‘Rare and Essential’ Sansó in full view in new exhibit
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:15 AM August 19, 2013
An exhibit of rare Sansó works from the 1980s and the ’90s titled “Rare and Essential Sansó” has been set for Sept. 12 at the Manila A and B rooms of the Shangri-La Makati Hotel.
Sansó, born in 1929 in Reus, Spain, migrated to the Philippines with his parents and elder sister when he was 4 years old. He grew up and studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas.
Sansó won the grand prize in the Art Association of the Philippines watercolor competition in 1950 for his work, “Incubus,” and repeated this in the oil competition in 1951 for “The Sorcerer.”
After the two back-to-back wins, Sansó left for further studies at the Academia di Belle Arti in Italy and L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in France.
Sansó lived in various parts of Paris for over five decades, his last address being a penthouse studio at the Rue Colonels Renard at the 17th arrondisement.
Although Sansó has come back home to his beloved Manila, this show is a homecoming for these rare works which form part of his personal collection and which the artist has only recently brought back from abroad. Sept. 12 is also a joyous occasion as it will mark the official launching of the Fundacion Sansó.
Fundacion Sansó will be the institution that will set up and manage the forthcoming Sansó Museum. It will also support art scholarships for deserving artists and undertake educational information programs related to the arts.
Among the works to be exhibited in “Rare and Essential Sansó” are works from his various series: bamboo and baklad, golden dawn, Brittany, flowers in a vase, summer and water landscape.