Fernando Amorsolo y Cueto (May 30, 1892 – April 24, 1972) is one of the most important artists in the history of painting in the Philippines. Amorsolo was a portraitist and painter of rural Philippine landscapes. He is popularly known for his craftsmanship and mastery in the use of light. Born in Paco, Manila, he earned a degree from the Liceo de Manila Art School in 1909.
1908 – 2nd Prize, Bazar Escolta (Asocacion Internacional de Artistas), for Levendo Periodico
1922 – 1st Prize, Commercial and Industrial Fair in the Manila Carnival
1929 – 1st Prize, New York’s World Fair, for Afternoon Meal of Rice Workers
(also known as Noonday Meal of the Rice Workers)
1940 – Outstanding University of the Philippines Alumnus Award
1959 – Gold Medal, UNESCO National Commission
1961 – Rizal Pro Patria Award
1961 – Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities, from the Far Eastern University
1963 – Diploma of Merit from the University of the Philippines
1963 – Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award, from the City of Manila
1963 – Republic Cultural Heritage Award
1972 – Gawad CCP para sa Sining, from the Cultural Center of the Philippines
In 1972, Fernando Amorsolo became the first Filipino to be distinguished as the Philippine's National Artist in Painting. He was named as the “Grand Old Man of Philippine Art” during the inauguration of the Manila Hilton’s art center, where his paintings were exhibited on January 23, 1969.
Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (born April 10, 1942), better known as "BenCab", is a Filipino painter and was awarded National Artist of the Philippines for Visual Arts (Painting) in 2006. He has been noted as "arguably the best-selling painter of his generation of Filipino artists."
Victorio C. Edades (December 13, 1895 - March 7, 1985) is a Filipino painter who was the leader of the revolutionary Thirteen Moderns who engaged their classical compatriots in heated debate over the nature and function of art. He was named a National Artist in 1976.
Carlos V. Francisco (November 4, 1912 – March 31, 1969), popularly known as Botong, was a muralist from Angono, Rizal.
Francisco was a most distinguished practitioner of mural painting for many decades and best known for his historical pieces. He was one of the first Filipino modernists along with Galo Ocampo and Victorio C. Edades who broke away from Fernando Amorsolo's romanticism of Philippine scenes.
His great works include Blood Compact, First Mass at Limasawa, The Martyrdom of Rizal, Bayanihan, Magpupukot, Fiesta, Bayanihan sa Bukid, Sandugo, Portrait of Purita, The Invasion of Limahong, Serenade, and Muslim Betrothal.
He was given the highest recognition, the title National Artist of the Philippines - Visual Arts posthumously in 1973. He was also responsible for the discovery of the now famous Angono Petroglyphs in 1965.
José T. Joya (1931-1995) was a Filipino abstract artist and a National Artist of the Philippines awardee.
Joya was a printmaker, mixed media artist, and a former dean of the University of the Philippines' College of Fine Arts. He pioneered abstract expressionism in the Philippines. His canvases were characterized by "dynamic spontaneity" and "quick gestures" of action painting. He is the creator of compositions that were described as "vigorous compositions" of heavy impastoes, bold brushstrokes, controlled dips, and diagonal swipes".
His works were strongly influenced by the tropical landscapes of the Philippine Islands. Among his masterpieces are the Nanking (a collage rendered with Asian calligraphy and forms and patterns resembling rice paddies), the Granadean Arabesque (1958) and Venice Biennial (1964).
Ang Kiukok (Chinese: 洪救國, March 1, 1931- May 9, 2005) was a leading Filipino painter and a National Artist for Visual Arts.
Cesar Legaspi born in April 2, 1917 in Tondo, Manila (1917-1994) is a Filipino National Artist awardee in painting.
Arturo Rogerio Luz (born Nov. 20, 1926) is a Philippine National Artist awardee in visual arts. He is also a known printmaker, sculptor, designer and art administrator. A founding member of the modern Neo-realist school in Philippine art, he received the National Artist Award, the country's highest accolade in the arts, in 1997
Vicente Silva Manansala (January 22, 1910 - August 22, 1981) was a Philippine cubist painter and illustrator.
Hernando R. Ocampo (April 18, 1911 –December 28, 1978) is a Filipino National Artist in the visual arts.
Juan Luna y Novicio (October 23, 1857 — December 7, 1899) was an Ilocano Filipino painter, sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution during the late 19th century. He became one of the first recognized Philippine artists.
His winning the gold medal in the 1884 Madrid Exposition of Fine Arts, along with the silver win of fellow Filipino painter Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, prompted a celebration which was a major highlight in the memoirs of members of the Propaganda Movement, with the fellow Ilustrados toasting to the two painters' good health and citing their win as evidence that Filipinos and Spaniards were equals.
Federico Aguilar Alcuaz was born on June 6, 1932 in Santa Cruz, Manila. He is the 6th of 11 Children of Mariano Aguilar a Lawyer and a Musician and Encarnacion Alcuaz. He finished early schooling at the Dr. Albert Elementary School and San Beda High School. He studied law at the Ateneo de Manila and finished his degree in 1955. In 1949-1950 he took up painting subjects at the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Fine Arts. In 1955 he went to Madrid with a scholarship at the Academia de San Fernando which he got thu the help of the Jesuits at Ateneo. In 1956 he chose Barcelona as his career base.He also became a member of the La Punalada Group which counted among its members Tapies, Cuixart and Tharrats. In the same year he began signing his paintings with Aguilar Alcuaz to distinguish himself from two other Aguilars who are also members of the La Punalada Group. In 1959 he met Ute Schmitz, a German girl from Hamburg, who he married 3 years later, they have 3 sons: Christian, Andreas and Matthias.