design, as well as a cerebral spirit which served as a foil
to the theory of emotion. A painter’s painter,
he is admired by colleagues and critics, but little
understood by people who look for emotion in art, for
he deliberately eschews this from his works.
Gifted with a good hand and an even more sensitive
eye for balance, Luz produced paintings, sculpture and
objets d’art sculpture which were understated and
well-thought out. Luz stripped everything down to essentials.
This preoccupation with line and the essence of shape led to a decision to devote himself fully to sculpture. In this difficult and neglected field, he
feels more fulfilled.
In 1975, Arturo Luz, who was then the first Executive Director of Design Center Philipines, was asked:
Q: Would you then say that design helps to sharpen national identity?
Luz: In a very specific sense, design does sharpen national identity. In very simple terms, this means the maximum use of our resources, material as
well as technological. We have abundant raw materials. We have our artistic and cultural traditions. In bringing all these elements together, we
can project our distinct identity.
Q : What makes design identifiable?
Luz: The use of indigenous material, and indigenous skills; these are elements that make a design identifiable.