Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Vic Larosa

He has been painting the Pasig river since the ‘50s leaving before dawn to catch the morning light, at the time Pasig river was so clear you could see the sandy bottom. Larosa came to Manila to try his luck in art around 1957. From Iloilo, Larosa was an orphaned of his father at the age of 1, and of his mother at the age of 7. An only child, he was bought up by his aunts. Larosa joined a billboard shop where worked Diego Daylo, a UP fine arts graduate. Larosa apprenticed under Daylo for six years, later joining Continental Advertising in Pureza, Sta. Mesa, whose main artist was Romulo Galicano. Boarding in a hose on Hogonoy St. in Dimasalang. Larosa also met Sofriano Mendoza (SYM), then studying art at UST. After painter/writer E. Aguilar Cruz ‘discovered’ SYM at the Galvez Gallery on Mabini st., the landscape revivalists called ‘Dimasalang’ was formed, with SYM, Galicano, Cruz, and Larosa, and the Villanueva boys at the Villanueva Shop on Dimasalang. Larosa became a Pasig Habitue because of SYM. Sym was the most brilliant protege of UP fine arts graduate Martino Abellana of Cebu. Abellana sent Sym to Manila, to the son of his UP teacher, Teodoro Buenaventura, Cesar, a successful painter on Mabini. Cesar’s manchador at the time was Fred Villanueva. Cesar sent Fred and SYM out to sketch Intramuros and the Pasig for him. Larosa joined SYM to paint the river. After Dimasalang disbanded, Larosa continued to go back to paint the river. In 1997, former First Lady Ming Ramos chose Larosa’s paintings to drum up the Pasig. The works came from the collection of Dr. Roger Mendiola, who collected Larosa’s works. It was Larosa’s major one man exhibit. The show was accompanied by a monograph on his works, written by Llita Logarta.
City
Oil on Canvas
12 x 16
1974
HAC Code: 80116
Seaport
Oil on Canvas
12 x 16
1974
HAC Code: 80117
Manila
Oil on canvas
12 x 16
1978
HAC Code: 80118
Seaport
Oil on Canvas
12 x 16
1974
HAC Code: 80114
City
Oil on Canvas
12 x 16
1981
HAC Code: 80115
Flowers Inside Puerta Real Intramuros
Oil on canvas
12 x 16
1991
HAC Code: 62839
PASIG RIVER
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
1991
HAC Code: 78449
PASIG RIVER
Oil on Canvas
42" x 56"
1983
HAC Code: 79158
PIER
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
ND
HAC Code: 79742
PASIG RIVER
Oil on Canvas
9" x 12"
ND
NEW Code: 62978
PASIG RIVER
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
1974
HAC Code: 79159
PASIG RIVER
Oil on Canvas
14" x 20"
1976
HAC Code: 78392
ESCOLTA FLYOVER
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
1975
HAC Code: 79157
DAUNGAN
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
1974
HAC Code: 60765
LANDSCAPE
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
1974
HAC Code: 59491
City
Oil on Canvas
12 x 16
1975
HAC Code: 80119

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