Araceli Limcaco Dans

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Araceli Limcaco Dans is known for her intricately detailed realistic paintings, most of which depict calado, a lacy fabric, in oil, watercolor, or acrylic. She first studied under Angela Fernandez, a strict traditionalist who demanded exacting copies from life, at Sta. Rosa College. Later she enrolled at UP's School of Fine Arts, where one of her mentors was Fernando Amorsolo. She finished her degree in 3 years rather the usual 4. She organized the Fine Arts Department of the Philippine Women's University and the Art Department of the Ateneo Grade School and also taught art on an Ateneo Educational Television program. With Brenda Fajardo, she started the Philippine Art Educators' Association (PAEA). With experience in art education behind her, she also lectured on education at the Ateneo Graduate School.

She developed her artistic style by seeking to be nationalistic and to find original ways of painting still lifes. Hence, she makes use of Philippine flora as well as the local fabrics such as calado in her art.

She and husband Jose P. Dans have ten children.

Some of her Exhibits

  • Calado I in 1986
  • Calado II in 1987
  • Calado III in 1989
  • Burdado in 1981
  • Flowers and Lace (at Ville Musee Fragonard in Grasse, France and Art Center in SM Megamall) in 1994


Kintanar, Thelma and Ventura, Sylvia Mendez. Self Portraits: Twelve Filipina Artists Speak. Quezon City: ADMU Press, 1999.



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