The Cultural Center of the Philippines, with support from Charter Ping An Insurance Corporation, presents the first retrospective exhibition of painter Antonio Austria entitled 6 Decades of A.G. Austria. The exhibit will run from 7 May to 10 July 2016 at the CCP’s Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery).
Spanning a period of six decades, the exhibit will feature the artists’ paintings that are “compact masterpieces depicting various aspects, moods, scenarios, social and religious values of the urban Filipino…” Also included are drawings and memorabilia that reveal Austria’s creative process and his development as an artist who began painting in the 1950’s and continues to paint to this day. Aside from the artist’s and his family’s collection, other featured artworks will be borrowed from both institutional and private collections.
Antonio Austria was born in Shanghai, China in 1936. The Filipino artist received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Painting, from the University of Sto. Tomas in 1956, where he taught for over twenty years. Known for his distinct style, the artist says that his forms, proportions, and colors are inspired by local folk arts and craft, religious icons, and ethnic motifs. Austria was included in the first 13 Artists exhibition held at the CCP Main Gallery in 1970. The artist more recently received the Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (Total Awards) from the University of Santo Tomas and UST Alumni Association, and the City of Manila award “Parangal Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan sa Larangan ng Pagpipinta in 2002.
The exhibit’s opening reception will be held on 7 May, Saturday, at 3pm, at the CCP’s 3rd floor galleries. Regular exhibition hours commences on 8 May, from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department, at (632) 8321125 local 1504/1505 or (632) 8323702, mobile (0917) 6033809, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.
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