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Galerie Joaquin’s Tribute to National Artist Arturo Luz

In anticipation of the 80th birthday of National Artist Arturo Luz, Galerie Joaquin has calendared the month of July for “Temples, Performance, and Cities of the Past,” a major solo exhibition featuring 40 of the finest artworks ever produced by Luz. The opening of the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 7:00 P.M. at The Centre Gallery of Galerie Joaquin Main located at 371 P. Guevarra St. cor. Montessori Lane, Addition Hills in San Juan, Metro Manila.

Arturo Luz was granted the National Artist award in the Philippines in 1997. Aside from the 2006 recently awarded Ben Cabrera, Luz is the only living National Artist for Painting. It is only fitting to give tribute to the artist who until this day continues to inspire and stir the emotions of many Filipinos and foreign nationals alike through the linear and geometric progressions found in his abstract renditions. Arturo Luz was born in 1926 in Manila. He went to the University of Santo Tomas School of Fine Arts, then received scholarship at the California College of Arts and Craft in Oakland for a 3-year diploma in art program. He continued his education at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York in 1950 and at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris in 1951.

Luz is recognized worldwide having mounted several exhibitions. He is three-time first prize winner at the Art Association of the Philippines Annual Competition from the 1950s to the 1960s. He also received scholarship grants among them from Spain in 1953, Italy in 1963, and the United States in 1963. He is also the recipient of the Republic Cultural Heritage Award for Painting in 1966, the Patnubay ng Kalinangan Award for Painting from the City of Manila in 1981, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Gawad for the Visual Arts in 1989. He was awarded the Order of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French government in 1978.

This year is a most fitting year for a major project on Arturo Luz, a tribute offered by the galerie to a genius of soon-to-be 80 years old.

Articles and Press Releases

July 17, 2006
Arturo Luz: Streamlining Philippine Art

July 10, 2006
Arturo Luz at Galerie Joaquin

July 8, 2006
Arturo Luz paints temples, performers & cities

July 5, 2006
Arturo Luz's temples and ancient cities

July 3, 2006
La Luz of Philippine art

July 3, 2006
Luz's 1995-2005 works on exhibit

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