Mauro Malang Santos ("Malang") is known for his colorful genre paintings that feature simplified forms. Barrio Fiesta, commissioned in 1958 by the FGU-Insular Life Building, is among his paintings. He was born in Santa Cruz, Manila, on January 20, 1928. He started taking drawing lessons under Teodoro Buenaventura when he was ten. He developed his reputation first as a cartoonist, then later as a painter. Together with other well-known artists, he launched "Art for the Masses" in 1966 in order for art to become accessible to more consumers through prints at reasonable prices. He is also one of the 1963 TOYM Awardees.
His art has lately become more abstractionist. Still, his works often portray his signature images of women in traditional dress with fruits in baskets and bilao. Vivid colors straight from the tube, unmixed, continue to dominate his canvases. He still continues to experiment in the use of various media. In January of 2007, he celebrated his 78th birthday, as he has been doing yearly for some time, with an exhibit of recent works at the Art Center in SM Megamall.
Some of his Achievements
- included in the list of "Twelve Artists in the Philippines--Who's Who" by Lyd Arguilla (founder of the Philippine Art Gallery)
- received the Award for Editorial Design from the Art Directors Guild of the Philippines
- consistently won in the competitions held by the Society of Philippine Illustrators and Cartoonists which named him artist of the year in 1964
- awards in the Art Association of the Philippines aanual art competition:
- second prize for Street Fight in 1951
- third prize for Traffic in 1953
- second prize for Quarter Moon in 1963
- honorable mention for Gate to Intramuros in 1963
- was a Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines awardee in 1963
- received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan from the City of Manila in 1981
- CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, Vol 4. Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994.
- Kasilag, Giselle P."Color it Malang" in ArtsentralManila.net. http://www.artsentralmanila.net/docs/articles/ed7/color_it_malang.html. (accessed September 27, 2007)