Arturo R. Luz

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Arturo Rogerio Luz (Manila, November 20, 1926 – May 26, 2021) was a Filipino painter, sculptor, and designer. He did major artworks and was best known for his linear art and his painting series on street musicians, vendors, cyclists and carnival performers, also for his sculptures using wood, concrete and metal. When he started, he created figurative artworks, but went on to develop abstraction. He was considered as one of the Neo-Realists and the Thirteen Moderns. In 1997 he was named one of the National Artists of the Philippines. He died in May 2021 at the age of 94.


He studied painting at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Art School of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and the Académie Grande Chaumière in Paris and received a diploma from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1994.


He exhibited his drawings in Paris in 1951. Back in the Philippines, he held a solo exhibition at the Manila Hotel in the same year. He also founded the Luz Gallery, wherein many contemporary works were displayed.

Among his significant paintings are Bagong Taon, Vendador de Flores, Skipping Rope, Candle Vendors, Procession, Self-Portrait, Night Glows, Grand Finale, Cities of the Past, and Imaginary Landscapes. His mural painting Black and White is displayed in the lobby of the CCP's Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater). His sculpture of a stainless steel cube is located in front of the Benguet Mining Corporation Building in Pasig.

Major Works

  • Lavandera (1946)
  • Awit (1953)
  • City (1959)
  • Anito Sculpture (1960)
  • Painted Steel (1979)
  • Bagong Taon (1997)
  • Man with Guitar (1997)


  • from 1950's to 1960's - Three 1st Prizes Awards at the Art Association of the Philippines Annual Competition
  • California Art Association award
  • 1962 – 1st Prize, First International Art Salon in Saigon, Vietnam
  • 1966 – Republic Cultural Heritage Award for Painting
  • Represented Philippines in 1971 Sao Paolo Biennial
  • Founding director of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in 1976 and remained as director until 1986
  • Set up Luz Gallery
  • 1978 – Order of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, by the French government (title was promoted to “Officiel” in 1987)
  • 1981 – Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award, from the City of Manila
  • 1989 – Gawad CCP para sa Sining, from the Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • 1997 - National Artist in Visual Arts

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