the late 19th century.

Palayok at Kalan. New York. and Tokyo. Ocampo was born in Santa Cruz. “Ikalawang Pagdalaw.Hernando Ruiz Ocampo (1911 – 1978) Hernando Ruiz Ocampo was a leading radical modernist artist in the Philippines. His major works in the visual arts include Ina ng Balon. Manansala and Cesar Legaspi. he was one of the organizers of Veronicans. Nude with Candle and Flower. a group of modernist artists founded by Victorio C. Slum Dwellers. his works reflected the harsh realities of his country after the Second World War.” a screenplay written with Mario David. and worked as a writer before he taught himself the visual arts. among others. Don’t Fret” in poetry.” and “Bakia” in fiction. a young group of progressive and prolific writers. Isda at Mangga. and Gawad CCP para sa Sining Award in 1979.” Back drop. He worked in various periodicals such as Taliba newspaper and Manila Sunday Chronicle magazine. London. He also worked as a scriptwriter and director for television. Famously known for his triumvirate of with neo-realists Vicente S. He originally studied law. Ancestors. The Resurrection. Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award in 1969. He was a member of the Saturday Group of artists (also known as the Taza de Oro Group). Diwa ng Lahi Award in 1976. and his most acknowledged work Genesis. many of his works depicted lush sceneries and the beautiful Philippine landscapes through his skillful use of fierce and bold colors. His works were exhibited in Washington. which served as the basis of curtain design in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater. Angel's Kiss. Fifty-three "Q. but later transferred to Maypajo. Edades in 1938.” “Unang Pamumulaklak. and “Buntot Page. Fiesta.” “Rice and Bullets. Famous for his work "We or They" . However. His parents were Emilio Ocampo y Saltiero and Delfina Ruiz y Santo. Manila. Man and Carabao. Awards received include: Republic Cultural Award in 1965. and produced and directed for the Filipino Players Guild. Caloocan. His works as a writer includes “Don’t Cry. Mother and Child. During his career as a writer. Easter Sunday. commerce and creative writing. and was one of the pre-war Thirteen Moderns. Calvary.

Cesar Legaspi (1917–1994) Legaspi was born to Manuel Legaspi and Rosario Torrente in Tondo. and the Wraxall Gallery in London with Filipino artists Malang and Bencab in 1982. He was also the head of the Saturday Group artists from 1978 until his death on April 7. Manila. including the First Plastic Arts Conference in Rome in 1953. the National Museum and the Metropolitan Museum in 1988. he also worked as a magazine illustrator and artistic director at an advertising agency. There he received medals for perspective and illustration projects. He finally left the agency in 1968 to focus on his painting[2] During his career as an artist. he holds the record of five retrospective exhibitions at different venues: the Museum of Philippine Art in 1978. He also went to Paris to study at the Academie Ranson for one month under Henri Goetz. after which he continued his education in art under Pablo Amorsolo. he had the opportunity to be part of several exhibits abroad. He was an active member of the Art Association of the Philippines and was part of the Neo-Realists. While this led to an active phase with his major pieces. Back in the Philippines. the São Paulo Biennial in Graphic Arts in 1967 and 1969. and the Luz Gallery and the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1990. He went to Madrid in 1953 and pursued Art Studies under a scholarship at the Cultura Hispanic until 1954. 1994. Apart from this. Legaspi’s major works include:   1945 – Man and Woman 1947 – Gadgets . He took up painting for one term at the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts before he decided to take commercial art courses instead. He earned his Certificate of Proficiency in 1936. he had his first one-man show at the Luz Gallery in 1963.

Abad developed a technique of trapunto painting (named after a quilting technique). tropical flowers and animal wildlife. Pacita’s most extensive body of work. shells. mirrors. which currently houses the Visual Arts @ Temenggong. is her vibrant.000 artworks and painted a 55-meter long Alkaff Bridge in Singapore and covered it with 2.350 multicolored circles. Abad created over 5. . however. Another series was large scale paintings of underwater scenes.Pacita Abad (1946–2004) Her early paintings were primarily figurative socio-political works of people and primitive masks. she lived and worked in a studio house on 28 Temenggong Road in Singapore. sculptural effect. colorful abstract work .many very large scale canvases. beads.on a range of materials from canvas and paper to bark cloth. metal. which entailed stitching and stuffing her painted canvases to give them a three-dimensional. ceramics and glass. She then began incorporating into the surface of her paintings materials such as traditional cloth. plastic buttons and other objects. During the last five years of her life. but also a number of small collages .

He grew up in Barrio Bolosan in Dagupan. Modernist thought encourages experimentation in artistic expression and allows the artist to present reality as he sees it in his own way.Victorio C. Edades (1895 – 1985) Victorio Edades was born on December 13. What attracted Edades to the modernist movement was its principle to go beyond the idealistic exteriors propagated by Impressionism and Realism. . This art show presented modern European artists such as Cézanne. The significant event that stirred Edades. 1895 to Hilario and Cecilia Edades. Edades incidentally made a detour to Alaska and experienced working in a couple of factories. was his encounter with the traveling exhibition from the New York Armory Hall. and made him as what he is known now. His artistic ability surfaced during his early years. He was also an achiever from the very beginning. By seventh grade. Picasso and the Surrealists. his teachers were so impressed with him that he was dubbed “apprentice teacher” in his art class. Nonetheless. having won awards in school debates and writing competitions. The two former schools of thought were inclined more towards idyllic subject matter. Gauguin. Matisse. and require a mastery of refined detailing. After high school. he moved on to Seattle and enrolled at the University of Washington where he took up architecture and later earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting. Before enrolling in Seattle. Edades and his friends traveled to the United States. He was the youngest of ten children (six of whom died of smallpox). His growing appreciation to what he saw veered him away from the conservative academic art and Realistic schools and thus he began to paint in the modern manner. Pangasinan.

Switzerland and Denmark In 1990. US sales increased and in 1964 his works were chosen to represent the Philippines at the 1964 New York World's Fair Other foreign exhibitions followed including Okinawa. He was born in Binondo. gradually gaining recognition. the Bogobos and the Tausugs He joined a local group of artists in Ermita. Paco started with crayons. Gorospe's first major exhibition took place in 1962 at the Washington State Fair. BadenBaden. later using water colours but finally shifted to oil paintings. . called the "Picasso of the Philippines".Francisco "Paco" Gorospe (1939 – 2002) Francisco "Paco" Gorospe was a Filipino painter. Germany (1989). Japan (1972). Manila and sold his paintings locally. his work Sabungeros ("cockfighting") was chosen by Philippine Airlines for the cover of their playing cards given to passengers. Paco Gorospe is one of the famous painters of the Philippines. He was inspired by the simple and colourful lifestyle of native tribes from the south of the country such as the Yakans. Manila.

A founding member of the modern Neo-realist school in Philippine art. He is also a known printmaker. and art administrator. in 1997. alluding to the modernist "virtues" of competence.Arturo Rogerio Luz (1926) Arturo Rogerio is a Philippine National Artist awardee in visual arts. designer. His best masterpieces are minimalist. sculptor. and were further described as evoking universal reality and mirrors an aspiration for anacme of true Asian modernity. the country's highest accolade in the arts. he received the National Artist Award. order and elegance. geometric abstracts. . His early drawings were described as "playful linear works" influenced by Paul Klee. Luz has produced art pieces through a disciplined economy of means.