San Juan to Makati

Ang Kiukok at Yuchengco Museum

Posted in Ang Kiukok,art,figurative,Filipino by yangiwei on October 15, 2010

Yuchengco Museum – Collection & Themes


Ang Kiukok's work is distinct.

Ang Kiukok


‘OCTOBER happenings at Yuchengco Museum
Likhang Kamay: The Artisans Circle by Yuchengco Museum
Discover Paper Making Workshop
New Masters Gallery Now Open
From Our Books & Gifts Corner: The Art and Life of Botong Francisco
Likhang Kamay: The Artisans Circle
by Yuchengco Museum
RCBC Plaza Courtyard
October 21 – 23, Thursday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
P20 bazaar entrance

Shop handmade this Christmas at the Likhang Kamay bazaar, at the courtyard just outside the museum. We’re bringing together products made by especially invited artisans, artists, and livelihood groups from across the country.

Items include jewelry, fabrics, ceramics, fine prints, and home decor. Directly support Filipino artists and craftsmen, enjoy refreshments while you shop, meet the talents behind the artistic creations, and visit the museum right across.

Bazaar entrance is P20, and includes museum admission (registration for Discovery Paper Making workshop not included). For details, call 889-1234 or e-mail


Discovery Paper Making Workshop
October 23, Saturday
9 a.m. – 12 n.n.
P250 workshop fee

In line with the exhibit Pumapapel: Art in Paper, the museum is offering a hands-on art workshop on handmade paper making for teens and adults on the last day of the Likhang Kamay bazaar.

Loreto Apilado of the Cottage Industry Technology Center and the artists of Pumapapel will teach the basics of making and decorating your own handmade paper. The workshop also includes a special tour of the exhibit.

Workshop fee is P250, and includes materials, snacks, certificate, and admission to the Yuchengco Museum and Likhang Kamay bazaar.

Class size is limited, and registration is required. For details and registration, call Elma Abrina at 889-1234.


New Masters Gallery Now Open
Visit our recently refurbished Masters Gallery, which presents 45 artworks made by esteemed 19th and 20th century Filipino painters and National Artists.

Among the masters represented in the gallery are Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Vicente Manansala, and Ang Kiukok. Stop over to see modern and abstract works, countryside scenes, nudes, religious paintings, portraits, and historical pieces.

From Our Books & Gifts Corner:
The Life and Art of Botong Francisco
The Life and Art of Botong Francisco

Edited by Patrick Flores
Foreword by Corazon Alvina
With essays by D.M. Reyes, Alice Guillermo, Roberto Paulino, et al.

22.3 x 28.7 cm, Hardbound, 245 pages
Published by Vibal Foundation

PhP 2,300

A veritable hero in his hometown Angono, Botong Francisco devoted his life to art. After spending the 1930s immersed in graphic art and modernism, Botong embarked on large-scale mural painting for which he became known.

This lavish art book contains the richest array of Botong’s masterpieces, whether in large or small scale. The vast selection of his most important paintings, sketches, and costume designs is supplemented by vintage photographs, documents, and film stills from over 30 public and private collections.

The texts include an illustrated biography and essays by prominent art scholars offering interpretations of Botong’s life and art. One could not ask for a more comprehensive study of Botong’s body of work.’

Fernando Sena’s golf and Pinoy paintings

Posted in abstracts,figurative,Filipino by yangiwei on July 17, 2010

This photo is for my golf enthusiast classmates, Rac and Ardy.

I know someone who Fernando Sena has offered painting lessons to.  I asked her if Sena (as in ‘call cennuh’) accepted kids.  His multiply site, from where all the photos in this post are from,  says that he accepts students from ages six up.  I had heard of him before.

Is this Pinoy or Spanish?

In his multiply site, I like best his Cabbage Patch dolls, nudes and his houses.  I’m not really into abstracts, but his abstracts are probably the only ones that elicited any kind of reaction from me.

This photo is for my balikbayan friends.

The golf photo reminded me of my Maven Secrets classmates, one of whom, Rac, owns  I had told her and another Maven Secrets classmate, Ardy Roberto, about an artist whose golf paintings were a sellout, according to my Ateneo classmate, JP.  JP couldn’t understand why the paintings sold out, as they were quite dark.  J asked a buyer, who said that the artist captured the tension of golf.  Now if I can only remember the name of the artist.  Rac, Ardy, do you remember his name?  I hope that it comes to me the way it did a few hours later, when I mentioned this artist to Rac and Ardy.

Rubio still seems more interesting than Sena, though.

I’m also interested in his paintings of Pinoy stuff like buko, houses, pan de sal, for my Rubio-loving balikbayan friends.  Looking at Sena’s paintings might make them realize how distinct Dominic Rubio‘s works are.

I have another friend who's in the market for landscape paintings.

As I write this post, I think of Yellow Paintings, and an installation exhibit that I had not written about yet.  Now that’s the kind of stuff I’d like to own.

Photo courtesy of Galerie Joaquin - Podium.