Lorenzo Guerrero

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Lorenzo Guerrero
4 November 1835 – 8 April 1904
Place of birth: Ermita, Manila
Place of death: Ermita, Manila
Father: Leon Jorge Guerrero
Mother: Clara Leogardo
Spouse: Clemencia Ramirez

Lorenzo Leogardo Guerrero (4 November 1835 – 8 April 1904) was a painter and an art teacher. He was the elder brother of Leon Ma. Guerrero and art teacher to internationally-acclaimed painter, Juan Luna.


Early life and education

Guerrero was born in Ermita, Manila on 4 November 1835. His father, Leon Jorge Guerrero worked as a warehouse keeper of the Spanish government in Pasig from 1858 until 1868 when he left the post to show allegiance to Queen Isabela of Spain. His mother was Clara Leogardo.

Guerrero studied in the College of San Jose, at the time directed by Mariano Garcia. The Filipino secular priest Jose Ma. Guevara was one of his early teachers.


At the age of sixteen, Guerrero was already giving drawing lessons. He also had the opportunity to study under Spanish art teachers Cortina and Valdes. Later on, he studied under Don Agustin Saez and worked as an assistant in the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura in Intramuros, Manila.

While working as an assistant in the Academia, Guerrero gave drawing lessons in Santa Isabel College, Manila and Concordia College, Manila. He also gave lessons in private homes.COUNTRY

Art Works

  • Nuestra Señora de Guia
  • Santa Filomena
  • San Juan Bautista
  • Santa Veronica de Julianus
  • Chinese Vendor of Tsin Tsao
  • River’s Bend
  • Scene at a Brook


  • Gold medal in the tercentenary celebration of Santa Teresa de Jesus for La Transverberacion de Santa Teresa de Jesus (The Transfixion of St Therese of Jesus) in 1882

Family and Personal Life

Guerrero was married to Clemencia Ramirez by whom he had nine children, only three of whom reached maturity: Manuel S. Guerrero, a physician; Fernando Ma. Guerrero, a poet, journalist, and politician;and Araceli Guerrero.

Guerrero died of acute asthma at 8:30 in the evening of 8 April 1904. His remains were buried in Ermita Church which he designed and decorated when it was rebuilt in 1885.


  • Manuel, E. Arsenio. Dictionary of Philippine Biography, Volume 1. Quezon City: Filipiniana Publications, 1955.
  • CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, Vol 4. Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994.
  • “Lorenzo Guerrero: artist, genius, Filipino.” Filipino eScribbles. (Accessed 17 April 2010).



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