MAURO MALANG SANTOS

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MAURO MALANG SANTOS ( b. Santa Cruz, Manila 20 Jan 1928)

Mauro Malang Santos is the son of Dan Santos and Juliana Malang. He is married to Mary San Pedro and they have four children, two of whom are painters: Stevesantos and Soler Santos.

At the age of 10 Santos studied drawing under Teodoro Buenaventura. When he was 19 he decided to stop schooling and joined the staff of the Manila Chronicle art department under noted cartoonist Liborio (Gat) Gatbonton. He created for the evening Chronicle the country’s first English daily comic strip Kosme, the Cop, Retired. In 1955 he set up together with Gat, Larry Alcala, Hugo Yonzon, and Elmer Agustan the only gallery specializing in cartoons called the Bughouse. In 1972 he studied at the Otis Art Institute under a special grant. Malang was first known as a cartoonist before he became a renowned painter. Among his works is Barrio Fiesta, an oil on canvas measuring 12.7 x 40.16 cm which was commissioned in 1958 by the Ayala Corp for the FGU-Insular Life Building.

In 1966 together with other prominent painters, Santos launched “Art for the Masses,” which allowed art, through reasonably priced prints, to be made available to a wider audience.

In 1957 Malang was included in the list of “Twelve Artists in the Philippines-Who’s Who” by Lyd Arguilla, founder of the Philippine Art Gallery. The following year he received the Award for Editorial Design from the Art Directors Guild of the Philippines. He has consistently won in the competitions held by the Society of Philippine Illustrators and Cartoonists, which named him artist of the year in 1964.

Santos won awards in the Art Association of the Philippines annual art competition: second prize, Street Fight, 1951, third prize, Traffic, 1953; honorable mention, The Yellow Sky, 1959; second prize, Quarter Moon; and an honorable mention for Gate to Intramuros, 1963. He was a Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines awardee also in 1963. He received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan from the City of Manila in 1981.

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