Category:Philippine Paintings

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A painting is generally understood to mean a visual representation using pigments on a surface or ground, whether a wall, panel or more often canvas stretched over a frame.[1]

While pigments were used to decorate houses, sailing vessels, or implements in pre-colonial times, the art of painting was introduced by Spanish missionaries as early as the 16th century. With the techniques of Western painting came its traditions and iconography.

From the 16th to the early 19th century, painting was strongly influenced and dominated by the Roman Catholic Church.[2] As principal patron, the Church organized artists drawn from the ranks of the religious orders and from Chinese and native talents whom the friars and missionaries taught through example or through the use of visual examples, like engravings, books, paintings and statuary.

Due to this, early paintings during the Spanish colonial period had religious subjects and were almost always anonymous. Anonymity had a long tradition in the West, broken definitively during the Renaissance. This was also true in other parts of the world, where most of the time, the work itself was considered more important than the artist.[3]

The Philippines has a long list of great painters, who produced and continue to produce unique and creative works from landscapes, portraits, abstract paintings and more.

This page will list classic and modern masterpieces by Philippine artists.

(to access the knowledge database on the Philippine Painters, click (Philippine Paintings link)


  1. Guillermo, Alice. Image to Meaning: Essays on Philippine Art. Ateneo De Manila University Press, Quezon City (2001).
  2. Hernandez, Eloisa May P. The Spanish Colonial Tradition in Philippine Visual Arts. NCCA website. Accessed on 3 May 2021.
  3. Vassiliou, Konstantinos (2017). Anonymous art reconsidered: anonymity and the contemporary art institution, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 9:1, 1302709, DOI: 10.1080/20004214.2017.1302709