Saturday, October 8, 2011

Arturo Luz

was born in Manila 1926. (Linear minimalism, sculpture, & prints). Took lessons from painters Antonio Dumlao and Pablo Amorsolo. [20th CENT Vo1-I MD]*** Diploma in Art, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, Calf 1947-1949, Adele Hyde Morrison scholarship. Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York, 1949- 1950. Academia de La Grande, Chaumiere, Paris 1950-51. One man show at Galerie Raymond Duncan, Paris, 1951, and Manila Hotel, 1952. Ten-year retrospective, Art Gallery of Ateneo University, in the 1960’s. Pres of the AAP, 1952. In 1971, represented the Phi in sculpture and was commissioner-general of the Phil participation, San Paolo Biennale. Participated in the 8th British Intl Print Biennial, Bradford, 1984 Owned-director, Luz Gallery, opened 1960. First director, Design Center of the Phil,1973-87. Director, Metropolitan Museum of Manila and Museum of Philippine Art. Record California Centennial Expo award, 1949. With Manuel Rodriguez Sr, work chosen for international exhibition sponsored by Steuben Glass 1955. AAP 1st prizes, modern painting, 1954 and 1959. First prize, Asian Art competition, Saigon, 1963. Republic Cultural Heritage award for painting, 1966. Included in Marquis Publication, 1978-79. City of Manila Patnubay ng Kalinangan award for painting, 1980. Awarded Gawad CCP Para sa Sining fot the visual arts, 1989.[20th CENT 1st Ed-MD]*** Paul klee’s influence become more evident in his linear paintings, so that he has been compared to American painter Frank Stella. Between 1966 and 1970, he did large scale sculpture in various media: marble, wood, and metal. These may be found in the CCP, the Philippine International Convention Center, and the Phil Plaza Hotel. [CCP Vol IV-R Chu]*** His paintings are descreet and unsensational, and by the time he gets through with a subject, he has generally revised and simplified it to a point where it balances precariously, calligraphically, and with considerable wit, on the edge of total abstraction. His cooking, likewise gives a first impression of something that comes close to poverty, and it takes a certain amount of concentration to reveal that what masquerades as poverty is actually superb restraint. Luz is a painter’s painter, his craft is in the fullest sense of the world: controlled, astringent, deliberate, and completely devoid of pyrotechnics of glamour. He has figured in a staggering number of exhibits , and his painstaking approach results in relatively small production. His pictures are generally snapped-up by fellow painters. As a person, he resembles his paintings- quite, unassuming, witty and profound. Economical in words, but surgically exact when he uses them.[Mobilways Vol IV No 1 Jul 1958-Fernando Zobel]
21.5" x 14.5"
HAC Code: PR012
11.25" x 21.5"
HAC Code: PR013


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