Biography of Jose T. Joya, Philippine National Artist

JOSE TANIG JOYA (b. Manila, June 3, 1931 d. 1996) National artist Jose Joya was a pioneer modern and abstract artist who was active as a painter, printmaker, mixed-media artist and ceramicist. It has been said that it was Joya who “spearheaded the birth, growth and flowering of abstract expressionism” in the Philippines. His mature… Read more »

Hubert Vos: Painter of China’s Dowager Empress Cixi

The Dutch born painter Hubert Vos, who attended the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair as a Deputy Commissioner for the Netherlands, had an epiphany at the event which would change the course of his artistic career. He later wrote: It was during the World’s Fair in Chicago, where the officials had brought together the greatest collection… Read more »

ManilART is a Growing Event

 In the New York based art blog Hyperallergic, blogger Carren Jao reports on the growth and diversity of the Manilla based annual art fair “ManilART,” which ran took place earlier this month. Chao notes that: The event has grown tremendously, with 43 participating galleries and 11,700 people passing through the halls this year (compared to… Read more »

Remembering Anita Magsaysay-Ho (1914-2012)

From the Geringer Art biography archive, a biography of the late Anita Magsaysay-Ho: ANITA CORPUS MAGSAYSAY-HO (Philippine, b. May 25, 1914, d. May 5, 2012) aka Anita Magsaysay, Anita Magsaysay Ho  Styles: Philippine Modern, Neo-Realism Subjects: Philippine genre scenes, landscapes, harvest and market scenes, female nudes Anita Magsaysay-Ho was a Philippine painter, considered by many… Read more »

Fabián De La Rosa and His Times

Part one of a 14 minute video, produced by, in cooperation with the UP Vargas Museum, which traces the life and career of the internationally-acclaimed 20th century Filipino master Fabián De La Rosa. De La Rosa’s rightful place in Philippine art history has often been obscured by his more illustrious predecessors, Juan Luna and… Read more »

Ambeth R. Ocampo on Fernando Amorsolo

On September 8th at 3PM, Professor Ambeth R. Ocampo of Ateneo de Manila University will present “Fernando Amorsolo: Portrait of the Artist as Historian.” Professor Ocampo is known for his unique blend of academic rigor and wit. Each lecture is P300 for adults and P200 for students, senior citizens, and Ayala Museum members. The cost… Read more »

China’s Art Market and Fraud

In a recently posted article on, writer Abagail R. Esman asserts that China’s art market — the world’s largest — is rife with fraud and deception. Among Esman’s assertions: – Many major purchases at China’s auction houses are defaulted on, and never completed. – Artificially inflated purchase prices and manipulated sales have distorted the… Read more »

Arman Manookian: Fragile Paradise

Originally published in Honolulu Magazine.  Posted here with the permission of the author, John Seed From the Honolulu Advertiser, May 12, 1931: Brilliant Young Artist is Suicide Arman T. Manookian Takes Poison During Social Affair “Inquest into the death of Arman T. Manookian, 27, well-known in Honolulu and certain Mainland circles as an artist of… Read more »

Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Brief life of a peripatetic man of arts: 1924-1984

 by John Seed Having fled the Spanish Civil War as a boy and endured the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in his teens, Fernando Zóbel ’49 kept his most valuable possessions portable. He once showed his Harvard classmate Ralph Graves an album containing small drawings and prints by master artists. Commenting on one precious image—an… Read more »

At the Ayala Museum: Victorio Edades

The exhibition “Victorio Edades: Birth of a Nation” is on view at Manila’s Ayala Museum through July 29th. At the 1976 National Artist awarding ceremony, Edades’ formal citation read, “He is the original iconoclast of Philippine art. He changed the direction of Philippine painting decisively… he infused new life into art, opening windows to permit… Read more »