By Johnathan Libarios Rondina
National Artist José Joya had a peculiar way of greeting each New Year. On New Year’s eve, Peping, as he was known to family and friends, would lock himself in his studio, away from the charivari and excess of the holidays, to work on a painting and would emerge only after the revelries had the died down.
By Chit Roces
I wouldn’t hang that in my bathroom.” The remark has become quite infamous since one mortal made it upon coming into virginal contact with Onib Olmedo’s art. Bettina Olmedo herself overheard it early in her husband’s career as a painter, from a society matron who, like many at the time, bought a painting for one of two reasons, or both: as an ornament of interior decoration and as a coveted item by an artist in current demand.