Antipolo (painting)

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Antipolo is a painting in oil on canvas by Angelito Antonio. Antipolo was part of the Central Bank of the Philippines Collection.[1]


It focuses on the food vendor at the left, toys and fiesta ware at the center, and a breastfeeding madonna at right, diagonally divided the canvas into three.[1] In this work, the human figures are merged with the setting and objects. It shows festive delight with a hanging suman or (rice cake),native delicacies, candies, toys, colored candles, papier mache dolls and a sleeping cat although the women in his picture frowns. Feelings and emotions are not the artist's concerns but mainly a picture and decoration.

Artist’s background

While born in Bulacan, he eventually settled and set up shop with his family in Antipolo.[2]

Antonio is known for his modernist technique combined with cubism and action painting. He uses this style to depict local scenes which are influenced by his background and life experiences.

Antonio is considered a part of the so-called “Painters of Folk Genre” school of art, along with other notable artists such as Antonio Austria and Mario Parial.[3] His painting Antipolo falls under this school.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cajipe-Endaya, I. "Altar." In CCP Enclyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed., Vol. 4, 222. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
  2. Flores-Caberoy, Francisca. After surviving surgery, Lito Antonio mounts Easter exhibit. Inquirer Lifestyle, 2019. Accessed on 3 May 2021.
  3. Torres, Emmanuel. 100 Years of Philippine Painting. Pacific Asia Museum. United States: The University of Michigan Press, 1984.



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