An art that reflects its own culture and history

Imagine an archipelago of over 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean, with breathtaking nature that offers sceneries of incomparable beauty. Throw in white sand, crystal clear sea and wild, lush vegetation. If you are looking for a destination to relax and enjoy nature, the Philippines are dream islands, with enchanting tropical beaches that are popular destinations for millions of people. Having to offer you some considerations on Philippine pictorial art, I should start by saying that it is an art of contrasts, bright colors and bold shapes. As regards an intrinsic peculiarity of the painters of this land, I would take it for certain that their Filipino way of painting reflects the history and culture of their country. In conclusion, as you look at five ways to talk about art “the Filipino way,” keep in mind that it is an art that celebrates the beauty of nature and life.

Her most famous works represent the beauty of Filipino women struggling with everyday problems. Within their intimate worlds of pastoral work and free from worldly concerns, the women painted by her exude a joyful radiance as they harvest fruit. If you like to see it with your own eyes, there are paintings by Anita Magsaysai-ho exhibited in the Manila Ateneo Art Gallery and Yuchengco Museum in Makati City. The only female member of a permanent group of Filipino modernist artists, wherever she lived she had access to her own personal studio. Born in Manila, where she studied at the School of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, after her studies she left for the United States in the 1930s, where she studied at the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. In the 1950s, with a discernible talent for bustling compositions, she brought modernist art to her homeland, maintaining a feminine narrative throughout her work, filled with women surrounded by bucolic landscapes, working or they play.

He has traced his own iconographic path through expressionistic works of great visual impact. Many of his most gruesome images were painted during the martial law reign of Ferdinand Marcos. Cultivating his own expressive inclination imbued with nationalist fervor, as he grew artistically, he crystallized the anguish of his time in cubist figures. Born to Chinese immigrant parents, Ang Kiukok was one of the most vital figures to emerge in the 1960s. His works can be found in numerous art collections, such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Museum of Singapore. Born in Davao City, and trained in Chinese visual arts, he then entered the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts of the University of Santo Tomas. Gradually, he emerged in popularity not only as a critical favorite, but also as a truly popular artist.

After having significantly cultivated his propensity for abstract art, he was able to gain recognition for his use of acrylic and oil colors, as well as for his ink, watercolor and pencil drawings. Federico Aguilar Alcuaz belongs to the second generation of Filipino modernists. His works are interesting not only for the refinement he studied, but also for the choice of light, color and composition. In the playful scenes he painted, one can also perceive his love for classical music. His works are exhibited in various museums, such as in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, in the Gulvenkian in London, in the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and in the Philips Museum in the Netherlands.

Caesar Joseph Tanedo loves to express his artistic talent through figurative art. For his artistic creations he uses Flemish techniques. The subjects he paints vary depending on his mood. His works, dreamy and sweet, are capable of evoking the chromatic nuances of Renaissance painters in the minds of those who observe them. After studying at the Aquinas School in San Juan, he learned the fundamentals of painting at university, experimenting with new visual techniques that brought Renaissance art masters into his country’s art scene. Realism is the basic element of his art. He has held numerous personal and collective exhibitions, both within and abroad of his country. He is a contemporary painter of the Philippine art scene, born in Makati City in 1979. After dreaming of becoming an architect, he entered college and realized that painting was his best expressive horizon.

Graduated in 2000 in Fine Arts, he has participated in personal exhibitions in the Philippines and Singapore. A few years after graduation, he became the most interesting and award-winning artist of his generation. His old paintings were filled with dark and grotesque images. Because he liked to portray even the harshest realities around him, Andreas Barroquinto believed that his art did not have to be beautiful. His works are housed in private collections and in the Museum of Art of Singapore. Now, however, his Gothic paintings are less disturbing and far more colorful. To broaden your horizon of knowledge about other painters, you can type The sole purpose of this site is to spread the knowledge of these artists and that other people enjoy their works. The property of the images that appear in this blog correspond to their authors.


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