Vi­cente S. Manansala,

Cu­bist Pain­ter and Il­lus­tra­tor

The Freeman - - LIFESTYLE - Manansala's “Un­ti­tled” work in wa­ter­color (SOURCES:; www.ku­­teen_­mod­erns/vi­cen­te_­manansala;­cen­te_­Manansala)

The Na­tional Artist re­ferred to in the ar­ti­cle "Si­lay - A Pic­ture of the Past" in The Free­man Life­style on Sun­day, July 20, is Vi­cente Manansala, not Fer­nando Manansala.

Vi­cente Silva Manansala was hon­ored as "Na­tional Artist in Paint­ing" in 1981. He was a cel­e­brated cu­bist pain­ter and il­lus­tra­tor, con­sid­ered as the coun­try's pioneer in Cu­bism.

Born in Ma­cabebe, Pam­panga on Jan­uary 10, 1910, he was the sec­ond of the eight chil­dren of Per­fecto Q. Manansala and En­gra­cia Silva. At the age of 15, he stud­ied un­der pain­ter Ra­mon Per­alta while do­ing work paint­ing movie posters at a shop in Manila. He en­tered the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines School of Fine Arts in 1926 and grad­u­ated in 1930.

He con­tin­ued his stud­ies un­der a UNESCO grant at the École de Beaux Arts in Banff and Mon­treal, Canada in 1949, and un­der a French govern­ment schol­ar­ship at the École de Beaux Arts in Paris in 1950. His train­ing did not end there. In 1960, he re­ceived a grant from the United States to study stained glass tech­niques in New York. He also trained at the Otis Art In­sti­tute in 1967, and re­ceived an­other grant in 1970, this time from Ger­many, to study in Zurich.

Vi­cente Manansala was one of the Thir­teen Moderns led by Vic­to­rio C. Edades, and was one of the Big Three in the mod­ernist move­ment, along with Ce­sar Le­gaspi and H. R. Ocampo. In ad­di­tion, he formed the group of Neo-Real­ists to­gether with Romeo Tabuena and Anita Magsaysay-Ho. Manansala de­vel­oped trans­par­ent cu­bism and his works were done mostly in the fig­u­ra­tive mode, re­flect­ing the so­ci­ety and the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment. He fa­vored the styles of Pi­casso and Cezanne, and be­lieved that the true beauty of art lay in the process of cre­at­ing it.

He suc­cumbed to cancer on Au­gust 22, 1981, in Makati, Metro Manila.

Vi­cente Silva Manansala

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