May 22, 2015 

The National Artists of the Philippines

Visual Arts
 Napoleon Abueva
 Federico Alcuaz
 Ang Kiukok
 Victorio C. Edades
 Cesar Legaspi
 Vicente S. Manansala
 Hernando R. Ocampo
 Fernando C. Amorsolo
 Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco
 Arturo R. Luz
 J. Elizalde Navarro
 Guillermo Estrella Tolentino
 Jose Joya
 Benedicto R. Cabrera
 Abdulmari Asia Imao
 Francisco Coching
Other Categories
 Historical Literature
 Theater and Films
 Visual Arts
 Fashion Design

Victorio C. Edades
Painting (1976)

Painting distorted human figures in rough, bold impasto strokes, and standing tall and singular in his advocacy and practice of what he believes is creative art, Victorio C. Edades emerged as the "Father of Modern Philippine Painting". Unlike, Amorsolo's bright, sunny, cheerful hues, Edades' colors were dark and somber with subject matter or themes depicting laborers, factory workers or the simple folk in all their dirt, sweat and grime. In the 1930s, Edades taught at the University of Santos Tomas and became dean of its Department of Architecture where he stayed for three full decades. It was during this time that he introduced a liberal arts program that offers subjects as art history and foreign languages that will lead to a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. This development brought about a first in Philippine education since art schools then were vocational schools.

It was also the time that Edades invited Carlos "Botong" Francisco and Galo B. Ocampo to become professor artists for the university. The three, who would later be known as the formidable "Triumvirate", led the growth of mural painting in the country. Finally retiring from teaching at age 70, the university conferred on Edades the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, for being an outstanding "visionary, teacher and artist".

Among his works are The Artist and the Model, Portrait of the Professor, Japanese Girl, Mother and Daughter, The Wrestlers, Poinsettia Girl

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