Negros Occidental 1938
He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines. Among his many awards from the AAP was First Prize for “Stone Idol” in 1951, and Third Prize for “Composition No. 15” in 1961. Mainly a sculptor, he also paints landscapes and still life. He is best known for sculptures using old wood from demolished houses to make statements on the human condition. Critic Alice Guillermo wrote that his sculptures are “stylized human figures eminently supple in form, doing light and airy gestures…” He pioneered sculpture constructed from bamboo since 1971. His piece “Bamboo Fugue I” in the CCP permanent collection, was inspired by indigenous musical instruments.