Francisco Villanueva

His clay sculptures are based on ancient architecture and Philippine churches, which he had been exhibiting in Manila since the early seventies. In the eighties, he exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Riyadh and Saudi Arabia. He set aside his art for twenty-six years, to serve in the local government and to become mayor of Bais, Negros Oriental. After a recent comeback, he held a solo exhibition in 2009. He made large table sculptures of the churches of Malate, Binondo, Tigabauan, Miag-ao in Iloilo, and Baras in Rizal. He also made sculptures of Roman Forum and Portico D’ottavia in Italy. His piece “Roman Coliseum” was part of the art auction and exhibit of the Asian Cultural Council in 2010.