Friday, January 28, 2011

Max Adlao

was born in 1925 the day after Christmas on the small, little known island of Maria Siquijor, of Negros Oriental died 2009. Max remembers he first started to draw even before he went to school,using, on the sly, the crayons and pencils of elder brother David. By the time he reached high school, enrolled in a trade school on the mainland 15 kilometers from Dumaguete City, he always had some coins juggling in his pocket earned from drawing chalk illustrations on the backboard to animate the day’s lesson. His teacher’s paid him 1 centavo for each drawing. Later, that rose to P5 per by the time he was in his second year, when he occupied the exalted position of backdrop painter for the auditorium stage at the big school events. Max would drop off with 1st prize at the town’s Christmas lantern competition, which ratified him as undisputed school celebrity. He would also, in 1957, win 2nd prize at the United Drug art competition. His drawing hand came in handy during the Japanese occupation, his only means of livelihood. He would buy cartolina, cut them into a hundred pieces, and transform them into playing cards, which were in great demand.After the war, Max took a correspondence study course from the London School of Cartooning of Cleveland, Ohio. Max fared even better in Davao City, when in 1951, a cinema firm there hired as resident artist. He would paint the faces and figures of the leading actresses and actors of the day until the mid-80s, a career that spanned 35 years. In 1985, he got his first break to interpret a 9-foot sculpture of a Bagobo warrior, for shich he was paid P60,000.Confident he was ready for a solo, he mounted a one-man exhibit at the Davao Central Bank in 1987, followed by another year, at the Del Rosario Art Gallery in Davao City. Invited to Dortmund, Germany, in 1992, he stayed awhile there, doing commissioned portraits. In, 1995, Max received several important local commissions, such as a Dusit Hotel Nikko 4 x 8 mural, and Bayanihan mural at Security Bank, Ayala. He mounted his third solo at the Ayala-Alabang Country Club in 2002. Painter Danny Sillada, with whom Max collaborated to do 6 x 10 foot mural ‘400 Years ofChristianization ‘for Bishop Tom Yalung, refers to him as ‘Maestro Maximum light’. His folk genre is characterized by wit the inclusion of much folk detail, a propensity of many folk artist worldwide, such as the American painter known as ‘Grandma Moses’. May took 3rd place at the National Centennial Commission’s Supreme Court of the Philippines National Art competition.
Sabong
Oil on Canvas
18 x 38
2007
HAC Code: 80126
Igorot Dance
Oil on Canvas
18 x 64
2000
HAC Code: 77896
Tinikling
Oil on Canvas
48 x 96
2001
HAC Code: 80128
Harvest
Oil on Canvas
24 x 30
2002
HAC Code: 75448
Fishing
Oil on Canvas
24 x 30
2005
HAC Code: 71746
Harana
Oil on Canvas
24 x 30
2005
HAC Code: 75449
TINIKLING
Oil on Canvas
32" x 72"
ND
HAC Code: 79376
MANGO HARVEST
Oil on Canvas
24" x 30"
2005
HAC Code: 72772
HARANA
Oil on Canvas
24" x 30"
2005
HAC Code: 65449
SABUNGERO
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
2007
HAC Code: 76606
CARINOSA
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
2005
HAC Code: 75446
SABUNGERO
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
2004
HAC Code: 75547
VENDORS
Oil on Canvas
30" x 40"
1997
HAC Code: 54818
TINIKLING
Oil on Canvas
36" x 72"
2002
HAC Code: 71011
TABING DAGAT
Oil on Canvas
30" x 40"
1999
HAC Code: 79468
Flower Vendors
Oil on Canvas
18 x 24
2005
HAC Code: 71745
Fishermen
Oil on Canvas
18 x 24
2002
HAC Code: 67955

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