Raul Isidro: Abstract Landscapes
Raul G. Isidro, one of the country’s most successful modern abstract painters, will hold an exhibition of new and old artworks at Ayala Museum this December.
Raul Isidro: Abstract Landscapes opens on December 3, 2013 and runs through January 12, 2014, at Ayala Museum’s Ground Floor Gallery. Through a series of paintings that cover the oeuvre of Isidro’s paintings from the 1960s to 2013, the exhibit will immerse viewers in the spontaneity and vibrancy of his signature abstract-expressionist style of art, done with the use of grand gestural strokes and found objects.
After working his way up from poverty, Isidro is now one of the most esteemed artists and art educators in the country. He was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Philippines (TOYM) for Fine Arts in 1979 and has received numerous other awards and recognitions for his works.
As an educator, he worked as an art professor at the Philippine Women’s University from 1969-1975 and director from 1975-1977, before becoming a full time artist from 1977 to the present. Isidro always believed that “art must be felt to be truly enjoyed.” So he became one of the first Filipino artists to hold workshops for young and aspiring artists in his hometown of Calbayog, Samar, and other provinces.
Isidro has always been a proponent of Philippine indigenous art. He is known as one of the first contemporary artists to study Philippine indigenous designs and materials, and include these in his works. He reminds us that we must remain connected to our Filipino roots as artists and as persons.
Through his various experimentations, Isidro keeps himself and his art inspired and relevant through generations of artists, art collectors, and art appreciators. His latest exhibition at Ayala Museum will stand testament to his limitless ingenuity.
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