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Filipino, 20th century, male.

Born 1930, in Bohol, Philippines.

Sculptor. Figures, historical subjects, religious subjects, allegory, myths.

Napoleon Veloso Abueva graduated in 1953 from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (UPCFA), where he was mentored by the first National Artist for Sculpture, Guillermo Tolentino. He received another scholarship from the Fulbright/Smith–Mundt Foundation and in 1955 finished his master’s degree at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan. He also studied at the University of Kansas and Harvard University. Regarded as pioneer of Philippine modern sculpture, Abueva also works in the figurative style and uses a variety of material, such as local hardwood, metal, marble, adobe, and cement. Among his early innovations are his ‘buoyant sculptures’, which he introduced in 1951. Many of his works are at the University of the Philippines campus in Quezon City, including the Crucifix of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice (1957...


Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1972, in Las Piñas City, Manila, Philippines.

Painter, sculptor. Religious subjects, socio-political themes.

Folk art, symbolism.

Anting-Anting Group.

Alfredo Esquillo Jr. graduated from the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts in 1993. He first gained recognition when he won first prize in the ASEAN Art Awards in ...


Filipino, 20th century, female.

Active in France fromc.1972.

Born 4 June 1942, in Guimbal (Iloilo), Philippines.

Engraver, collage artist. Figure compositions, religious subjects.

Ofélia Gelvezon-Téqui graduated in art from the University of the Philippines in 1964, and again in 1966, in English. In ...



full name: Mauro Malang Santos

Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1928, in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines.

Painter, cartoonist, illustrator, printmaker. Local genre scenes, figures, landscapes, flora and fauna, folk art.

Saturday Group of Artists.

Malang (Mauro Malang Santos) learned how to draw at the age of ten from a private tutor. In 1946, he studied briefly at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, and then he started working in the art department of the Manila Chronicle newspaper. He created the cartoon Kosme, the Cop, the first daily comic strip in English for the evening edition of the Chronicle. In 1955, together with other cartoonists, he opened the Bughouse, a gallery specializing in cartoons. He also worked at the magazine This Week, where he met the Neo-Realist artist H.R. Ocampo, who noticed his talent and encouraged him to paint. Following Ocampo’s advice, Malang focused wholly on painting beginning in 1965. In that year, together with Ocampo and other artists, he established Gallery Seven. He also took art classes at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, in ...


Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1953, in Roxas City, Philippines.

Painter, assemblage artist, graphic designer. Religious, socio-political themes, historical subjects, objects.

Black Artists of Asia.

Norberto Roldan studied at the University of Santo Tomas, majoring in visual communication. He also took graduate courses in art studies at the University of the Philippines. In 1986, he co-founded the group Black Artists of Asia with Charlie Co, Nunelucio Alvarado, and other artists in Bacolod, in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Promoting social and political themes, Roldan’s work has focused in particular on religious ideology. A former seminarian, he examines faith and devotion through works assembled from the relics of his Catholic belief. His first solo exhibition was held at the Hiraya Gallery in Manila in 1987.

Roldan lived in Sydney from 1987 to 1989, where he worked as a graphic designer for a journal published by the Australian Centre for Photography. He also mounted his first solo exhibition abroad, ...