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Aguilar-Alcuaz, Federicolocked

Filipino, 20th century, male.

Active in Europe.

Born 1932, in Manila.

Painter. Designs for tapestries.

Aguilar-Alcuaz initially studied law in Madrid before turning to studying painting at the San Fernando Academy in Madrid in 1954.

His oil paintings are clearly in the neo-expressionistic vein current in the 1970s. His tapestries are resolutely abstract, occasionally close to abstract expressionism: bold colours and curling, swirling black shapes, sometimes reminiscent of Miró. Aguilar-Alcuaz himself does not claim that his work is exotic in any way; on the contrary, he maintains that it draws on the European/international tradition.

Aguilar-Alcuaz travels extensively. Mar­ried to a German, he often spends time in Paris and has his tapestries woven in Czechoslovakia. He has participated in several collective exhibitions across the world, including Manila, Barcelona and Paris. He has held numerous solo exhibitions since 1953, including Manila, Madrid, Santander, Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris, Lisbon, Tokyo and Heidelberg.


  • Aguilar-Alcuaz, exhibition catalogue, Gal. Vermeer, Bilbao, 1974.