Order of National Artists
Born: Manila, Philippines 1932
He finished his BFA at the University of the Philippines and studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. Among his art awards were the Francisco Goya Award and the Cercle Maillol Barcelona in 1958, the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1965, and the Second Pirze at Prix Vancell, 4th Biennial of Terrassa in Barcelona Spain in 1964. Among his solo exhibitions were those held at the Gallery of the City Hall of Burgos, Spain in 1958, the Asociacion Artistica Vizcaina, Bilbao in 1959, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Mdrid in 1956, and the PAG in Manila in 1955. He lived in Europe for an extended period, notably in Czechoslovakia where he made a series of abstract tapestries. He is best know for his abstract canvases inspired by organic, vegetal or visceral forms, suffused with a primeval, disquieting quality.