ANGELITO ANTONIO is one of the most renowned and influential artists among the modern art movement in Philippine art. In this show, “Masters of Modernism: Angelito Antonio”, featured is an envigorated Antonio that has been freed from the rigid formula of earlier works. The artworks presented in this exhibit are not the traditional Antonio paintings that the artist has come to be known for but are freer, more contemporary, looser and less inhibited in style. “Each piece that I finished for this show is different. I was challenged to give my old themes a new outlook and a new twist and I am pleased to say that I am very happy with these pieces,” he notes. Antonio’s work, due to its nascent cubism, have often been compared to those of National Artist Vicente Manansala, who was Antonio’s composition professor at the University of Santo Tomas. But although Manansala’s cubists distortions kept a vigilant eye towards classical anatomy, Antonio’s are far more aggressive. What Antonio has done for this show, is take his fifty year experience as a visual artist to revisit old themes such as vendors, cock fighters, mother and child motifs. The resultant works are new visual images with strong textural effects thereby providing the viewer with an entirely new experience.
Angelito Antonio (b. 1939) has an art career that spans half a century. Studying visual art at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). His teachers at UST included Manansala and Galo Ocampo, Antonio has more than twenty local and international awards to his credit. Some of these awards include the Grand Prize (1964) and 3rd Prize (1963) of the AAP’s annual art competition, and 2nd Prize at the Shell Art Awards (1962). His last major one man show was in 1988, making this show something to look forward to. Included in this exhibit are 4 sets of drawings with 3 to 4 paintings per set and his 12 monochromatic black and white paintings which Antonio first showed at the Luz gallery in 1977. Already an immense figure in the history of Philippine visual art, Antonio is one of the pillars of Philippine art to adhere to Modernism’s core tenet of dynamic expression.
July 12, 2013
Galerie Joaquin Podium
Unit B12-B13, Lower Ground Level
The Podium, ADB Avenue
Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
+63 (2) 634-7954
Exhibit runs until July 22, 2013