Thursday, January 6, 2011

Rodolfo Ragodon

Rodolfo Ragodon was born in Mla 1929. ( Old house, old churches ) BFA UP, 1948-52. Philosophy and Letters, UST 1952-54. Recd a UNESCO award for studies of colonial churches in Europe and Mexico, 1967-68.In 1981, recd a cultural award from the Australian govt to visit different media establishments, museums and universities in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Gave lectures in several universities about the Phil, and conferred with unknown personalities in field of arts, cartooning and the media. One-man show, NY, 1991. Was staff artist with 1953-72. First commentator on golf tournaments for DZMT (Channel 5 of the Publishing). Created the comic strip which appeared in the every Sunday. Taught journalism and Asian history, Lyceum of the Phil. Served as director, Ayala Museum , 1972-76, responsible for the Phil historical dioramas, the iconographic archives, and the first aviary in the Phil. Recipient, Ten Outstanding Young Men award for painting, 1964. Best Cartoon award, given by the Cartoonist Asso of the Phil. Several awards for magazine design and layout from Art Directors Club. [20th CENT 1st ED]*** Held one-person shows at the Phil Art Gallery in 1962, and Luz Gallery in 1970. His distinctive paintings of old Spanish Churches in the Phil in the ‘60s became hallmark of his artistic career. He rendered these in a flat, elegant, realistic style. This came to be later emulated by younger artists interested in the subject of nostalgia and antiquities. During this period, depicting a traditional subject through a single-image approach to space was an innovation in painting. It was a device skin to the literal representation associated with American pop and magic realism of the ‘60s. An accomplished landscape painter, Ragodon also uses ink, tempura, and watercolor. Sometimes he combines Chinese calligrapher techniques with his unique personal skill in capturing photographic likeness. Has been sketching and painting since his schooldays at San Juan de Letran and Ateneo. Has traveled extensively in Europe and the Phil, old churches and old homes remaining favorite subjects of his paintings. This probably stems from the fact that he was born and grew up in Intramuros, Mla’s Walled City. Teaches history at the Lyceum, findig a few leisure hours during the weekend for his favorite games, fencing and golf, both of which he plays with style and expertise.

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Church of
Magalang, Pampanga

Watercolor
14.5” x 20”
1999
HAC Code: 72322

Quiapo Church

Watercolor
14.5" x 21.5"
ND
HAC Code: 77494
Church of
Lucban, Quezon

Watercolor
15" x 22"
1998
HAC Code: 59634
Church of
Angeles, Pampanga

Watercolor
29” x 22”
1997
HAC Code: 57567

Church of Malate

Watercolor
15” x 18”
1996
HAC Code: 53363
Church of
Lucban, Quezon

Watercolor
21” x 14.5”
1996
HAC Code: 53379

Casa Gorordo

Watercolor
27” x 33”
2000
HAC Code: 65122

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