“The Sons Return,” an exhibit of works by Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera and the late Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, two expatriate artists who returned to the nation and turned beloved National Artists, was not too long ago proven at Leòn Gallery, G/F, Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.
BenCab and Aguilar Alcuaz have been represented in quite a lot of works spanning their travels.
An further spotlight was the exhibition of Whisenhunt fantastic jewellery. Titled “A Regal Affair,” it took as its inspiration hovering cathedrals, knights in shining armor and royal emblems.
Aguilar Alcuaz, like Luna and Hidalgo, discovered fame in each Spain and France—after a Madrid schooling on the similar artwork academy as the ilustrado who got here earlier than him. He went on to hitch a league of different artists based mostly in Barcelona.
He earned recognition in Spain, together with first prize on the Premio Moncada in 1957, adopted by the Prix Francisco Goya the following yr; first prize on the Pintura Sant Pol del Mar in 1961, and second prize on the Premio Vancell on the 4th Biennial of Tarrasa in Barcelona in 1964.
A keep in Paris led to equal acclaim. He was awarded the Diploma of Honor on the International Exhibition of Art Libre in 1961; the Arts, Letters and Sciences award from the French authorities, and the Order of French Genius, each in 1964.
His exhibited works coated his triumphant interval in Europe. He stayed on the Continent for almost a decade, from 1955 to 1964, when a automotive accident compelled him to return to Manila to recuperate.
Other, later works mark his return to Manila and different inventive precincts elsewhere in the world.
Aguilar Alcuaz resumed his worldwide travels in 1969, creating his well-known tapestries in Czechoslovakia, exhibiting in each New York and Bilbao, whereas on the similar time producing the well-loved “Tres Marias” sequence in their varied multiples.
Aguilar Alcuaz lastly returned to Manila on a everlasting foundation by the 1980s, turning into a well-recognized determine in Manila Hilton and Manila Hotel (the place he maintained suites) and, in later years, in Manila Peninsula, the place he would regale associates with enjoying a toy piano he would carry round.
BenCab, who can also be an avid printmaker, had two consultant works as effectively as early works for the primary “Sabel” sequence in pen and ink and in blended media.
A uncommon “Manila Gentleman, 1900,” from the primary “Larawan” sequence, was additionally on proven. There have been additionally works from BenCab’s Japanese interval and a number of winsome nudes.
BenCab returned to the Philippines in 1986 and settled in Baguio completely.
Jaime Ponce de León of León Gallery mentioned the 2 artists had influenced the following generations of artists.
“After living as expatriates—traveling to test their mettle in the world at large— these sons would both finally return to be Filipino icons, against which the next generation of young artists would measure their own artistic journeys,” Ponce de León defined. —CONTRIBUTED