Isabelo Tampinco

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Isabelo Tampinco (19 November 1850 – 30 January 1933) was a Filipino sculptor known for his woodcarvings for churches. Out of a desire to create a uniquely Filipino style, he incorporated native flora and fauna designs in his Art Nouveau style woodcarvings. A Chinese mestizo and a direct descendant of Rajah Lakandula, he was born in Binondo, Manila. He apprenticed in the carving shops of Binondo and enrolled in the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura, Manila’s art academy, studying sculpture under Agustin Saez and Lorenzo Rocha. He was hailed as one of the most outstanding sculptors of his time and was admired by Jose Rizal.


Tampinco was first married to Victoria Jocson and later, to Carmen Angeles. He had a son with Jocson named Angel and another son with Angeles named Vidal. Angel and Vidal eventually became artists.




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