Who Is The Father Of Modern Philippine Painting? (ANSWER)

Meet Victorio Edades, the Father Of Modern Philippine Painting. Here are some things about him.

FATHER OF MODERN PHILIPPINE PAINTING – Victorio Edades is a Filipino painter dubbed as the Father Of Modern Philippine Painting.

Victorio Edades was named a National Artist for Painting in the year 1976. And in House Bill No. 9010 from the House Of Representatives, this act declared “December 23 of every year a non-working holiday in the City of Dagupan, Province of Pangasinan, in commemoration of the birth anniversary of the Dagupan-born national artist Victorio Edades to be known as Victorio Edades Day”.

Victorio Edades Self-Portrait
Victorio Edades (self-portrait), 1928

As a painter, he practiced creative art. He created “distorted human figures in rough, bold impasto strokes, and standing tall and singular”. He is the “Father of Modern Philippine Painting” and the hues of his masterpieces were dark, the opposite of the cheerful hues of Amorsolo.

He was born on December 23, 1895. In the 1930s, he became a teacher at the University of Santos Tomas and was eventually named dean of its Department of Architecture. He stayed in the institution for three full decades.

Edades was the one who introduced the liberal arts program. He organized the School of Fine Arts in the UST.

Along with Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Galo B. Ocampo, their trio was known as the “Triumvirate”.

He retired at the age of 70 and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, for being an outstanding “visionary, teacher, and artist.”

He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington and his Master of Arts degree in the same institution

Among his famous works are:

  • The Sketch
  • The Artist and the Model
  • Portrait of the Professor
  • Japanese Girl
  • Mother and Daughter
  • The Wrestlers
  • Poinsettia Girl
The Sketch Of Victorio Edades
The Sketch (oil on canvas)
The Wrestlers Victorio Edades
The Wrestlers (oil on canvas)

He died on March 7, 1985, in Davao City. He was conferred a National Artist nine years before he died.

Here are some of his achievements:

  • First Prize, English Composition Contest, Dagupan, 1915
  • Gold Medal, Oratorical Contest, 1919
  • Free tuition for High Scholastic Standing, University of Washington, 1921-1928
  • Second Prize, “The Sketch,” Seattle Fine Arts Competition, 1928
  • Chairman of the Jury, Art Competition among Filipino Painters conducted by the occupying Japanese Forces, 1942
  • Member, Board of Judges, First Art Competition of the Art Association of the Philippines with Fernando Amorsolo,  E. Aguilar Cruz and Francisco Monti, an Italian sculptor, 1948
  • Medal and Diploma, AAP, 1960
  • Pro Patria Award, Rizal Centennial Celebration, 1961
  • Manila Cultural Award in Painting, 1964
  • Plaque of Merit, AAP, 1973
  • Annual Merit Award, Fiesta Celebration, City of Dagupan, 1976
  • Tanglaw ng Lahi Award, Ateneo de Manila University, 1980


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