Angelito Antonio

(b. 1939) has an art career that spans half a century. Studying visual art at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). His teachers at UST included Manansala and Galo Ocampo, Antonio has more than twenty local and international awards to his credit. Some of these awards include the Grand Prize (1964) and 3rd Prize (1963) of the AAP’s annual art competition, and 2nd Prize at the Shell Art Awards (1962). Already an immense figure in the history of Philippine visual art, Antonio is one of the pillars of Philippine art to adhere to Modernism’s core tenet of dynamic expression. Antonio is famous for his strong and confident diagonal lines, his unique approach at figurative distortion and his use of black juxtaposed with strong brilliant primary or muted tertiary colors. In this exhibition, Antonio challenges himself to do away the strong primary and tertiary colors attempting to achieve the same effect with a controlled black and white palette highlighted by their various shades and hues. It is a masterly approach to develop his themes and subjects.