Venancio C. Igarta

Born: Sinait, Illocos Sur 1912

He studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students’ League in New York City. He was the first Filipino to have participated in an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His canvas “Northern Philippines” was cover art of the Fortune Magazine in May 1942. While his early paintings were neo-realist, he later explored neo-expressionism as well as hard edge abstraction. He exhibited the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts, Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio, and Artisans Gallery in New York City. His work “Freedom!” from the United Nations Series (1945) done in gouache and pencil, is in the collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC.